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Invite over the family and friends and celebrate your child’s big day with a fun-filled summer birthday party that is as unique as the guest of honor.

With bright and cheery weather as your inspiration, there’s no shortage of exciting party theme ideas you can use to impress guests and make your little one feel extra special. When their birthday occurs in a warm-weather month, it’s even easier to plan a colorful soirée with a laid-back atmosphere inspired by summer. Here are some tips for fun and easy party planning.

Pick the perfect party theme. Sticking with a common theme throughout the party planning process is a great way to let your hosting skills shine through, while highlighting your child’s interests.

Start by making a list of your child’s favorite things. Does the birthday boy or girl have a special toy, book or hobby? Or, perhaps your child is inspired by an animal or movie character. After you have a few ideas in mind, give your child a short list of options and let them choose the party theme.

Have a little one who loves cars? A child who finds wonder in the circus? Then, consider a hot rods or vintage circus themed party.

“A birthday party that truly represents your child’s passions will leave lasting memories,” said Valerie Gimre, owner of Charming Touch Parties in Geneva, Illinois. “Focus on a few key elements to spotlight the theme and let the creativity flow.”

Creating the invitations. A special party deserves a special invitation. It’s not only the way to let guests know about your big day; it also creates their first impression of the event. From the color of the paper to the font, it’s the fine details that count.

Skip the electronic invite and opt for the personal touch of sending homemade invitations with special details such as an eye-catching stamp that coordinates with the party theme. If you want to save on paper, a postcard design is a fun way to announce your party.

While designing the invitations, remember to keep the language as simple and concise as possible, while including all the specifics, such as the date, time, name of place and the address. Also, be sure to include details about the RSVP, including an email and phone number, as well as a deadline for their response.

Tie in with other party elements. Beyond invitations, a great birthday party also includes creative home decorations, and fun food and dessert ideas. For example, you can build on the circus theme by creating a concession stand table, complete with popcorn, animal crackers and other treats kids love.

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