10th Birthday Ideas

Reaching 10 years of age is a very special milestone. This guide is about 10th birthday party ideas.

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What do you do if you have not very much money for your kid's 10th birthday? It is on the 12th of October. I am interested in something other than bowling or the cinema.

By Amber

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How about kids karaoke? A game of monopoly with a few friends? Or play old fashioned kids games at your home such as pin tail on donkey, musical chairs, etc. Hide some prizes and have them all go on a scavenger hunt.

When my child was 10, I bought a big bag of candy and prizes such as bubbles, whistles, etc. I stood at one end of the lawn and they stood at the other. I gave them each a lunch bag then spread the candy out in a line in front of me and told the kids to run after it when I said "go". Whatever they collected in their bag was what they got to keep.

Please make sure to keep a couple of extra little lunch bags with some candy in it in case someone doesn't get any candy. The bigger kids beat the little ones to it and by the time the little ones get there, there's not much left to get.

Another thing you can do is play a game like "Simon Says" and they can go collect their candy when they get to a certain point. This is helpful in giving the smaller kids a head start.

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First of all, are you talking about doing something with some of his friends, or just a family birthday affair? It's not too early to have a pre-Halloween celebration. October 12th this year comes on a Wednesday. I'm assuming this would be an early party, whether or not it is for a crowd or just your child and your immediate family. You could make a cake and decorate it with Halloween things...lots of ideas online for that type of thing. You could dim the lights and either read or tell spooky stories. You could do a kind of pre-Halloween theme to set the mood and make plans for the coming Holiday.

Before all of our nieces and nephews grew up, we used to throw big Halloween parties...not necessarily on Halloween, though. There are too many parties and other activities on the day, so we would set our party for two to three weeks ahead. That way, everyone got to test out their costumes, etc., for when the big day arrived. We always had different themes each year...but no matter what we did we always had games that cost virtually nothing to play.

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My daughter is turning 10 years old and is very interested in "old timey" things, such as quilts, candlesticks, old books, vintage buttons, embroidery, et cetera. She is most interested in the time period from the early pioneer days of the U.S. up until the early 1900s.

I would like to decorate for her birthday party using this theme, and do have a few ideas, but I don't have a clear vision. The decorating takes place in secret and the revelation of the room and homemade cake is an exciting moment for my daughter, almost like a gift in its own way. She is my only child and I try to make her birthdays memorable and special for her (not to show off to those who are attending).

I usually incorporate disposable plastic tablecloths and balloons into a color scheme, but I feel these would clash with this particular theme by looking too modern. I'm also am not quite sure how to decorate the cake... perhaps like a patchwork quilt?

I have a single large room that is basically a neutral blank slate. The tables which are available to use are plastic folding tables, so they will need some sort of covering.

Any ideas for how to develop this old timey theme?

Thank you!

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    Bonnets instead of party hats. Let them make straw brooms for a craft. Fresh squeezed lemonade to drink or you could make the ginger drink Half Pint brought to Pa in the hay field.

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    My daughter is ten in 3 weeks, what to do?

    By Isabelle from Seattle, WA

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    You could do a birthday party at home with a sleepover and a pizza or swimming for 2.20 for a child at a time of 1 hour or £112 dor a party hour.

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    My daughter's tenth birthday is coming up and I want this one to be special. It has to be at home. It can't be a sleepover, cooking, laser tag, tea party, bowling, or swimming. Please help.

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      Enlist your 10 year old's help with the planning. They are big enough to have lots of ideas. What about things like a wiener roast in the backyard, a movie night with pizza, a slip and slide in the backyard with water balloons for a waterfight, a games afternoon where they play board games like clue, and then have a tournament, how about a home bingo with prizes from the dollar store or from the thrift store, making their own pizzas with toppings or making their own ice cream sundaes. Perhaps some sort of dress up party -- fancy dress, dress like a hobo, dress like the sixties, dress like a super hero, dress like a Disney princess, etc. Perhaps the kids would like to do a craft -- small kits can be found at craft stores or the dollar stores that might be fun.

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      My son is turning 10 on the 30 of December, but I want to give him a house party on the 4th of January. What games can I do?

      By Nina from Chicago, IL

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      Paper airplane throwing contest, melon smashathon or makeover adults blindfolded

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      My daughter is turning 10 in 16 days, but I have nothing planned for her party. Please help me!

      By Olivia.J

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      My daughter and her friends are going to Hibachi and we're watching a movie at home. It might be a little expensive, but you only turn 10 once. We are inviting 5 girls that are really close to my daughter. I hope this helped you!

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      My sweet nine year old is turning 10 and I want to give her the best birthday party she has ever had because 10 is a special age after all. She will be in her double digits for almost the rest of her life! Got any great b-day ideas? Hurry we have to get the invitations out in 2 weeks! Thanks:)

      By RSR

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      You could have a cheerleading party? There are lots of companies that do them if thats not her thing how about going to the zoo? If she likes sports how about ice skating or roller blading? If shes really girly then spas are very fun and good for growing up or if she enjoys singing do a recording studio party rent out a studio at somewhere cool!

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      I don't know what to do. She wants a sleepover with 3 friends, but I am saying no I have to think about it. Also she wants to make her own pizza and lemonade and Coke, etc. I don't want to spent too much. What do I do? Please give me solutions.

      By Amelie R from Sumerset

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      Her request doesn't sound out of line. Why not give her a budget and let her price the treats? It'll be a good learning time and if she sees it's too much, maybe she would be happy cutting back but still have her friends come over. You know the friends are the best part of a birthday!

