Around the World-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Costume Ideas
This is a chance to see the American melting pot in action! Ask kids to dress in costumes that represent their cultural heritage or any culture they like.

If guests are short on time or money, suggest that they dress like a country's flag. To represent Denmark, for example, wear all red and use white tape to make stripes in a cross shape down your front or back.

Tres chic clothing and accessories for your around-the-world costume:

  • Folkloric costumes and ensembles
  • Hats, scarves and headgear
  • Belts, obis and jewelry
  • Boots, sandals, mukluks or bare feet
  • Eye patches and moustaches
Party Activities
Keep kids occupied by letting them create an imaginary country, complete with a national anthem and their own language. Let them draw what their country looks like and create a colorful flag. Supply pens, colored pencils, paints and large sheets of white paper. When the flags are finished, hang them around the party, and give them back to the kids later as party favors.

Games are a fun way to introduce children to other cultures too, so bust out mancala (from Africa), mah-jongg (China) or even checkers, which is believed to have originated in Iraq.

Food Ideas
Everything from your snacks to your main course should reflect an international influence. Choose one country and let that inspire your entire meal, or mix it up with favorites from lots of lands.

Pair chips and salsa with hummus and warm pita, or pappadums (India) with various chutneys. Flatbreads and pancakes are staples around the globe: Serve chocolate and Nutella crepes (France), or prepare Mandarin pancakes and mushu pork (China).

Dessert can range from shortbread and baklava to tiramisu and gelato.
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