36 Birthday Party Ideas For 8-Year-Old Boys And Girls

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Your little one is turning eight, and it’s an occasion to celebrate. If you want to give your child the best birthday of their life, here are some amazing eight-year-old birthday party ideas. Organizing a birthday party is a huge task that requires a lot of creativity, planning, and attention. Every aspect of organizing a birthday party, from themes, guest lists, games, music, food to refreshments, you have to plan everything to perfection. In this post, we bring you some amazing ideas to help you throw an unforgettable party for your eight-year-old. Also, make sure you talk to your child and incorporate their ideas too before planning the big event.

8th Birthday Party Guest Invite

Make an invitee list. Your guests need to be in synchronization with the party theme. For example, if you’re having a Lego-themed party, make a Lego pop-up card. For a mermaid-themed party, make invites with mermaid tail templates that you can easily find on the internet. You can even ask the guests to wear a particular color related to the theme.

To plan well, have a clear idea of how many of your child’s friends will attend the party. Consider adding a cute RSVP line on the card, like this one: ‘Please RSVP so we can keep enough return-goodies for you.’

Birthday Party Games And Activity Ideas For Eight-Year-Olds

One thing children look forward to at a birthday party is games and activities. So, here’s a list of things you can easily organize at home or in your backyard.

1. Bull’s eye balloon poppers

Stick 10 to 12 balloons together in a circle with the smallest in the center and get the children to pop them by flinging colored candy sticks from a distance. Whoever gets the middle one multiple times is the winner.

2. Birthday bingo

Host a game of good old bingo and make it interesting with your own rules.

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3. Cupcake terrarium

Make cupcake terrariums with frostings of greens and blues and other different colors. You can even make marzipan shavings for them to use as fillers in their terrariums.

4. Colorful kite-making

It is another amazing way to keep children busy. A little background work by watching videos of kite-making tutorials should prepare you for this fun activity.

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5. Pictionary

If you want the children to have a great laugh, organize a game of Pictionary. It will also help get their word creativity going.

6. Musical chairs

Also known as Revolving Doors or Marching to Jerusalem, this high-energy game needs some music and a bunch of chairs.

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Theme Birthday Party Ideas For Eight-Year-Olds

Here are some mind-blowing birthday party theme ideas for 8-year-old boys and girls to make things even better.

7. Cozy movie night party

Rent a projector and screen if you don’t have one. This could also make for a fun birthday gift for your eight-year-old. For the birthday party, load your child’s favorite movie on a USB stick. Throw beanbags around, fluff up the pillows on the couch, place some quilts, and put fairy lights up, and voila!

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8. Nerf war party

All you need is a few Nerf guns, foam pellet holders, and a scoreboard. Your children can play the game at your local park or in your backyard. You can make targets like spin wheels, hoops, and place them at a distance or create ‘floating targets’ if you’re having a pool party.

9. Candy crush theme

One of the most exciting and colorful party themes, think pinatas full of candy to burst open on the children, photo-ops, sweet trays with a striped candy, candy bombs, hard candy, and lots more.

10. Harry Potter theme

Recreate the Hogwarts experience with elements including a ‘Platform 9 and ¾’ Entry arch, wizard dress code, sorting hat, wands for the kids, and Marauder’s Map treasure hunt game.

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11. Disney theme

Pick your child’s favorite Disney characters and make photo-ops. Get a custom-made cake that looks like that a Disney character your child really loves.

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12. Art themed birthday

Bring out the inner Picasso of children with an art-themed birthday. Get a large canvas, colors, sparkles, and other props, and let the children get down and messy.

13. Alice in Wonderland theme

Get the children to dress up as different characters from this fantastic folklore and create little areas with faux door frames of various sizes. The star attractions of this theme can be the Tea Table and cakes with ‘Eat Me’ frosting.

14. Superhero theme

Be it the Marvel or DC universe, most children have a favorite superhero. You can theme the party around their favorite superhero or super villain.

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15. Game theme

Recreate the game in different colors and structures. You could also get your child’s favorite baker to make a Lego or Minecraft-themed cake, which will be a great surprise.

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16. The Little Mermaid theme or ocean themed party

Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and The Little Mermaid are all some of the examples on which you can base the party’s theme.

17. Island themed or beach themed birthday

It can be the best birthday party theme for your eight-year-old boy or girl if you live close to the beach. You can get sand down in large containers and create little islands for the children to spread their little sheets and sit on. You can even throw in a few tents.

18. Nature themed birthday party

If you want to design your child’s party themed around an environmental cause, incorporate the nature theme smartly. Create photo-ops with fun but thoughtful messages on conservation. Include activities such as planting saplings, arranging flowers, and making nature-themed paintings. You could also give away little planters as a return gift.

