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.
Bake-a-Cake/ Decorate-a-Cake Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Complete with a chef hat and apron, the birthday child takes center stage as all the children gather together.
Transform any room in your home to look like a bakery with the table set up with bags of flour, sugar and all the equipment and ingredients necessary for the baking of a 2-layer cake. Use this giant Mylar Balloon for floating fun.
Party Fun & Games
Children will love to mix batter, measure ingredients, color frosting and make flowers with pastry bags using a variety of different tips. Have plenty of tips and frosting ready to go so that all the kids can become involved. See more instructions on how to create this birthday party in Linda Kaye’s Bake-a-Cake Party Book.
The adult “chef” should be able to lead the children in the baking and decorating of the birthday cake. The children do all the work under the direction of the leader.
Classical music is the perfect background so children can listen to directions and focus on the activity.
Let them eat cake! But a few savory items beforehand. The kids will want to eat their cake more than anything so make sure their meal isn’t so filling that they can’t have their slice of cake afterward. Serve these beverages in these cute Pink Cupcake Cups (8) which match the theme perfectly and prevent unwanted spills!
Use these placemats at the dining table to mark each child’s seat.
Party guests will be proud as can be, to see their creations lit up on the birthday cake and even happier when they have their first taste.
Birthday Presents & Favors
Make the chef hat and apron that the children wear be part of their favor. Include a copy of Linda Kaye’s Bake-a-Cake Party Book and maybe a Cupcake mix kit or game so that the children can replicate the baking at home without all the hassle. Or even this little chef set.
Don’t let the children handle the oven or hot pans under any condition. Be sure the height of the table is appropriate to the age of the children so when they are standing they are able to comfortably reach the table to work at it. We recommend putting a plastic runner under the baking table for easy cleanup.