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.
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Let your child decide if they would rather wear a whistle and lead the party as team captain or carry a microphone and come as the official sportscaster of the games. Either way, provide the props necessary to celebrate their day in style. And don’t forget to have extra balls on hand, just in case!
Personalized Birthday Save the Date Ticket
Send out your invitations early so your guests don’t miss the big event!
You must have a wide open space. Select a spot with a field for soccer, football and relays or a court for basketball. Consider reserving space at a community gym, park or school. If your backyard is large enough, you can try that also.
Hang your child’s favorite team banners and paraphernalia all around. Set up a field run on your entrance way.
If it’s a football themed party, consider using this tablecloth.
Party Fun & Games
First select the game of choice. Give your party professional the floor to divide the guests into teams, complete with names, jerseys and a mascot. Also, you may want to provide options for kids who aren’t interested in actually playing the sport such as a football toss game or photo prop.
Ask a coach, referee or athlete to lead the fun, they will be more knowledgeable and will know exactly how to teach the kids to play.
If you’ve ever been to a pro game (basketball, in particular), you know that players like to get “pumped up” before the game with upbeat music. Your “players” will want to do the same so have lots of high energy music ready.
For a sports day finale, hold an awards ceremony with a title for all. Whether it’s MVP or best touchdown celebration, spend time recognizing everyone’s talent. You may also want to introduce a game of “slow motion” where the guests re-enact great moments.
Athletes eat a lot because they exert so much energy. Have plenty of delicious and nutritious food available for your team. Include sports drinks and energy bars as snacks that can be available all throughout the party in case your little athletes need a nibble. For a sweet treat lay out some of these sports themed cookies which also double up as favors.
Make sure you keep your team hydrated by handing them each their own sports water bottle.
Personalized team gear for all party guests is great since they can use it during the party. Consider also items that they can use for their sports post-party such as drawstring bags or personalized bag tags.