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.
Barbie Dolls may have been around for over 50 years, but the truth is, they are still as popular as ever. Little girls love the dress up and the glamour that a Barbie doll brings, so by throwing them a Barbie doll party, we are ultimately making them the glamorous doll that they love.
We all know that the ideal Barbie doll girl can’t physically and proportionately exist but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring in an entertainer dressed in one of Barbie’s fabulous dresses to make your little girl feel special. Have a Barbie impersonator join your child and her guests and help them get made up and dazzled with glittery shimmer powder.
Barbie is very much a celebrity and the princess-y type. Glamorous finger foods served in fancy and colorful containers or platters will make your child and her guests feel that they’ve entered into Barbie’s world. Serve sparkling juice in plastic champagne flutes and bite sized hors d’ouvres.
Party Games and Activities
Give your guests a glamorous ‘make over’ by making a mock spa. Have an assortment of nail polishes and glittery make up, then offer to take photos of their best Barbie poses at the end. You may need extra help if you have a large number of guests.
As long as your daughter loves pink, use the color everywhere! If you want a more elegant chic look, use a combination of pink and black. There are Barbie paper goods (see above) that you can purchase for the more trademark look, or you can purchase a combination of black and pink plates in different sizes to use on your table. Balloons always add a great touch to any party, but are not mandatory. Feather Boas on the table can also enhance the glamorous aspect of the table, purchase extras in case your guests would like to wear them.
For younger girls you can give them a Barbie doll as a party favor. For older guests you may want to consider the glamour approach and give them a little goodie bag with children’s make up and nail polish. Make the invitation a favor in itself by creating these VIP passes that the children can take to the party and take home as a keepsake also.
We like these easy favors that match the paper goods for a no hassle approach.
Allow your child to get involved by being the DJ. Go together to the library or music store to help them find tunes that groove.
For the finale, surprise your child with a Barbie cake. You can also bring out a special Barbie toy to be added to their collection.
A good place to find a Barbie-look-a-like is at a local theatre school. Invite each guest to bring their own favorite doll and the entertainer can take the partygoers through Barbie skits and scenes.