Posts in the ‘Boy Birthdays 2’ Category

FREE Circus Birthday Party Printables from Printabelle

I've been dying to give away a set of FREE circus party printables since it's such a popular theme on our site, so I was delighted when Michelle from Printabelle designed these for us. Thank you, Michelle!

The collection includes: a welcome sign, invitations, cupcake toppers, a banner and mini banner, water bottle labels, mini candy bar wrappers, gift bag tags, thank you and menu/place cards, treat toppers, napkin rings, gift tags, and a coloring sheet.


Thanks, Michelle, for designing another fantastic set of printables. And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file!

To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} The Ultimate Nerf Party

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion and our budget party contributor, threw her son the Ultimate Nerf Party.  Not an easy theme to do, but Melissa found inspiration in unusual places. Read her whole story below:

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy breezy chicken peazey to find girl themes for birthdays, however, much more challenging to find a boy -- preteen no less -- theme.

This year for our son’s birthday party my inspiration was found in a strange place – the sporting goods store!

Back story: On one of our “date nights,” my husband and I decided to meander into a local sporting goods store in search of some additional camping gear (yup we go shopping on date nights – lol). No go on the gear, but total SCORE on the birthday party idea!

Walking down the isles..I spotted these targets…

Were they in my budget?  Where they safe?  Where they what I wanted?  YES TO ALL THREE!

What boy doesn’t love NERF?  What boy doesn’t love obstacle courses? So the Ultimate Nerf Party was born!

Nerf parties out there are few and far between.  Nerf brings me back to my older son’s adolescence when the nerf colors were navy and yellow!  I wanted to combine the newer colors of Nerf with the more traditional colors and came up what I think was a great combo! You can see it in this photo:

Oh the wheels were spinning now!  What else could I use these babies for other than just putting them up onto a piece of foam core board?

AH…my son and his friends are not big fans (ok not even small fans) of Justin Beiber (I have no problem with the popstar).  SO I thought what great way for the boys to take out their “feelings” on The Beib than to shoot him with Nerf Darts!

The other décor was easy.  Take any old glass jar, fill with Nerf Darts = centerpiece. 

Reuse some paper lanterns that I purchased at a local shop for $ .99 each! 

A few balloons minus helium. (BONUS – I bought these great plastic balloon holders some time ago from Oriental Trading– reusable – blow up, insert into base and they stand up great. Cost saver on the helium and I reuse the plastic sticks time and time again).

Food – asked the son – "hot" was what he wanted – reply: dogs and French fries – Oh how I love him! One of the most inexpensive foods to buy for “the masses.”  

Add in a popcorn bar for a snack (very inexpensive to do) BONUS TIP:  I used cute popcorn boxes but brown paper lunch bags from your local dollar store or grocery store work just as well!)  

(Big sigh here.)  My original plans (plan A as I call it) was to use our backyard as a huge totally rad (do they say that anymore?) obstacle course.  Mother Nature had a different plan. 

In the 11th hour, I was challenged with hosting the party mostly inside with the hopes of a clearing patch in the rain and we could quickly get out.  "Scale down" was my new motto.  I had to basically take an entire party that was to cover over a ½ acre of backyard and fit it into my playroom/dining room. (laugh, go on, you've been there, done that, right?!)

Low and behold we had a few hours of clearing, sun and we took advantage of it!  Hubby had set up party of the outdoor course that “could get wet”!  Boys had a blast! BONUS:  The “pool noodles” were purchased from the Dollar Tree – SOOO FUN and COST next to nothing!

I was so happy with how everything turned out, despite my Plan B!  The boy was happy and all the boys had a “blast”! (pun intended)  In fact, one of the boys said to me “Mrs Newell, this is the best weekend ever!”  awe..thanks buddy!

I hope I have inspired you to be creative on a budget!  Until next month   – Party on friends!

Thank you, Melissa, for this great story. You prove that with a little ingenuity, anything can be a budget-friendly party theme! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.



