Who would have guessed emojis would become such a thing? Not I. But they are huge in my house so I recently threw an emoji birthday party for my daughter’s sixth birthday. I had a ton of fun creating emoji decorations and party favors. If you have an emoji obsessed kid, I hope this post helps with lots of emoji birthday party ideas and free printables.
Emoji Birthday Party Ideas
My daughter’s favorite emoji is the wink-eye, kissy face. She wanted everything to have that emoji on it. From her outfit to the cake, that was the emoji of the day. Of course, I mixed in plenty of other emojis too, but that one was defiantly featured the most.
For the emoji background, photobooth props and banner I purchase emoji clipart on Etsy here and here. I purchased both sets since there were some from each set my daughter had to have (less than $6 for all!). Then I just printed the emojis I wanted in the sizes needed.
Emoji Birthday Party Invitation
Inspired by their original purpose – text conversations – I designed an emoji birthday party invitation featuring conversation bubbles, text shorthand and emojis with some added flair, of course.
My daughter loved it.
Emoji Birthday Party Free Printables
If your birthday kiddo wants to have an emoji birthday party, my free emoji printables will make it easy. I created several emoji party printables, so all you have to do is have them printed, cut them out and set up for the party.
Although you can print these emoji printables at home, you will get a much better quality having them printed on a laser printed. I printed mine at the local FedEx store. I uploaded the files online and then picked them up. I also shopped through Ebates first to earn cash back on the purchase. (If you don’t already use Ebates, I highly recommend it.)
Emoji Birthday Photobooth Props
We love a good photobooth, so I often include a photobooth and themed props in our party. For the emoji photobooth props, I used the same emojis I used for the background, text bubbles from the invitation and some emoji pieces.
The kids had a great time posing for photos. To make it even more fun, I used a Prynt smartphone instant printer to print photos from my phone for the kids to take home. This was a huge hit with kids and parents alike.
Emoji Birthday Party Food Ideas
A couple of days before the party, my oldest and I got very creative with food. Well, not the food exactly, but emojis to represent the food. We a little too much fun making up names. Check out the pictures of the food labels to see what I mean.
For those who don’t speak emoji, here’s the text version of our food:
- Pirate’s Booty
- Fruit Punch
- Emoji Cookie
- Fruit Kabob
- Emoji Popcorn
- Popcorn Chicken
- Emoji Pops
Download blank table tents for your party here.
Tip, use PicMonkey to add words or emojis to personalize your table tents for free.
I also found these cute Emoji Movie graham crackers that were perfect for the party. I got mine at Target, but I haven’t seen them there in a while. You can still find them on Amazon as of today.
Emoji Birthday Party Decorations
Emoji Paper Lanterns
Here is a super easy emoji party decoration you can make in less than 10 minutes (thanks to my free printable). Using a few yellow paper lanterns, I created emoji faces to attach to the lanterns to create floating emoji paper lanterns.
I don’t know if a wreath is really the right term for what I made, but I hung it on the front door like a wreath so that’s what I am going with. It was really easy and inexpensive to make, it is just tissue paper, cardboard, hot glue and ribbon. I made it in about an hour, and 4 months later it is still hanging on my daughter’s bedroom door.
Tutorial to make your own emoji wreath coming soon.
Emoji Party Table Display
The table display for the emoji birthday party favors was a last-minute idea, but it worked perfect. I was able to use our Instagram gallery wall and transform it into an emoji display. (The emojis are just tucked into the front edges of the frame, I didn’t even move the frames.) Super easy and super cute.
Emoji Printable Birthday Sign
The “OMG We are so glad you came!” sign worked perfectly for the favor table. I reuse my white plastic frames for all of my parties and just swap out the art work. In case you are wondering what is in front of the sign, those are emoji tattoos.
Download the emoji birthday sign here.
Tip – download the image via the link above. It is sized as a 4×6 photo. To print at home, choose a print on 4×6 paper. Or send to your local photo place for printing.
The emoji decoration that got the most laughs… the poop emoji on the toilet. Oh, the kids loved it! (The poop emoji is part of the clipart pack I purchased on Etsy here.)
Emoji Birthday Party Favors
I am a big fan of interactive party favors, an activity kids can do during the party and then take home as a treat. Since my daughter has an October birthday, I thought it would be fun to make Emoji Pumpkins.
Prior to the party, I spray painted a mini pumpkin for each child yellow. (Yellow spray paint I used here.) Then as party guests arrived, they were invited to use Sharpies to draw emoji faces on their pumpkins. The kids loved it. It was super easy and everyone got to take home a decorated pumpkin.
If there is anything hotter than emojis, it is slime. So I decided it would be fun to make emoji slime. It turned out super cute and the kids LOVED it. But here is my mom warning. While my daughter was perfectly capable of making slime, not all of the other children were. And those who couldn’t make a MESS – even with parents helping.
I planned this activity outside on our porch, but I didn’t quite anticipate the mess. While my daughter is one of the older Kindergarteners, plenty of her friends recently turned 5 and there was a huge difference. If I had to do it again, I would only do it with an older group. Or make it for them ahead of time.
Want to make your own party favor, check out my emoji slime tutorial.
Emoji Party Game
In addition to making emoji slime and emoji pumpkins, we also played pin the emoji. I love games as a way of keeping kids focused and all doing one thing, otherwise, they tend to get a little wild. Since my daughter loves the kissy emoji, I used her favorite emoji along with some elements from the invitation to create my own pin the emoji game.
Next time I need something other than a bandana as a blindfold though, because there was a lot of peeking. HA! But the kids had fun.
I also bought Emoji Uno (here) to play at the party. But we ran out of time, so it ended up being a gift for my daughter.
Emoji Birthday Party Outfit
What’s a birthday party without a special outfit? (At least that’s what my daughters say.) Since she loves her emojis I had a shirt made for the birthday girl that she could wear over and over. Her big sister already had an emoji shirt that worked, so I had to buy something for the baby too. LOL. The good news is that my girls have gotten a lot of wear out of their emoji clothes.
- Emoji birthday shirt on Etsy
- Black tutu skirt (similar here, here and this pom-pom one!)
- Emoji ring
- Emoji friendship bracelet
And here is baby sister in her emoji onesie from Etsy here. So cute!
Emoji Birthday Party Supplies
While I made many of the party decorations for my party, there are a ton of emoji birthday party supplies that can be purchased. When I started looking, it was everywhere I looked.
Here is a list of what I purchased for the party:
- Emoji tattoos (always a huge hit)
- Emoji paper plates
- Paper straws
- Plastic cups with lids
- Blue napkins
- Black tablecloths (I use these all of the time for parties!)
- Emoji piñata (similar)
Other things I nearly purchased:
I hope this post helps you plan the best emoji birthday and that you have as much fun at your emoji birthday party as we did. Happy planning! 😃