If you're planning a birthday party for a 13 year old girl, you're going to have to promise your tween not to decorate with streamers, balloons, banners or themed deserts; after all, she's almost a woman?
So my first suggestion? Take your daughter and have her sit with you on Pinterest or Etsy to get both of your wheels spinning around the possibilities. From invites and locations to activities and gifts, it's a great place to start.
*But keep in mind, with all your planning, that even if you get some great ideas, you're still going to have to be careful when putting together your table, because even THAT will need to look like an afterthought.*
So, on to the good stuff.
How about starting with a make over pamper party? Ask some older friends to help, fix up a room like a beauty salon. You could put face masks on them, paint their nails and toe nails and even have stylish drinks with lemonade and grenadine with little umbrellas inside. If you want to go further with this one, book a make up artist to do their make up and then bring them all to the movie and dinner later to show of their fabulous state.
Keep going with that and opt for a spa day! Include essential oils and add facials to the above and you've got the whole thing DOWN.
Change it up, what about having a karaoke night? You can rent out a machine at home or go out for the real experience! Some places have age restrictions, but you usually have the option of renting out a little room out. Add grabbing Chinese food to that mix and you've made a classic win.
Sleepovers are a classic go-to but many people tend to not want them due to the late nite chatting and giggling that keeps parents up as well, with the added question of "Do I stay up with them"? Regardless of that choice, I do recommend that if you want to go the sleep over route, that you only invite 3 of her best friends. Then, you're numbers are even, you know their habits (mostly) and will have a generally quieter party.
This is a 'younger' option but still good for the 'more 12 than 13 crowd' You could organize a pizza party but take it further but checking with your local pizza places to see if they can go and make the pizzas themselves. Of course, you could always do this at home but there's extra thrill in going to the restaurant. Afterwards, head to the movies or take them shopping!
For a totally different feel, the out doors type may love for you to organize an adventure day. Here, you can go on a hike, build a raft, co canoeing. If you have access to a lake or a little island, this is a great idea for everyone involved.
If you'd like a daytime, relaxed activity, you could start things off with lunch out somewhere nice and then maybe they could get their nails done. If that feels out of budget for you, rope in a friend and do it at your home. Get a couple movies (or music) and some delicious treats and give the living room to them for a few hours.
13 year old girls are hard to predict sometimes, as they are turning into little women with their own ideas and needs. That's why that first step is so important! Don't be discouraged if she responds with a careless dismissal; she may be overwhelmed and will eventually come around.
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