It’s 2019 and the time to try new things! Here are some of the latest and most unique gender neutral Birthday Party Themes that work for both boys and girls!
Our little ones’ birthdays are special events for us parents too. It’s a reminder of how they’re growing and as they get bigger, these turn into bittersweet memories. However, we want to ensure that they enjoy their special day to the fullest, with all their near and dear ones, and in a theme that’s close to their heart. We’ve already featured girls’ birthday themes and boy’s birthday themes separately, but today we’re going to list out a bunch of gender neutral birthday party themes – perfect for both boys and girls!
15 Gender Neutral Birthday Party Themes
1. ‘Let’s Pawty’ Puppy Theme Party
With a puppy theme party, there are so many ideas for party invites, like this cute one from Project Nursery! Green Way Life and Home has a beautiful idea for a puppy party invite, that asks guests to donate to an animal shelter instead of bringing gifts. What a novel idea!
Greet your guests at the door with a ‘Welcome Pawty Animals’ sign, like this one from Sugar Maple Notes. They’ve also got a cute puppy cups arrangement for the drinks table.
Project Nursery features a cute and colorful puppy themed backdrop that instantly lets everyone know that it’s time to pawty!
Get all kinds of puppy food ready like hot dogs, pawtatoes or other punny foods. You can also try making these cute pudding cups from Cutefetti.
Mrs. Party Planner has an idea for a cute puppy cake, but you can try for any other buttercream or fondant versions.
For favors, skip a bunch of junk and opt for a cute little furry animal instead, like Green Way Life and Home has done.
2. Koala Bear Theme Party
Teddy bear parties have become commonplace, which is why you should try a Koala bear theme! Make your invites unique too, with these Koala hugger cards from Paging Fun Moms.
Need food ideas for your koala theme party? Check out these bear shaped macarons from HWTM. You can also make cookies in the same shape and decorate with chocolate.
The Party Bebe has a beautiful Koala cake that’ll make you wonder why you didn’t think of this theme all this time!
A koala mask makes for the perfect party favor, so kids can remember your awesome party for a long time! Check out the instructions at Fun 365.
3. Baby Shark Theme Party
Pretty sure you never imagined Baby Shark would turn out to be this popular! That’s probably why it’s a much sought after party theme these days, and you can set the tone with your invites. Drevio has many free designs you can customize and print.
An ocean themed backdrop would work perfectly for this party, with balloons and drapes in multiple shades of blue. Check out the mood board at Just Delegate for ideas. And of course, what’s a party without pinatas, and you can have more than one – just choose from the ideas at Unmonton De Ideas!
Customize all your party food with cute and free printables from Daisy Celebrates. Get cupcake toppers, bottle labels, tags and much more.
Most baby shark party cakes are quite intricate, with all the sharks and other creatures painstakingly replicated on the cake, like the one shown in Kara’s Party Ideas.
Stick to the ocean theme with a little pool bucket filled with all kinds of treats. Or you can make these cute ocean slime jars from A Pumpkin and a Princess, and insert tiny baby shark figures inside them.
4. Bumble Bee Theme Party
Parties are perfect to play with puns, which is why gold foil Happy Bee Day balloons are perfect for a bumble bee party! Check out Catch My Party to see how it’s done.
Why stick to plain balloons when you can turn them into bees? Kids will love these bumble bee balloons which you can make yourself with instructions from HWTM.
Making bee themed food isn’t as hard as you think – especially when you can turn plain ol’ Oreos into bees! Spaceships and Laser Beams show us how easily this kiddie favorite can be made to say buzzzz. And if you’d like something a little more sophisticated, try stacking donuts like The Girl Inspired has done, to make your very own beehive dessert!
This beehive cake from Catch My Party is simple, but so elegant and perfect for showing off the theme without being over the top.
Creative Green Living has a cute and frugal idea for party favors – bubble jars! Get regular bubble jars and add some paint to make them perfect for your party theme!
5. To the Moon and Back Party
You love your little one to the moon and back, so why not have a party that expresses this feeling? Let the world know your theme by making a lovely centerpiece in a gold frame like this one at Fun 365.
The perfect backdrop for this theme would be a sky colored curtain with foil moon and stars balloons. Check out Don Pedro Brooklyn for ideas on how to arrange these artistically. While the balloons rest on the wall, make some moon paper lanterns for the ground, as shown in Wedding Star.
