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It's nothing big or small but invite a couple of your friends and have a party in your back yard. Just build a fire for marshmallows, get a projector and a white surface and have popcorn. Watch a movie outdoors and spend the night there.
Turn your garage into a dance club. Have some one DJ and let kids dance and have fun. Then turn the kitchen into a bar, remember no achoholic beverages
I was mystified as what to do with my teenage girl but found a brilliant idea online. A scavenger hunt! We were having a party at the local park and I didn't want 14 teens running around terrorising the locals! So I made up a list of fun things to do or find. They had to take photos of themselves doing it and bring it back to me for proof. Each task had a point value. Tasks included - reflection of whole team but not in a mirror, find an apple, somebody dressed as a super hero, and so on.
Teens loved it! The winning team won iTunes cards, but you could have any prizes. A second hand trophy decorated, bags of lollies, up to you and your budget. This was a very cheap activity to organise, as many children have their own cameras on their phones.
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My daughter's birthday is December 23rd. (I brought her home on Christmas Day.) I have no idea what to do.
Being that it is so close to Christmas, I'm afraid no one would show up to a party. Any ideas are appreciated.
My son's birthday is December 28th and he's turning 13 this year too :) When he was younger, we celebrated his birthday party a couple weeks early - the weekend before school gets out for the holidays. Once our kids hit about 10, we stopped having "parties" and started having them choose just 1 or 2 friends to go Roller Skating or the video arcade, followed by a stop at Cold Stone for some ice cream or home for cake and then an overnight - so we plan the party around when the friends he's inviting are in town.
I was born December 22nd. Mom has always celebrated my birthday on the 22nd and as an adult, as close to the day as possible, I will see her (I live out of state).
So, 13 is a pretty exciting. If I remember correctly, I had a bunch of my girl friends come over, family friends and their parents, with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Mom always had tons of food for everyone and family would bring a covered dish. We played a few games, did cake & ice cream and presents.
Games that were a hit:
All the kids take their shoes off and place them in a jumbled mess in the middle of the room. Then everyone stands in a Large circle around the shoes facing to the outside. Parents mix the shoes up, get out of the way and then tell everyone to turn around find their pair of shoes, put them on and tie them.
If you can find long, red, shoestring licorice... two kids pair to one adult. The adult holds up two long strings one in each hand. The kids have to race to eat it without touching it with their hands. First one wins. Then you can pair them up with another winner and repeat till you have a final winner.
You could also do a movie night with homemade pizzas. Get all the pizza ingredients and either small pizza crusts or make homemade pizza dough and break off individual servings. Then have each kid make their own pizza the way they like it. Followed by a movie. Half way through have intermission, (bathroom breaks) do presents and cake & ice cream.
I was born on Christmas so I know how you feel if you are worried nobody will show up have it earlier. I usually have mine on the 10-16th
My sister's birthday is on Christmas Day and what we do is we have her birthday party on her half birthday. If that doesn't seem like something you want to do, have a birthday party somewhere around New Years like New Year's Eve and have a sleepover party.
You should celebrate her half birthday instead.
My daughter's birthday is on Christmas and she wants to have a hotel party with her friends. She also wants to invite boys! What should I do?
My sister has done plenty of hotel parties. What my mom did was the boys could stay during the day but their parents would have to pick them up before any of the girls went to bed. I hope this helps! :)
Today is my daughter's 13th birthday, and she requested to invite boys to her sleep-over. I said yes. I think that staying away from all the gender-stereotyping that's so prevalent these days will help my kids to be more confident about being their own, unique selves. Of course, the boys will NOT be sleeping in the same room as the girls, but rather will be spending from 9pm on hanging out in my son's room (or possibly the living room) playing video games until they crash out.
My daughter will be 13 in just over a month and can't decide what she would like to do. She wants to bring 2-3 close friends, but doesn't want to do basics like going ice skating, to the cinema, or a pool party, etc. She would prefer to go out and do something with her friends and then come back to the house and have food, play a few games, and maybe even a sleepover. We keep considering ideas and we are at a crossroads right now. Any help would be appreciated.
