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33 Amazing 3rd Birthday Party Themes

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33 Ideas to Celebrate 3 Years Old!

Three, Two, One. Go! Do you want to give your three-year-old an epic Birthday party? A great way to do that is to make it a certain theme! Here are 33 ideas to get you started!

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1. Dinosaur Party

The big three-rex! This is always a big hit with the three-year-olds! You can have a dino dig, make volcanoes, and serve dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets.

2. Outer Space Party

This is excellent for the little ones who are fascinated by space. You can have a moon bounce, make interstellar slime, and serve space food like astronaut ice cream.

3. Teddy Bear Picnic Party

Teddy bears are always a big hit with three-year-olds! You can have a bear hunt, make teddy bear biscuits, and serve honey jars with little teddy bears on them.

4. Fairy Party

This is ideal for the princess in your life! You can have a fairy scavenger hunt, make wand cookies, and serve pink lemonade with glitter in it.

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5. Superhero Party

Every three-year-old wants to be a superhero! You can have a cape-making station, make superhero masks, and serve superhero fruit snacks.

6. Farm Party

This is perfect for the little ones who love animals! You can have a petting zoo, make animal crackers, and serve milk in little bottles with straws.

7. Beach Party

This is perfect for a summer birthday! You can have a sandcastle-building contest, make seashell necklaces, and serve popsicles.

8. Rainbow Party

What three-year-old doesn't love rainbows? You can have a rainbow hunt, make rainbow crafts, and serve Skittles.

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9. Art Party

Turn it into a crafts extravaganza! You can have a finger painting station, make handprint paintings, and serve fruit kabobs.

10. Butterfly Party

This is excellent for the nature lover! You can release butterflies, make butterfly sun catchers, and serve butterfly-shaped sandwiches.

11. Pirate Party

You can have a treasure hunt, make pirate hats, and serve goldfish crackers. There are plenty of activities that tie in with this one.

12. Princess Party

This is another great option for the birthday girl who loves all things princesses! You can have a tiara-making station, make princess wands, and serve pink cupcakes with sprinkles.

13. Football Party

If you can tell they are a budding athlete in the making, this is the party for them! You can have a mini football toss, make football-shaped pizzas, and serve juice in little bottles.

14. Baseball Party

Another excellent option for the birthday boy or girl who loves sports! You can have a mini baseball game, make baseball cakes, and serve hot dogs.

15. Tea Party

This is always a classic and is loved by many three-year-olds! You can have a tea party, make finger sandwiches, and serve cupcakes with frosting.

16. Sea-Themed Party

Mermaids, fish, and all things sea creatures would be such a fun theme! You can have a fish-painting station, make starfish-shaped sandwiches, and serve goldfish crackers.

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17. Unicorn Party

Who doesn't love unicorns? You can have a unicorn piñata, make unicorn horns out of paper plates, and serve cupcakes with rainbow frosting.

18. Sesame Street Party

This is perfect for the little ones who love Elmo and his friends! You can have a cookie decorating station, make "monster" pizzas, and serve chocolate milk.

19. Toy Story Party

This is another great option for toddlers! You can have an "Andy's Room" scavenger hunt, make alien slime, and serve green Jell-O with gummy worms in it.

20. Paw Patrol Party

You can have a puppy piñata, make "pup cakes," and serve milk bones. Then just have it running in the background and the soundtrack on Spotify.

21. Encanto Party

This is ideal for the birthday boy or girl who loves all things magical! You can have a make-your-own-wand station, make "butterfly" biscuits, and serve "enchanted" lemonade.

22. Fiesta

Who doesn't love a Fiesta? You can have a piñata, make "sombrero" shaped sandwiches, and serve chips and guacamole.

23. Circus Party

You can have a clown make-up station, make animal crackers, and serve "elephant's ear" shaped cookies, even hire a clown too! Make sure you check with other parents, as not everyone is a fan of clowns.

24. Cocomelon Party

You can have a video viewing party, make "Cocomelon" shaped sandwiches, and serve "coconut milk" to drink. Then create a Cocomelon-themed cake to suit.

25. Bumble-Three

A bee-themed party could be extremely cute. You can have a "honeycomb" making station, make "bee-shaped" sandwiches, and serve honeycomb cereal.

26. Three-Themed Party

As it is their third birthday, see if they catch on to everything being in sets of threes. You can have a "lucky" coin toss, make "3-layer" cakes, and serve "three Fruit Loops" for cereal.

27. Ice Cream Party

To make this party a good one, you could serve up an "ice cream sundae" making station, make "cone-shaped" sandwiches, and serve "milkshakes." Just be careful about the amount of sugar.

28. Kitten Party

You could have a "kitten" piñata, make "milk jug" feeders, and serve "cat food" Jell-O.

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29. Country Themed

From horses to farmers to the great outdoors! You can have a "horse" toy, make "cow print" cookies, and serve "milkshakes." Another option for this theme is to do a petting zoo!

30. Puppy Party

For the birthday boy or girl who loves puppies! You can have a "puppy" piñata, make "pup cakes," and serve "dog biscuits."

31. Butterfly Party

You can have a "butterfly" net-making station, make "cocoon" shaped sandwiches, and serve "pupa" Jell-O. Decorate with Butterflies and have fun!

32. Flower Party

You can have a "flower" pot-making station, make "daisy" chain necklaces, and serve "sunshine" punch. Again, decorate with flowers for this one.

33. Race Car Party

You can have a "car" wash station, make "checkered flag" cookies, and serve a "pit stop" punch. Then have some fun races with the cars!

How to Choose the Perfect 3-Year-Old Birthday Party Theme

Choosing a birthday party theme for a 3-year-old can be tricky since they are at that in-between stage where they are no longer a baby but not quite a little kid yet.

Try to get a sense of what they are into currently. Are they into a certain TV show, movie, animal, or hobby? Use that as a starting point and build from there.

Here are some other tips to keep in mind when choosing a birthday party theme for a 3-year-old:

  • Keep it simple: 3-year-olds have short attention spans, so you don't want to overdo it with the activities.
  • Stick to tried and true themes: Classic themes like pirates, princesses, and superheroes are always a hit.
  • Incorporate their interests: If they are into animals, consider an animal-themed party. If they love cars, consider a race car-themed party, etc.
  • Keep the guest list small: Little kids can get overwhelmed by large groups of people so it's best to keep the guest list on the smaller side.
  • Make sure there is plenty of food and drink: Kids are always hungry so make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand.
  • Have plenty of activities: Games, crafts, and other activities will help keep the 3-year-olds entertained.
  • Don't forget the cake!: The cake is always a highlight of the birthday party, so make sure you choose something that your child will love.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck