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.
Valentine’s Day Party
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for grown ups anymore. Hearts are making an appearance into more children’s birthday parties now a days. Check out this exclusive party excerpt from Linda Kaye’s Party Book.
Sweeten up the invitation by sending along a small heart-shaped box of chocolates.
Invite the partygoers to help ‘decorate’ the room by dressing in pinks and reds. A vase with pink roses will make an elegant centerpiece and the pale pink buds will inspire guests to create their own delicate buttercream blossoms. Scatter red rose petals on the party table for a dreamy accent to the decor, and switch your usual light bulbs to pink ones to cast a rosy glow in the room. For an extra touch of Valentine’s Day charm, use large doilies as placemats and tie napkins with bows made of red licorice strings.
Party Fun & Games
Fill a pastry bag with pink, red and silver foil-wrapped candy kisses [and guess how many are in the bag.]
Valentine’s Day Menu
Think pink and red when planning the menu! Use cookie cutters to make heart shaped sandwiches filled with strawberry cream cheese. A silver bowl filled with fresh strawberries adds that special touch, especially when accompanied by a plate of confectioners sugar for dipping.
[Set up the valentine tables with these personalized placemats. They look beautiful on the table and are a great favor to take home.]
Mix up a pretty-in-pink punch with ginger ale and strawberry sherbert [served in Disposable Champagne Glasses] . Adults can sip on pink champagne as they toast the cake creation of their budding chefs.