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How to Throw the Ultimate POP STAR Party! {Ideas, Activities & Free Printables}

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Whether you’re listening, dancing, or channeling your inner pop star and singing along, there’s nothing that livens up a party quite like a great mix of tunes!

And on that *note*, this year marks the milestone 15th birthday of KIDZ BOP, which is the #1 music brand for kids, not to mention a staple in my own household, thanks to our 2 pint-sized music lovers. ;)

As part of their all-year-long birthday celebration, I was asked to dream up and share some creative ideas for throwing the Ultimate KIDZ BOP Pop Star Party at home! I wanted to keep things very upbeat and playful, and was inspired by the fun, summery color palette in their new brand new album.

Here’s a list of the party ideas included below:

Note: these sections start after the first 6 images, which give a good overview of the entire party. Clicking on a link will jump you directly to that section.

I’m also including a TON of Free Pop Star Printables to make things extra easy to recreate!

Life of the Party

KIDZ BOP is also celebrating the debut of  KIDZ BOP 32 right now, which comes out July 15th. This album includes an original KB song called “Life of the Party“, was just released TODAY! And if you’re looking for a fun outing, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be on their “Life Of The Party” tour for the rest of 2016. Find tour dates & more info here.

And now… onto the party inspiration!

Pop Star Party Photo Booth

DIY Microphone Cupcakes - Pop Star Party

Pop Star Birthday Party Dessert Table and Backdrop

Pop Star Party Decorations

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PARTY PLAYLISTS

If you want to keep things easy in the party music department, KIDZ BOP has some great playlists on Spotify that are ready to go! Since my kids are younger, we like The Ultimate Kids Playlist, which is geared for kids ages 5-9. You can preview it below:

And if you have kids that are a little older, check out The Ultimate OMG Playlist, which is geared for kids ages 8-11.


ACTIVITY #1: VIP Badges + Pop Star Band Names

It’s important to make every guest at your party feel like a VIP! Greet them with printable “All Access” VIP Badges when they arrive, and use clear ID sleeves and lanyards to give the badges an authentic concert vibe.

Printable Pop Star Party VIP Badges

The flip side of the VIP badges is the perfect place for your guests to show off their pop star “band name”. For this activity, you’ll need to a Pop Star Name-O-Matic sheet to display (as seen below) and printable Tour Cards. Ask each guest to figure out their band name and write it on a Tour Card. (Younger kids may need some assistance with this.)

It’s fun to hear ALL the different band names that get created, making this a great ice breaker activity too!

Pop Star Party Band Name Activity - Free Printable

ACTIVITY #2: POP-arazzi Station

Printable Pop Star Party Photo Booth Props

What would a pop star party be without cameras flashing everywhere, right?!

Make your pics extra fun with themed props for guests to use when they strike a pose! We set out inexpensive items like kid sunglasses and costume concert mics, and made playful stick props from printable Pop Star Photo Accessories hot glued to wooden dowels (which are available in packs at craft stores).

Displayed next to the accessories were an 8×10 POP-arazzi Sign and I (heart) MUSIC Banner.

Printable Microphone and Sunglasses Photo Booth Props

Silver foil curtains and balloons make for super simple, yet effective POP star photo booth backdrop! I used 2 curtains here and simply taped them to the wall, then added colorful balloon bunches on each side.

This same set-up works great as a “stage backdrop” for karaoke and lip syncing activities too.

Kidz Bop Pop Star Party Photo Booth

INSTA-PHOTO FUN

In addition to taking regular photos with our digital camera, I bought an Instant Film Camera that creates mini Polaroid style pics, and we let the kids play “photographer” too.

I can’t tell you how much they absolutely LOVED this!

My own girls thought it must be some sort of magical device… it was hilarious to watch the amazed looks on their faces as the pictures developed. I realized that they rarely see pictures printed out anymore – especially ones that appear in front of them instantly!

Pop Star Party Polaroid Activity

We were also able to use the mini Polaroids that they took in our next crafty party activity too…

ACTIVITY #3: Design Your Own Album Cover

Designing album covers was another big hit with the kids – and it also created a good excuse for some down time after all the singing and dancing and running around. ;)

Pop Star Party Activity - Decorate an Album Cover

I ordered blank record jackets online, then printed large KIDZ BOP Logos in black and white and cut them out by hand. The logos were glued to the album covers to create a coloring template for the kids.

