The Biggest Birthday Party Trends of 2018

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Nothing gets your kid’s birthday party started more than an awesome theme — and, of course, all the creative DIYs that go along with it. These five super-fun trends are cause for celebration.

1. Backyard camping party

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Ah, the draw of the great outdoors! Pitch a tent out back and have a night under the stars. Set up a make-your-own grilled cheese bar and toast them up on your grill. Then, let everyone dig into s’mores nachos: just heat graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate pieces in a cast iron skillet. And if you’re looking for bonus points, throw in a little stargazing courtesy of your iPad. Download an app like Sky View or Star Walk 2 to help you spot constellations. That’ll make for some happy campers!

2. Glow in the dark party

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It’s like we always say: You can never glow too crazy with kids’ parties. Start by swapping out your bulbs for black lights and pumping up the dance-worthy tunes. Hand out glow sticks, and let party-goers decorate white tees with glow-in-the-dark fabric paint. You can even cover games like ring toss and corn hole with glowing paint so kids can compete in the dark. A tween dream!

3. Unicorn party

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Unicorn love is here to stay, and we’re fully on board. The rules are simple: unicorn and rainbow everything. Desserts, party favors, headbands, streamers, balloons. If there’s a time to go utterly overboard, it’s now.

4. Emoji party

Kids have serious heart eyes for Emojis. So why not help them make their own? Set up a crafting station where everyone can fashion their own Emoji masks. Then, send them over to the photo booth — complete with props, balloons, and a streamer backdrop — so they can share their new look on social media.

5. Trolls party

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How fun is it to see our kids enjoying the same wild-haired wanderers we loved growing up? Deck out each kid with her own Troll hair thanks to party hats covered in colorful tulle. Then dig into Troll-themed treats, like a decorating station where kids can ice pre-made Troll cutout cookies or rainbow-frosted cupcakes.

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