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.
Jungle/ Safari Party
Whether you take your party to the outdoors or keep it inside your home, party guests can still get a safari experience of a lifetime.
In the piles of stuffed animals that your child has, there might already be some hidden party decorations. If there are any plush safari animals, place them around different areas of your house, where you can later take the children through a safari tour. Hang green and brown streamers from your ceiling to give the effect of long tree branches and willow trees. This will make it very fun for the kids to walk through.
If you pass Safari hats or masks out to the kids at the beginning of the party it will really get them into the right jungle spirit.
If you can find an animal sound CD to be playing throughout the party that’s perfect, but if you want to go for themed music, consider Dr. Doo Little’s “Talk to the Animals” or the Lion King Soundtrack.
Animal Crackers and animal shaped sandwiches are a given. How about some kid friendly jungle juice? Have fun naming the food items after jungle creatures.
Don’t forget to decorate your table with jungle creatures and these adorable placemats.
For the finale, surprise your child with a cake decorated and shaped like their favorite zoo animal. Then pass out stuffed animals, binoculars, or other zoo related items such as the ones listed on our website.
These items are a great bargain since they come in sets of 8 or 12.