Craft supplies like washi tape, glitter glue, markers, and rhinestones were placed in the center of the table to share. Each guest also received their own mini crayon pack embellished with a cute headphone-wearing party circles.

You can download the Party Circles and 4×6 Activity Sign here.

ACTIVITY #4: Pin the Tour Bus on the Map

I always love a fun twist on a classic game, especially when it plays up the theme. So instead of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”, we played “Pin the Tour Bus on the Map“!

Pop Star Printable Game

You can download my 36×48″ Tour Map – and print it as a Color Engineering Print at Staples for less than $12!

We had Tour Bus Game Pieces with large windows where each guest could write their name. You’ll also need to add rolled tape or a sticky adhesive dot to the backside of each  game piece. The player whose bus is closes to the star wins!

To play again, let the winner of the previous game put a new star on the map and start the game over.


The POP Station (Party Drinks)

Including soda POP at a pop star party is kind of a no brainer, right? ;) I found bottles of blue and yellow soda, removed the labels, and designed Soda POP Labels to wrap around them.

Pop Star Party Drink Labels

I couldn’t resist working “Pop Station” into this area as a play on soda pop + radio genre. ;) You can download the 4×6 Pop Station Sign here.

printable pop star soda bottle wraps

POP HITS Birthday Mix (The Dessert Table!)

Next up… the dessert table! Because this post is already lengthy, I’m including just a quick peek at the dessert table here + links to download the 8×10 Sign and Dessert Cards in Pre-Filled and Blank. I’ll post additional images of the dessert table in a separate article soon!

Pop Star Dessert Table Ideas

PARTY FAVORS

We sent guests home with “candy microphones” made from candy-filled tubes and printable Microphone Tops! I found the 6″ tubes online and filled them with a yummy custom-color Candyfetti™ mix.

Pop Star Party Favors

Hope you feel inspired to throw your own POP STAR PARTY now! Check out the new Life of the Party video on YouTube if you need some extra inspiration. ;)

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for KIDZ BOP, which records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for HWTM to keep the creative content coming your way!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

23 responses to “How to Throw the Ultimate POP STAR Party! {Ideas, Activities & Free Printables}”

  1. @clubwedd says:

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  3. Tara Sabrina says:

    That's a really great idea!!!

  4. @KIDZBOP says:

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  5. Joe says:

    Cool idea! What does the disc look like for Kidz Bop 32?

  6. Margaret says:

    These all really creative ideas!

  7. @KIDZBOP Michael says:

    Go check out @HWTM_Jenn’s awesome #KIDZBOP party blog post: http://bit.ly/popstarpartykb ! I love this idea so much!

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  9. Faffy Tea says:

    Wow, this is fab! Thanks for the free printables – we've shared on Twitter

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  11. Jennifer Cox says:

    This is awesome and thanks for showing us some really cool ideas and very exciting ideas that we absolutely LOVE thanks #KIDZBOP!!!

  12. Jennifer Cox says:

    We know how to show you how we party!! Congratulations on showing us how to throw a Ultimate POP STAR PARTY!!

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  14. lily weipert says:

    amzing i know i will try this it is a great and helpful idea

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  17. Carolina Weiss says:

    Where did you buy clear ID sleeves and lanyards?

  18. Charissa says:

    Hi Jenn S.
    These party ideas are fantastic and the printables are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us! I was wondering if it was possible to get a Canadian map for the “pin the tour bus on the map”? I thought I’d ask ;)
    Thanks again
    Charissa

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Charissa –

      So glad you’ll be able to use some of these ideas for your daughter’s party! Unfortunately I’m not able to create a Canadian tour bus map at this time due to my hectic work schedule for the next couple months. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help! Good luck with the party. :)

  19. Charissa says:

    Not a problem at all! Everything else is fabulous and will save me so much time!
    Thanks

  20. Syreeta Caswell says:

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas! My six year old daughter loves Kidz pop. Everyone was so impressed with the party ideas. I actually used the colored long peppermint sticks from party city the the thank you microphones as it was cheaper that the tubes. I also made colored themed jello and out them in little clear plastic cups with lids for the dessert table. I wish I could upload pictures. But I couldn’t have pulled this party off without all the free printables you provided. Thank you thank you! I couldn’t have pulled this off without your ideas.

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Syreeta – Thanks so much for your message – I’m so happy the printables were a help to your party! It sounds like you did a great job! If you have a link to a public photo album, you can always paste that in here. No worries if not though – either way, I appreciate that you took the time to write in! :)

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