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12 Awesome Theme Ideas for a January Birthday Party

It's not just the new year — it's your kiddo's new year, too! Kick off another trip around the sun with the Best. Birthday. Ever.

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

Spa Day Party


If you’ve got a January birthday kid, you probably already know you’re not throwing a pool party for their birthday ... unless their best friends are penguins. But there are plenty of ways to celebrate a winter birthday and still have a blast. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of January birthday party themes — no matter which one you choose, you’ll kick off your child's new year with fun, creativity, and tasty treats.

1. Frozen Party

Frozen Party

Catch My Party

Celebrate your child's special day beside Anna and Elsa with a Frozen-themed party. Let them spend the day in their best coronation dress crafting snow globes and having an indoor snowball fight, all while sipping on hot chocolate. Make the memories from the party last even longer with a Frozen-themed photobooth. Find more inspiration for a Frozen-themed party at Catch My Party

2. Penguin Party

Penguin Party

Happy Strong Home

Everyone can agree that penguins are extremely adorable and make a pretty cute theme for a winter birthday celebration. The little wobbly winged creatures won’t disappoint when it comes to party activities, either. Kids can make little penguins out of marshmallows or craft fun lookalike poppers from paper cups. Find more inspiration for a full penguin party over on Happy Strong Home

3. Red Party

Red Party


January’s birthstone is garnet, so it only makes sense to throw a red-themed birthday bash highlighting the precious gem. For this party, you’ll want everything to be RED! We're talking red balloons, red place settings, and all red attire. Kids can also make some homemade edible gemstones to represent the different birthstones throughout the year.

4. Hamilton Party



Everyone's going to want to be “In The Room Where It Happens” for this birthday party. Honor Alexander Hamilton and his January birthday with a Hamilton-themed celebration. Rise up for the occasion with decorations based on the Broadway set and let guests belt out some karaoke from the soundtrack. Don’t throw away your shot to have an awesome celebration: Check out Highlights Along The Way for more Hamilton-themed party inspo.

5. Glow In The Dark Party

Glow in the Dark Party


Hit the lights for this glow-in-the-dark party! Pick a room in your home that can be made extra dark during the day and fill it with glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark balloons. Then turn the lights back on to learn how to make glow-in-the-dark slime. Check out The Idea Room for even more glow-in-the-dark ideas.

6. Winter Wonderland Party

Winter Wonderland Party

Pop of Gold

Throw an elegant winter wonderland party that transforms your house into a glittering ice palace. Pop over to Pop Of Gold to see how she put together her gorgeous (and surprisingly easy) winter wonderland party, with cocoa pudding cups, evergreen-tree cupcakes, and sparkly snowflakes everywhere. 

7. Indoor Beach Party

Indoor Beach Party


Just because it is winter outside doesn’t mean it has to be freezing inside! Turn up the heat for the day, hit play on a summer playlist, and get your indoor beach party started. Decorate the house with palm trees and beach balls and relax on beach blankets and towels while guests sip tropical drinks. Check out Sweet Makes Three to see how she brought the beach into her house (minus the sand) for the day.

8. Hot Chocolate Party

Hot Chocolate Party

In Katrina's Kitchen

If you have a chocolate-loving kid, a hot chocolate party is going to be right up their alley. Plan a day full of chocolate activities such as making hot chocolate on a stick and painting hot cocoa mugs. The party wouldn’t be complete without a hot chocolate bar, a hot chocolate charcuterie board, and of course, a hot chocolate cake. Everyone will be in a happy chocolate coma by the end of this party.

9. Spa Day Party

Spa Day Party


Birthdays should be relaxing, so why not turn the whole party into a zen spa day? Set out supplies for face masks, manicures, and pedicures. Play some chill-out music in the background and sip on cucumber water as all those elementary-school stresses melt away. Glutton For Chaos has even more spa day party inspiration.

10. High Tea Party

Tea Party

Oh How Civilized

Guests will want to pull out their fanciest hats and dresses for this high tea-themed birthday party. Prep a traditional high tea menu full of tea sandwiches, scones, and tea cakes. Serve your tea in kid-friendly cups, and top off the party with an Alice in Wonderland-themed cake: Lewis Carroll, the creator of Alice in Wonderland and its famous Mad Tea Party, was a January birthday kid himself once upon a time!

11. Mad Scientist Party

Mad Scientist Party

Parenting Chaos

Gear up for experiments and a little bit of merry chaos at this mad scientist party. Bring out safety goggles and white lab coats and let the kids get to work! Set up a slime station or make DIY lava lamps. Find more inspiration for a mad scientist party at Twinkle Twinkle Little Party.

12. Polar Bear Party

Polar Bear Party

I Heart Crafty Things

Have a little one who’s obsessed with polar bears? Throw them a polar bear-themed party to celebrate their special day! Play polar bear-themed games and make beary adorable polar bear crafts. The birthday celebration would not be complete without a polar bear cake: See how to make it over on Fun Cakes

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Originally published January 2021, updated January 2022.