Birthday Party Ideas for 12-Year-Olds

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.

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Slumber Party

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.

Boys playing video games
Boys playing video games (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Slumber Party Food and Games

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.

Boys eating pizza
Boys eating pizza (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Movie Night

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

Boys playing on couch
Boys playing on couch (Image: Photo and Co/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Movie Night Food and Games

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.

Movie popcorn
Movie popcorn (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Spa Party

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.

Girl painting toe nails
Girl painting toe nails (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Spa Party Food

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.

Girl holding bowl of strawberries
Girl holding bowl of strawberries (Image: NA/ Images)


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