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.
Wild West/ Cowboy Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Tumbleweeds don’t need to blow across your front lawn to give your home the feel of the wild, wild West. Make mini hay stacks out of cornbread squares and stack them on your food table instead; they’ll be great with the beans!
Send out these themed invitations to let guests know a new Birthday Sheriff is in Town. Ask your guests to come dressed in jeans and hand them out badges or these personalized stickers, they’ll be ready for a rodeo.
Party Fun & Games
The West has no boundaries, so offer a wide variety of adventures--everything from pony rides (if you have the space and a willing horse) to bean bag tosses. Pile a few empty soda cans and have kits use their best aim to knock them all down from a distance.
Invite a cowboy to play the guitar and sing some country and campfire songs.
Break out your favorite collections of country and western hits to get your cowboys’ knees slapping and feet stomping. If they are a fan of Hannah Montana, make sure to teach them the hoedown throwdown that they can all perform at the end of the party.
It would not be The Wild West without meat! Pile on the chicken, beef, hot dogs and hamburgers. Set out all the fixings and don’t forget the potato salad and baked beans.
Birthday Presents & Favors
No respectable bunch of ranchers should run around without bandanas and hats. Hand ‘em out as party guests arrive and let them wear them out the door at the end of the party.
This favor kit has all the above plus more.