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13th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls

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Planning a 13th birthday party can be difficult. Your child is not really a little kid anymore, but they also aren't a teen yet. This is a guide about 13th birthday party ideas for girls.
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By 20 found this helpful
September 4, 2014

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.

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By 31 found this helpful
May 14, 2013

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

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By 17 found this helpful
May 29, 2013

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.

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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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October 14, 20148 found this helpful

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.

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October 15, 20146 found this helpful
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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.

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I give the kids a budget and they get to plan the party and treats and keep what's left. I do require some sort of cake/treat and food if the party is during a meal time. Really helped get a handle on their party expectations... suddenly a homemade cake is just fine ;)

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November 17, 20142 found this helpful
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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.

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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. First person wins!

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.

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November 23, 20142 found this helpful
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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

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January 25, 20163 found this helpful
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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.

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November 13, 20160 found this helpful
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You should celebrate her half birthday instead.

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By 4 found this helpful
May 21, 2015

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?

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May 23, 20151 found this helpful
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Say no. The idea is ridiculous. Decide what sort of party you would be willing to host (roller skating and cake and ice cream; movies and pizza; bowling and pizza; etc. ) - pick two scenarios and let her choose one or the other. If she isn't happy with that, she can have cake and ice cream with the family .

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July 9, 20153 found this helpful
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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! :)

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October 18, 20154 found this helpful
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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.

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I won't be getting any sleep, but as a parent of 4 children, I'm pretty used to that already!! The girls and I will be doing manicures and mud masks until bedtime.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 4, 2015

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.

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July 5, 20151 found this helpful
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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.

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August 18, 20153 found this helpful
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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!

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July 1, 20133 found this helpful

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.

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July 3, 20131 found this helpful
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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?

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March 11, 20133 found this helpful

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?

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March 20, 20132 found this helpful
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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.

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January 21, 20141 found this helpful
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Do a Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter tea party.

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April 19, 20131 found this helpful

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).

By A.S

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April 28, 20132 found this helpful
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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!

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January 13, 20162 found this helpful
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Movie night!!! Watch all the bring it ons with pizza and tons of snacks! My cheer team loved it.

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April 2, 20130 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 and I don't know what to have the girls do. Also I need to know what else I might need to buy ?
Any suggestions?

By R.E from Merced

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April 4, 20130 found this helpful
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Many in our area have been doing 'destination' birthdays, meaning there are always FEED THE HUNGRY CHILDREN food sites, where you bag the meals. The kids who have been involved have said this was much better than having a selfish birthday, and it made a better memory for all those involved. Many times it would be announced at the event that the birthday party was doing this, rather than something else. Talk about COOL! Many others, strangers, etc get to celebrate too with you. And you can't take away that warm fuzzy feeling when you think about it. Take them out for pizza afterwards.

A commitment usually of 2-3 hours, so plan how much time you think. Time goes so fast. You get put at stations with people and conversation flows. Some of these people you may never have in your life again, but they will think about your child giving on her birthday.

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November 1, 20150 found this helpful
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Here are a few suggestions for your daughter turning 13:

You could go out and watch a movie/watch one at your house, have pizza and crisps

Have a girly night - spa things - pizza - movie

Do something adventorous - go camping -

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February 5, 20140 found this helpful

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, 20142 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.</p>

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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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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

What are good ideas for my daughter's 13th birthday party?

By Ivette from San Fransisco, CA

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May 18, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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January 28, 20140 found this helpful
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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..

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 in March. She wants to finally have a boy-girl party, but we live in a townhouse so we can't have a lot of people over; and she is embarrassed of how small our house is. She really wants to have a laser tag party, but every place I look up, is either 30, 20, or 15 dollars per person with a minimum of 8-10 people. We have no idea what to do.

She wants to invite about 10-20 people, all are 12-13 years old, I have cleared that with her, but she is going to have mostly girls. She might just want a pool party, but that's not open until June. I feel really bad because we don't have much money to just throw around. She really wants to make this an amazing party because she is inviting her "crush". I am a clueless mom from the 80s (lol) so I think easy, but this generation is crazy and I need to get caught up. Please help!

By Janine

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January 10, 20150 found this helpful
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You could have a scavenger hunt. Break them into 4 teams or so. Take them downtown (if it is a safe area) or just in your neighborhood. You can make a list of things to find or do and have them take pictures. It will take at least an hour and they won't be in the house. Also, if you have a garage, take the cars out, move the junk to the sides and have a dance party in the garage! A lot of fun for the early teens. I would keep playing the fast songs :) Both ideas are nearly cost free. Good luck.

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January 27, 20150 found this helpful
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Check with a YMCA for a indoor pool. Last year I planned a surprise 12th birthday party at the local YMCA. They provided two lifeguards, party room and a hostess. Surprisingly the cost was cheap! We brought decorations, drinks, chips, iPod, favors and ordered pizza.

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May 27, 20110 found this helpful

I've been looking all over the net, but I only find places for little children. My daughter wants something more for her age. Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can take her? Everything I have found is either a tea cup party or something for little children.

By Angie A

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful
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You could also call a local "beauty school" and find some cosmetology students you could pay to come give manicures or pedicures or facials and makeup. You might even be able to arrange to have the party at their lab and then take the girls for lunch somewhere. (Most of these labs accept appointments, and you may be able to reserve a block of appointments.)

