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How to Throw the Ultimate POP STAR Party! (Kids Birthday)

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Modern Pop Star Birthday Cake Topper

As part of their milestone 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 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.

Pop Star Party Printables:

My Pop Star printables are available in our store! Use them to add instant style and personalized details to your party. 🙌 You can edit the custom text yourself – right on the website – whenever (and as often as) you need to! Click here to buy this collection.

Pop Star Party Printables

Life of the Party:

KIDZ BOP is also celebrating the debut of  KIDZ BOP 32 right now! This album includes an original KB song called “Life of the Party“. 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


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.

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


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 happy face. :)

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. ;)

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 below, but you can click here for a closer look!

Pop Star Dessert Table Ideas


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. ;)

Kidz Bop 32

Pop Star Party Editable Invitation

Pop Star Party Printables:

Printables are my favorite *secret weapon* for adding unique style to any celebration! Click here to customize my Pop Star collection for your own party – instantly, online. 🤗

Pop Star Party Printables

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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  3. Tara Sabrina July 1, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    That's a really great idea!!!

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  5. Joe July 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm

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

  6. Margaret July 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    These all really creative ideas!

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  9. Faffy Tea July 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

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

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  11. Jennifer Cox July 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    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 July 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    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 July 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

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

  15. @CynthiaRJones1 July 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Make your kid feel like a superstar.

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  17. Carolina Weiss February 20, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Where did you buy clear ID sleeves and lanyards?

    • jenn s. February 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Carolina – I bought the ones for this party at Staples, but you can also find them on Amazon!

  18. Charissa March 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    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

    • jenn s. March 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      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 March 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm

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

  20. Syreeta Caswell May 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    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. May 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      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! :)

  21. Tonya Tucker July 7, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Hi. In the post you mentioned the kids used the Indra photos in the next craft. Can you explain how they were used? On the album cover? Thx

    • jenn s. July 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Yes – they were used on the album cover craft to help personalize them… the kids just applied them to the cover wherever they liked as part of decorating them. :)

  22. Tammy Mancini October 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for all the inspiration, and the free printables. I am in the process of planning my daughter’s 7th birthday next month and she love loves Kidz Bop. We are incorporating a 30 minute hip hop class to the music at our party with a professional dance instructor, but my daughter is very crafty so we will definitely be designing album covers as well. Can you tell me where you found the crayons packaged in clear plastic? Thanks so much!

    • jenn s. October 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Hi Tammy – Sounds like it’s going to be a great party! Love the addition of the dance class. :) I actually packaged the crayons in the clear bags myself using 3×5 Clear Flat Bags purchased here: https://www.papermart.com/standard-clear-flat-bags/id=15019?SearchItemNumber=752035. They are item #752035 in the list… and you’ll get WAY more than you need, but still it’s only $9 for a pack (of 1000!). And then I just bought inexpensive crayon packs from Target (their Up & Up brand) to go inside. Hope that helps and good luck with the party! :)

  23. antoinette mercado February 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

    hi jenn,
    this is antoinette again, i ask you some questions before regarding the popcorn and i have one more questions rather one of the many questions i will ask as I’m planning my 7th daughters party, may i ask are the colored letters that says POP light ups? and where did you buy it? can you give an idea where can i get it?

    thank you so much

    • jenn s. February 11, 2018 at 6:09 am

      Hi Antionette –
      The “POP” marquee letters are actually individual letters that come in white – and then I painted them myself. The brand/product is called Heidi Swapp Marquee Love. I bought them at Michaels, but it looks like they don’t sell them anymore. I do see them on Amazon and on scrapbookstore.com: Letter 0 and Letter P. Hope that helps!

  24. antoinette mercado February 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    thank you so much for the response

  25. Debi Petersen March 6, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Can you tell me where you found the blue and yellow soda?

    • jenn s. March 12, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      I found them at BevMo :)

  26. Angelique Schumacher March 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Hi! I love this so much. My daughter asked for a Kidz Bop birthday and I was dumbfounded on what I was going to do until I found this. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I was wondering if there is a matching invitation file that is editable? If not, I was going to have someone on Etsy create one that matches the theme but would love to be able to do it from home if possible!

    • jenn s. March 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Angelique –
      So happy you found some ideas you can use here! I actually don’t have a matching invitation available though – sorry about that! How soon would you need it?

  27. Angelique Schumacher March 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Jenn S. I would need the invitation by the end of this month. My daughter’s birthday party is May 12th. That would be awesome if you could provide one!!! Please let me know via email if you can. Thanks!

  28. liz April 22, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    How did you get Staples to print the map as a blueprint. I’ve called several stores and they tell me it can’t be printed as blueprint because it’s a pdf instead of an actual blueprint. They said it would have to be printed as a poster and would cost $30 instead of $12. I really like this and would love to use it for the party!

    • jenn s. April 26, 2018 at 5:41 am

      Hi Liz –
      That’s so strange! I’ve never had an issue with it before and have sent several PDFs to print there as Color Engineering Prints. Not sure why that’s happening for you. :( I always use their online printing tool though (instead of calling them first) – so I just upload the file and send it to print myself with the Color Engineering Print product selected. Not sure if that’s the difference but it still seems like it shouldn’t matter to them either way. I’ve printed this way at both the Staples in San Diego where I used to live and at the one in Northern California where I live now. Hope it works out for you!

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