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.
Movie Making Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Cast your child as the leading role in a movie sure to win wide acclaim in the category of birthday fun!
Plan your party in a relatively enclosed area, so that none of your young actors can wander too far off camera. As your guests arrive, lead them along your very own Hollywood walk of fame. Place large cut out stars on the floor and have the guests sign their own star as they arrive, just like in Hollywood.
Party Fun & Games
Come up with a storyline, or have one ready to explain and roughly scripted to share with the guests. Once the roles have been assigned and the guests are dressed up answer any questions from your actors before filming. Then, clap yourclapboard and let the cameras roll to capture your theatric ensemble on film.
Anyone who loves movies and kids will be a great help with this filming. Whether you choose a favorite relative or aspiring film buff, recruit the enthusiasm of a fun friend who has the ability to involve and excite children.
Your party music will be the soundtrack to your birthday film. Select songs which enhance both the children’s performance and the movie’s storyline.
Film sets are famous for their great spreads. In the tradition of Hollywood, fuel your star power with a wide selection of munchies and snacks during the film break. Sandwiches, crudites, chips, etc. Use this film reel center piece on your buffet table.
Once the shooting wraps up, invite the talent to walk down the red carpet at your very own Academy Awards. Then premiere this amazing, award-winning production in front of a stellar audience, parents included. If they like, give guests a fancy top hat to wear as they watch their movie. Pass the popcorn!
Birthday Presents & Favors
Oscar awards will draw wide applause at this star-studded affair. Host your Oscar ceremony after the kids have watched the movie. Have them vote on categories and ask all the award winners to give a little speech if they like. Make sure you send the guests home with a copy of the movie, or at least send it to them via mail after the party.
And make your guests feel as famous as the stars with their faces on these adorable cookies.
Make sure to highlight every star in your awards ceremony with kooky categories like “Best On-Screen Sneeze” or “Silliest Wig”.