13 year old birthday party ideas

Maria - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 363 moms have responded )

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My daughter wants to do 'something different' for her 13th birthday in March. Can't afford to spend a lot but any ideas would be welcome. She'd like to invite 6 or 7 guests but that depends on the cost. Anyone have any 13 year old party ideas?!?!

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Jenny - posted on 01/27/2014

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Not sure if you arranged anything yet but for my oldest girl's 13th we had an 'Oscars' party. All the kids dressed up as their fav character from movies and I ordered some chocolate oscars from a chocolate shop (most better ones make them) we then had catagories for the kids to vote throughout the evening some funny ones etc and ended the night with a walk on the red carpet to collect the awards. My girl is 17 now and her friends still talk about the party - it was fabulous!!

Courtney - posted on 01/26/2014

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Hi my name is courney and i am tourning 13 this year and i am havieng 3 people stay over and we all don`t know what to do all i got so far is sleep over and watch movies so if you can help can you please help me

Emily - posted on 01/25/2014

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Hi. I am having my 13th birthday this July and want to share it with my friend who is 6 days apart from me. Me and Jessica (my friend) have been planning everything, the food and the games and location and everything. We also have a budget plan. when we go to the shops we look at the prices and decide whether it is worth it. For example: we wanted a normal cake to bake ourselves but it was like $42.We decided to try something different like a pancake-cake! You should ask your daughter to plan it herself and see if she is mature enough to handle it (with parents' help, of course). That's what my parents do with me.

Lorraine - posted on 01/22/2014

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Hi, I had a glam pamper party for my daughter. Got her big sister to do the make-up and nails for the girls... and someone to do the hair..
set up a modelling ramp with pallets and covered it with fabric..told the girls to bring over some of thier nice glam clothes...
I got feathers, and boa's and so they could all get pampered,and glammed up and then strut their stuff on the ramp.

finger food, cool drink .....is ideal as they were so excited they barely ate anything.

Isabella - posted on 01/22/2014

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Hi, my daughter is turning 12 and would like to have a party with 13 people. Any ideas

Challen - posted on 01/12/2014

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Lame I rather eat dirt my daughter needs a acting birthday party not a 2 year old party I need more she's 13 not 03 duh aka who needs this junk duh

Challen - posted on 01/12/2014

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Look my daughter is turning13 not 03 she wants more than she had ever in her life she wants a girl boy party not a lame lame party she also like this boy so its got to be spectacular and she wants a acting birthday party since she wants to be a actress when she grows up.

Bridget - posted on 01/11/2014

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You could have invite over a few friends for a sleepover and turn a room into a day spa. You could also have fondu, movies, baking, and other little fun things! Hoped that helped!

Mya - posted on 01/10/2014

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Invite more people "hint hint" and decorote the place really well and buy tasty food

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how about a tent camp for boys in the back yard with pizzas and snacks, they can dip in the pool at anytime.

Chloe - posted on 01/02/2014

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ok i know a lot of people hav said this already, but some people are still suggesting justin bieber and hannah montanah themes, which are both TERRIBLE ideas.

Im a 13 yr old girl and i dont know anyone that likes justin biever or hannah montana. and if they do, it's something most girls want to hide from their friends, so you shouldn't throw your daughter a justin bieber/hannah montana party without asking them first (i really wouldn't do it at all!) because it would be super embarrassing when people at school find out.

i would just let them hang out at a mall or beach alone and unsupervised, but if she's looking for activities try these:

Shopping at the mall and a movie
This is really easy and most girls will have fun just hanging out with their friends, mani/pedis, a good movie ect.

Arts and Crafts
Some girls may find this childish, but you can do stuff like all wearing cheap white clothes they dont mind getting dirty, and splattering paint on each other, drawing on the shirts (good momento as well!), shaving cream fights, ect.
or you can go somewhere like a pottery barn and have fun with clay.

