Party Ideas

Party Ideas

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5 Party Ideas for Girls

5 Party Ideas for Girls Young and Old

It’s hard being a girl sometimes, but everyone knows that throwing a party is a great way to kick back and relax! Here are just a few ideas for you and your chicas to get together for a birthday, post-breakup party, engagement celebration, or just for fun.

Slumber Party Whether you’re 5 or 25, an old-fashioned slumber party is the way to go. Send out invitations with fun themes like pillows, nail polish, and popcorn. It’s a girl’s night in, after all.

Serve up snacks like marshmallows, chocolate, and ice cream. Use cute dishes in fun ways. A martini glass also makes a great jell-o or pudding container! Don’t forget the salty snacks too: pretzels, popcorn, and potato chips round out the finger food. Serve punch for young girls and spiked punch for the ladies.

Have some of your favorite board games on hand and a deck of cards. Don’t forget flashlights and LED candles for those scary stories in the middle of the night!

And when your guests go home the next day, remember to give them souvenirs from the night before: printed photos, mini nail polish bottles, and leftover goodies from the snack table.

Book Club

This one is easy to plan, but requires a bit more notice ahead of time for your guests. Send out invitations with either a selection of several books or just one book and have your friends all read it ahead of time.

For a fun activity for the party, have your friends earmark their favorite passages and take turn reading them aloud throughout the party. It’s a fun way to hear words out loud as well as share your favorite moments. Read-aloud story time of a short book by a mother or older sister is a great party activity for a girl’s birthday party.

Serve food based on the genre the book(s) covers. Red and slimy works for murder mysteries, but tea and crumpets is best served with cozy mysteries. Make it hot and spicy for a romance novel or finger-friendly comfort foods for a younger audience. If you’re stumped for decadent treats, the standard cake and ice cream with punch works well too.

Posh Party

This one is for the fashionistas. Invite your friends with a super sleek but fashionable invitation and tell them to dress in their favorite fashion-forward outfit for a posh and sophisticated bash.

A fashion show is a must, whether it’s of your guests as they come or outfits you’ve put together ahead of time with a select few guests. Make a runway down the room with lines of toilet paper or a white sheet and make sure you’ve got a crew of friends volunteering to be the paparazzi.

Posh food sounds difficult, but elegant crackers and cheese, white wine or grape juice, and lady fingers are all you need to make the treats irresistible without hurting anyone’s waistline. Little girls also love mock cocktails, so dip small cups in lime juice and then sugar before pouring in soda and juice.

Accessories can make or break this kind of party, so have elegant items on hand. An accessory swap works for teenagers and women so have them bring items they don’t wear all the time in exchange for new things: purses, belts, scarves, headbands, and shoes.

Little girls just like to dress up, so have a few feather boas, dress up shoes, stick-on earrings, or beads and bangles on hand for a great photo shoot and fun party atmosphere.

Tea Party

Pretty dresses, lace gloves, and petite fours are a must at a tea party soiree. Invite your girlfriends with a neat and proper invitation in pastel colors with a note to remember their manners and their favorite tea.

Begin decorating with swaths of cloth or crepe paper, paper or fabric doilies, and your collection of dolls. Carry the theme of polite and pretty through the décor to the food with petite fours, dainty lady fingers, light colored juices, and scones served on china plates and in tea cups. For a birthday celebration, have cake pops on hand instead of full servings of cake for a dainty alternative.

Using a large sugar cookie and vanilla wafer, adhere the two with a dab of frosting before the party begins. Provide extra frosting, icing tubes, and an assortment of candy and sprinkles for your guests to decorate their own lovely sun hats! It doubles as dessert at the end of the party.

Favors for a tea party include a satchel of dried potpourri, rose water vials, and seeds for flowers. Your guests will leave feeling pretty and prim along with having practical gifts they can use every day.

Craft Party Crank up the music, bust out the beads, and clear the floor! The crafters are coming, and they’re bringing all of their favorite pastimes to your house for a smashing crafting party. Beaders, yarnies, scrap bookers, and hippies will respond with an enthusiastic “YES” to your homemade invitations.

You won’t need to provide much in terms of decoration or party favors for a craft party, but having a few extra supplies (like scissors and tape) or craft kits on hand helps those who forget or just don’t have a craft to call their own yet. Painting flower pots or a simple canvas and paints works wonders for girls who don’t feel they’re creative in any way.

Food is the most important part! Trail mix, chips, cookies, and a veggie tray is a great start to the snack table. With this kind of girl get-together, it’s okay to ask your friends to bring their favorite snack or dish to share. It’s all about the camaraderie, not about being a perfect hostess.

Be sure to have some cleaning supplies on hand for those inevitable messes. Paper towels, mini vacuums, even just a broom and dustpan will make sure that your place doesn’t look like a warzone after they all leave.

These 5 simple but great party ideas are for all ages. Follow these simple suggestions for a super sweet soiree or expand on these ideas for an even better birthday bash. For more party ideas, see our full listing at

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