The birthday party game is changing big time over here in my home. While we aren’t quite celebrating big birthday milestones over here nor having parties for awhile, I’m noticing the invitations have become more targeted and no longer include costumed mascots. You know, like Chuck E. Cheese types?
As mentioned in an earlier post about momming a preteen, my oldest just turned 11 years old last month. Because of the craziness of the Christmas weekend, her Girl Scout troop had a holiday bowling party on her birthday. I simply asked if she wanted to hang with friends or hang with the GS troop and she said, “Let’s go bowling!”
Awesome because I was not in the mood for anything!
But I have to say that with her preteen friend’s birthday parties have become more sophisticated. Not to mention…drop offs! So where do preteen girls like to party these days? Here’s a list in case you’re trying to decide where or how to celebrate your daughter’s big day with friends.
- Escape The Room
- Paint Parties
- Pottery Parties
- Spa Parties (Your home or in a salon)
- Skating (roller/ice)
- Swimming (private residence/facility)
- Glow Golf
- Indoor Rock Climbing
- Trampoline/Bounce Park
- Cooking Parties
- Fashion Parties
I’ve also noticed that about in grades 4-5, they start hanging out with just a few girls. This is now her crew, posse, clique. Girls start to get a little catty, selective, and simply don’t want to hang out with everyone in their class. So, don’t invite the whole class. It’s okay. It’s cheaper that way.
Be sure to schedule in some selfie time and of course Musical.ly time. It’s not a party unless a few videos are made. Why didn’t I think of this silly app?
Don’t be afraid to ask your daughter what SHE wants instead of what YOU think she should have. It’s becoming less and less about us and more about them. Oh, and I don’t think you need to worry about a theme until she turns 16.
Comment below: What other party ideas do you have for the preteen girl set?