Scavenger Hunts
If you're gonna do a scavenger hunt make it BIG so they'll find it relatively difficult and takes a long time do. Have your friends man different posts around town and they have to do something embarrassing to get the item on their list. (eg walking up to a random stranger, handing them a briefcase or empty box, whisper 'you know what to do' and walk away quickly. (video this stuff!) or something like '50 annoying things to do on an elevator'. most teens will know this, and if you don't, google up the list)
For instance, on their list is a flower they have to get from Uncle Joe at the Ben & Jerry's across town. They go there, and they have to eat a whole sundae or something before Uncle Joe gives them the item.

Cooking
For girls who love cooking this is awesome. Make dishes like pizza, decorate however they want, or have them make cupcakes and give them as much frosting as you can spare. Then maybe have a contest.

Water parks and Theme parks
If there aren't a lot of people coming, theme parks are easy and fun, and youc an trust them to just wander about safely.

And finally, a limo party
Surprise your kid by having all their friends show up in a rented limo, with a karaoke or something like that, complete with food, to just ride around town and have a blast!

Good luck! =)

Jade - posted on 12/29/2013

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My birthday is coming up january 13 and I'm turning 13. I don't know what to do. I was thinking on doing a dance party at like 4 when its light so we could do party games like the whip cream and candy game and the i never game fun games my age not musical chairs and stuff that would be boring because our age is not into that really anymore. and then i was thinking when it get dark out we bring out our fog machine and party lights to spice it up. We have our own dj and food, drinks, and snacks.

Lilyanne - posted on 12/21/2013

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I was thinking that rollerblading or public skating would be a good idea my friends and I go public skating on fridays sometimes so yeah!

Pepper - posted on 12/15/2013

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some things that could be interesting are, she could have a "black out" party, like the TV show. You could get bins and fill them with different objects that would seem creepy or gross, a few examples of that could be mud, or fake moving rats. all the guests would go around and put their hands into the bins and try to guess what's in them with a bling fold over their eyes so obviously they wouldn't be able to see.

Brianna - posted on 12/04/2013

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well I am 13 and I always enjoy fun games like one example would be like getting into a dark closet with a bunch of random pieces of clothing and seeing what the outcome is!;) also for themes what is your favorite sport, thing to do, color, movie, or even animal? those would all be ways to come up with a theme! ;)

Linda - posted on 12/03/2013

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Hello, My name is Linda,
For my daughter Thomase she is having a Chess party with lasagna.

Linda - posted on 12/03/2013

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Hello fellow circle of moms user,
My name is Linda, and my daughter Thomase (Pronounced Thomas) is turning 13 soon. She is not very, as you say "popular' so I am throwing her a suprise party. I a inviting A girl and A boy to her party.
Tata Darling, Hope this helps,
Linda Greenbuck

Casey - posted on 11/23/2013

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well my daughter wants to have a big party with around 20 guests but it would be too much pressure and stuff, so what i said to her is that ill give her the big party but what she dosnt know is that i actually hired a humma.. so on the day im not gonna let the gusts in im gonna put them all in the humma.. shell think no one showed up and then im gonna ring the doorbell shell open the door and see the humma with all her friends in it.. then im gonna let them drive for abit alone there gonna have so much fun!! i

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2013

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for my 13th sons birth day I blow job him he said that would do for his present

Ajahne - posted on 11/08/2013

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hi everyone im turning 13 december 28, 2013 i want to have a party but my mom has a budget. I asked my dady he says yes, the problem is we can't find a place

Alyssa - posted on 10/27/2013

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If your daughters birthday is in the summer months you could have a camp out in the back yard with a tent and a bonfire

Alisha - posted on 10/08/2013

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What I recommend and what would be amazing which I have two ideas and the first one being~ Having a pool party with dance music, food/ snacks, water fights, party games like, truth or dare, spin the bottle, scavenger hunt... Etc.
The second idea being~ hire out a close party venue and maybe hire a DJ or just plug your iPod in with lots of dance music. (So like having a dance party) also playing lots of fun teen party games. You could also theme it up by doing like a masquerade party, or a Hollywood themed one. :) these are just two ideas which trust me teenages would love!!!!

