DIY Shoe-themed Birthday Party

Does your young shoe enthusiast have a birthday coming up? Put on your favourite party shoes and get creative with these DIY birthday party solutions.

Party Hats

Party hats are fun and easy to make. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make colourful party hats with shoelace ties!

Party hat


Transform your party space with balloons, streamers, and some fun shoe-shaped cut-outs and shoelaces. To include the shoe forms, draw your favourite shoes, cut out images of shoes, or trace the soles of your family’s shoes on coloured paper.



Birthday Cake

Shoe Cake
Need some inspiration for a shoe cake? Check out this fun step-by-step video of how to create a sneaker cake!

Cake Toppers
Don’t have the ingredients to create a shoe cake? Try these easy shoe-themed cake and dessert toppers instead! The best part is that they work in almost any kind of dessert – from muffins to brownies. Cake toppers can be as easy as cutting out a shoe shape from coloured paper and taping a toothpick on the back, or as elaborate as this flip flop cake topper made from straws, a string, and some paper. Click here to see how it’s done.



Pin the Shoe in the Shoebox
Put a twist on the traditional Pin the Tail on the Donkey with this shoe-themed party game. Draw a picture of a shoebox on a large piece of poster board (a simple rectangle will do) and hang it on the wall at eye-level. Have each player draw a shoe and attach a piece of tape. To play the game, blindfold the first player and hand them their shoe drawing. Standing 2-3m away from the poster board, spin them around a few times and point them towards the shoebox. Encourage them to walk forward and attach the shoe in the right spot. Repeat until all partygoers have had a turn. The person who gets their shoe in the box wins!

Pin the Shoe in the Shoebox

Pin the Shoe in the Shoebox

Sock Toss
Place three open shoeboxes on the floor and number them 1, 2, 3. Have participants line up 2-3m from the box (adjust the space according to age). Each player tries to throw the balled up socks into one of the shoeboxes, collecting points. Repeat until all family members have had at least three turns. The player with the most points wins!

Sock Toss

Scavenger Hunt
Take your scavenger hunt to the next level by making it shoe-themed! Create a list of objects around your home that you want your family to find. To play the game, tell the partygoers which object they should search for. The first person to bring the object back gets a point, and the player with the most points wins! Make it social by playing the game virtually with other families (just make sure to coordinate your lists ahead of time!).

Example Scavenger Hunt List

  1. One red sock
  2. A type of footwear that keeps your feet warm in the snow
  3. Something worn to keep your feet warm and cozy
  4. A pair of sandals
  5. Something used to clean shoes
  6. Two shoeboxes
  7. Shoes that are used for an activity
  8. The smallest shoe in your home
  9. The biggest shoe in your home
  10. Something that is not a shoe but has a picture of a shoe on it

Musical Chairs
Arrange enough chairs for all players in a circle with the seat facing outwards. Play music and have the players walk slowly in a circle around the chairs. When the music stops, players need to sit in a chair. Remove a chair and play the

Need some suggestions for the music? Get ready to tap your toes to these shoe-themed tunes!


Colouring Sheets
Colouring sheets are fun for the entire family. Check out these colouring sheets inspired by the Bata Shoe Museum Collection! Grab some crayons, pencil crayons, or markers, and get creative!

Colouring Sheets

If your child is a movie fan, why not share a shoe-themed movie with them like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, or The Wizard of Oz!

Gift Wrap

A shoebox can make a great box for a child’s present or for baked goods. Cover it in shoe fabric or design your own shoe-themed wrapping paper by tracing shoe shapes or using stamps.

Gift Wrap

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