FREE Football Party Printables from By Invitation Only DIY

Ana from By Invitation Only DIY designed this fantastic collection of football birthday party printables and has offered them to our readers for free. Thank you, Ana!

If your son (or daughter) loves football, use these printables and you've got all the decorations for your next party!

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, a welcome sign, fancy labels, favor tags, and a "Happy Birthday" banner.


Thank you, Ana, for this awesome collection. To learn more about By Invitation Only DIY and see all their designs, check out their Etsy shop and "like" them on Facebook.

{TRENDS} Ninjago Parties on Catch My Party

For those of you who don't know (and I didn't know until these parties starting popping up on our site), Ninjago is a line of ninja Legos that are very popular with boys 7-14. There's a whole immersive world of minifigures (heroes, creatures, and skeletons) to draw on to put a Ninjago party together! Take a look at these great Ninjago inspirations... (Click on the photo to see the whole party.)

Debbie M's Ninjago Legos/ Ninja Chinese Party

Simply Iced's Lego Ninjago 6th Birthday Party



Jenny S's Ninja / lego Ninjago party

If you want more, check out these fantastic ninja parties and Lego parties on our site, so many incredible ideas!

Vote for Your Favorite Birthday Card Design Now!

We've gotten a fantastic turnout to our birthday card design challenge! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Now it's time for our community to vote for our three favorite cards.


The designers with the three most popular cards will each receive $100 Amazon gift certificates.

The three finalists will then have their designs featured on the HP Facebook page and in the HP Newsgram newsletter, and the winner, voted on by the HP community, will receive a brand new HP OfficeJet 7500A printer worth $199.

Here's how voting works:

  • You can vote once a day for as many cards as you like
  • Voting ends at 11:59pm on May 20th
  • If you want to share a card on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter, just click on the card you like and you'll see the links
Good luck, everyone! I can't wait to see the winning designs!


I'm dying over this little face and this little outfit! For a boy who loves golf, I couldn't think of a better party than Mercer Turns FORE!


Spell Out Anything With these FREE Alphabet Circle Banners from Sarah Hope Designs

Now if you need a banner for any occasion, we've got you covered! Yulia from Sarah Hope Designs created these three amazing 5" printable circle banners in different color combinations (purple/pink, green/blue, and red/yellow/blue) with all the letters in the alphabet so you can spell out anything you want!

Each collection includes letters A-Z, numbers 1st-10th, and two blank circles, perfect for birthdays or any other occassion.  Thanks to Yulia, for hooking us up!


To learn more about Yulia and see all of her great designs, visit her at Sarah Hope Designs. Thanks again, Yulia!

FREE Dr. Seuss Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

Wanessa of Wanessa Carolina Creations designed this incredible collection of free Dr. Seuss party printables in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday which is today!! Now you can invite some kids over, serve some tasty treats, and read some great books (my favorite being Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you?).

Th collection includes: mini cupcake toppers, party flags, large party circles, drink labels, cupcake wrappers, blank tented cards, bookmarks, and 2 designs of fantastic patterned paper! Take a look...


Thank you, Wanessa for creating so much fun and excitement! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

FREE Mickey & Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Printables from Printabelle

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties are some of our most popular, so how fantastic that Michelle from Printabelle designed this set of FREE Mickey & Minnie Mouse party printables just for us. Now if you're thinking of throwing a Mickey or Minnie party you'll have everything you need to make your party extra special.

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, welcome signs, a "Celebrate" banner (small and large), menu and thank you cards, water bottle labels, favor tags, favor bag toppers, and mini chocolate bar wrappers.


Here's the whole collection...

Here are the individual printable files...

Thanks, Michelle, for designing this set. I have a feeling they will be very popular!

And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Also, for further inspiration, check out all these fantastic Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties on our site!


This week's party photo comes from Angela J's A Day at the Office Party. For a five-year-old who is all business, can you think of a better theme? I love the vintage details, like the typewriter, and I how great is his serious expression.


Definitely check out the rest of the party photos! The rubber band ball centerpieces are brilliant!

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