They’re not your little kid anymore – and they won’t hesitate to tell you that – but, then, sometimes they are. They’re too big for dolls and Hot Wheels but not old enough for lipstick and razors. The tween years are a time of ever-changing tastes and transition. Fortunately, Shindigz is here to help you plan a wonderful birthday party for the years between licensed characters and driver’s licenses. Tweens are more into activities with their friends than they are characters and games – except, perhaps, video games. That means that a party planned around a spa day or sports team could wind up being just the ticket. Take the guests off on an adventure at the ballpark or pampering at the salon and end with cake at the house. Your tween’s party will be the hot topic at school for weeks.
Theme parties still are popular with the tween crowd, but not anything built around last year’s licensed character. Think instead of events or eras. A disco party theme offers wonderful opportunities for great decor and non-stop fun. A luau party also provides plenty of possibilities. Hand out leis at the door to get the party started right. The food opportunities are pretty fabulous, too. A paper umbrella is just as cute perched atop of a fruit smoothie as it does in a fruity adult drink. Food-related parties also are popular with this usually hungry set. Think pizza or an ice cream social complete with a sundae bar that lets guests build their own. For summer birthdays, a cookout with backyard games is fun. In the winter, substitute sledding and hot cocoa.