Birthday Party Ideas for 12-Year-Olds

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Planning a 12-year-old child's party isn't as hard as you might think. Simply planning a few activities, food and sending out invitations is all it takes. Check out a few themed birthday parties. Everyone is sure to have a great time.

Slumber Party

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Have a slumber party for a few of the birthday child's friends. Send out "slumber party invitations." Best to keep slumber parties limited to guests of the same gender.

Slumber Party Food and Games

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Games could consist of "campfire" games, board games, Wii or karaoke. Food can consist of pigs in the blanket, ice cream sundaes and mini pizzas. Cupcakes can be made with a sleeping bag theme. Sleeping bags are essential at this party.

Movie Night

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Host the movie event of the season. Send out invitations that have a movie theme and carry this theme through the entire party.

Movie Night Food and Games

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Serve popcorn, movie candy and pizza. Play a current DVD. Games could consist of movie trivia or charades based on movie scenes. Some smaller theaters offer dinner/movie nights that allow patrons to order from their favorite local restaurant or bring their own dinner. Have dinner for the kids while you're watching the movie.

Spa Party

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Treat guests to a glamorous makeover. Search online, make your own products or buy at local shops. Make homemade facial masks or buy individual packets for each girl. Manicures and pedicures are also a great idea. Set up stations for each service rendered.

Spa Party Food

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Serve healthier fare such as a vegetable and fruit tray, fruity beverage and healthy wraps. Be sure to put cucumbers over the eyes while relaxing with a facial mask.