Since Tristin's birthday is December 26th, we always celebrate it sometime in the summer. Every year it seems to get a little tougher to come up with a party that is not a slumber party. I don't do slumber parties. I don't plan on ever doing a slumber party.
Tristin is turning 12 in December, and it's hard to know what will be fun for 12 year olds. So I decided it might be helpful to get Tristin in on the party planning process. She and I looked online, and she told me stuff she thought was cool. We perused Oh Happy Day and The Alison Show and came up with some stuff that ended up being just right for this age group.
We decided to go with a loosely themed "End of Summer" party: watermelon, fruit, ice cream, water balloons, succulents...you get the idea.
For decor I just tried to make it fun and colorful. I printed these "PARTY" letters off at home, cut them out then taped 'em up with some fun tape. Nothing elaborate, just fun.
Tristin loved the "Throne of Awesome" from The Alison Show and wanted something similar. So I used this crazy cool printable 3-D fruit from Mr. Printables to throw together a poor man's version of the Throne. It was for an 11 year old, keep in mind. She loved it and wants to keep it in her room.
We decided we paint pots and plant succulents since they are reeeeeally easy to keep alive. If I can keep them alive, a bunch of 11 and 12 year olds can keep them alive.
I printed out a little inspiration sheet for the girls. It always helps to have something to get the creative juices flowing.
I picked up the cups, napkins, and plates from WalMart. The pineapple straws and pink flamingo stirrers were dollar store finds.
Instead of cake, we did ice cream sundaes. Oh, and I filled these Mr. Printable watermelon slices with gum and starbursts for the girls' take-away. We saw something like it on Oh Happy Day I believe.
The girls laughed and talked and ate ice cream then laughed and talked and painted pots. It really was pretty sweet, and they seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. And, you know, while decorating for a party can be somewhat taxing, I think it really makes the girls feel like everything is more fun than it really is ;)
As you can see...
Tristin got a karaoke machine which I thought the girls might have some fun with. But they were a wee shy. Not Enid.
Tristin really wanted to take funny photos of her and her friends. So we fixed a little backdrop area, got some big glasses and pinwheels at the dollar store, and let them go to town. (phone photos ahead)
And of course I had to get in on the fun a little.
After all of the indoor activities, the girls (and Silas) ventured into the backyard for a little water balloon action. No pics of that. It went too quickly and I was spent by that point, but you get the idea. Lots of laughing and good times.
Happy Birthday to this prize of a child. She had fun. Very much fun. And she deserved every bit of it.