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The Best Kid's Birthday Party Theme Ever

I just posted ALL about the Puppet Party I threw for my daughter’s 3rd birthday on my blog.

I tend to kind of go all out for parties, ha, and I REALLY love a theme. This Puppet theme was, in my opinion, the best kid’s birthday party theme I’ve done so far, and here’s why: I kept it really open.

I didn’t try to define “puppet” in any one way. I used all different types of puppets and had a puppet show come to the house and perform in the backyard for the kids. I didn’t create tons of tiny handmade puppets out of felt (like I wanted to) and I didn’t try to make the food go with the party theme. I just had my husband pick up a bunch of $5 hot and ready pizzas for the kids.

I’ve thrown my daughter a “Fancy Pants” birthday party, and a “Pony” party, and this one was by far the easiest and most fun. Here are some other ways I incorporated the puppet theme!

  • Puppet Party Favors 1 of 5

    These drinks did triple duty. They were the 1. drink 2. party favor 3. table decor. I bought the finger puppets from Ikea instead of making them myself. That was actually really hard for me! Haha but they look just as cute!

    See more here


  • DIY Puppet theater 2 of 5

    This little theater was SO fun to make, and it kept the kids entertained until the real puppet show started. Now we have the theater in our play room and my daughter LOVES using it. I plan on making new puppets for it for the different holidays.

    DIY here

  • The Puppet Show 3 of 5

    I was LUCKY enough to find a woman in my neighborhood who does puppet shows! She had this set up and her own puppets. She does it part time at the library too. The kids, ages 2-6 were IN LOVE with the puppet show. I cannot recommend this activity enough for a kid's party. It takes all the pressure off of you! If you can't find someone local you could make my DIY puppet theater and beg a friend to do it! The kids aren't picky.

  • Puppet Cake Topper 4 of 5

    I printed a picture of my daughter large, then cut off her arms and legs at the knee. I seemed odd until I reattached the limbs using brads. It was very easy and pretty freaking cute. We love having a Gigi puppet around the house. But you could use finger puppets or simply a picture of your child as fun puppet cake topper.

    See more here

  • Hinged Puppets and Table Decor 5 of 5

    These guys did double duty as well. I designed these puppets and had them printed. Then I attached the limbs with brads. But instead of just stacking them up and handing them out to kids, I used them as decoration. On the walls, in the candy jars, on the table. These are probably what I spent the most time on, and it was SO worth it. The kids LOVED each having a puppet to play with. So often you spend time making things kids do not use. The kids really enjoyed playing with these and got to take one home as a favor!

    I'll have a printable download up soon.

Love and happy party planning,


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