While turning 15 is one step away from the big 16th birthday blowout, it doesn't mean that turning 15 is any less special. By the age of 15, teens have outgrown kiddie bashes like dress-up parties and childlike affairs like princess tea parties. So, step it up a notch with events that are a bit more grown-up. Rather than rack your brain for ideas on how to throw the perfect party, talk to your soon-to-be 15-year-old about what she would like to do for her birthday party and go from there.
Mini Spa Day
Treat the birthday girl and her best friends to a mini spa day. Depending on your budget, this can be done at home or at an actual spa. If you have a little room in your budget, start the day with a special b-day lunch at your daughter's favourite restaurant. Then, head to an affordable spa and indulge in manicures and pedicures. For an in-home experience, you can also hire a female masseuse to come to your house and give the birthday girl and her guests massages.
If you're on a tight budget, make your daughter a special lunch or dinner at home and treat her and her guests to her favourite homemade meal. After they've eaten, break out the nail polish and let them paint each others' nails.
Slumber Party With a Twist
Throw a slumber party for the birthday girl and her friends at a nice hotel. This is a great way to throw a slumber party for a girl turning 15, since she has probably outgrown slumber parties at home. Plan a nice dinner at a restaurant at the hotel or in a nearby restaurant in town for the birthday girl. Naturally, the quality of the hotel will depend on your budget, but if your budget is tight, make sure to ask the friends' parents to send along money for dinner.
If there is a cinema near the hotel, treat the girls to an age-appropriate movie as well.
Co-Ed Birthday Bashes
At 15, teens are old enough to have co-ed birthday bashes, as long as they are age-appropriate and have adult supervision. According to NYmetroparents.com, this is a great way to help a teen ring in her birthday. The party can be a big bash at a venue complete with a DJ and birthday decorations, or a small party at home with a mix-tape and decorations that you've picked up from a party store.
An example of a fun age-appropriate co-ed birthday party for a girl is a "Coke-tail" party, in which Coca-Cola floats and soda concoctions are served in the place of actual cocktails. Boys and girls invited to the party wear cocktail dresses and suits and mix, mingle and dance.