What you choose to do will depend on what is available in your area. Would the girls like an art museum or history museum? Is there an amusement park, a rollerskating arena, a rockclimbing wall, paintball, laser tag? (Some of these ideas need more than 3, but I am just brainstorming>) What about taking in some kind of live theatre or ballet or comedy show?
Are there tours of anything that they might find interesting such as a hospital, newspaper publishing office, etc. that you might set up for them. Maybe they would like to do some volunteer work, such as help out at an animal shelter. Is there a zoo or could you take them to a working farm? Perhaps something might be on like a garden show or a fashion show, and then they could go to a fancy restaurant for high tea? Some of these ideas are pretty far out, but I hope I have stimulated your imagination, and you will find something fun for all.
I have just turned 13 and i'm quite girly, but ziplining, quad biking and hiking can maybe work. We went to a chocolate factory and made chocolate for my party! It was AWESOME!
My friend and I were planing to go ice skating, but she found out that she has epilepsy and if she falls she can get hurt. Everything I think of can harm her. She can't swim, see flashing lights, or anything fun. My parents don't even want her to sleep over because they would not be able to live with it if something happened to her. I won't celebrate my birthday without my one and only best friend. What can we do that's safe?
By Olivia S.
Have a talk with her parents, and find out what activities she can take part in. I expect as she becomes more used to living with epilepsy, she will be able to do more things. Perhaps you can do something quite different like take in some live theatre or take part in a craft class. My town is on a river, and there are houseboat rides down the river that are fun; people have BBQ's on the boat and enjoy the views. Investigate other activities that your friend would be able to do that are unique to your town. How about a trip to the zoo?
My daughter is turning 13 in August and I need a birthday idea. My daughter is girly and hates sports, except swimming. All of her friends are girly too. She said she didn't want a pool party. I can not find something to do. Any suggestions?
Check thrift stores and garage sales for dress up clothes, shoes and accessories. (These can be donated back to thrift store after party). Give the girls a room to change in. They can pretend to be at a fashion show. They girls can dress up and walk down a hall as a runway. They can then enter living room and contue to show off the clothes. You can invite friends, family or other girls moms to be the viewing public. The girls can model multiple dresses and change accessories to make it different from what someone else wore. After the fashion show, have a table with a menu for each girl. They can place their order for the cake and ice cream. I bet they will have a lot of fun and you will also. Be sure to take lots of pictures and make sure that the girls get some as soon as you get them printed.
Do a Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter tea party.
My daughter is turning 13 and we have no idea what to do for a party. She wants to invite 24 girls (15 are on her cheer team).
Have it at your house to not make it too pricy. The girls could do each others nails and facials. Also, the can dip there feet in Orbeez and rose petals. When it gets later they could do a talent show which gives the cheerleaders a time to show off their skills. In addition, they can do a photo shoot. You can get props at the dollar store or local thrift shop. Good luck and I hope my ideas helped!
Movie night!!! Watch all the bring it ons with pizza and tons of snacks! My cheer team loved it.
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
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.
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.
What are good ideas for my daughter's 13th birthday party?
By Ivette from San Fransisco, CA
When my daughter turned 13, we had a sleepover for her and seven friends. I got pizzas for dinner and we just had a sausage sizzle for breakfast. They watched movies all night and had an awesome time. It wasn't too expensive and my daughter loved it.
Well I'm having my 13th birthday as a sleepover at night. Some things you could do is if it's all girls you could set up a long table and put some dangling lights around your house or where ever the party is held.
Then you can eat like a pizza for lunch, but then for dessert you can get a mini 3 layer cake pan on amazon and give each girl their own icing set of what ever flavor they like. So they get to frost their own mini cakes and have fun while doing it. When they are done you can get a few red box movies for really cheap so they can stay up all night and eat popcorn and watch moviesgossip...etc..