The best list of 5th birthday party themes, with clever ideas for boys and girls + inspiration for decorations, food, party favors and more!
Getting ready to celebrate your child turning FIVE? We’re here to help with 25+ unique 5th birthday party ideas that you can use as inspiration to plan your party. All of our themes are fun play-on-words or puns with the word “five” or “fifth”, and we’ve included photos of party décor, birthday treats and favors to spark your creativity.
Your almost 5-year-old will have plenty of fun ideas and favorite things to incorporate as well, so get them involved in the planning process right from the start. Show them some of the photos we’ve included here and see what they get excited about.
Whatever fifth birthday party theme you decide upon, we wish you nothing but smiles and laughter on the special celebration day.
RELATED: If you have younger children who will be celebrating a birthday soon, check out all of our birthday theme lists. We’ve got the best ideas for 1st Birthday, 2nd Birthday, 3rd Birthday and 4th Birthday too!
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Gender Neutral / Unisex 5th Birthday Party Ideas
These clever 5th birthday ideas are fun themes for boys and girls alike – scroll through and see which ones might be a match for your child’s personality and preferences (and keep scrolling for even more unique themes for girls, and some for boys too!).
Hi Five / High Five
Say “hi” to five with this fun, hand-slapping 5th birthday theme. Use your child’s favorite bright colors to decorate and add in plenty of hand prints – works great with an art party theme too!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Mummy and Mini, Grey Paper House, Kays Party Creations, @northstarballoons, Kristen McGillivray
Tie-dye has certainly made its comeback and is such a fun and vibrant party theme. Create a tie-dye station where guests can turn white T-shirts, towels or bags into colorful works of art!
Photo sources & inspiration links: See Vanessa Craft, Darling Celebrations, Sweetambs
Five Guys / “I’m Turning 5, Guys!”
If your soon-to-be 5-year–old is a burger enthusiast and loves a trip to the fast-food restaurant “5 Guys”, this burger/diner theme is just too good to pass up!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Michelle’s Party Plan-it, Beijos Events, Arin Solange at Home, Grey Grey Designs, Hostess with the Mostess
5 Ring Circus
Come one, come all, to the incredible 5-Ring Birthday Circus! Create your very own “Greatest Show” with this incredible carnival themed party – send circus tickets as your invitations, and thank your guests with Animal Crackers in their goody bags. So many fun ideas for decorations and food with this 5th birthday theme.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas, Blooms Party, Kara’s Party Ideas, Crazy Little Projects
5th Fiesta / Five-esta / Cinco de <name>
Throw an epic fiesta for your 5-year-old with bright colors, fringe and Mexican food favorites – kids will love a good taco bar!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Catch My Party, Kara’s Party Ideas, Red Velvet Cakes, Happily Eva After, @sugarbelle.sweets
Ride into Five
Encourage your guests to bring their scooters, skateboards or bikes so they can help the birthday child celebrate at this unique bike-inspired party. This fun theme lends itself perfectly to active activities like relay races or an obstacle course.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas, Celebrations at Home
5 Little Monkeys
Inspired by the nursery rhyme, “5 little monkeys jumping on the bed”, this theme is a unique way to celebrate your own little monkey, using lots of bananas and jungle cues. Your party guests will have a great time monkeying around!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Betty Crocker, Celebrations at Home
5th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Looking for a unique 5th birthday party theme for your birthday girl? Well, look no further! These creative ideas are generally thought of being more “girly” (although we certainly don’t want to exclude boys from using them) with plenty of pink, florals, and overall sparkle.
