When your child was little, planning a birthday party seemed so easy since all they cared about was some cake and balloons. Now that your child is getting older, it often seems as though the stakes are higher since you know they want to make a big impression on their guests. Fortunately, you can put together the ultimate birthday party for your pre-teen right there in your home by using these simple strategies for creating a successful bash.
Establish the Ground Rules
As you know, teen parties can rapidly get out of control, and there is nothing more embarrassing for your kid than having mom or dad come in to break up all the fun. Avoid this common party dilemma by talking to your kid about the rules long before the guests arrive. Letting your kid know to keep the music at an acceptable volume or only allow the guests into certain areas of your home makes it easy to keep everyone entertained while staying within acceptable boundaries. Once the party hits full swing, you can even use an agreed upon cue such as raising your eyebrows to let your kid know that they need to bring things down a notch without being detected by their friends.
Choose an Exciting Theme
With the boring part about the rules out of the way, you can get down to having fun with your pre-teen as you brainstorm potential themes for the party. Look online for ideas if you get stuck, and make sure that the theme you choose is based you’re your child’s interests. Whether you base your party on the latest favorite teen movie or go with a broader theme such as a spa party, having a theme gives you the perfect starting point for planning your food and decorations.
Schedule Live Entertainment
When you have a house full of pre-teens, you want to keep them busy. Arranging for live entertainment gives your child’s party that extra pop that will make it stand out from all the other parties the kids attend this year.
Live bands or musicians are always a great choice, especially if you have a mixed gender group who might enjoy a little dancing. Local bands are often looking for gigs to fill in free dates.
You can have someone come to give a group of girls manicures at a slumber party, or bring over a video game truck for your teen’s gaming friends.
A big hit with kids at younger ages, and even older kids to be honest, is renting a bounce house. I mentioned renting a bounce house in more detail in another article recently about planning summer events. You can find bounce houses for all kinds of themes and everything from the standard jump house to ones with attached slides and pools.
Serve Kid-Friendly Foods
A pre-teen party is not the time to show off your fancy culinary skills since kids tend to gravitate to the familiar. Begin by asking your teen and their friends about any food preferences or allergies that they may have. Then, explore potential food choices that align with your theme. Cupcakes can always be decorated to fit your theme, and the individual portions make clean up a breeze since you won’t have to worry about silverware and plates. Popcorn goes perfect with movie themes, and you can never go wrong with pizza. If your teen is having a slumber party, make sure to stock up on finger foods for snacking so that you do not have to worry about a late night raid on your fridge.
Add a Twist to The Typical Sleepover
Pre-teens love having sleepovers, and you can take yours to the next level by adding an element of surprise. For instance, setting up tents in the backyard will give your guests a safe way to enjoy a little independence while turning an ordinary party into a unique event. If it’s too cold or rainy, use blankets to turn a room into a fort. You can also give your guests matching pajamas as party favors that will make all the kids feel like a part of a special group.
Get Creative With the Decorations
It only takes a few minor tweaks to turn boring party decorations into exquisite pieces of art. For instance, you can dip the bottoms of balloons in glue and glitter to create glamorous ceiling decorations. Alternatively, you could string glow sticks up instead of streamers for a blacklight party. Even the smallest touches, such as personalizing plastic spoons with the guest’s names in alphabet beads, will leave a lasting impression while creating an inviting party atmosphere.
This year, throw the best bash in your neighborhood that everyone will be talking about for months afterward. Since a house party gives you more flexibility for entertainment and decorating, you can truly pull off an event that celebrates what makes your child unique. Now that you have a few ideas to jumpstart your inspiration, go on and get started on hosting a party that fills your child with beautiful memories.