Food for a moon theme party is quite easy – you can pick anything circular and shade it to represent phases of the moon! We love these colored full moon macarons from Pedaller Designs.
Fernanda Floret features a gorgeous cake with star toppers. You can have these along with the moon, or stick to the moon alone.
For favors, let the kids mix their own moon dust as shown in Pedaller Designs, with an assortment of sequins and shiny embellishments. However, if the kids are too young for it, you can try moon slime or moon dough instead.
6. We Bare Bears Theme Party
We Bare Bears have quickly risen in popularity and even many adults are fans of the cartoon show! If your kid loves these adorable bears too, it’s only right to have a We Bare Bears party, complete with stuffed bears as part of the decor, as shown in this picture by Happy Tu Eventos.
You have three bears to represent, so let the backdrop be large and impressive, like Surabaya has done! Use cardboard cutouts and banners to create the mood.
No need to thing too far for food for a We Bare Bears party – just go with these simple cupcakes from Rosanna Pansino! Make an equal number of each bear so every child can pick her favorite. While you’re at it, make these stackable donuts from Nerdache Cakes too, so you can have those bears in the position they should be in!
You can’t have it easier than this three tier cake from We Bare Bears, stacked one on top of another in true Bare Bears style! It should be easy enough for any baker to recreate.
There can’t be a better party favor than a free bear! Take inspiration from Cartoon Network‘s official Instagram page and pile up a bunch of Grizzlies, Pandas and Ice Bears in a box for kids to take home!
7. Popsicle Party
Nothing spells summer like a chilled treat! And if you’d like something a little different from regular ice cream themes, try a Popsicle party! Invite your friends with these easy DIY Popsicle stick invites from So Festive, made with paint samples.
Create an impressive decor like this one from Bloom Designs – one look should make everyone refreshed! Add cardboard Popsicles and bright colored paper lanterns and decorations that scream summer.
It’s easy to arrange food for a Popsicle stick party – just push Popsicle sticks into everything! Check out these brownie Popsicles from HWTM for inspiration.
This cake from Karas Party Ideas is simple but quite impressive and an exact representation of what happens to Popsicles in summer!
8. Cactus Fiesta Party
Succulents are all the rage these days, which makes them a great option for a party theme that’s totally ‘in’. And it’s really easy to decorate too – all you need are green balloons and a black marker and you’re ready to make these cactus balloons from Party Delights.
Let the kids have some fun clicking funny pictures in a cactus photo booth. You can make one yourself with instructions from Squirrelly Minds.
If you’re having your cactus party when it’s blazing outside, then these cactus ice cream cones from Studio DIY are just perfect! Pair these with doughnuts covered with green frosting and ‘spines’ for a color themed dessert table. Check out Encontrando Ideias for more ideas.
Since everything else is so colorful and bright, keep the cake simple but true to theme, like this white cake from Tell Love and Party – a great idea if you prefer buttercream!
Succulents need very little maintenance but are still green plants, making them an ideal gift for kids! Make these DIY cactus mugs from Cadence for perfect party favors.
9. Party like a Pineapple Theme
Name a fruit that has a crown and immediately reminds you of a beach vacation. It’s a pineapple! Pineapples are being used more and more, and not just in cooking! Throw a Pineapple party and start on the decor with a pineapple banner – get the free printable from Paper Trail Design.
Once you’ve done that, check out these pineapple paper party decorations from Abbi Kirsten Collections – easy to make yourself!
Here is a pineapple cake that can be easily made by a baker with reasonable experience – from Kara’s party ideas.
When your guests are ready to leave, hand them these cute pineapple treat bags like these from Party Delights, filled with little treats like pineapple flavored candy, pineapple scented personal care products or pineapple themed stationery.
10. Little Artist Theme Party
They say that kids are the real artists; whatever they create is true and pure from the heart. Which is probably why kids are naturally drawn to creating and why they’ll enjoy an artist party! Set the theme right from the invites, making them like those on The Modest Homestead.
Inspire your guests as soon as they walk in the door with an easel decorated with crafty elements, as shown in Kara’s Party Ideas.
Rice crispie treats dipped in food coloring ‘paint’ make cute little paint brushes. Check out how they’ve put it in a paint can in The Sits Girls.