Five is a Vibe
Celebrate the 60’s and 70’s with this retro boho theme, complete with muted colors, daisies, rainbows and peace signs. Peace, love and party on!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas, Style Me Pretty, Beijos Events, Seaesta Surf, Zazzle
Dive into Five
Dive in to this Under the Sea party theme with a 5-year-old twist! Schools of fish, dolphins and mermaids await your guests, and the theme lends itself to plenty of creative party food ideas: starfish sandwiches, oyster cookies and mermaid tail cupcakes to name a few.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Emelbe Designs, Kara’s Party Ideas, Pretty My Party
Turn your 5-year-old into a true little princess by throwing her an elegant royal celebration. Have your child’s friends decorate crowns as a fun party activity, and have plenty of fancy dress-up gowns on-hand so everyone can see what it feels like to be royalty.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Pretty Paper Pixels, Memory Keepsake Party, Little Miss Party Planner, Twinkle Twinkle Little Party, Momo Party, Pizzazzerie
Aloha! Welcome your guests with a lei and fruity drink, and let the luau begin at this colorful Hawaii themed 5th birthday bash.
Photo sources & inspiration links: The Party Music, Soiree Love, Twinkle Twinkle Little Party, Crazy Little Projects
Five & Fabulous
Go for a glam vibe with a fancy “Five & Fabulous” theme. Incorporate lots of metallics, sparkle and your little girl’s favorite colors for a totally customized party.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Zazzle, The Crafting Chicks, The Sassy Bride, Pretty Cute Cuts, Amazon, Party Touches UK , Pizzazzerie
If “Let it go” is constantly on repeat at your house, consider this unique Frozen-inspired theme where you can celebrate with Ana, Elsa and friends. Or forget the movie tie-in and simply create an icy winter wonderland – perfect for winter birthdays!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas and 2, Hostess with the Mostess and 2, Birds Party
5th Birthday Party Ideas for Boys
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the boys! These 5th birthday party ideas are full of their favorites, offering a clever 5-year-old twist to themes like Star Wars, race cars, fire trucks and more.
(And yes, these could absolutely work for girls too!)
Drive into Five
If your 5-year-old is an avid vehicle lover, get them in the driver’s seat with this awesome race car theme. Decorate with lots of checkered flags, tires, and create a “pit stop” for food where your guests can fuel up for the rest of the party.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas, Project Nursery, Catch My Party
May The Fifth Be With You / Revenge of the Fifth
A twist on the classic line “may the force be with you” lends itself perfectly to a 5th birthday party where all of your son’s favorite characters can be incorporated, from Yoda to Chewy. Or go with a spin on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, “Revenge of the Fifth”!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas and 2, Pink Poppadom
Flying into 5 / Gate 5
Go with a vintage airplane theme and fly into 5! We love creative touches like using white balloons for clouds, and incorporating suitcases and globes into the décor.
Photo sources & inspiration links: Simply Charming Socials, Kara’s Party Ideas, Klitzeklein
Ride into Five
Ride into five with this unique dirt bike theme. All the little boys are sure to have a “wheely” good time!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Teepublic, Kara’s Party Ideas, Laura’s Little Party
If you’ve got a firefighter/fire truck obsessed 5-year-old on your hands, this Fire-FIVE-ter theme is sheer perfection. From flame cupcakes, to water games, there’s so many great ideas that can be incorporated into your party to make it hot, hot, hot!
Photo sources & inspiration links: Kara’s Party Ideas, Project Nursery, Pretty My Party
Even More Unique 5th Birthday Party Ideas
If you’re still unsure of what fifth birthday theme to go with – we’ve got even more great party themes for your 5-year-old to consider. How about…
- O-fish-ally Five (Fishing theme)
- How Sweet to be 5 (ice cream / candy theme)
- Fairies, Flowers and 5!
- Let’s Flamingle into 5 (Flamingos)
- Dive into Five (pool party)
- Jive into Five (dance party)
- Bee hive, I’m five (bee/honey theme)
- Tutti Five-utti (fruit theme)
- Down by 5 / Take 5 (sports theme)
We hope this list helped you find the perfect 5th birthday party theme for your little girl or boy. Let us know in the comments which one you went with for their big day!
And if your birthday girl or boy has younger siblings who may be celebrating a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th birthday in the near future, check out our other great lists of birthday themes to help: