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    Default Teen-Age Birthday Party Ideas

    My daughter will become a teen-ager the first of May. She's always had a
    birthday party with friends and sleepover in the past. This time, I'd like
    to do something totally unexpected, way-out, and fun to celebrate her
    'coming of age'. I am at a total loss however!! I'm creative, but coming
    up with initial ideas to get the ball rolling is tough.

    DD says she'd like to have a 'hotel party'. It's where the girls swim at
    the hotel's indoor pool, munch on pizza and spend the night in a hotel. I'm
    not sure what the novelty of that is, but I did check on Embassy Suites
    (which would offer free breakfast too), but that would be $100. Other
    hotels are cheaper, but with just 1 room, I'd for sure get no sleep!! And
    this being the Budget 101 group, I'd like to do something a little less
    expensive.

    Any ideas, suggestions or suggested websites?

    Thanks!
    Donna
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    What about a 'spa' day where you could go to a 'spa' (or a beauty
    school if cost is an option) and get new hair cuts (or just trims if
    moms don't want 'cuts'), nails done, pedicures, and if they don't do it
    there, you could go home and do facials and makeup? Maybe even find a
    massage therapy STUDENT (who needs hours for training and will do
    massages for free) and get massages done. Then (as to not 'waste' the
    makeup and new hairdos), go to dinner, even if it's pizza hut. I'm
    sure I would have loved that when I was 13.
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    I would love that NOW!! maybe a Mary Kay rep (who would be a friend)
    would come do the facial/makeup (without the sales pitch but
    permitted to give each girl a flyer and/or coupon)
    Oh what a fun afternoon!

    Lynn
    who is just thinking aobut a cute cake to go with that theme
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    I was thinking the very same thing as Erin when I read that post but I
    didn't say anything and I wish I had. The minute I read about the "select
    few" who could stay overnight, my first thought was NO, don't do that for
    the same reasons that Erin spoke about. The leftout girls are going to feel
    really bad.

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    The only "teen friendly" thing I can think of is a "Mall party" Have a
    handful of friends meet at the best local mall and do food court pizza, a
    scavenger hunt, maybe a movie etc. We have a mall that is huge and I've
    seen teen parties doing this the kids seem to be having fun. You do need a
    few more parents helping with this party just to supervise (especially if
    you do a scavenger hunt - one needs to go with each group) But the kids get
    a kick out of hangin' at the mall, seeing friends and afterward you can take
    a select handful of girls home for the slumber party part of it. Give all
    the kids a disposo camera and let them have fun taking pictures of the fun,
    the scavenger hunt, whatever. I don't know that this would be much cheaper
    than $100 at Embassy suites but you could accommodate more friends.

    Something I've been planning on for DD's 13th birthday for years now (she is
    currently 10) will be a budget buster but worth it. I want to rent a
    stretch limo for a few hours and have it pick her and a few friends up at
    our house take them to a movie and dinner somewhere. We would go too, but
    follow along in the good ole family car and let the kids have a ball in the
    limo. DD doesn't know this yet, I'm waiting to surprise her with it in 2
    years. She is dying to ride in a limo, that is why I want to do it.

    Hope this helps.
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    Oh please don't invite a lot of people to the 'day' party and a 'select
    group' to sleep over. I remember being invited to a party but not
    being one of the ones invited to stay overnight and the girls who were
    kept talking about things they'd do 'later' and it was very saddening
    to a 12 year old.
    Erin (who doesn't have enough slumber parties anymore)
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    Sorry about the miscommunication, what I was intending it to sound like was
    the select few *GIRLS* as opposed to *BOYS* spending the night (I doubt you
    are ready for a co-ed slumber party! LOL). That was you can have a girl/boy
    party as well as a slumber party... my bad, didn't say it right. Besides
    I'm also working under the SOP we have for b'day parties 'round here that we
    always have a "post party" party for a handful of very close friends and
    family after the main event "public" party. The kids all go off and play
    and the adults hang out and chat...no big deal...just the normal
    'stragglers' you invariably have a parties anyway! No formal invite to
    the thing it always just happens...we plan on it and make sure we have adult
    food and beverages on hand for whoever winds up hanging out post party.

    I really am not an elitist snob!
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    My daughter and her friends (mixed sex) went to a murder mystery evening for
    one of their friend's birthdays. They dressed up 'posh' (DD borrowed one of
    my dresses, and I put her hair up) and had a sit-down roast dinner (which
    can work out cheaper than a buffet style meal), and during the evening
    played the game. I've found out this site about it:

    http://www.geocities.com/murdermysteryparties/

    Lyn
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