19. Trampoline and bouncy house park theme

Trampolines are so much fun and the best way to keep children occupied at a party. Bouncy houses are also another super-easy way to set up a little park in your backyard for your eight-year-old’s birthday.

20. The little chef theme

Children like to indulge in baking and cooking sessions with their friends. You can help them improve their knife skills by helping them out making sweet delicacies.

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21. Airplane themed birthday party

Let the dress code be a pilot’s overalls and then make backdrops and photo-ops with different aircraft that your child loves and get an airplane-themed birthday cake for some extra yummy joy.

22. Karaoke night

A Karaoke night is a hit among children. Get a good Karaoke player, which has over 2000 songs loaded and a couple of microphones. Add a funky backdrop with some disco balls hanging for the authentic karaoke feel.

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23. Paint and sip

Make a large supply of mixed fruit juice to keep it flowing through the day. For the painting activity, you can create an individual activity station for every little guest. Things you’ll need for this include lots of paints, paintbrushes, paper cards and sheets, water bowls for dipping their paintbrushes, napkins, and activity paper.

24. Camp out themed party

Make Teepee tents in your backyard in a circular arrangement and throw in some fun activities like air Pictionary or charades to spruce up the experience.

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25. Pool party

If you have a pool at home, spruce it up with super amazing pool floats, organize games such asMarco Polo, play buckets with the children’s names on them, and colorful photo-ops. You can even organize a super cool floating movie night for the evening.

26. Basketball themed party

Lakers or Warriors or any of the top NBA team fans? Whichever is your child’s favorite, making a ball-themed party will be real fun. You could even organize a little half-court match between the kiddie teams to make it more interesting.

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27. The little magician themed party

Get your child to learn a few cool magic tricks to flaunt at the party. Dress your child up as a magician with a hat, a wand, and the works for the party. The other children can also dress up as magicians and showcase their talents.

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Birthday Party Ideas For Eight-Year-Old Boys

We have a few ideas to plan a birthday boy’s birthday. But if your girl likes any of them, you can pick it up.

28. Circus party

Make your little one’s birthday super memorable with a circus theme. Set up your space with everything from a tent to fun games to colorful decorations to popcorn and more for an exciting time.

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29. Soccer bash

From soccer-themed invitations to a football cake to soccer birthday balloons and even a small soccer game setup, get your children’s inner Ronaldo out on their special day.

30. Treasure hunt

Every child loves hunting for treasure, and the good old treasure hunt theme is an excellent way to keep your budget low. Ensure every child has a blast at the unique party. If you have the bandwidth, you can even organize a treasure hunt for the adults.

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Birthday Party Ideas For Eight-Year-Old Girls

These are some fun themes for a girl’s birthday, but you can use them for a boy’s party too.

31. Princess theme

It is a big hit birthday party idea for eight-year-old girls. You can theme the party around characters like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Princess Elsa of Frozen. that your little girl loves.

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32. Slumber birthday party

Slumber parties are a girl’s favorite. Set up a slumber party by having your children’s sleeping bags, then turn up their favorite movie, set up snacks like popcorn and food like pizza, and you’re good to go.

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33. One Party

Pick your girl’s favorite color and arrange everything in that color. For example, if you choose blue, choose a pretty blue frock, blue decorations, and blue cupcakes, and make your little one’s blue dream come true.

Birthday Party Food And Snack Ideas For Eight-Year-Olds

As it’s a children’s birthday party, you would want easy-to-make snacks and food that children love.

34. Sliders

Sloppy Joes, sandwiches, juicy cheeseburgers, and crispy chicken strips—such foods are delicious, easy to eat, and every child would love them.

35. Jazz it up

If there are few foods children won’t look away from, then it’s mac and cheese pizzas, spaghetti, meatballs, and ice cream tacos. You know, after a long day of games and activities, they’ll devourer every bite.

36. Kiddie sweets

A party is incomplete without desserts. Pick sweets, which children always enjoy, such as Oreo rice krispies, ice cream sandwiches, marshmallow fruit dip, and princess toast.

Pre-planning the birthday theme, decor, menu, and return gifts can help you save some money and a lot of effort. Keep looking for discounts and deals to make your little one’s party special without burning a hole in your pocket. You can either choose our 8-year-old birthday party ideas or may design your ideas based on your preferences and finalize a theme and other activities for the party to make your little one’s birthday a great success.

Key Pointers

  • List out the tasks a few weeks before the birthday party to avoid confusion.
  • Plan a theme and activities accordingly to keep your eight-year-old and the guests entertained.
  • List out the goodies, and you can even customize the food items as per the theme.

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Nisha Bharatan

Nisha Bharatan is a freelance writer with experience in writing health and finance content for various Indian and international clients. After completing her engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University, she did content marketing courses to complement her interest in writing. Nisha writes articles centered around kids’ development, their activities, crafts, games, and fun elements that keep children and families entertained.... more