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Are you about to go into party planning mode to host an unforgettable birthday celebration for your tween daughter? Having been there and done it recently, I know that planning the perfect party for a tween girl can be overwhelming. So I’ve compiled a list of 11 fun and fabulous birthday party ideas for tween girls to make your daughter’s celebration one to remember.
By the time girls reach their tween years, they are starting to flex their individuality and want more say in what they wear and do. Friendships become more defined as they realise that their parents aren’t the centre of their universe. Let’s not even get started on the emotional and hormonal changes!!
This is all wonderful stuff, but it means that this is the start of some challenging parenting years and the challenge of planning kids’ parties that tween girls will actually enjoy.
So, if you are struggling to come up with ideas that will meet your tween’s approval, look at this list of ideas for inspiration.
11 TWEEN BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS THAT GIRLS WILL LOVE
This list of birthday party ideas for tween girls encompasses a whole range of ideas and inspiration to help you plan the perfect celebration for your daughter and her closest friends.
1. DIY SPA DAY PARTY
Treat your tween and her friends to a luxurious day of pampering with a DIY spa party at home. Set up stations for facials, manicures, and pedicures, with cucumber slices for their eyes and relaxing music in the background. Don’t forget to serve some refreshing fruit-infused water for that authentic spa experience! Hop over to my post on hosting a fabulous tween girls’ pamper party.
2. MOVIE MARATHON SLEEPOVER
Transform your living room into a cosy cinema for a movie marathon sleepover. Pick a theme, let your tween choose her favourite films, and provide plenty of comfy seating and blankets. Load them with snacks and leave them to soak up the movie magic. Hop over to my sleepover posts for more inspiration:
- 27 Sleepover ideas for tweens and teens
- 60 Snack ideas for sleepovers
- 17 Amazing snack charcuterie boards for tweens and teens
3. CANVAS PAINTING PARTY
Encourage tweens to ditch their screens and unleash their inner artist by hosting a canvas painting party. Provide easels, paint, brushes, and blank canvases, and let their imaginations run wild. You could even hire a local artist to guide the girls through creating their masterpieces. Alternatively, you could find a local art school that offers parties.
4. SCAVENGER HUNT ADVENTURE
Create a thrilling scavenger hunt for your tween and her friends to embark on. Create a list of customised clues that appeal to her interests and have the girls work in teams to solve riddles, complete challenges, and hunt for treasures.
5. STRIKE A POSE FASHION SHOW
Encourage your tween and her friends to flex their style creativity. Set up a runway and let your tween and her friends strut their stuff in their favourite outfits. Alternatively, provide props and accessories for them to come up with their own fun creations to see who can put together the most ridiculous outfits.
Don’t forget to create a Zoolander-level playlist and have your camera or iPhone ready to capture their fabulous poses! Idea: Grab a group shot, print it out and turn it into thank you cards.
6. JEWELLERY-MAKING PARTY
Provide a variety of beads, charms, and string for your tween and her friends to create unique pieces of jewellery. This is a lovely calm way to celebrate. It is also a great way to get the party guests to create their own party favour, as they can keep the jewellery they make!
7. THE GREAT TWEEN BAKE-OFF
Host a baking party for your tween and her friends who love to create and decorate cakes and cookies. Provide a variety of recipes, ingredients, and baking tools, and let the girls whip up their favourite baked treats. This is also great for self-service party food!! Just add some savoury snacks and fun drinks!
8. KARAOKE DANCE PARTY
Buy or rent a karaoke machine or download and use a karaoke app on your TV. Then let your tween and her friends sing their hearts out. It is well worth putting together a playlist with your tween in advance to keep things running smoothly at the party.
Challenge your tween and her guests to dress up as their favourite music stars for extra fun.
9. GLOW IN THE DARK PARTY
Glow-in-the-dark parties (neon parties) are really popular at the moment. Just check out TikTok for evidence! You will need a room at home you can make dark or hire a venue that can be made dark. You will need to hire or buy a black light and provide some neon props. For example, sunglasses, glowstick bracelets, and necklaces (which can double as party favours).
10. TWEEN OLYMPICS
Create a mini tween Olympics for sporty girls in your garden or at a local park. Create a fun-filled day with classic games like sack races, tug-of-war, and relay races. End the day with a picnic and some well-deserved treats for the competitors.
11. ESCAPE ROOM EXPERIENCE
A great idea for an on-trend party away from home is to book a themed escape room for your tween and her friends to test their problem-solving skills and teamwork. Choose a theme that aligns with her interests, and let them have a blast trying to solve puzzles and crack codes to escape within the allotted time. Check local listings for escape rooms near you.
TIME TO GET PLANNING
No matter which birthday party idea you choose for your tween girl, I hope the party is a huge success, and your daughter feels like she’s had the best celebration ever and memories that will last a lifetime.
Oh, and one last thing, pop over to my post on great gift ideas for 12-year-old girls that they will actually love.
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists. She has written about all aspects of organising family life for ten years. Her main areas of expertise are family finance and budgeting, simplifying housekeeping and family admin and kids’ party planning. Read more.