When it comes to creative birthday ideas for kids, there is no limit to what you will find online. You can view Pinterest boards for inspiration or visit websites such as Parents and POPSUGAR Moms for ideas. You’ll find advice on how to pick themes, select colors, and determine what type of budget to have for the occasion. You’ll even see photographs of decorations and treats so you’ll have an idea of how to tie everything together to create a party that no one forgets.

At times, it may seem like information overload. After all, you’re planning a party because you want it to be fun, right? You don’t want to be overwhelmed by the process. Fortunately for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of party planning by narrowing down your option to eight creative ideas. You’ll then be able to determine which is right for you, your child, and the money you’ve set aside for the event.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Make it all about shapes

Geometric shapes are the thing to look out for these days. Kids love them and you’ll find lots of party décor in triangles, diamonds, and hexagons. Decide on a color scheme and look for geometric shapes when shopping for party supplies. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try making cupcake toppers, banners, and table décor yourself. Cut a template out of heavy cardstock to ensure the accuracy of the shapes.

Host a rainbow party

Let color be the focus of this creative birthday party theme. You’ll have no problem putting together a rainbow celebration because you can buy each color individually if you can’t find items with rainbows already on them. Remember to keep things in order by using ROY G BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) to group them together. You can alternate cup colors with plate colors as well as cutlery, too. For example, use a red plate with an orange cup, a yellow napkin, and green, blue, and indigo spoons, forks, and knives.

Encourage artistic pursuits

Give each child a canvas, a paintbrush, and a variety of acrylic paints and allow them to create their own masterpieces outdoors. Protect clothing with a plastic apron. Allow each child to take home their painting to give to their parents.

Give it a natural feel

Incorporate things that children would find outdoors. Use pinecones, tree branches, and rocks to add texture and a woodsy vibe to an indoor setting. Use neutral colors that mimic the color of wood and stone. This is especially fun if you have a camping theme and have kids staying overnight. They can lay in the living room in sleeping bags among the natural décor.

Let it sparkle

Use glitter and gold foil to give everything a shiny look. Choose what colors you like best and dip balloons in glue and bowls full of glitter. Give kids glitter covered hats and sunglasses to wear. Take pictures with an instant camera to send home with them. Write “You Shine!” on the bottom of each photo with a sharpie for a personal touch their parents will love.

Center it around food

Do you have an aspiring chef in your family? Why not make the party be about food? You could feature dishes from different countries around the world. You could choose to host a cookout or even have a loaded potato bar or ice cream sundae bar. Kids get to create their own concoctions to test and enjoy.

Have it feature science

If your kid loves experimenting, why not make his or her party all about doing just that. You can set up stations where the kids get to mix, make, and test out experiments. Keep in mind, however, that this can get very messy so it’s best done outdoors or in a location where a plastic tarp can be laid down. Give each group of partygoers a specific amount of time on each station to explore and experiment with the materials provided.

Throw a pajama party

A slumber party is a great way to break up activities. You can plan something for the evening and then carry out the rest of the celebration the following morning. There are a number of ways to make an overnight party extra special. You could rent a movie that you know the kids would enjoy, set up a popcorn or candy bar to satisfying cravings for snacks, and do something outdoors the next morning to finish things off. It allows the kids to run off extra energy before going home.

No party is complete without a goodie bag filled with birthday treats. A high-protein, low sugar NikoBar in Birthday Cake is a great option for kids of all ages. It has 14 grams of proteins and 2 grams of sugar which makes it a healthy treat. Make sure to include one in each treat bag so the kids at the party have something fun to take home with them to eat.