Hosting a birthday party can be stressful, but it’s especially difficult when your party is in January. Between Christmas and New Year’s burnout, worrying about snowstorms, and the cold weather, it’s hard to find January party themes that fit the season and keep your family excited.
That’s why we’ve pulled together these 25+ party themes that are perfect for families with kids born during the coldest months. From sports parties to classic princess parties, these themes will help you celebrate in style without too much fuss.
Tips for Hosting a Party During January:
Here are some tips to help make sure you have a successful birthday with as little drama as possible:
- Have a backup plan. If snow or bad weather is predicted, have a plan for another date or a party at home if necessary.
- Create an activity schedule. Having a structure that includes a few thoughtful and age-appropriate party games will help keep everyone on track.
- Keep it simple – If you’re expecting a lot of guests, try to keep decorations and activities minimal so that everyone can enjoy the party without being overwhelmed by too much chaos.
- Watch out for germs. There’s no need to be paranoid, but the winter season can bring a lot of sickness, so taking a couple extra steps to keep everyone healthy can go a long way. Simple ways to do this can include avoiding shared foods (like bowls of snack mix) and having small packs of tissues and hand sanitizer availalble.
- Utilize winter elements – Incorporate colors, decorations, and activities that celebrate the season to keep your guests feeling festive!
25+ Best January Party Themes
Celebrate your kids January birthday parties in style with one of these January party themes. From Disney characters for a first birthday to creative themes perfect for older kids and tweens, these party ideas are sure to be a hit.
A glow in the dark party is a fun and unique way to celebrate any occasion. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party or just want to have some fun, glow parties are perfect for all ages, from kids to adults.
Do you have a little train engineer chugging toward a big birthday? A train party is the perfect way to celebrate with steam, choo-chooing, and railroad fun! Put a twist on this classic theme with interactive games and activities that bring out your little engineer's locomotive spirit.
DIY Toy Story Party
Toy Story themed birthday parties are a modern classic. And with four different movies to provide inspiration this theme comes with plenty of possibilities for decoration and activities.
Plus, it’s easy to create a lot of the decorations and activities yourself with some DIY projects that don't require too much time or money. So bring out your inner Andy and let your imagination run free.
Puppy Themed Party
Puppies one of the cutest and most beloved animals, but they make a great theme for little kids parties. Plus, kids love to play pretend with furry friends, so puppy-themed parties provide plenty of opportunities for imaginative role-playing activities.
You can set up a playful atmosphere in your home with puppy-themed decorations and activities that keep everyone entertained. Ideas like having a “puppy parade”, decorating dog-shaped cookies, or hosting their very own puppy adoption can provide opportunities to get everyone up and moving indoors so they won't leave feeling cooped up!
Dinosaur Birthday Party
Dinosaurs are popular with kids of all ages, making it a perfect theme to entertain them indoors during cold weather. Plus, it’s a classic that never gets old - especially if you incorporate some of these epic ideas.
Mickey Mouse Party
Mickey Mouse is the quintessential children’s theme, and offers plenty of possibilities to get creative and make a memorable party. There’s no need to go all-out with decorations or activities, as the theme itself speaks volumes.
By incorporating classic Disney elements like Mickey Mouse himself, red and black decorations, or some of Mickey’s famous friends, you can easily create an atmosphere that will capture the imaginations of your winter-born kiddos.
Are you kids in love with floss dancing and Fortnite? Create your own battle royale with easy to find supplies and watch them battle it out on your living room dance floor! For an extra dose of fun, don't forget the llama pinata and drop box centerpieces.
All it takes is a few easy decorations and activities to turn your home into the perfect battleground for a fun and stress-free winter birthday party!
Golden Birthday Party
Technically, a golden birthday party is when your birthday also matches the month you were born. Which would mean a birthday on January first in this case. And that's definitely a birthdate worth celebrating!
Or, maybe you just want a birthday party draped in as much gold as possible, which also sounds amazing. Either way, these ideas will have you and your party space covered.
