Tween birthday party ideas can be challenging…tween girls are usually past the “princess birthday party” phase, the “art birthday party” phase and the “sport birthday party phase”. So being the activity Mom that I am…I suggested my daughter do the activity of creating her own birthday party idea. Her idea?…“just hang out and eat with my friends.” Sounded good to me. Need tween girl birthday party ideas?…here’s a quick pictorial of how to do it le easy.
I try to go practical for a loot bag. Knowing my daughter loves drawing and making lists (she’s my kid!) I thought a notebook and pencil/eraser set to be the perfect loot bag. It’s young adult without being boring.
Knowing tween girls can have picky tastes, we created a menu (full of tween girl favourites) and then put check mark boxes beside each item. We printed out the number of menus as we had guests and placed one at each seat around the table (with a pencil each of course). Then, we the tweens were sat…they could check off what they did or did not want. It was half party-game and half-food-win.
The appetizers were not extremely exciting…but represented what all the kids were eating in their lunches (yes, boursin cheese – my kids are French remember?!).
My 9 x 13 Homemade-from-scratch Mac N’ Cheese was devoured as was the salad. I added in some Strawberry Grape Kebabs as a fruit which I thought added a the red hues to the rainbow of food colours they were eating (oh…and the fruit was demolished too).
However, the biggest food hit of the party was the Make-Your-Own-Sundae grande finale. I was shocked that my daughter asked for sundaes rather than a cake (1st year she didn’t blow out candles!). I admit…I was slightly saddened. But oh, how I underestimated the fun factor of Make-Your-Own-Sundaes! I used waffle bowls (less clean up), vanilla ice cream, sprinkles, smashed cookie bits (my daughter LOVED putting Oreos in a ziplock bag and smashing it before the party) and of course chocolate fudge sauce. It was layers and layers of sweet goodness.
And all the while, as they ate, the tweens talked and listened to music and laughed. I must say…the best activity of this party was the girls just having a good time together.
Do you have a birthday party idea to share?