13th Birthday Party Ideas?

My daughter's 13th birthday is on the 30th of March. I need some ideas for a surprise party for her. I don't think it will be too many kids, maybe 5-10. I'm taking her on a cruise at the end of February, but she don't think that's for her birthday. Can you help me please?


Whatever I do it needs to be a surprise. I'm not too worried about the cost, but no more than a thousand bucks. I want her to remember this party for the rest of her life. Please and thank You.

By A. Fuqua

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February 6, 20144 found this helpful
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Since this website is entitled "Thrifty Fun", I don't think we are the people to ask about a birthday party with a budget of $1000. I, personally, think that that amount of money spent on a 13th birthday party is far too much. You must be very well off.


How about a birthday party where the theme is helping others? I know some children have a party where the other children don't bring gifts, but spend the money on food for the animals for a local animal shelter, and then after cake and singing happy birthday, part of the party is to visit the shelter and donate the gifts. Of course, the birthday girl donates something as well, as well as all her guests. They can still have fun in a park or play board games or watch movies.

Alternately, they could give food or cash to the food bank, but I think that the animal shelter is a good idea because then the kids can see the animals that are going to be fed with their donations. They will not see results of the money or food they donate to the food bank. Your daughter seems to very blessed and want for nothing if she is 10 and gets to go on cruise. Perhaps some thoughts for others less fortunate would make this a special birthday.

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September 1, 20151 found this helpful
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I like the idea of having fun while helping others, too.
A friend of ours always tells us not to bring their child gifts, but to bring a donation of a jar of peanut butter to donate to the food bank instead. Perhaps spend a morning at a nursing home, painting the nails of some residents. Then have a party booked at a nail salon that specializes in girly birthday parties, which may cost up to $200.


My daughter's main wish is to have all her best friends sleep overnight, which won't cost much except for refreshments. Then you could donate the rest to a worthy cause, like a children's hospital or something. Just an idea.

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January 9, 20162 found this helpful

I think that you should tell your daughter that the cruise is for her birthday. I know that if I were 13 and got a cruise around my birthday, I would count it as my party for the next couple years!

$1,000 is way too much to spend on a kids birthday party. I would make the budget about $500 TOPS. If she's already going on a cruise and you really feel the need to give her a separate party, I would make it something small, with just a couple friends. They could go do pottery, or go to the mall, go to the movie, etc.


If your daughter is being a brat about the cruise, then you DEFINATELY should not give her a party. She needs to learn that even if you can afford to do a lot for her birthday, it's not a necessity and the money would be better off with someone who needs it. You could have her go with a couple of friends to an animal shelter to help or something like that. Or you could let her have a party, but ask the guests to donate gifts to a charity of your or your daughter's choice.

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January 14, 20160 found this helpful

With that kind of budget you can have everything. You can go watch a movie, then go shopping, then go to a nice meal out, and then come back to your house and have a sleepover.


Another good idea for a budget like that is to invite more than 15 friends and rent a hall to have a disco. You could probably rent a DJ as well

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February 5, 20160 found this helpful

ok well if you want to have a great party you should try geting all her friends mabey some famiely do it on a week end mabey her dad could take her out to town and you set the party up hope she likes whatever you do say happy birthday frop tipe

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

yas queen!

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