Hey here is a fun question, My daughters b-day isnt for a while but I am trying to think of something fun and different for her. She will be 12 and is very mature for her age & I would like to do something different! Any ideas shout out ! :) She is so special & I want to show her how special she is! She has had a horrible time this year w/the passing of her daddy..& She deserves fun & no worries! A girl that loves so much desevers so much !! She needs something fun & different then we would normally do! Help needed:) Smile for all parents that know & feel what I feel....

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Terry - posted on 02/25/2009

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When my daughter turned 13 we had a 'spa day' party. We got a bunch of masks and lotions from Walmart, we had a parafin wax treatment for their hands, and for snacks Elizabeth wanted a fruit and veg tray ( because spas are healthy !) We spent the evening putting different masks on and dipping our hands in the wax.  The girls had their robes on and for gift bags we gave the girls makeup sponges, gel eye masks, nail clippers and nail polish etc. She and her friends really enjoyed it, and so did I actually!

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Karen - posted on 03/01/2009

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i remember when my daughter was 12 into music and there friends what i did was a disco  at home put on a buffet t and got one of those disco lights and instead of musical chairs games were musical movers basically a bit like musical statues except its dancing then we did best dancer and gave a prize even did party bags with girlie things u know head bands things i got from claire accessories and of course the birthday cake was one i made with her favourite singer on it hope this helps good luck

Christen - posted on 02/28/2009

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I got my 12 yo DS an American Express gift card that he could use to buy what every he wanted ... or needed, in his eyes. He could use it on the internet, so fun, and at stores. It was fun to watch him interact with the sales people, you could see that he felt more "mature" using it versus cash. He also liked going on the website for the card to check his balance as he used it. I liked it because it was a great teaching too for him. Plus it was fun to wrap the card up in another gift, so it surprised him :-)

Lynn - posted on 02/28/2009

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THERE IS A PLACE CALLED LITTLE SCOOPS  N THEIR SPECIALTY IS PARTIES THE HAVE DIVA, PARTIES, RED CARPET AFFAIR PARTIES OH YEAH I ALMOST FORGOT LITTLE SCOOPS IS A ICECREAM PARLOR  SO U DONT HAVE 2 CLEAN UP THE MESS U;RSELF!!! @ RESONABLE PRICES!!!

Kim - posted on 02/27/2009

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I hired my teen a hummer limousine, which seats app 14.  It was equipped with 3 tv screens so they could play music vids.  The bar was full of orange drink and chips.  They cruised around the nieghbourhood for a couple of hours, went to the beach, through the middle of town, picked up some friends from high school and then home for the actual birthday party.



The driver took lots of photos and e-mailed them to me later.



Good luck with whatever you decide, they are all great ideas.



 

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How about a Spa Night?  Strawberries dipped in choc,cucumber sandwitches,healthy drinks...sobe..ect.  American Girl has Snooze-a-Palooza  book its fabulous.  For one of my daughters birthday parties we even made chapstick w/ beeswax and flavoring, look on recipegoldmine.com for homemade recipes for facials ect.. also martha stewart is good.



I just read the below comments I think we are all on the same page.

Clare - posted on 02/26/2009

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I organised for a limousine to pick up my daughter and 6 friends and arranged for it to drive them to the local salon for a girly make over then drove them to a snack bar before home to a sleep over. It went down very well, hope this helps x

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2009

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That is such a fun age to be. When my daughter turned 12, I let her pick a handful of her close friends and they went roller skating, came home and had a pizza party, then the girls spent the night. I gathered all my makeup and they did make overs on each other. The girls also got a make-up "goody bag" with lip glosses, different nail polishes, lotions, etc and that was a big hit. My daughter still talks about the make-over party to this day.

Kathleen - posted on 02/26/2009

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To add  to what you decide to do , I hung Happy birthday signs around the neighborhood that we would be passing as we drove to her birthday get away. Everyone got to see her signs and new it was her special day and it made her feel  like a queen to be noticed like that.

Patti - posted on 02/25/2009

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I try to do something that is based on their interests. My daughter wants to be a zoologiost so we have done special trips to the zoo. This year will be a trip to an animal santuary to see Tigers. My other daughter wants to be a marine biologist so we have gone to aquariums. Mainly places that are too expensive to take them to ust because. We live near Disney so we have done trips there too.The Spa day is great too. Maybe get all made up and then dinner out in a nice restaurant and a movie. A real big girls night out. I'm sure being with you will make it special for her. To lose her daddy at such a young age. I agree her birthday should be filled with fun, laughter and no worries. Bestof luck!

Donna - posted on 02/25/2009

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Great ideal Terry. For my neice's 12th birthday we went to the mall. Nine girls, three chaperones and had a treasure hunt. Three girls and 1 chaperone. We typed out all the things they had to find within the mall and gave each group some money to purchase the items. They were not real expensive at all. They girls had a blast b/c they all loved to go to the mall and shop. Afterwards, they all dinner at the mall and went shopping for the ideal "porm" dress. We got tons of photos and the girls had a blast!

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2009

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I think that she would like a day out with her mom getting a manicure pedicure and maybe a facial or a massage then lunch for the 2 of you

Thea - posted on 02/25/2009

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I love the spa idea, too.  I did this for my daughter's birthday one year.  I used this as an opportunity to be with them and "serve" them.  They loved this idea.  We had a sleep-over and they watched movies and talked all night.  We actually did this at a local hotel (The SleepInn).  The one in our town has a large room that is normally a handicap room with bed that drops down form the wall,  WE had them bring sleeping bags, since there were not enough beds for all the girls.  I had 9 at the party.



 



Another idea is to take them to an in-door water park.  I have done this too.  We all had a blast!  Letr me know if you need more ideas.  I love parties!

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