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Boys Birthday Party Ideas for a 5 Year Old (that they will love!)

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Not only can little boys be sweet and adventurous but they can also be loads of fun! Birthday parties are also fun! Turning 5 is often a big age to celebrate in fact.  Your child goes from little kid to independent big kid. So, if you are planning a party for your mini-man, check out these boys birthday party ideas for a 5 year old!     

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Original Boys Birthday Party Ideas for a 5 Year Old

Dinosaurs Party

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Photo credit The Childhood Glen

Not only are dinosaurs a favorite of so many kids, but it is also a terrific theme idea!  Play pin the tail on the T-Rex or have guests play dinosaur charades.  Or set up a Dino Dig like The Childhood Glen has done here and have your little paleontologists searching for bones and fossiles. You could also have the cake shaped like your little guy’s favorite dinosaur and have a dinosaur move dance party!  

Construction Party

A Construction Party, the perfect theme for your future builder! Firstly, hard hats and safety vests would make a great favor for a construction-themed party!  Secondly, décor could include yellow and black caution tape and balloons, fun signage, and orange pylons to the room.  Finally, a bulldozer-shaped cake would fit right in with this theme!

Painting Party

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If you don’t mind a bit of mess, then a Painting Party is a great fun party idea for boys (and girls too). Just remember to ask them to wear old clothes and provide some good aprons! Set them up with mini canvases and paint palettes. Then let their imagination run wild! You could even have a gallery tour at the end of the party!

Super Heroes Party

Superman, Batman, and Spiderman, oh my!  If your little hero is a big fan of one or many superheroes, then consider a Super Heroes theme for their 5th birthday party.  Ask guests to arrive as their favorite heroes or have them decorate their own capes and superhero masks. Additionally, set up an obstacle course they need to tackle, and don’t forget to capture all their hero poses in a group picture!

Mini-beast Party

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Little boys love little insects so why not host a mini-beast party for your mini man! If you have a garden, get the children out and about with plastic magnifying glasses and bug catchers on a bug hunt. Or set up a fun worm dig as The Childhood Glen did. Get the children to hunt for fake worms and make some mud pies in the process!

Safari Themed Party

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If your child loves animals, a safari theme birthday party may be the right choice!  Zebra striped and cheetah spotted balloons, greenery galore and a stuffed animal or two, will in essence make your guests feel like they are on a safari!  Animal-shaped cookies or cupcakes would be a yummy addition and also, have guests make their own binoculars so they can look for animals at home.

Fishing Party

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If your little boy like to fish, then a Fishing Party is a fun birthday theme for a dry day. Ask the children to bring their own rods or have a few children’s rods spare for borrowing. Pack some bait and party snacks and set off for your favorite fishing spot.

Party in the Park

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Sometimes, all little boys want to do is run around and play. So what better way to plan a party, than around their endless energy levels! A Party in the Park is a fun and relaxed way to celebrate your boy’s birthday, without all of the fuss of a themed celebration. If there is a playground, then the children will likely entertain themselves for the majority of the party. But you could also throw in some fun games and activities to add a little structure.

Space Party

Perhaps stars, planets and maybe even aliens are more of an interest to your child. If so, consider hosting a space themed party! Hold the party in a darker room and place glow in the dark stars over the walls.  Or even better, host the party at night and get everyone outside to find constellations.  Another idea is to have guests work together to build their own rocket ship or solar system using cardboard and other craft supplies.  A space theme party would be out of this world!

Olympics Party

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An Olympic themed party is perfect for any active kid to not only have fun but burn off some energy. Depending on the time of year of the party, take ideas from either the Summer or Winter Olympic games and create stations for your guests to try.  For example, set up obstacles to jump over like a hurdles race, or see how far your guests can jump at a long jump station.  Decorate with colors from the Olympic rings or even make your own using pool noodles!  Another idea is give each guest their own medal or have them create that or their own torch to take home prize.

Camping Party

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Whether in the backyard or set up in the living room, a camping theme party will be the perfect theme for any outdoor enthusiast!  Set up a tent or two for the kids to hang out in.  Furthermore, serve camping food like hot dogs and smores which can be roasted on a fire or in the oven.  They taste amazing either way!  Lastly, take turns telling camp fire stories and if possible, go on a walk outside and do a nature scavenger hunt

Pirate Party

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For those seeking epic sea adventures, a pirate theme may be the best way to get a taste of the ocean!  Have guests design their own pirate hat, then have them work together using a map to find buried treasure full of treats.   Skull and cross bones as well as gold coins make excellent pirate decorations!  

Race Car Party

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Some boys take a liking to cars as soon as they can hold a toy one or watch them drive by.  A race car theme party could include black and white checker flags and race car red streamers.  A race car shaped cake along with refuelling food like popcorn would satisfy any racers hunger!

Lego Party

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Lego has been a long time favorite toy for so many children.   Decorate with blue, red and yellow streamers and balloons.  Have some guests create their own Lego character faces on yellow balloons while others build with Lego.  Like this classic toy, your imagination is limitless!

Pokémon Party

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Pokémon has been around for years and continues to be loved by both boys and girls alike.  A Pokémon theme could include images of Squirtle, Charmander and not to mention, Pikachu!  Create a poke ball piñata for your little Pokémon trainer to break open and see who can catch all the treats inside!  

These boys birthday party ideas for a 5 year old are just some examples of how to add some extra fun into a party!  Whichever you chose for your little man, it will surely be a memorable time.  See these cute ideas for some fun 5th birthday wishes. Finally, enjoy this special time with him, they grow up so fast!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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