Ideas for a Winter Party Theme

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Parents sometimes worry about throwing parties for their children with winter birthdays because—depending on where they live—they’re not able to just send the kids outside to run around on the lawn.

Other times, however, it's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate a child's birthday than inside a house full of love and warmth on an otherwise chilly winter day.

Celebrate their birthdays -- and the season -- with these ideas for a winter party theme:

Invitations

When creating the invitations, think of familiar winter images, such as snowflakes, ice skates, penguins, snowmen, snowballs and snow-covered trees. The invitations could take the shape of one of those images, or you could print the party information on a simple rectangular piece of light-blue cardstock and use a rubber stamp of one of those images (in white or silver ink) to decorate the card.

Postcard photos of winter scenes (perhaps with your birthday child posing against a winter backdrop?) are another option for simple, winter party invitations. 

Setting the Scene

These tips for decorations and ambiance enhancers can help you transform your party space into a winter wonderland.

  • Decorate the inside of your house with an abundant supply of twinkling white lights. To set a soft mood, use them as the main source of light for the party. You could hang regular white lights or ones that are shaped like snowflakes or icicles to fit the winter theme. 
  • Hang paper snowflakes from the ceiling. You probably cut a hundred of these as a kid, right? Well, cut another hundred—or more— (you can even make a variety of snowflake designs) and hang them from string, white ribbon or clear fishing wire. The key to making this look magical is quantity—the more snowflakes the better.
  • Birthday banner are a popular way to say “happy birthday” in a visual way. But instead of making one with triangle shapes, how about stringing together icicle shapes instead? Cut the icicle shapes from white felt, cut the words “happy birthday” from a light-blue felt and either glue or sew the letters in place. Attach each icicle to string or encase it inside a long piece of white bias tape (in the correct order, of course) and hang your birthday banner in a highly-visible place.
  • Don’t want to mess with fabric? You can make your birthday banner from paper, too. Use a word-processing program to print out the letters in light-blue ink onto white cardstock, then cut each cardstock piece into the icicle shape.
  • Hang tissue paper pompoms made from white tissue paper and shades of light blue.
  • Play winter-themed music during the party, such as “Let it Snow” or “Winter Wonderland". Don;t want to go with Christmas songs? Look for songs that have the words cold, ice, freeze, snow or winter in the title or lyrics. 
  • Ask all your guests to wear white or light blue clothes to the party.

Games and Activities

Plan some winter-themed games like pin the carrot on the snowman. If there's snow on the ground, organize a snowman-making contest or play sledding games.

More winter wonderland party game ideas:

Winter Party Food

  • Set out a candy table with apothecary jars packed full of white and light blue-colored sweets, such as M&Ms, gumballs, yogurt-covered pretzels, Mentos, marshmallows, Jordan almonds, salt water taffy and blue-and-white swirled old-fashioned lollipops. Just make sure those candies—many of which are choking hazards—are out of reach of young guests.
  • For dessert (besides the candy table), serve cupcakes that have been baked in snowflake-printed baking cups or encased in snowflake cupcake wrappers (trace the cupcake wrapper template onto snowflake-themed paper).
  • Make beautiful snowflake cookies.
  • Arrange three round cakes to form a snowman cake. Use colored icing and candy accessories to decorate him. 

Favors

You can have guests make their own snowflake wands to take home as parting gifts. Other ideas for winter party favors:

  • Make your own snowman kit: a package containing a small tun of white play dough and cardstock cutouts of the accessories (hat, carrot nose, buttons, etc.).
  • Snowman candy bars (wrap candy bars in white paper and decorate as snowmen.
  • Bags of winter trail mix (white frosted cereal mixed with white chocolate chips, white yogurt pretzels and dried banana chips).