Mark a 13th birthday with something special that reflects your child’s entrance into adolescence. Ask your child for ideas regarding the theme, activities, menu, guest list and location. For most teenagers, hanging out with friends tops the list of priorities–be it a few close buddies or everyone from summer camp and school. Personalize the event by having guests write notes, draw doodles or contributing a song to a mixed CD that commemorates the special day.
Some 13-year-olds have a blowout with bling–renting limousines, going to spas or having a chaperoned sleepover at a hotel. However, even a simple, affordable at-home birthday party can have razzle dazzle. Project a movie on a large screen or sheet in the backyard, or host a beach bonfire. Fill the lawn with tiki torches and serve Italian sodas spritzed with whipped cream. The details will make the difference between a forgettable event and a special 13th birthday party.
The party basics have not changed, even though your child has entered adolescence. You will still need decorations, music, food, dessert and candles. You also need activities, though more open-ended and not restrictive like games. Your teen will have ideas of how to pass the time, but some possibilities include doing crafts, making ice cream sundaes, having a dance contest, doing a creative scavenger hunt, staging a talent show or filming a movie.
Fun 13th birthday celebrations walk the line between teen freedom and adult supervision. Check in with the goings-on so that guests know of your presence, but do not hover. Young teenagers enjoy the feeling of freedom of a less-supervised event.
Mix some pop culture into a 13th birthday party. Reference “Twilight” with vampire-theme makeovers, or arrange “Survivor”-style physical challenges. Popular bands, shows or fashions may inspire some activities. Have a henna tattoo artist ink up the guests or ask a teenage DJ to mix music for a dance party.
Just as 13 marks a new age, it also marks an extended time frame for special events. Plan a slumber party, a double feature or an activity, such as rock climbing or bowling, that may last up to three hours.
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