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Tween Birthday Party Success

Every family does birthdays differently. I love seeing traditions that families establish and snagging great ideas from other brilliant moms. So I thought I’d share a party that went over with great success this past weekend.

In our house with three kids we’ve set up a tradition that keeps me from insanity. We don’t throw birthday parties EVERY year. We just decided when our kids were really young that we’d do the every other year tradition. What is this, you ask?

You get a birthday party on your EVEN year birthdays.

On your odd year birthdays we do a very special family celebration. (Camping trip, special dinner, skiing, etc.)

This past weekend was an EVEN year. And a double-digit milestone.

My baby turned ten. 

Let’s not even dive into the psychological ramifications of this milestone for me. (That’s another post all together!)

But this weekend we had ten girls for what we dubbed:

“Angelina’s Fantastic Food Fight & Sleepover”

Let’s be honest…my first piece of advice is to cut the sleepover portion… 😉 Ten girls?

But the food fight?  Huge Success.

Ten years old tween birthday party, it was a mess of a success! We put a large tarp out on the McCormick Ranch green belt path and set up a food fight.  It was SO much fun to plan and the girls LOVED getting down and dirty.  There were a million ways to add details to this party. In the end we kept it pretty simple.

We started with a tug of war. Losers slid into a huge pile of pudding. (Thank you Smart and Final for GIANT cans of pre made pudding.)

Each girl got a bucket filled with spaghetti noodles, corn, whip cream, meat balls, gummy worms, marshmallows…and after the tug of war just went crazy. It was messy (obviously) but a blast! So yeah, steal my idea. I don’t care!

What are some great party themes you’ve done?

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Noelle Larson is a mom still searching to find the “balance” between her spiritual journey, family, ambition, inner peace, world peace…all while trying not to blink so she doesn’t miss one minute of her beautiful, messy life.  Noelle writes at metromom.org where she journals her crazy days chasing after her kids and husband, deep thoughts, and captures her latest adventures.

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2 Responses to Tween Birthday Party Success

  1. Sarah February 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Noelle, I love this for a few reasons, but most of all I love that those tween girls got a chance to get physical and get dirty, when so many parties at that age are around getting primped and pretty (I think that can be fun, too, but I love this alternative 🙂 ). Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hillary Manaster February 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    What a FABULOUS idea! I will definitely be storing that one away for future birthday parties. How did the greenbelt clean-up go?
    When we were kids my little sister had a graffiti party in our basement. Messy parties = Awesome fun!