How To Throw An Around the World Themed Birthday Party for Kids

Last month, my oldest turned 5, which I thought was a momentous occasion and called for an extra special party (after all, this is the last year he can show his age with only one hand sniffle).

Our Jackson is a funny little guy with an affinity for geography (he was name all the states, point to them on the map, list the continents in order of size, point to each of them on the map, etc.), so my husband and I began brainstorming early on a geography themed birthday party and how to pull that off. After we sat down and thought about it, we realized it would actually be somewhat easy and inexpensive to pull off, so we began to design, scheme, and shop!

I am absolutely THRILLED with the way everything turned out with his party! I think we were able to do it for less than $150 (which is a lot for a kid’s party, yes, but we also had 30 kids in attendance which upped the cost of everything), but you could easily set a budget for less and stick to it.

My favorite part of party blog posts are the pictures, so without further ado, here are some of the deets from Jackson’s “Around the World in 1 Hour” 5th birthday party:

Welcome to our theater room — err, I mean, Asia! We bought the paper lanterns at Dollar Tree and I printed off flags of different Asian countries to display around the room.

Welcome to our theater room — err, I mean, Asia! We bought the paper lanterns at Dollar Tree and I printed off flags of different Asian countries to display around the room.

Can you guess which country/continent this is?!

Can you guess which country/continent this is?!

Pin the tail on the kangaroo! My crafty husband designed the kangaroo/poster/tails and we had it printed for less than $10 at Walgreens.

Pin the tail on the kangaroo! My crafty husband designed the kangaroo/poster/tails and we had it printed for less than $10 at Walgreens.

Snacks around Europe.

Snacks around Europe.

I got most of these snacks at Dollar Tree… no joke! They had lady fingers from Italy, some type of Italian crostini crackers, salt and vinegar chips, and Scottish shortbread! The “German” cookies were the Voortman brand from Target :)

I got most of these snacks at Dollar Tree… no joke! They had lady fingers from Italy, some type of Italian crostini crackers, salt and vinegar chips, and Scottish shortbread! The “German” cookies were the Voortman brand from Target :)

Each guest received a passport when they arrived (which I will explain in more detail in just a sec). I ordered the cute blue passports from Oriental Trading and the little composition notebooks were — you guessed it — Dollar Tree.

Each guest received a passport when they arrived (which I will explain in more detail in just a sec). I ordered the cute blue passports from Oriental Trading and the little composition notebooks were — you guessed it — Dollar Tree.

First stop: Australia and pin the tail on the kangaroo!

First stop: Australia and pin the tail on the kangaroo!

Here is why we bought the little passports: For each country/continent the kids visited, they received a stamp (also from Oriental Trading) from its correlating country.

Here is why we bought the little passports: For each country/continent the kids visited, they received a stamp (also from Oriental Trading) from its correlating country.

After Australia, it was time to fly to Asia, where the kids worked hard to collect as many mini marshmallows as they could with their chopsticks… the kids all did great and actually really surprised me!

After Australia, it was time to fly to Asia, where the kids worked hard to collect as many mini marshmallows as they could with their chopsticks… the kids all did great and actually really surprised me!

What’s a great party without a colorful piñata (Mexico/North America)? We filled the piñata with little flag fans (Oriental Trading), flag bouncy balls (also OT), globe balls (Dollar Tree), glow-in-the-dark planes (DT), and a few other world-themed toys from Dollar Tree.

What’s a great party without a colorful piñata (Mexico/North America)? We filled the piñata with little flag fans (Oriental Trading), flag bouncy balls (also OT), globe balls (Dollar Tree), glow-in-the-dark planes (DT), and a few other world-themed toys from Dollar Tree.

Finally, it was time to take our guests to Europe for an assortment of yummy snacks, which all the kids seemed to enjoy!

Finally, it was time to take our guests to Europe for an assortment of yummy snacks, which all the kids seemed to enjoy!

When you attend a birthday party at our house, I can guarantee it will have a doughnut cake, because they are super easy to put together, incredibly inexpensive to make (we have done Krispy Kremes before, but went with Safeway and Walmart this time around), and give your guests some options.

When you attend a birthday party at our house, I can guarantee it will have a doughnut cake, because they are super easy to put together, incredibly inexpensive to make (we have done Krispy Kremes before, but went with Safeway and Walmart this time around), and give your guests some options.

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

As you can see, the party was somewhat simple and easy to pull off, and I think it was enjoyed by both the kids and parents alike. We had such a great group of people over and I cannot wait to begin brainstorming Jackson’s next party! Stay tuned.

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