Jazmin - posted on 10/05/2013

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Well i am 12 but 4 my birthday i am having a sleepover at the Ramadan hotel,going to this one place with an photographer to take pics on a catwalk and i am going bowling and out to eat at apple bees it is expensive but this is the day your daughters will officially be a teen! And who knows better then a teen like me! just let her take like 5 friends i am taking 12 but that is just me!n i promise it will be her best birthday ever i know its gonna be mine!

Seph - posted on 10/01/2013

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If your daughter likes one direction as much as mine does, she is the number one directioner; she should have a one direction themed party and a sleepover you know how much girls love 1D these days they can talk about them all day and night.

Bro - posted on 09/29/2013

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im 13 and some people are saying oragami or ice skating. please dont do that. you will have the boaringest party ever. have her part at the beach. invite her friends, get in bikinis and take lots of pictures. a 13 yr olds dream of a party!

Ryleigh - posted on 09/29/2013

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You sould get your daughter those One Direction tickets. she would be the happiest person on earth!!

Collette - posted on 09/18/2013

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Book a photo shoot with a local photographer. Get the girls over for snacks and treats and a girly gosssip first. Let them decide what theme the shoot will be(PJs, girly, glam) and get ready before taking them to the shoot. Play some music at the shoot and let them use props etc for some funny pics. Each girl gets a print afterwards.

Sian - posted on 09/07/2013

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as i live on a property in perth i have decide for my birthday i am going to go to the great escape in hillarys as some of my friends are really girly and some not as much so it is something we will all enjoy then getting lunch at subway then as i live on a prperty camp out with a fire and have toasted marshmellows and smores maybe if u live on a property or no somewhere like that around u then maybe that is a idea

Maddie - posted on 09/03/2013

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A regular party (Boys and girls, or just girls that's for you two to work out.) With junk food and if she does have a regular party, don't hamper them please, it will be really awkward, annoying, and could decrease her social standing at school (she could be known as a mommy's girl, or something else totally uncool, social standing is very important to most teens. Parents should be home more people will be likely to come, and i'm sure you don't want her home alone with friends, i know my mom wouldn't want me to be home alone with boys and girls and a party.) Also just let them have fun, no baby games! Let them play games that they want to play (to a certain extent.) As long as they all have fun you can't go wrong!

Shayna - posted on 09/02/2013

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Definitely don't do themes like Hello kitty Hannah Montanna or Justin Beiber !!! Lots of people are saying a lot of babyish stuff but no girls I know like any of those things. My daughter want one direction concert tickets but I'm not sure if I should get them ?

Shayna - posted on 09/02/2013

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she could go ice skating and then have a pool party or she could go to the cinema and shopping with their friends they would each bring their own money and all you would have to do would be drop them off and of course they would stay fora sleepover afterwards ! They can camp in the garden and watch movies I'm sure they will find other things to do. At my daughters party they all brought extra clothes and went on the trampoline with water and soap and then had a shaving cream fight !! They seemed to like it .

Emily - posted on 08/29/2013

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Sian - posted on 08/27/2013

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i am turning 13 this september and have no idea what to do because im not a real girly girl myself although some of my friends are i really want to do something they will enjoy as well as my self although i dont want to do a normal party like bowling or lazer tag or movies i want to do something different.

