You don't have to travel over the bridge, through the forest and around the mountain to throw an amazing Dora the Explorer party! Start here with our Dora the Explorer party ideas guide to make your Dora the Explorer birthday party the coolest in the whole wide world — with less set-up time than you'd think.
Get your guests excited about the party right from the start, and let a little of your party-hosting flair show - so the moms can get excited, too! Try these easy, creative ideas to make your Dora party invitations more "Dora," more unique, and more personal - yet still super-easy to check off your list.
Include a "map," just like on the show!
Here's an adventurous Dora the Explorer party idea: Re-create the explorations Dora the Explorer and her friend Boots set off on in every episode by giving your guests a "map" to a wearable Dora prize! They'll get to wear their prize as soon as they arrive at your party - but they have to go on a little adventure you create!
"When you arrive at the party, go on an adventure just like Dora does! Follow our "map" to your very own Dora the Explorer accessories! Starting at our front door, we'll help you go THROUGH the hanging vines, OVER the river, and AROUND Cupcake Mountain to claim your fun, wearable Dora party prize!"
(Find EASY ways to create the vines, river and mountain - plus tips for the wearable prizes - in the Decorations section at right!)
Accessorize your Dora party invitations!
If you're hand-delivering your invites, try these Dora the Explorer party ideas you can use to start the fun before the big day.
Dora and her friends are always set for adventure, so give your guests some explorer's tools to help them find their way to fun! These ideas also work great if you send your invites in padded envelopes; take your stuffed envelopes to the post office for exact postage required.
Want a simpler way to make basic invitations special and personal, but still be able to mail them in a flat envelope? Our fill-in Dora the Explorer Invitations are so quick and easy, you'll have plenty of time to add a bit of fun! Here's how: Use an orange, green or purple colored felt tip pen to match the invitation colors! Include in each invite a pinch of Dora Confetti to make opening your invitation more festive!
Thank-you note tips & ideas: Document their adventure!
Take a snapshot of each child having fun during an activity at the party - or sitting together with your child and the opened birthday gift he or she brought - to include in your thank you notes.
Fill-in Dora the Explorer Thank-You Notes make it easy for your child to personally express his or her appreciation, whether you write down the words or just help with spelling! The note doesn't have to be long; just mention something positive about the gift.
Seal your thank-you envelopes with Dora the Explorer Stickers. The birthday girl or guy will love helping you put the stickers on!
A cultural tradition that fits right in with the Spanish words and phrases taught in the "Dora the Explorer" TV show, the pinata game is the perfect activity for a Dora party! Try our tips and ideas to make pinata time easy and enjoyable for every little adventurer at your party - and for you!
For younger kids, the Dora the Explorer Pull-String Pinata is a safe, fun alternative - and pull string pinatas often works better at indoor parties - no bat required! Instead of hitting the pinata with a stick to break it open, each child pull one of the ribbon strings attached to a hidden door. One special string opens the pinata and releases the candy. No one knows which one until it happens!
Group pictures are fabulous too! Include copies of your photos as a thoughtful way to personalize your child's thank-you notes.
After the party, that huge Dora-shaped balloon in her room (it will last about 3 weeks) will be a reminder of her special day.
Play Dora's take on musical chairs!
In the "Dora the Explorer" TV show, Dora asks young viewers to play along, count, speak Spanish, jump, row, clap, etc. If your little Dora fan already has a CD or downloads of songs from the show, use that as the music for the game - or grab a Kids Birthday Party Music CD!
Birthday party favors, especially if they are thoughtful and creative, are a fun and memorable way to say "thanks for coming" - and they're a tradition every kid looks forward to at every birthday party. Send your guests home feeling like real explorers with favors that fit right in with all your other creative Dora the Explorer party ideas.
Get a complete set of favors we've put together for you from the most popular Dora party favors. The Dora the Explorer Favor Value Pack gives you ready-to-go favor sets including activity sheets, star glasses, sticker sheet, crystal ring, glitter bead bracelet and a whistle - so easy, it's a treat for moms as well as kids! An even easier option if you're running out of Dora the Explorer party ideas: The Dora Goody Bag, which comes complete in a sealed, printed Dora the Explorer themed container.
