After 9 years of going to birthday parties and having hosted them, children know exactly what they want at this point, so consult with your child about what party theme they would like and what they would like to do. As they get older, they begin to feel very grown up about parties. They like to show off and compete and have a desire to win in games that involve active participation.
Invite schoolmates and friends. Some children prefer to only have children of their own sex at their party. Since as they get older, children typically tend to have one intimate group of friends, the guest list might not even be that large. And parents need not be at the party.
Length of party
2 -2 ½ hours
Entertainment for age
Girly things such as spa, manicure, dress-up for girls parties are great since the girls love to feel grown up at this age. You don’t even have to hire a professional, buy a couple of nail polishes, mud masks, and clean out your closet full of old clothes you don’t even wear and tell them it’s vintage clothing. They’ll have a blast trying things on!
For boy parties, physical activities, including attending a sporting event with friends are great. Create your own little league in the back yard, or make dad take the boys to a basketball game.
Good music, fun pickup foods and a DJ Emcee helps to insure the success of a party at this age. Dance games with lots of prizes help to keep the dance floor filled. A strolling entertainer, such as a sleight of hand magician, works well to entertain those kids that shy away from the dance floor.
Games & Activities
Scavenger Hunt Relay Races
Lip Sinc Contest
Safety for age
Make sure to have all the phone numbers of the guests’ parents.
Glamour/ Spa Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
There is nothing more fun than being the center of attention when you are a young girl. With a Glamour/ Spa party all the girls will get the attention and pampering they want.
There are many places to hold this party depending on your budget. Consider a beauty salon or spa if you are willing to splurge. Beauty schools are a lower cost option since it gives the students practice on real people.
If you want to host the party at your home, either have a professional or a beauty student come to the party or invite a friend or family member who is knowledgeable enough and can lead the girls through their pampering.
To turn your home into a spa: create a soothing, tranquil, intimate, meditative setting. You can accomplish this through the use of candles, dimmed lighting, or with a mini fountain.
Hire a beautician, manicurist to come to the party. Ask them to come with lots of energy, enthusiasm and a handful of beauty suggestions the guests can practice at home. Plan ahead of time on who will provide the products needed for the party and stock up on make- up removing wipes!
Party Fun & Games
This is a gathering of girls that want to relax and/or be transformed into magazine models. Whatever that means to them, help them make it happen. Some will enjoy facials, makeovers, manicures, etc. Provide small makeup and nail kits and let them experiment with colors.
For your own all in one kit for this party we found this great pack that includes almost everything you need for this party.
In order for a relaxing spa feel, invite another adult friend to help you and provide each of the girls a little 10 minute massage or mini facial. Wipe their faces with cleansers, cover them with warm towels and then moisturize their faces with a light moisturizer while massaging their face. Cater to the girls’ needs by providing them with refreshing lemonade while they are undergoing their beauty treatments.
Think peaceful. Beauty treatments are cleansing and relaxing. Pick music that savors every moment.
Have each guest create their own delicious, healthy, fruit smoothie. Set out a fruit buffet with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, oranges, peaches and kiwis and allow guests to choose which fruit they want for their smoothie by putting it into a bowl. Make sure an adult is present to operate the blender.
Have bowls of yogurt and granola so that guests can also customize their own parfait along with the smoothie.
Set out a salad bar station where guests can choose which toppings to put over their leafy greens.
This is the moment they’ve been waiting for, an authentic photo shoot! Maybe you know a photographer or someone who would have fun playing the part. Set up a magazine cover background to add a little more glamour, and shoot away!
Birthday Presents & Favors
Pass out cosmetic totes,lip gloss, nail polish, or these personalized lotions so the guests can continue to glamour it up at home.
It’s also a good idea to include make-up removing wipes so the guests can easily clean their faces that night after the party. If you want to go all out, you can hand out this bath robe setthat guests can also wear during the party and take home as a favor.