please help from sian. aka shonnie

Poooeata - posted on 08/24/2013

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if you have a girly girl a makeup party maybe just the thing:
you take her friends too a makeup store and depending upon how many girls each say they can buy whatever they want with their 5, 10 bucks.
another good idea is a pool party and bbq
a candy land themed party could be cool if you hung candy everywhere, for their party favor they could have cool bags and fun around getting the candy
at my party we will sleep outside and play flashlight tag in the dark, order pizza, swim in my pool, and collect makeup, masks, hairstuff around the yard.
Another good Idea is having menu with stupid names that have nothing too do with what the food really is so it isn't given away. You can have fancy candels and place matts. The girls will order what they like not knowing what it is so they are in for a surprise good or bad, if they don't want it when it arrives they may send it back and re order. Truth or dare is always a hit. You could also have a dance party with strobe lights and fog machines :)

Lucy - posted on 08/24/2013

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I AM turning 13 soon and trust me most girls hate hannah montana and justin bieber. Etc.
slumber parties shopping and just a meal out is a much better way to celebrate a 13yr olds birthday!!! :-)

Ramona - posted on 08/21/2013

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I have read a few posts where their children are turning 13 on Friday the 13th in 2013. I too have a daughter turning 13 this September 13th. I knew a year ago that turning 13 on Friday the 13th in 2013 just screamed PARTY!!! But, I had a hard time thinking what to do to keep the theme while still being age appropriate. If I chose to use the "Friday the 13th" movie as a theme, how was I going to keep the party PG rated, and if I was to go with the traditional Friday the 13th superstitions (placing ladders over doorways, having black cats around etc.) how was I to keep it from looking cheesy and too juvenile? So, I asked my daughter what theme she preferred and of course it was the Friday the 13th movie theme, even though she has never seen the movie. Long story short, this has proven to be a very difficult task. Luckily we live close to a recreation area that just happens to be called Crystal Lake where we are holding the party. If you are familiar with the movie, it is set at Camp Crystal Lake. Here are some of the other ideas we are doing that got my daughter's seal of approval:
**Playing an EDITED version of the movie throughout the evening. You may get lucky and catch this movie playing on AMC or TCM now that we are getting closer to Halloween. If so, record it off of here as it has been edited for TV. If you are not so lucky, try and obtain an edited copy from someone who has a Clearplay system or possibly order it from www.purifiedpictures.com. Make sure you put on your invitations that the EDITED FOR CONTENT VERSION of the movie will be playing.

**of course we have to have Jason Voorhees hockey masks just about everywhere.

**Oriental Trading has the hockey masks as well as a life size cardboard cutout of Jason Voorhees.

**Several licensed "Friday the 13th" decorations are available on line just search for "Friday the 13th decorations"

**A Fog Machine

**Jason's Headstone

**strobe lights, and music

I tried real hard not to make it look Halloween-ish as the theme is strictly Friday the 13th. I am exited and hope this all goes over well! Thirteen is a hard age, they don't want it to look childish but they are still kids. Good Luck everyone!!

Brianna - posted on 08/19/2013

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I'm 13 going on 14. And all these people saying Hannah Montana and a glow party are wrong. We want a pool party or a slumber party with lots of friends (:

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Hello, Since your daughter is entering in her teenage and she is willing to invite a few guests only, I think Hannah Montana Theme birthday party, Rock Music Theme party, Fashion Theme party, or Justin Bieber Theme Party would be great for her, because almost all teen girls love these . For more ideas you can visit this link. There are lots of useful teenage birthday party ideas. http://www.mybirthdaysupplies.com/hannah...

Viola - posted on 07/13/2011

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having a slumber spa party is a great 13th birthday idea. go to walmart to stock up on supplies by having a couple diffrent stations you don't have to buy too much of one thing foot soaks, face mask, nail painting, and makeovers can all be fun and you can do them inexpensively if you shop around.

Stephanie - posted on 06/22/2011

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well you could do something like go get mani/pedis for your daughters 13th birthday party....it might cost a lot but your daughter is doing something "different". I'm actually am turning 13 this year and i want it to be a boy/girl party. if it were a boy/girl party have a dance party or even have like a mini carnavil in the front of the house. They could play a bunch of games and win prizes! If it were me, i would have a lot of fun! i hope this helped and happy bday to your daughter!

