As adults, there’s something we love about putting on our Birkenstocks and heading to a music festival! Whether it’s the laid-back vibe of the audience or the amazing music, festivals like Coachella are awesome experiences. Why not bring that same joy to our little ones? Planning a Kidchella party for your kiddo’s next birthday is super easy (and oh-so cute) with these 15 fabulous ideas.
Kidchella Party Decor
The idea for this theme is to take what you love about music festivals and make them kid-friendly! For “flower children,” think pretty flower garlands and a color palette of green, white, coral, and gold. Ideally, the party would be outside, but feel free to drape your indoor party space with natural elements instead. (Check out our Boho Party Planning post for more ideas like this!)
For a more gender-neutral decor option, we love this idea of mixing streamers and strings of lights! The streamers can be any color you want, making it super easy to match your theme colors.
Get in touch with your kiddo’s inner hippie with this lovely backdrop! They’re fairly simple to make out of scraps of material (try cutting up some thrift store sheets) and a rope! Just knot your strips of material to the string, push to one end, and repeat. This can be used as a backdrop for a dessert table or a cute photo op!
There’s something so “Coachella” about feathers and glitter! This Kidchella party decor idea combines the celebration vibe of balloons with the festive feeling of gold-dipped feathers. A definite winner! And bonus: super easy to make yourself. These would be great for an indoor celebration!
One last element: seating. Or rather, lack thereof! Make it a true lawn festival and put several blankets, quilts, and large pillows around the performance area. Kids love rolling around on the ground, so no need to worry about chairs at a Kidchella party.
Kidchella Party Food
When you’re at a music festival, there’s really no place to sit down and eat! So it’s all about the portable finger foods. And luckily, this concept transfers really well to a kids’ party, because they’re always on the go!
What kid doesn’t love pizza? Wrap it up in quesadilla form for a more portable party snack. With only 4 ingredients, these pizza quesadillas are super easy to make and keep everyone happy!
Sticking with our theme of keeping food under wraps, try a Wrap Station! Set up a few simple toppings with some whole wheat tortillas and let kids build their own Kidchella party snack. Bonus: Keep things healthier with toppings like cream cheese, hummus, almond butter, cucumber sticks, shredded apples, and strawberry chunks.
This is a classic kid-friendly treat, but we still love it. And it fits right in with our Kidchella theme! Just string a bunch of colorful chunks of fruit onto some skewers and you’re set! You can also add this tasty marshmallow dip if you’re feeling extra sweet.
Technically fruit can count as dessert, but no Coachella experience (or Kidchella party) is complete without some “trending” desserts. Handheld waffle treats took Coachella by storm this year, so why not make sure your little guests get a taste? We’re not exactly sure of the recipe for these amazing pops, but here’s what we’re guessing:
- Make some waffles.
- Insert a popsicle stick.
- Dip in melted chocolate.
- Sprinkle with fun toppings like Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, or fruit bits.
- Drizzle with more chocolate.
- Let cool and enjoy!
After all these tasty treats, don’t forget something to drink! Coachella is definitely a summertime event, so your Kidchella party beverages should be refreshing and fruity. After scouring Pinterest, we’ve landed on the Watermelon Breeze. It’s light, tasty, and super easy to make! Whip up a few batches and serve out of a cute glass container.
- 3 cups cubed, chilled watermelon
- 1 cup coconut water
- A squeeze of fresh lime
- Ice if needed
- Sprig of mint
- Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Makes two servings (at 90 calories per serving).
Kidchella Party Entertainment
Here’s the good part! The whole point of going to Coachella as an adult is to be entertained for hours, so let’s set up your Kidchella party stage the same way. However, kids’ attention spans aren’t quite the same, so it may be more fun to have a few different types of entertainment in your lineup. For example, an opening act like a juggler or simple magic show can get the audience warmed up!
For the next act on stage, try an entertainer who specializes in children’s music. These pros can get the kids up on their feet, clapping, dancing, and singing along! They are best for smaller kids, ages 2-10. They usually have original songs that are super easy to learn and sing along, and they encourage the little ones to join in.
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Incorporate some culture into your Kidchella party with world musicians such as an African drum group, Mariachis, steel drum players, or didgeridoo players. Many of these are kid-friendly too and offer a different sound than kids normally hear!
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If you have an older crowd, say tweens to teens, a lineup of acoustic bands could be awesome! Other musicians like singing pianists or singing guitar players may be a little less expensive and can play a few songs each.
Don’t forget the interactive entertainment at your Kidchella party! Set up a station to offer an arts and crafts party to make flower crowns or dream catchers that double as an adorable party favor.
For an older crowd, book a henna tattoo artist or airbrush tattoo artist to apply some beautiful and festive body art! Be sure to allow enough time for each guest to get their tattoo applied, especially if you opt for henna.