Looking for some fun and unique activities to do at your young teen or ‘tween’s birthday party? Try these three activities and your party guests will have fun all evening! Obviously, a party such as this one cannot have the fun features of a casino night Denver but these ideas will make it just as much fun.
Sleep overs are fun with blankets and pillows spread over the floor. Have each guest design their own t-shirt they can sleep in now and wear later. It’s a project and party favor in one. Our local t-shirt warehouse store sells them for 4 for $10. Guests may bring some leaves with them or the group could go on a short walk around to find some interesting leaves and plant clippings. The leaves are then laid down on the front of the shirt. Various colors of water-paint mixture are misted over the shirts. When the leaf is lifted away, the shirt has a coloful spritzed design, but is still white under the leaf. Letters could also be used to spell a guest’s first name. The shirts are then left to dry or thrown inside out in the dryer for 15 minutes and can be worn immediately.
one plain white t-shirt for each guest
several spray bottles filled with two tablespoons fabric, acrylic, or tempera paint per 2 cups of water, shake to mix-or 3 cups of strong tea, coffee, or beet juice
fern leaves, card board cut out shapes or other
Henna and Temporary Tattoo Station
I found a kit for henna tattoos and several packets of various temporary tattoos at my local beauty supply store. My daughter was a t’ween when she asked for another sleep over. I knew they couldn’t watch t.v. all night, so I thought they might have fun decorating each other with pretty butterfly and flower designs. This turned out to be the hit of the party. I was shocked when they were kept busy and calm for hours decorating and being decorated with colorful mini works of art.
I let the parents of our guests know that they will have the opportunity to apply temporary or henna tattoos in case they had any allergies.
Cup Cake Decorating
It was about 2 hours before the party when I realized I had forgotten to order a cake. I don’t know how it happened but it did! I did not panic, but scoured my pantry instead. There I found a cake mix and was able to bake off a couple of dozen cupcakes. I set the cooled cupcakes out on the table with several different tubs of frosting, plastic knives, plates, opened a few bags of small candies, and various sprinkles. The kids talked, laughed, ate, and had a incredible time creating their own wonderfully decorated individual ‘cakes.’
The party with the t-shirts, tattoos, and cup cakes was the talk of neighborhood. Years later, I ran into one of the guests and who was still wearing the t-shirt she made. She told me that was the best sleep over she ever went to!