Collaborative Post¦ It seems like only yesterday you were bringing them home from the hospital in their car seat, watching them take their first steps and waving them off on their first day of school. But now, you’re living with a precocious preteen and you’re wondering where your little girl has gone.
As a parent, getting a preteens birthday party right isn’t easy: you’re the parent of a tween who seemingly acts like a teenager but is definitely still a child… and yet they’re far too grown up for a traditional birthday party, but still far too young to be left unsupervised. As a parent, it’s difficult to get it right – it’s a proverbial minefield!
If you already have some gifts in mind – click here for 10 year old gifts for a girl if you need a little inspiration – then that will certainly relieve some of the pressure you’re under. But what kind of party has just the right level of adult involvement and yet at the same time, makes them and their friends feel like the grownups they want to be? Read on for 3 alternative party ideas for the tween in your life.
If your daughter loves nothing more than relaxing and being spoilt, then a pamper party is the perfect choice. This kind of party can be done in a number of ways, you can either head to a salon and see if they have any pamper party packages and let the professionals do all the hard work for you. Or you can create a pamper party experience at home. If you choose the latter then get your birthday girl and guests to attend in their comfiest clothes or dressing gowns, create little stations where they can get their nails painted, enjoy a homemade facial, enjoy a foot spa etc. Let them have fancy drinks and fruit smoothies and keep the party food colourful and fresh. Don’t forget the cucumber slices – for the eyes of course.
If your tween prefers the finer things in life then a tea party would certainly match their impeccable taste. A traditional tea party involves plenty of cute pastries, indulgent cake slices and delicate sandwiches – crusts removed of course – making a tea party pretty easy to replicate. Again, you can choose a venue to host, perhaps a café or even a hotel or decorate your home with plenty of bunting, flowers, doilies and china cups!
Remember when birthday parties involved inviting the entire class? Now your daughter is a little older, she may have a small exclusive group of friends who are part of her life. If this is the case, then a simple outing with her closest friends is perfect. It gives her the little bit of freedom she clearly wants yet you can watch safely from a distance and not intrude too much on her day. A cinema trip is a great place to start or even an afternoon at the bowling alley followed by a burger or food at her favourite place to eat.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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