Turning 10 is one of the first big milestones in a child's life, when he becomes a "double digit" age. It's also a fun time, before the more grown-up atmosphere of middle school, when a kid can still be a kid. And it's a wonderful time for a birthday party, with many creative ideas available on a wide variety of subjects to suit every boy's interests on his special day.
Ideas for the Sports Fan
Have a NASCAR party: Decorate with racing cars, posters and checkered flags; provide clean tires stuffed with pillows for chairs; make a table decorated like a racetrack; use a race-car-shaped pinata; fill plastic trophies with treats at each place setting. For games, have a windup car race; have a tire-race game dividing the children into teams with each having a tire, then mark a start and finish line, add cones, and have one kid from each team roll the tire from start to finish and back, passing the tire over to the next team member, with the fastest team winning. Have a car-shaped cake.
Have a bowling party, by taking the kids to a local bowling alley. Use bowling-pin-shaped invitations, with a bowling ball birthday cake; send everyone home with trophies.
Have a baseball party by taking the kids to a batting cage. Use a pinata for batting practice; rent a baseball-themed bounce house or moonwalk (and some of these come with their own batting cages); take the kids to a minor or major league game. Have a baseball-shaped cake and food that includes hot dogs, pretzels and the other traditional fare found at baseball games. Decorate with team posters, baseball caps and plastic helmets.
Ideas for the Adventurous
Have an X-Men party: Bake an X-shaped cake and use a toy claw or clean small rake to rake Wolverine's trademark claw marks across the cake; have X-Men action figures as party favours; decorate with X-Men posters; have the kids come dressed as X-Men characters and hire laser-tag gear (or go to a laser-tag arena) to re-enact scenes from the movies; hold an X-Men movie marathon.
Have a Wii party: Choose a variety of games, such as sports themes, karaoke or rock-and-roll, and have one remote control per guest, if possible; use party favours such as thematic light-up novelties like LED guitar lanyards or flashing cellphone necklaces. For food, snacks-on-a-stick or dry foods (corn dogs, hard pretzels) are a good idea to avoid greasy hands on the game remote controls.
Host a Star Wars-themed party: Use character invitations and serve "space dogs" (pigs in a blanket), meteor sliders (bite-sized burgers), force-be-with-you fries, and Yoda sodas. Decorate with star-studded balloons, glow-in-the-dark stickers, banners and light swords; have a Jedi obstacle course, or Darth Vader battle wearing black capes and using toy light sabres; have the kids use light sabres to hit a Darth Vader pinata.
Ideas for the Fun-Loving
Hold the party at an arcade or a game emporium and restaurant combo like Chuck E. Cheese, providing your own cake, ice cream and table decorations themed around the birthday boy's favourite interest(s).
Have a wacky mad scientist party: Have the kids come dressed in lab coats with their hair sticking up and give them safety goggles and a clearance badge to wear; roll up the party invitations in test tubes and hand deliver; decorate with biohazard signs, caution tape and poster; have actual science experiments set up from kid's science kits as an activity, using dry ice or a fog machine to set the atmosphere; and/or set up outdoor experiments like bottle rockets, the famous diet coke/Mentos experiment, make home homemade slime or Playdough, or a papier mache volcano. For food, make a cake shaped and decorated like a brain or mini-volcano cakes and jello moulds with gummy worms inside.
Schedule a scavenger-hunt birthday party: Send out invitations shaped like a magnifying glass or pirate; decide whether to hold the party in a park, neighbourhood or mall; use pieces of paper that fit together to make a map so that when all the clues are found, the kids can locate the treasure. Use the birthday boy's favourite characters and interests in the clues to personalise the hunt. For prize-hunting, you can either have the kids find the hidden clues and then piece them together to form the map and find the treasure or hide a variety of items at each location.