Around the World-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Think globally and celebrate locally with an around-the-world party inspired by a few countries, a specific continent or the whole wide world. Kids will enjoy themselves and learn something new in the process!

Need inspiration? Head to your local supermarket, stand in the international food aisle, and look at the packaging. Let the colors and designs guide your decorating scheme (and later, your menu).

Hang maps and atlas pages on your walls, and make signs with country names and basic facts on them. Flags make excellent wall coverings as well as festive pendant decorations. Mix and match traditional decorations from various cultures for a unique international flair. Some ideas to get you started: pinatas or celebration banners (from Mexico), stamped lanterns (Morocco) and paper globes (Japan).

Fill your party favor bags with gourmet international goodies, like candy from Japan and France. Miniature flags and globes make great additions, as do pocket atlases, rubber balls (blue ones like planet Earth), noisemakers and balloons. Your goodie bags don't have to be made of paper or cellophane, either. You can use baskets, woven textiles or Chinese food containers.

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