If you're short on ideas for your 13-year-old daughter's January birthday party, look to the season for inspiration. Although many birthday party options, like amusement parks, are closed during the season, other places open up just for the winter. Try out a seasonal space or throw your party indoors where it's cosy and warm.
If your daughter loves all girl things, plan a spa day. Have her invite a few of her closest friends and spend the morning or afternoon getting a facial, a manicure and pedicure or some other combination of spa treatments. For a full-day treat, pick a spa that serves food, or has a restaurant nearby, and treat everyone to dinner. If you're not one for going out in the cold, winter months, many spas offer travelling services and will come right to your door.
Go traditional and plan a sleepover for your 13-year-old daughter. Invite her best friends to a winter-inspired birthday bash. Light a fire in the fireplace if you have one and curl up to watch some of the best winter flicks. Serve food and drinks during the party that catch the feeling of the season, like hot chocolate and warm apple cider. If you have the time, make treats like popcorn snowballs or chocolate-dipped peppermint sticks for guests to enjoy.
For a mixed group, try a scavenger hunt. Place items about your house, yard or a park, and have partygoers follow the clues to find the items. If you live in a small town or near a mall, spread the search to a larger area by hosting inside a building or on the town square. To add a twist, turn it into a timed treasure hunt and make the last clue a certificate awarding the bearer a prize, such as a gift card. The first person to the treasure wins it.
If January tends to be snowy in your area, add a touch of childhood to a teenage party by taking out the sled. Have guests bring sleds of their own or find a couple of inexpensive ones at a local store. Then hit the hills near your house or take a trip to a favourite sledding location. To please a rowdy teenage bunch, make sure the hills are high. Keep enough parents on hand to supervise such an high-energy activity.
Head to the ice skating rink for an afternoon on the ice. Spend an hour or two skating along the surface. Then pick up some warm winter treats, like hot cocoa or sweet baked items, for guests to eat. If you have a large group, the ice skating rink can provide the size and space you need and give all the guests a chance to meander instead of being crowded together.