Your tween is turning 11 soon and she can't wait to have her friends over for her birthday party. First, she needs to decide on a theme for her party. Then, you can get busy planning. You'll need decorations, food, cake, beverages, activities and of course, fun party favors for the guests to take home.
A spa or makeover party is a fun idea for 11-year-old girls. While you may not want your tween wearing makeup on a daily basis, the girls will love getting all dolled up at home.
Party favor ideas for a makeup or spa party are plentiful. If it's more of a spa-type party -- with facials, manicures and pedicures -- create a party favor bag for each girl and include a pair of inexpensive flip flops, a manicure and pedicure set from a dollar store and a spa eye mask.
For a makeup party, treat each of the girls to a small makeup bag. Fill each bag with items such as nail polish, fingernail stickers, lip gloss, blush, eye shadow, a compact mirror and some makeup brushes.
Your daughter may have a favorite character or show that she wants to use as her birthday party theme. This could be a cartoon character, movie, television show, celebrity or band.
Purchase or create a small bucket that matches the theme for each girl in which to hold all the party favors. Alternatively, buy some small canvas bags and let your daughter paint or decorate them.
Fill each one with favors that match the theme such as pencils, small notebooks, noise makers, water bottles, bracelets and candy. You can even have matching T-shirts made for each party guest.
Some young girls love to bake, so a baking party is ideal for this age group. Your daughter and her friends can hang out in the kitchen, making yummy treats such as cookies, mini pies, brownies or a cake.
Give each party guest some baking tools to use during the party and to take home with her, such as a chef's hat, whisk, spatula, pot holder and cookie cutters. Have personalized aprons made for each girl with her name on it, so everyone can wear them while they bake.
Send each girl home with additional party favors if you'd like, such as recipe cards that include recipes for the goodies the girls have baked. Make personalized bakery boxes that can be used to send treats home with each guest. Alternatively, create some dry dessert mixes in jars for everyone to take home, such as brownies, chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal cookies. Fill individual jars with the dry ingredients needed for the recipe, and then attach the entire recipe to the jar.
Rent a local swimming pool or have a pool party at home if you have your own pool. With this type of party, have a beach or Hawaiian luau theme.
Treat each guests to favors which can include beach balls, sunglasses, flip flops, water shooters, pool noodles or dive sticks. Other ideas include water bottles shaped like beach balls, sun hats, swim goggles and waterproof disposable cameras.
Purchase inexpensive beach pails in which to present the favors. Alternatively, find some beach-themed tote bags or beach bags for each guest and place the favors inside.