I’m Throwing My Three-Year-Old Son His First-Ever Birthday Party and Need Suggestions

A mom writes in asking for advice about her three-year-old’s upcoming birthday party. As it will be the boy’s first-ever birthday party, this mom wants to make sure it’s extra-fun and special. Here’s what other moms had to say about throwing a party to remember.

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A member of the community asks:

Ladies, I need some help! My son’s 3rd birthday is next month. His last two birthdays, we didnt have parties and we went out as a family to the zoo and for supper.

Now that he is in daycare, he has made a lot of friends, and this year we are throwing him a birthday party at his grandmother’s house. It will be mostly outside. She lives in the country so there is a lot of space, a swing set, a trampoline, a swimming pool, and a sprinkler, so they will be able to go swimming and what not.

But I was wondering what other fun things we could do!? I’m stuck on ideas, and it’s coming up in a few weeks! Thank you so much in advance, loves!

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Let’s see what the community had to say!

Ideas for a Three-Year-Old’s First-Ever Birthday Party


“Egg race. Bob for apples. 3 leg race. Red rover.”

“Water balloon fight.”

“Water balloon fight, water slide, water guns, pinata, pin the tail on the donkey.”

“Water balloons, water guns, piñata.”

“Bubbles, water balloons, finger painting.”

“For kids that age, maybe a splash pad? You can buy some at Walmart for less than $20 I think. Or a water table? Something with water would keep them entertained for awhile, maybe a bubble machine? My daughter loves to play outside with hers.”

“Bat balloons around, create an obstacle course, pin the tail on the donkey. Squirt guns. Most kids this age will be so happy to have unstructured time, and all the outdoor activities sound PERFECT. Remember sunscreen and hats. Baseball caps or sun hats and little sunglasses (and squirt guns if you want) would make great goody bags to give out as guests arrive. Have extra sunglasses and squirt guns to replace the lost & stepped-on ones.”

“Slip and slide, pinata, water balloons.”

“Girl that is enough for those kiddos. They are still tiny tots and will wear themselves out just from the swimming and playground alone. Lol. Theme ideas: whatever your toddler likes! Lol. I had Bubble Guppies, TMNT, Power Rangers, and his 3rd birthday was a surprise party from his uncle.”

“My daughter’s birthday is in June. We have always preferred outdoor parties. One year we had a frog-themed party and had a leapfrog relay. It was super cute and the kids loved it. It was actually like her 3rd or 4th birthday. Water balloons are fun too.”

“A bounce house it’s something different from the other things at grandmas.”

“Sounds like for that age that’s plenty. Just get lots of snacks! Watermelon and melon in general. Maybe a piñata just for fun.”

In Conclusion


We really don’t have a whole lot to add! The community provided loads of brilliant ideas, with water balloons being among the most-suggested activities. Hard to beat a big water balloon fight, especially on days this hot!

We hope the party goes well, mama! Happy early third birthday to your baby boy!

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