      My son turned 11 this year and wanted an endless guest list. I found a cheap place to rent ( our local YMCA) and didn't have to pay per guest, just for use of the gym. They played for two hours, and gobbled cake and punch,then water from the fountain when the punch was gone. He said it was the best party because he could invite ALL of the friends he could think of!

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      My oldest daughter is turning 10 in 3 weeks and she wants a big party. When I say big I mean lots of prep and trouble; but she only wants 3-7 friends. She has said no to bowling or rollerblading. I suggested spa party, but she said that is a bit boring and not very exciting. She says "yes" to a sleepover, but she wants more than the average sleepover.

      She is a feminine type and so are her friends, but not too fussy. She is in a new school and has new friends so she wants to impress them with her party, but not to much trouble for me. Any ideas are welcome!

      By Maggie

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      Tweens love to try "grown-up" pampering. Working with foster homes I've had to be inventive with a small budget. If you have a hairdresser or nail school nearby you can ask for a student to come pamper the girls with hair chalk or manicures/pedicures. They need hours to pass their course so you usually can find one or two to give you a hand. The girls sleeping over feel like little princesses. You can give the students a small tip or ask them to join the food. With one 10 year old I was working with, she wanted to be a belly dancer. I contacted a school that educates students to become teachers. They sent 2 dancers that brought along some costumes. It was fun even for the adults.

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      What kind of party should I have for my daughter who is turning ten?

      By Jane

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      Why not a sleepover party? I'm turning ten as well, and most girls love it. You could do a little spa and have some girls come over. You can bake cupcakes and they can choose their on toppings. You could have pizza for dinner. For a theme, you could do a 'camp out". Set up a tent in your backyard or in your house. It can also be made out of sheets.

      They can hold a flashlight to their face and tell spooky stories. They can roast s'mores in the fireplace. If you aren't outside, then you can play a CD of crickets and stuff from outside. Trust me, she'll love it!

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      My daughter is having a birthday on March 28; she is turning ten. I don't have anything planned. What do I do?

      By jasmmoreno from Ticfaw, LA

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      See what your kid likes or watches to find ideas. You might not know to much about this century, but by sure to type lol in everyones invite. Also make it unike to their personality. Good luck in whatever you chose.

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      My daughter is turning 10 in 2 weeks. She doesn't really know what she wants, but it definitely has to be her best party ever. She is still a playful little girl and still loves her dolls and make up. What theme would do for this character? Do you think she's outgrown the princess and fairies theme? Please help with suggestions for this whole party preparation in its last minutes.

      By Chriselda

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      Do what I did, have a Hawaiian Birthday. It's fun and simple.

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      My daughter is turning 10 and I don't know what to do. She does not want a sleepover.

      By Amy S.

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      For a ten year old birhday parties are easy. Since she doesn't want a sleepover she might just want a small party with her close friends. If that is the case you could take her and her friends out to dinner or a movie. If she is girly you could take her out to a spa. Hope this helped you decide.

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      My baby girl is turning 10 in half a month and I have nothing planned for her birthday party. Please help me.

      By Jakie S.

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      You could do a sleepover with a makeover and a pizza or a disco with some party games and a little buffet.

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      My son is turning 10 on 19 August 2010 and I want to celebrate his birthday on 21 August 2010 because his birthday is during the week. I want to take him and his friends to a park for a day. What can I do to make his party special? He likes the idea of going to the park.

      By Busisiwe

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      Ten year old boys don't need a lot of organization. My sons liked rowdy things like water fights or organizing themselves into teams and playing commando. We lived on a farm, so they just did it themselves.

      If your son and his friends are sports orientated, you could take along a soccer ball or softball equipment.

      Get him involved in the planning-- see if he wants ice cream cake or cup cakes baked in ice cream cone cups or???? I always served hot dogs which we roasted over a fire, but you might have to do something different. Most parks don't have firepits, unless they are in the country.

      If he wants something organized, I like the relay ideas that others have suggested. If he just wants to play with his friends, you really have far less to do!

      I would suggest a water fight, though. That is what comes to mind for me -- water pistols and water balloons. You could give water pistols and pumps as the "goodie bag" item, and they could just have at it! ( Let the kids know they will be doing some active playing. Once one of our 'guests" wore his new white pants, and got a grass stain on it. He went off by himself and wept and wouldn't do anything else till the cake was served! Naturally, the guys have never forgotten it-- and they are in their 20's now!) Take along pails of water and pre-filled balloons. I think this might make you the coolest mom in the neighbourhood.

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      My son is turning 10 in November and he wanted to have a party at home with 10 of his friends. It's pretty cold here in November, so it would have to be inside or short lived outside. I haven't had an at home party in years so my brain is stuck on smaller kid games. Any suggestions?

      By Emily S.

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      Emily, this is an old fashioned game, perhaps you remember it. Have the kids drop clothespins into a small neck container such as a jar or bottle. Take a chair and turn it backwards. Have them kneel on the seat and drop the clothespins without leaning over the back of the chair. Of course there is a little prize for the winner.

      Make sure that everyone goes home with a little something from the party. Of course the dollar store is the place for the prizes! Serve hotdogs and let them put their own favorite condiments on them. This can take up a little of the time.

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      What should I do on my daughter's 10th birthday? It is on the 12 of December, but she doesn't want to go to the cinema, bowling, or a theme park because she has done all those things before.

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