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.
Jewelry Making Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Your child shines as the gem expert at this glittering affair.
Create a scene of sparkle and shine with luminescent balloons, or any jewel toned balloons. Use confetti on the table for an extra sparkle.
Party Fun & Games
Little hands will be eager to start stringing their own gorgeous pieces of jewelry. Buy a large assortment of different colored and shaped beads. Make sure to have plenty of sting and locks for the ends of the jewelry. You can find everything you need at a crafts store so spend some time looking through all the options. If your child has a particular style of jewelry she likes to make, try to gear the jewelry making party towards that.
Invite a guest from your local craft store to introduce the materials your guests will be working with. Or enlist the help of a favorite adult friend to guide guests. You may need an extra pair of hands when it comes to tying the ends and snipping off excess string.
Let your child choose her favorite music to set a mood of industry and excitement. Don’t forget standards such as “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, and “Ruby Tuesday”.
Harry Winston might advertise his wares on actresses at Hollywood shindigs like the Oscars and the Emmy Awards, but give your artists the chance to model their own originals on a birthday catwalk. Catch your guests’ best poses and struts with a camera, just like at a fashion show. If you can, play the photos in a slide show form to all the guests as they are eating their meal. Expect a lot of giggles!
Birthday Presents & Favors
Guests will love wearing their handiwork home. Make these souvenirs extra special by handing out drawstring bags or mini jewelry boxes in which children can store their treasures.
Make sure to choose a project that allows ample time for partygoers to finish before the fashion show. A variety of bead shapes and colors will bring an amazing contrast between all guests’ final products.