For the all-girl party, just being together is often fun enough. Kick it up a notch, though, and incorporate a theme into the party. Whether the party is for young girls or preteens, many themes are cost-effective, even for the most modest budgets.
Chick Flick Marathon
Gather the girls, dress in comfy pajamas, pop the popcorn, eat handfuls of chocolate malt balls and watch your favorite chick flicks. Good movie choices are the "Anne of Green Gables" series or BBC's five-hour "Pride and Prejudice" movie. Or, make it a hodgepodge movie night and watch various movies, such as "Never Been Kissed," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Fried Green Tomatoes." Don't forget the tissues. For younger girls, they could watch the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" or "Camp Rock" series, or go for the animated Disney movies such as "Cinderella," "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." Always get the permission of guests' parents first before showing any movies, especially if they are rated PG and above.
A backward theme is easy, different and requires little to no special purchases to successfully implement. A regular no-frill cake is all you need and with some squeezable icing, write the words Happy Birthday or Congratulations -- or whatever the event may be -- backward. Make the letters of Happy Birthday or Congratulations, for example, on card stock and tape them to the wall backward. Tape the streamers and balloons to the floor and along the floorboards. Play backward games such as backward relay races and backward spelling bees.
Dance or Cheer Party
Invite a high school dance or cheer student to come to the party to lead the girls in learning a short cheer or dance routine. Both elementary and middle school girls would enjoy this activity. The girls would learn some moves at the beginning of the party and then take a break to eat cake and ice cream and open presents. After, they could start to piece together a short routine with music to show off to parents when they come to pick them up.
Have guests bring their prettiest clothes, boas, costume jewelry, sunglasses, hair brushes, hair accessories, curling irons, hair spray and nail polishes. The girls can make each other over and have a relaxing and fun time getting pampered. When they are done they can put on a fashion show while you take pictures. Watch a rags-to-riches type movie at the end, such as "It Could Happen to You" or "The Princess Diaries." Print the pictures and send them home with the girls so they can remember their day.
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