Birthday party

Marga - posted on 07/16/2013 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is having a birthday party on Friday. She is turning 9. Her idea is a DVD and popcorn night. Any suggestions on how to make it an eventful evening for her and her friends?

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Mommy - posted on 07/19/2013

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You could also do a little spa party before the movie. They can get mini facials (just use oatmeal and honey for a face mask with cucumber eyes) and then little mani/pedis...they would love that! My friend did that, and she paid a couple neighborhood kids a few dollars to come paint the little girls' nails.

Christine - posted on 07/18/2013

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I would recommend making it a sleep over. Do up the tv room with the sleeping bags and pillows, rent a cool popcorn machine, get some other cool yummy snacks and a selection of movies and games they may also like to play! Ten they can play and giggle the night away!

Rebecca - posted on 07/16/2013

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Set up your place like a movie theatre, sell tickets, make it dark, plenty of junk food (did I just say that?).

Shameka - posted on 07/20/2013

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Do a "movie theatre" theme.. Did this. Printed $ with my sons pic and gave a few bucks to each kid as they arrived to buy food at the "concession stand" made signs in the kitchen where we offered theatre style foods snacks and candies. Purchased decor from party city and sent preprinted tickets with the invites for entry to the movie. The kids really enjoyed it and it was easy!! Lots of fun...

Cynthia - posted on 07/19/2013

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my daughter did that once. . . we made it a "Faux' sleepover -- they came with their pillows and in their PJs. they ate pizza and popcorn. Before the movie they did a craft -- I got plain white pillowcases and fabric markers. I wrote each one's name in neat, big block letters along one edge, and then the girls decorated around the letters and wherever else they wanted with the markers. These became their favors.

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Bernadette - posted on 07/25/2013

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Does it need to be eventful? If that is what she has chosen then obviously that's what she likes to do. If she wanted something more exciting I'm sure she would have requested it. Having been a fairly quiet/shy kid myself, my favourite memories of my teen years were movie nights with a small group of good friend where we would giggle the night away, or scaring ourselves silly with some old horror movies. They weren't "eventful" nights at all, but they were a lot of fun and they were memorable - I am now in my 30s and still remember them fondly. The one thing I would recommend is don't try too hard to make it more exciting for her. There is nothing that takes the fun out of it quite like an adult constantly interrupting to see if you need anything, or being overly enthusiastic about how much fun they should be having. Just keep your distance while still being able to keep a close enough eye that their viewing content is appropriate for their age group, etc - and keep in mind that other parents may not share your view as to what is and isn't appropriate.

Maggie - posted on 07/24/2013

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I 2nd Shameka's answer... Also you could do a popcorn "bar" where you set up a variety of things for them to add to their popcorn. For ex: start with different flavors of popcorn at one end of the bar like kettle corn, cheddar flavor and traditional then as they go down the bar they can add treats like pretzels, m&m's, gummy bears, marshmallows, chocolate chips, etc. Them to go with the craft idea you could set up a "red carpet" for the kids to get their photos taken with the birthday girl and if you can print them right away they can make movie themed frames to put them in. You can find cute foam stickers online and at craft stores of movie reels or popcorn, etc. Good luck and have fun!!

Erica - posted on 07/22/2013

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if your daughter want to add something to it other then just watching movies make an age appropriate game in regards to the movie- like when adults want to liven up a movie they make a drinking game of it like "2x shots if the character does this" "act out this scene etc" etc just dont use alcohol

Lani - posted on 07/20/2013

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A couple things might be making a really cool craft something really meaningful they can take home or keep as a memento. Also something i saw on pinterest was a day spent in service sort of paying it forward to others, ie leaving change in the pop machine, visiting an old age home, sharing and volunteering, shows a genuine thankfulness for the lives we lead and i promise it would leave an awesome impression&some valuable life lessons too! :)

Tina - posted on 07/19/2013

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My daughter did this once and we got popcorn bags from dollar tree -like the ones at movies and snack sized box candies and nachos

Sally - posted on 07/19/2013

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Why does it have to be "eventful"? If she wants DVD's and popcorn, let her have DVD's and popcorn. There will be plenty of time for "eventful" parties when she wants one.

Valerie - posted on 07/18/2013

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What ever movie she picks, make it a theme for food and decorations :)

Karon - posted on 07/18/2013

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I agree with the other mom...but include a red carpet atmosphere and announce them as they enter...have litttle brother show them to there seats and enjoy! :)

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