Rapunzel Birthday Party
Do you have a little princess in your house with long, flowing golden hair? Or maybe you just have a little princess that likes to pretend she has long, flowing golden hair filled with purple flowers. Either way, with these fun Rapunzel themed party ideas, you won't have to worry about getting tangled up in the party planning details.
Indoor Farm Birthday Party
Who says that barnyard and farm parties are only for warm weather? With the help of some simple decorations, you can transform your home into a barnyard of fun! With a felt farm animal cake topper, vintage style prints, and plenty of red gingham, you can easily create a cozy, rustic atmosphere.
Vintage Sports Party
If you’re looking for a timeless sports themed birthday party, this vintage sports party is just for you. From the vintage-inspired decorations, to the fantastic cake and themed party games, you’ll find plenty of ideas to get the wheels rolling. Don't forget, you can tie in all sorts of fun sports themed activities and snacks, like touchdown tango, and penalty pops.
The big game may be pushed out into February now, but that doesn't mean you have to stop all the football excitement. A football themed birthday party is a great way to keep the celebration going and capture your little one's love of the sport, even in the dead of winter.
Is there a little heartbreaker with a bit of ‘stache in the house? Celebrate your winter-born kiddo’s special day with a mustache bash that will bring out all their fun, wild sides. All you need is some mustaches to decorate with, and mustache themed games and treats. Your little one will love the extra attention!
If you're planning to rent out a venue, then you'll definitely want to check out this gymnastics party. Filled with simple decorations and lots of travel-friendly food, this party is perfect for the budding gymnast in your life.
Ice Princess Birthday Tea Party
Combine two classic party themes to create one epic birthday bash for your little one. From a cake decked out with glittery snowflakes to beautiful ice princess party hats, your little princess will fall in love with this wintery tea party.
Get your boogie on and transport your guests back to the 70s! Inspired by this adult themed party, and with a little help from some sparkly decorations, music, and disco dancing, you can also create the perfect birthday party for your star child!
January is cold, and tacos always make me think of warm weather, so why not turn up the heat with a taco bar and a taco themed party. Hang up some colorful decorations, and set out a spread of delicious toppings, then watch your guests line up for some crunchy fun.
Rainbow Birthday Party
Your little one will love this bright and fun rainbow birthday party, complete with all the colors of the rainbow. Hang up a few streamers in different colors, add some balloon decorations (and don't forget to save a few for your little guests!). All that's left is to make sure you have plenty of colorful treats in store for everyone!
Why not theme an entire party around everyone's favorite junk food? With this printable banner, and a DIY pizza bar complete with all their favorite toppings , you can have a pizza party guaranteed to put smiles on all of your guest's faces.
Transform your party into a magical winter wonderland with white and blue decorations, snowflake cutouts, and plenty of shimmer!
Let your little explorer unleash their inner adventurer with an arctic-themed party complete with ice 'fishing', indoor snowball fights, and fun obstacle courses.
Encourage your guests to get competitive by playing some winter themed games like bobsledding, snowball fights, and ice skating.
Experiment with snowflakes, ice melting, and more to bring science to life with this fun party theme.
Have a relaxing day at home with friends by setting up spa stations in your house. Include mini mani/pedis, face masks, and even a hot tub if you have the space!
Ice Age Party
Make a splash with an Ice Age themed party, complete with your favorite mammoth and sloth, and plenty of prehistoric activities. Make dinosaur fossils, play ice age scavenger hunt and make snow ice cream. It's sure to be a blast!
Art Birthday Party
Gather supplies like paint, glitter and beads to create winter themed art projects with your guests for hours of messy fun.
As you can see, there are many options for January party themes. Whether you’re looking for something classic or something more creative, any of these ideas will be a hit with your kids, and will keep your guests entertained.
No matter which theme you choose, make sure it reflects the personality of the birthday child! Try not to stress too much, and have fun!
Pinned this. Love how many ideas you have. The winter wonderland one looks like it would work for grown ups too. I’m planning to have people over, and I was wondering what to call it.