With an arty party, you can get really creative with the cake! We love this one from Catch My Party which has a paint palette, dripping paint and paint smears too.
It’s an artist party, which means there has to be some painting! Set out easels and paints for the kids and they can take it home with them. See how it’s done at Kelly Leigh Creates.
The perfect favor for a little artist party would be paint cans filled with art materials – so the kids can go home and relive the fun times they had at the party!
11. Emoji Theme Party
Emojis are all around us, in fact some older kids and teenagers speak only in emojis! This age groups is sure to enjoy an emoji theme party.
It’s super easy to set the backdrop for this party – get a bunch of yellow paper plates and start turning them into emojis. Check out Simply-Delicious for more inspiration.
When setting up the dessert table, set up these DIY cardboard emoji boxes from Bloom Designs – they’re so easy to make!
You can’t have an emoji party without featuring the poop emoji in some form, and these chocolate caramel fudge pieces from Hungry Happenings are just so cute! Pair them up with these emoji macarons from Studio DIY that look like they jumped out of your phone!
With so much of yellow all around, it makes sense to tone down the cake. Pretty My Party has an idea for an emoji cake that’s not over the top but still sticks to the theme.
There are tons of emoji themed stuff out there so you can either fill a yellow gift bag with them or you can try these unique emoji pom poms from Handmade Charlotte. The kids can make them and take them home too!
12. UNO Theme Party
UNO is a game that brings the whole family together, and I know many families who’ve had to buy new sets because the old cards wore out! This makes a UNO theme party universally loved. Let your guests know what’s coming with a UNO wreath right on the front door! See more at Mary From Kentucky.
You can also use custom printed UNO cards to make birthday banners and spell out the name of the birthday boy or girl, as done in Kara’s Party Ideas.
How cute are these UNO cookies from Chu On Cakes? Just looking at them can make anyone crave a game of UNO!
This cake from Catch My Party is perfect – especially since it can be customized with the birthday kid’s name on the cards on the cake!
You can print out UNO candy wrappers from DIY Party Mom and use them to customize regular Kit Kat bars – perfect for kids to take home!
Raela has painstakingly created cute UNO gift boxes for kids, with custom designed stickers and special gifts including a set of mini UNO cards. After all, we can all use an extra set!
13. Avengers Theme Party
With the Avengers End Game movie releasing, it’s Avengers fever all around, making it a very ‘hip’ party theme for pre-teens or tweens everywhere. And they’ll all be super impressed when they see this backdrop created at Kara’s Party Ideas, which leaves no doubt as to what the theme is!
Ellie Rose Party Designs has a free Avengers themed birthday banner printable, so you can make yours to match the theme.
This cake from Catch My Party is an elegantly designed structure that features the major superheroes.
If you’d like something to hold your candy or treats for your guests, get these free printable superhero boxes from M Gulin – perfect way to end the day!
14. Pizza Theme Party
Pizzas have become commonplace in Indian homes now, to the extent that most people make their own, with Indian spices and flavors. Pizza is a hit for older kids on any occasion – friends coming over, exams ending or a big game on TV. So why not turn this obsession into a party theme! The Good Stuff has just what you need to get started – free printable Pizza invites!
It’s no fun without a pinata filled with good stuff, and you can make your own pizza themed one from Frankie!
You’re never too old to wear a party hat, especially when it looks as cute as these hats from Spot of Tea Designs!
Cookies that look like mini pizzas? Well, it sounds like a win-win! Learn how to make them from Libbie Summers.
Planning to make your own cake? Check out the recipe for this pizza cake from Betty Crocker, which will have your guests guessing!
These pizza printable boxes from Make + Tell are just what you need to house those little trinkets that you’re giving as return gifts!
15. Around the World Party
As the world gets smaller, kids younger and younger are getting acquainted with cultures other than their own. Let’s start them respecting differences early, with an around the world party! Set the stage with some cute cutouts of kids from different countries, like Marcie in Mommyland has done.
When it comes to food, there are no limitations – you can serve dishes from different countries! Serve them on map printouts of the corresponding region, as shown in Sprinkle Some Fun. Another great idea is making cake pops in the form of globes, like they’ve done in Celebrations at Home.
Don’t forget the party favors! Make these adorable stenciled bags from Craftaholics Anonymous and put in little luggage tags or other travel trinkets to remind kids to keep exploring!