From the article: Birthday Ideas for Older Children
Are you an experienced party thrower? Do you have great suggestions to add to our list of tween birthday party ideas? Share your secrets to throwing a great tween party, from picking a theme, to sending out the invitations, to stocking the goody bags, to finding innovative ways to create a fantastic party on a budget. Share Your Suggestions
What Tweens Want
- What a tween girl wants for her birthday is just to have a good time with her girlfriends. Just a simple party with her BFFs is all she needs. A sleepover is an awesome way to spend a birthday. You don't really need to organize anything. Just let the girls do what they think is fun. Remember a mum's idea of fun is much, much different than a twelve year old.
- —Guest Chelsea
- Sleepover for 12th b-day, try a neon theme. Laser tag, glow in the dark paint, blacklight,anything neon or colorful!
- —Guest mo
A Tasty Birthday
- If you live in PA this might be a fun idea for you. For my birthday this year, two of my friends and I went to Hershey Park. We had so much fun digging into all that chocolate. Yum... Yummm
- —Guest I.love.the.color.purple
Tween birthday for tomboys
- For my daughter 11th birthday we took her two friends zip lining. They loved it and then we had lunch at a arcade. After that, we took them and the played laser tag in the yard. Then they watched a movie and had dinner which was taco in a bag. Later, they up to my daughters room and did some party games in dark light which my daughter put in her room I think they finally went to sleep aroud 2:00am. For breakfast they had waffles.
- —Guest Pam
- Dress in grass skirts, coconut bras and lays then decorate the house with fake palm trees. After that have limbo competitons and hula dancing competitions who ever gets the most points gets to be the judge. Keep playing these games untill food is ready. Food: The cake should be decorated with ice cream cone volcanos and cute fondant people.
- —Guest Natalie
10th Sleepover Party
- My daughter wanted a sleepover for her 10th birthday. Firstly, we all went to have high tea at a lovely place, where the girls chose their cupcakes to eat on the way home. When we got home, we went in our pool, which was a lot of fun for all of the girls. They loved it. Each girl made her own pizza and whilst they baked, they did manicures on each other, supervised by me. Finally, the birthday girl chose a movie to watch (by the way, never let them watch two movies, so the girls can choose as it won't work and ends in tears). Finally, at about 9:00, the girls went to bed. They all slept in the spare room, three on mattresses, and two on the double bed. There was a bit of swapping, and giggling and talking until about two in the morning! In the morning, we had waffles for breakfast (and I would recommend buying lots of sauces/toppings as the girls LOVE it, especially chocolate whippie cream, yum). Finally, all of the girls went home, we dropped them off. Overall, my daughter LOVED it!
- —Guest Daniella
Preteen girl party
- I think tweens need more of a grown up option like truth or dare and some kind of game with a wii, Xbox, or play station.
- —Guest Megan
Make a movie at the party...
- For our 11-year-old daughter's party we filmed a movie based on a script we got from a website (movieparties.co.uk - it was a few years ago, but just checked and it's still there). She chose a script that was based on a band entering a kind of American Idol/X Factor competition and they did loads of singing and dancing as well as acting out the story. We showed them what we'd filmed at the end of the party on the TV and I've never seen them laugh as much! We did eventually do some video editing ourselves to tidy it all up and added a bit of extra music and titles, etc, just for fun, but that was just because we're a bit geeky!! All loads of fun though.
- —Guest Steph
- For my daughter's 12th bday, she wanted a sleepover. So, me and my best friend gave them mani-pedi's and then they played some fun games we had organized for them. We blinfolded them and had them give each other makeovers. Another game they played was a clothing relay. The girls were divided into 2 teams and had to quickly put on leggings over their pj's. Then they had to hop around the living room and tag the next person in their team. And then a shirt and so on. The winners got to choose which movie the girls would watch. While watching the movie, my friend and I got dinner and cake ready for them. After that, they got into their sleeping bags and my friend went home and I went to bed. However, the girls stayed up till like, 1, playing truth or dare. The next morning, they had breakfast at our house and then they left.
- —Guest Mary
What I Did for my Child's Party
- What we did for my daughter's party was a sleepover. We had some fun activities like sleeping bag races (like potato sack races). We also did crafts and played our Wii. She had a fun 11th birthday, and her friends had fun, too. So did I.
- —Guest nicole
An Awesome Website
- I found a really good website for games and stuff. It's partyplan.co.uk
- —Guest dog