Cristy - posted on 03/09/2010

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A good 13 year old birthday party idea is have a movie night/ sleep over...have everyone bring there favorite movie and get some pop corn and goodies from the doller tree.

Patricia (Patty) - posted on 03/08/2010

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For my daughters 13th birthday party she wants a sleepover but invite boys to the party ok but boys have to leave so i will have a cookout they can dance plus we have a wii which we have the guitar hero so that should be fun or have a skating party i did one year they had fun if budget will allow

LaTondra - posted on 03/08/2010

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For my daughter's 13th birthday party, I took my daughter and 10 friends to a go cart park. The girls had a blast and afterwards, we went to McDonald's to eat. Everyone thought my daughter had the coolest birthday and they also thought I was cool too!



Another one of my 13 year old birthday party ideas is to decorate the basement in an island theme and host a "Survivor Party", have the girls participate in team activities and make leis, grass skirts, sea shell necklaces,etc. and have a inside lula. Make hula girl invitations or lei invites. Cute, simple and fun.



Host an "American Idol Party". Use karoke style music and be the judge, while keeping an eye on the group. Award different prizes, so everyone will be a winner.

Pamela - posted on 03/07/2010

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For my daughters 13th birthday party, we had a "Hollywood Awards" Party. Most items were bought from the dollar store. You need: a box of foil, silver, gold and black streamers, 2 red table cloths, gold paper stars, a couple of votive candles, and 2 flashlights. For the gilrs, a boa and plastic sunglasses, and maybe some mardi gras beads. You have everyone bring their "dress up clothes". Lay one red red carpet (table cloth) that leads to the front door. and write the name of each guest on a separate star. Tape the stars to the red carpet. Pick a stage area, preferably a door way, and hang LOTSA streamers, of all colors, in the doorway. Lay the other red carpet (red table cloth) leading away from the door way walking toward the crowd. Also have stars on this red carpet with their names. Use the votives to go down the sides of the red carpet. Have each girl "dress up" and decide which kind of award, they want to receive. Fix the flashlights so they stay on an cross in front of the doorway. Have each girl take a turn posing in the doorway accepting their award, and walk down the runway. The foil is to cover the tops of the counters to gove the illusion of grand luxury, and to cover a statue or toy that will be the award everyone will use. We borrowed a choc. fountain, and had lots of different foods for them to use in the fountain. We had a punch bowl, with plastic champagne glasses for drinks. Each girl brought a movie, and after the awwards were over they had a movie night with popcorn! It was a party she will never forget!

Sandra - posted on 03/05/2010

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Sleepover's are great, because they can do makeovers, watch movies and eat snacks. Unless, of course she has already done this. Another 13 year old birthday party idea is to have a dance party, where they dress up, and dance. I remember when I was 13, we loved to do makeovers. My mom was a Mary Kay Sales person for a bit, so it was easy enough. But, you could go to CVS, and get some of the single packaged mud masks, and some funky nail polish and they have fairly cheap makeup aswell. Good luck!

Susie - posted on 03/02/2010

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depends if its a girl/boy party... some good 13 year old birthday party ideas are ; bowling, mini golf are all good but an all girl party the most inexpensive thing is a sleepover with a puzzle treasure hunt game i.e., group kids 1st having 1 team captain even, then give each a sheet of paper with a puzzle like suduko, a riddle, trivia and have the answers spell out the location of their next hint....leave as many hints as your imagination carries you and then the final hint will be to decipher one clue from each puzzle they solved to find the last location with the grand prize! It's quite fun and usually if the grand prize and all the mini games/activities leading up to it are age appropriate they'll be busy all night long!

