Turning 14 is a big turning point for your daughter. She'll have been in secondary school for a few years and is well into her teenage life. However, though she might think that she's too old now for a birthday party, she'll still love being the centre of attention for a day. Still, you have to make sure that the theme of her party is age-appropriate and will be a hit with her guests -- teenage girls are notoriously hard to please. Explore a few theme options with your daughter and figure out what she wants before proceeding. That way, you can help her plan the party of her dreams.
Makeover birthday party
Teenage girls love giving and getting makeovers, and having a makeover-themed birthday party is a great way to celebrate this. Start by picking up the most recent teen magazines to give your daughter and her friends inspiration. You can pick out some temporary hair colour (something that washes right out is the best bet), inexpensive make-up and hair products from the local pharmacy. There are plenty of makeover movies as well to help get the girls in the right mood. The Princess Diaries, Cinderella or She's All That are great choices to show the turnaround from ugly duckling to beautiful young girl.
Planning your future is an important part of being a teenager. Let your daughter and her friends have fun with fortune-telling at her 14th birthday party. You can find horoscopes in teen magazines, letting them tell their futures by star sign. Ouija boards are also a lot of fun -- if a little spooky -- for girls this age. Games like making a paper fortune-teller (fold a paper into fourths, with fortunes written on the inside flap) are also a great way of "predicting" the future. To top it off, buy a box of Chinese fortune cookies for the end of the evening.
Gossip Girl birthday party
Celebrate your daughter's 14th birthday with one of her favourite TV shows -- Gossip Girl. Make it an Upper East Side birthday with fake cocktails, like Shirley Temples, in martini glasses. Buy copies of Vogue for the girls to read and pore through. Top off the evening with a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's, the classic New York film (not to mention Blair Waldorf's favourite!).