Birthday party success is all about being original. To that end, event planner and baker extraordinaire Amy Atlas shares a few fresh themes—four that are fit for little foodies, plus a board game bash. Nary a pirate or princess in sight.

Little Chefs. All it takes is one culinary activity (easily adaptable to the age of the kids) to keep them occupied. Chef’s hats required. S’mores Galore. Since open flames and toddlers don’t really mix, Amy suggests a dessert bar of s’mores-themed snacks and a tent to set the woodsy vibe. Game Time. Use your child’s favorite board game as a starting point. Think Twister, Candy Land, dominos . . . “A candy favor board is a fabulous way to end the party,” she says. Apple of My Eye. This one’s tailor-made for fall babies, but could work year-round. Offer a menu of apple cider, Granny Smith apple and chicken salad tea sandwiches, and apple cupcakes. Apple craft stamps make for a super-easy activity. Honey, I Love You. Serve up turkey and honey sandwiches, honey tea, bee-shaped macarons, and beehive cupcakes. So sweet.

For more party-planning inspiration, check out Amy’s book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It, and follow her on Instagram at @amyatlas.