Kristina - posted on 03/02/2010

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I did a 3 hour scavenger hunt around our city for my daughter's 12th Birthday 2 years ago. She had 9 friends spend the night and we had 3 cars to drive the girls around town in. So there were 3 girls in each car(with an adult driver of course) with a digital camera and a list of 300 items that they needed to get throughout the city. Some where hard and a few were easy. At the end of the 3 hours everyone met up at the house. We all went through what we found. Let me tell you that was the most fun that they all have had and talked about that for weeks after. This is a very inexpensive idea and a lot of fun with teenagers. I still have the list on my computer if you would like me to email you for ideas. Good Luck finding 13 year old birthday party ideas. My daughter turns 14 on the 21st and she asked to do another scavenger hunt!!!

Eileen - posted on 03/01/2010

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Have the kids over to make their own Pizzas and Sundaes, you can buy either pre-made pizza crusts or you can buy the dough in the grocery (usually in the refrigerated aisle). Set up stations with different toppings and let them get to it. Bake them while the kids play video games or old fashioned truth or dare. Shouldn't cost much. If you are having just girls I have a great 13 year old birthday party idea... When I was 13 I was obsessed with makeup, you can get together a bunch of makeup and hair accessories and products and let them have a makeover party, ask each guest to bring an article or 2 of clothing or accessory she doesn't wear anymore to swap with her girlfriends. You can have a runway show after wards and take pictures of the girls.

Shanell - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter got a 13 year old birthday party idea from a a party she recently went to where she was told to wear clothes that could get dirty. They had an absolute blast playing crazy games. There was a silly string fight (they sometimes have cans at the dollar store) and made mashed potato sculptures. You can also get some really cheezy girt/prizes and do a yankee gift exchange for them.

For food, maybe make a pizza bar. Give each girl a small individual crust and have an array of toppings, then bake them up. Better yet, give them balls of dough and have them roll or toss them themselves! If they want, they can even turn theirs into calzones.

Take lots of digital pictures and while the girls are chilling out with cake, print up some good ones and give them out to the guests as they leave.

Shelley - posted on 02/28/2010

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do a scavenger hunt for her 13th birthday party!! so much fun and can just use house hold items and get the neighbors in on it- TONS OF FUN...use hershey kisses and minature pb cups for prizes- and do 1/2 face make overs- one extreme makeup and other natural..

Tracy - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son wanted his 13th birthday party to be a boy/girl party. I rented a nearby neighborhood activity center which had pool tables, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard, etc. We bought an inexpensive volleyball net and set it up outside. We made water balloons that they had to pass back and forth over the net using bed sheets. Everyone on each team held a part of the sheet, so they had to work together to catch the balloon without breaking it and pass it over again. OMG! That was the funnest game! We had cake and pizza, but hotdogs are really inexpensive, and you could make your own cupcakes. Instead of a goodie bag we bought big candy bars for them to take home. We didn't really use much in the way of decorations, and I used my son's MP3 player for "cool" background music.

April - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have a great 13 year old birthday party idea as my son is going to be 13 on march 5 and he wanted to do a family thing with the bon fire and roasting marshmellows and weinees and cook out on the grill then family members and friends are bringing what they want to. i just hope the weather will be nice enough since they are calling for snow here tuesday.

Patricia - posted on 02/28/2010

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Do you have a Wii? If so, you could hold your own bowling tournament with the girls...find some inexpensive prizes for each team...Losers/Winners..you could also have them make their own individual pizzas and for dessert, they can make their own sundaes. I always went with a theme party...and followed suit in everything from prizes to gift bags..I guess it depends on what your daughter and her friends are into that makes the planning easy for you...and trust that you can find a great 13 year old birthday party idea that costs little.

Sharice - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter turns 13 in April and we are having the same dilema finding 13 year old birthday party ideas....I have decided, since she wants a boy/girl class party, to hang up a bunch of icicle lights outside, we have a huge yard, I also have a box of battery powered Chinese paper lanterns in various colors, set a couple of tables for chips/dip candy....grill hot dogs and burgers....and have cake and ice cream...and set up the stereo on the front porch and let them enjoy!!! I hope she will like it..

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