Walk down the birthday aisle at your local party store and two things will jump out at you: princess paraphernalia for girls and superhero stuff for boys. But what about the girl (or mom) who doesn't want a princess party? What are some good alternatives?

1. A Rainbow Birthday Bash

Skip the pink and pretty and encourage your daughter to embrace all the colors of the rainbow. Hang a rainbow of colored streamers and balloons from the ceiling, serve rainbow fruit trays and cupcakes, and give away favors such as playdough and paints in a rainbow of colors.

2. A Children's Book Birthday Party

Does your daughter have a favorite book? Could it inspire a party? Tip Junkie's post on 40 Popular Children's Book Birthday Parties will give you lots of ideas.

3. A Luau

Decorate with brightly colored, fresh flowers and serve snacks like Ham-Wrapped Pineapple Bites with Maraschino Cherries and drinks with tiny umbrellas. If it's summer and you're holding your luau outdoors, invite guests to wear their swimsuits. Fill a few blow up pools with water and haul in a few bags of sand to create a sandy beach scene nearby. For entertainment, provide grass skirts and leis and teach everyone to do the hula.

4. A Cooking School Party

Cooking classes, crafts and food-related games are all part of the birthday fun in this "Cooking School" party template at Simple Bites. Use the suggested timeline and recipes, or get some inspiration for a cooking or baking themed party of your own. No matter how you do it, it's one tasty way to celebrate.

5. A Pool Party

A pool party is a classic birthday party option universally loved by kids and parents alike. If you have a child with a winter birthday, don't forget about the local YMCA or indoor community pool. Girls need to be active just as much as boys do, and pool parties allow them to frolic with their friends and enjoy being a kid, no pretty princess stuff required.

6. A Pajamas and Pancakes Party

This early morning party is unique — and delicious. Invite guests to arrive in their favorite PJ's, and set up a pancake bar with lots and lots of sweet toppings. Add a few games and a pinata and you have the perfect party for a group of little girls. For older girls, you can easily adapt this idea and add a slumber party the night before.

What are your favorite themes for birthday parties for girls?