A girl's 13th birthday is a big deal for her. She is, according to her age, no longer a child but now a teenager. Help her celebrate by throwing her a slumber party where she can stay up late with her friends, eat junk food until she is sick, and then sleep in until noon the next day. Now all you need is a theme.
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As children become teens they also tend to start to assert a little more independence. Host a night full of creativity with a craft-themed 13th birthday slumber party that will allow the party guests to express themselves through the projects they create. Purchase inexpensive craft supplies such as felt, glitter, ribbon, craft glue, plain wood picture frames, fabric paint, packs of plain white T-shirts and other items to allow the girls to craft the night away. Pick up a few craft magazines or books from the library to get ideas for different projects the girls can try together. You can also pick a certain type of craft, such as jewellery making or scrapbooking, to use as the main theme of the night.
Movies and Music
A 13-year-old girl is probably now around the age when she will go to her first of many dances and start to go to the movies with her friends, making a movies and music slumber party a fitting choice. The girls can spend time dressing up as their favourite music and movie stars. Throw a small dance party in the birthday girl's bedroom with some inexpensive party lights from a party supply store and a custom-made playlist on an MP3 player plugged into a stereo. Later in the night have the girls get settled in for a night full of their favourite movies, popcorn and sweet treats to snack on.
When I Was 13
Share a part of yourself with your daughter and her party guests by giving them a night full of your 13th year of life. Show the girls movies, have them listen to music and even make them food that was popular when you were thirteen. You can even have them try to give each other the popular hairstyles from the year you turned 13. Visit a toy store and see if you can find board games that you played at that age with your friends at slumber parties.
The 13th birthday is the birthday that transforms your daughter from a child to a teenager and a young woman. Celebrate this milestone with a night filled with activities that teach her and her friends a little about being older. Take the girls to a nice restaurant for dinner. Throughout the dinner encourage the girls to try a dish that they might not otherwise try, to use their very best table manners and to have intellectually stimulating conversation. After dinner take the girls back to the house for a little lesson on make-up and fashion. Give the girls tips on applying make-up, styling their hair and dressing for different occasions. When it is time to wind down, give the girls with some age-appropriate fashion magazines or movies such as "13 Going on 30." Make sure you clear the make-up with other parents ahead of time.
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