Eleven is that magic age between childhood and the teen years. It's also a difficult age to plan successful parties. Preteen girls have moved beyond dolls and dress-up, but aren't ready for most teen activities. You can plan a great party for your 11-year-old girl with a few simple ideas.
Location, Location, Location
Try something a little different with a day trip party. A local amusement or water park or even a favorite restaurant will make her feel grown up and special. Invite only one or two guests to save money and to make the event more manageable.
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Scan preteen magazines and TV stations that cater to that age group to find out who is the hottest star or band around which to build the party. A theme party is always a hit, but 11-year-old girls like trendy and up-to-date.
Glitz and Glamor
Buy inexpensive containers of self-sticking gems and glitter and host a decorating party. Provide flip-flops to decorate or have the girls bring their cell phones, with their parents' permission, to create unique fashion items.
Host a movie night at home. Rent the latest preteen DVDs and provide plenty of popcorn and snacks.
If you are lucky enough to have a pool, then your party is easy to plan. Have a cookout and play some traditional games like Twister and Outburst to break the ice.