At Dazzle and Fizz, most parties that we host are for a mixed gender audience. We often find that parents struggle to find a mixed gender party theme to suit all of the partygoers however. So we have put together our top five mixed gender party themes to help you when planning your child’s party!
The story of Peter and Wendy in Never Land is a timeless classic that is both relevant and magical for modern children. Never Land is a world of endless possibility, where children make their own rules and never grow up. The Lost Boys really capture the innocence of childhood and appeal to both girls and boys in equal measure. Captain Hook and his pirate friends also act as a lovely contrast to Tinker Bell and the mermaids of Mermaid Cove, appealing to a broad range of guests.
Wonderland offers another world of possibility, with the focus more on the absurd than the playfulness of Never Land. A Wonderland party is only complete with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party; the beauty of which is in the mismatched nature of the styling. Playing cards, white rabbits, tea cups, hearts, flowers, flamingoes, pocket watches, bread and butter-flies, ‘eat me’ biscuits and ‘drink me’ bottles are also fantastic unisex motifs to reference in your Wonderland party styling. Wonderland also lends itself to great mixed gender games and activities, such as mad hat making, flamingo crocket and the Red Queen’s footsteps (like Grandmother’s footsteps).
Beatrix Potter inspired events are most fitting for younger children’s parties, particularly those under three years of age. The great thing about this theme is that very young children will still respond well to the cute animals of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and friends, without necessarily understanding the stories. The theme also lends itself to natural, organic and homely styling, which again is suitable for both young girls and boys.
This is certainly the most contemporary of our top five mixed gender party themes. Paw Patrol has a universal appeal in that the pups featured are both male and female; the missions that they complete are all very ‘friendly’ and there is a wholesome morality to each story. The theme also lends itself to really fun party styling. We have used colourful dog bowls to display the party food (pup-corn is a favourite) and have even served bone shaped sandwiches and biscuits for a fun and theatrical lunch. The pups also love to dance in the show (apologies if the pup-pup-boogie is now stuck in your head) so make sure your party includes lots of music.
Narnia is another timeless mixed gender children’s party theme, which lends itself to magic, mystery and wonder. It is earthy with sparkle and both very ‘real’ and otherworldly at the same time. We once used a wardrobe door to create a snowy Narnia scene, complete with a three dimensional cake of Aslan the Lion! This theme works particularly well in the winter months as you can go wild with a snowy setting. Your children will never look at their wardrobes in the same way again!
All parties styled and planned by: Dazzle and Fizz
Floristry by: Early Hours Ltd
Balloons by: Bubblegum Balloons
Cake by: Odiham Cake Company
Photography by: Greg Hammond, Tina Bolton Photography
Event venues featured: Aynhoe Park, The Bulgari Hotel, Home House London and Beaufort House Chelsea