My daughter is turning 13 in February and wants to have a party. We are limited on funds and don't want to go to the bowling alley. She wants to have boys and girls come. We were thinking about a dance party. Her friends are 'skaters', 'emos', and 'rockers' any ideas?
Linda from Safford, AZ
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When I was this age which wasn't too long ago I'm 22, having "dance parties" at friends birthdays on the weekend were fun just because we were excited just to hang out with eachother.
I would definately have the party in your own home. There's your first money saver. I know it gets cold in AZ in Feb, so if you were to do it in say the backyard if you were zoned for it a bonfire would be fun. Or even just using a burn barrel or a firepit if you have one.
A simple buffet table is good too. if you have a crockpot I would put it to good use maybe chili or something simple that the kids like that can just be there as people float in and out. A few things for them to graze on nothing too complicated pretzels, chips. Fun candy like ringpops and candy necklaces make fun snacks/favors (just lay them out) The dollar store would be a good place to get a couple colored plastic tablecloths in colors that your daughter likes or black with all white paper products because this combo really pops and white paper products are cheaper, match the best, and usually look the best.
If your daughter has some favorite cds she and her friends would like to listen/dance to at the party have her round them up now, and possibly burn a mix cd of her favorites and maybe some downloads as well.
Clippings from magazines or favorite cd covers could make a fun photocopied invitation. With handwritten and scribbly text as well.
For cake I would go with cupcakes even though they take more time it's less cost on dessert plates and forks and paper product. Maybe you could write cute net speak on them toolike ( sk8, emo,:p, <3 ) with a little colored icing hot pink on chocolate frosted cakes looks really nice.
A piece of posterboard that says happy bithday on it would make a great tag board where the kids can write their own birthday messages that your daughter can keep is nice to have.
you can let her have the party her way and change little things
You could always have it at a roller rink rent the rink and then request special songs for the birthday find out what music she likes and make sure they play it.