To Character Or Not To Character

Posted by CraftyGeekMom | On: Feb 16 2011

Archived from “My Lil Guy” (my previous blog)

I’ve been doing a bunch of looking around on the Internet trying to get inspiration for where I want to head with My Lil’ Guy. I’ve looked at party blogs and home decor blogs to get ideas on current trends and what people want. One thing I have noticed is that most of these blogs/sites tend to lean towards general party themes over character themes. In fact on several, when the blogger came across a well done (ie creative) character theme party that they wanted to share, they almost sounded apologetic to be showing it to their readers. They started the post with something like, “Usually I would never show you a *enter name* party but this one was just so *enter description*.” To be honest, it made me wonder a little…so mom’s want parties that have more general themes (trains, bugs, etc) so that they can be creative but what do the kids want? After all it is their party, right?

Hopefully its pretty obvious that I’m all for having unique parties. I enjoy being creative and creating something special for my boy’s birthday, but if one of my boys tells me he wants a Buzz Lightyear party I think I would have a hard time telling him that that’s not OK with Mommy and how about we just do an outer space party. Not that an outer space party wouldn’t rock…but back to the point I was trying to make. Now I still wouldn’t just stick to the commercially available party supplies, mainly because its just not me, but I would probably still try to find ways to incorporate Buzz (toys, books, etc) and then create a color/general theme for most everything else.

So I’m just wondering what the rest of the mommy world thinks, do you stay away from commercial/character themes or do you accept that your son loves Elmo, Transformers or Candy Land and just roll with it?


  1. Traci says:

    My son has wanted character parties (Buzz, Woody, Ben 10, Mario) and I’ve found ways to incorporate his character into all the ideas that I find for all the details and extras. His first two parties were general themes (carnival and trains) but once he was old enough to ask we’ve found a way to pull it all together.

  2. I think that’s how I will try to handle it as our boys get older and make requests. I love coming up with all the extras and details but really kids are pretty easy to please. :)

  3. Stephanie says:

    Great post! I have no doubt there will be tons of character parties in my future! I generally keep commercial parties off the blog because a lot break copyrights and it’s something we’re constantly fighting to protect with our own work. Totally agree with your thoughts with having to balance your desires with what your kids ACTUALLY want. P.S. Found your blog via twitter an it’s great.

    • Thanks Stephanie! I was excited to find your blog too. Glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks there needs to be more fun designs for boys. :)