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Old 08-25-2002, 03:29 PM
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Girl's Parties

My 11 year old daughter has had 10 elaborate birthday parties in her short lifetime. For the preschool/kindergarten years, we had princess style parties, complete with castle cake. Once included a scavenger hunt with small gifts that came with each clue. She's had two swim parties. One with a luau at the apartment complex we lived in at the time, and one at an all-inlcusive indoor pool. Lately she's into karaoke and makeovers, so we've video taped the singing at the last couple parties. The last three years have been slumber parties.

The girls are old enough to cook their own evening snacks (smoothies, fruit-a-bobs, cookies, etc.) as part of the evening's activities (with supervision). None of our three kids are invited to many at-home parties. Most people go skating, bowling, swimming, or something else that's just for two hours and then they go home. While it's more work to have all the kids spend the night, it's a great way to see how they interact and get to know their friends a little better. We always have homemade bday cakes! I love the planning part, and the cleanup is getting easier since they're old enough to do most of it themselves!
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Old 08-25-2002, 08:02 PM
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Hi Dawny75,
Our daughter is 5 (and an only child ), but we've made each party (except for her 2nd when we were all sick with a stomache flu) a big deal. Unfortunately, her birthday is the end of March, so we can never do anything outdoors (like a pool party or have one of those bouncy things). But we've always had a theme and followed it through down to a special visitor & lots of activities for the kids.

She has been in school the last 2 years, so she's had lots more friends to invite. For the 4th birthday (she was in Pre-K 3) we had all 6 of her classmates, friends outside of school, all their siblings and their parents PLUS our family - I lost count at 40 people that year (that was a busy year for us though, we had my f.i.l.'s surprise 60th bday party here just a week before with over 50 people)!

Last year we had an Ariel / Under the Sea party and we limited it to just girls (she was in a class of 18 and 10 of those were girls) plus some other girlfriends from outside of school and their "girl" siblings.

We've been to lots of other parties, and it's interesting to see what other people do (and don't do) for their kids parties. Usually, the child is thrilled just to have all their friends over, so it doesn't matter what else your doing. I worry some that I over do it, but like you, I have such a great time planning and preparing for the party that I want to do even more!

DD is trying to figure out what she'd like for a theme for her 6th birthday (maybe scooby - but then again, maybe Jasmine - but we're still thinking about a tea party ...... ;-) - personally, I'm shooting for the tea party) and I'm sure I won't beable to keep myself from planning out every last detail! I'm always searching the web for new ideas so that every party holds special memories for our special girl!

I can't wait until she's old enough to clean up after themselves!
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