Imagine your special child's guests stepping into the colorful outdoor world of Dora the Explorer right as they step up to your front door … Our very own party expert and corporate training manager Deborah O'Connell has plenty of Dora the Explorer party ideas for creating that colorful, wonderful world in a few easy steps.
"Map" a route for an adventure from your front door to a reward of early party favors!
At the door, greet guests by showing the way: "Go THROUGH the hanging vines, OVER the river, and AROUND Cupcake Mountain to claim a fun, wearable Dora party prize!" Try O'Connell's creative yet super-easy ideas:
Use a Blue Table Cover for a river: Cut it in half lengthwise and either have your young explorers jump OVER the river, or tape the two halves together at the short ends to make a river and ask them to FOLLOW the river to Cupcake Mountain!
Reward guests with a Dora Lip Gloss Bracelets for making it through, over and around your "obstacles"! Arrange the earrings and rings in a bowl and place an instructional card next to the bowl that reads, "Welcome! Good job! You've made it through the vines, over the river and around Cupcake Mountain! Help yourself to your first prize!"
Start the excitement before your guests step foot into the party house!
They pair perfectly with a Dora theme because they're a popular tradition in many Latin and Hispanic cultures (Dora's family and friends teach Spanish words in every episode). Don't forget an extra Dora Table Cover for the gift table; add a Happy Birthday Letter Banner using Sticky Tack!
Don't forget a Dora Table Cover.
Centerpiece and Tableware (place settings) for your food table! For each guest you'll need 1 lunch plate, 2 napkins, 1 cup, 1 dessert plate, and utensils. Or, if you're tired of exploring Dora the Explorer party ideas, it's not unadventurous to opt for our all-in-one Dora the Explorer Party Kits. With Basic, Super, Deluxe, and Ultimate kits, they come with everything you'll need for your table, plus room decorations too!
Young Dora the Explorer fans will get a kick out of dressing like her! In fact, you can even turn dress-up play into party games. Try these Dora party ideas and see how costumes, accessories and wearable party favors can make the party more fun and memorable for your child and guests.
Set up a Dora dress-up table!
Create your Dora dress-up station by displaying Dora the Explorer Lip Gloss Bracelets and Tattoos in small red or pink bowls or Favor Boxes. Your birthday girl or guy and their guests will have fun as they get to mix & match! Or let each child choose one wearable item to wear during the party and take home afterward to keep as a party favor. Dora Party Hats top off the fun!
Get the guest of honor into character!
A Dora the Explorer Costume is the perfect party outfit for your guest of honor! In every episode, Dora the Explorer goes on an adventurous trip to find something or help somebody. Now your little one can do their own exploring in a Dora the Explorer Costume and look just like her - even her hairstyle! Don't forget the Guest of Honor Ribbon! Wearing it is super-important to young children on their birthday, and you'll both want to save it on a bulletin board or in a scrapbook as a lasting memory of the party.
Put the party in your party food! The food is one of the main events of any birthday celebration! Try these Dora the Explorer party ideas to make every snack, meal and dessert fit in with your Dora theme and keep the party planning as easy as uno-dos-tres!
Fiesta foods are Dora's favorites!
Set out a bowl of tortilla chips with several different dips to try - such as salsa, guacamole, black bean dip, or queso dip. Spice it up a bit more by arranging the chips in a Sombrero as your serving dish!
If you're planning to serve a full meal vs. just snacks, set up a taco bar and let your guests build their own tacos. Include flour and corn tortillas, ground beef, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa. For vegetarian guests, be sure to include avocados and grilled or roasted veggies like sweet peppers, too.
Serve simple cheese quesadillas. Sandwich a generous amount of shredded cheese between two flour tortillas and heat it in the microwave just long enough for the cheese to melt. Cut into bite-sized pieces.