There are places that are kind of like video arcades that are geared toward older kids and teens that can be fun. (And restaurants like Dave and Busters.)

My area has a drive-in theater that is very family-oriented. People bring lawn chairs and blankets and sit outside, in front of their cars; and many walk a block away (once they've staked out their spot) for take out pizza. You may have something like this near you--ask around.

Most craft stores offer craft parties; and while most are geared to a younger set, I expect any would be happy to tailor it to older girls.

If you know someone with a karaoke machine, that can make for a fun evening.

A cook-out could be fun, with all the traditional foods, followed by smores.

Your local vocational/technical school may offer cooking classes. You could book the girls for a cooking class.

Have you asked your daughter? She may have some ideas you could put to work.

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December 15, 20140 found this helpful

What is a good idea for a 13th birthday party for a girl?

By Azia K.

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January 17, 20150 found this helpful
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A party for a teen girl (any age) should reflect her personality.
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If a girl like sports have a sport themed party (Basketball, hockey, soccer, volleyball, etc.) Or if she likes music have a DJ or do karaoke. Have a dance party if she likes dancing. I hope this helped! Good luck!

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March 7, 20140 found this helpful

I have a 13 year old daughter who wants to have a birthday party, but not at home. She wants something with friends, about 8-10 people some boys, that isn't too expensive. Any ideas? Thanks.

By Nicole

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May 30, 20140 found this helpful
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Swimming party, or maybe a BBQ at a local park and have a game of rounders or baseball!?

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January 20, 20140 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 and she's a tomboy, hates the colour pink, and likes to ride motorbikes, but all her friends are girly. Any suggestions?

By Maddison C from Melbourne, Victoria

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January 11, 20150 found this helpful
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Go play laser tag. Or you can go do sports. You can get everyone to bring bikes and go around to a soccer field then play road hockey in front of your house after go to a tennis/basket court then go back home and have pizza and cake. Get everyone to bring hockey sticks and tennis rackets.

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 in a few weeks. She is having a party two days after her birthday and she has invited 8 friends round to the house, but we have no idea what to do at it. I need some help to think of how to entertain them?

By Jill

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December 21, 20140 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 on Christmas Eve. I want to go out and do something, but I don't know were to go.

By Tracie A. from Cleveland, OH

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December 21, 20140 found this helpful
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A Christmas Eve Ballet Performance would be a unique experience for a 13 year old. It may be difficult to get tickets so late but definitely worth a try if you can afford it.

Also, a fancy restaurant, again if you can afford it, one with servers in black and whites, etc. Reservations may be difficult to get.

A third possibility is to volunteer in a homeless shelter, etc., perhaps serving Christmas Eve Dinner or even Christmas Day Dinner. This would be my choice if my child could handle the experience.

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September 14, 20140 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 and she wants to invite about 15 people both guys and girls. We are having a hard time picking a theme. Any suggestions?

By Lola

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January 18, 20150 found this helpful
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I'm 13 and this year I basically turned my house into a movie theater...except with a twist. Everybody had to dress up as their favorite actor! There was a red carpet and my aunt & uncle were the paparazzi.

I had a bunch of girls bring blow up mattresses and we watched the movie of our choice on netfllix all night. Everyone got 20 tickets to use at the "concession stand" which my mom ran in the kitchen. We had all sorts of snacks such as popcorn which cost 5 tickets, candy bars (3 tickets), ice cream (4 tickets), caprisun (2 tickets) etc.

It was really fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. PS if you want boys to come just have them leave earlier instead of sleeping over. Oh and just if you were wondering... my mom was J-lo!

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July 31, 20140 found this helpful

My daughter is turning 13 and she wants to do something big. She loves sports, but also is kind of girly (not that much though). She doesn't want it to be something that just girls would enjoy because she wants some guys there. But we don't want to spend a lot (as little as possible). Any ideas?

By Julia

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August 15, 20140 found this helpful
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Something both guys an girls can enjoy is a movie. Better yet, an outdoors movie. You can check if there are any local, free outdoors movies, or have one in your own backyard. Just get a bed sheet, a projector, and popcorn! Have for out there for a fun little feast, and set out games!

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July 24, 20130 found this helpful

My daughter turning 13 and doesn't want a big party only her 2 best friends. I need some ideas for the party please.

By Hailma R from Manchester

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July 26, 20130 found this helpful
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With a small guest list like this, you can have options for lots of good activities. You could take them to the movies and buy popcorn and drinks; then have cake at home, decorated with something that your daughter likes - colours, flowers, movie star, etc. The pool is always a good option in the summer. With only three gals, you could do a spa day at home - manis and pedis - they give them to each other, and each girl gets a bottle of nail polish to take home.

If you are near an amusement park, that would be fun. Take in a play - lots of kids have never seen live theater. Some kids like museums and science centers and art galleries and things like that; ask your daughter. Another idea is to do an activity, and then go to a fancier restaurant for some luscious dessert like fancy cheesecakes or something like that. If you inform the restaurant, the staff almost always has candles on the cake (or you can bring them ahead of time and they will put them on), and will sing happy birthday. This was a thrill when I had my 16 & 18 year old sons & their friends out and about, so I am sure that 13 year old girls would love it too!

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