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12 Girl Birthday Party Ideas

12 Girl Birthday Party Ideas

My children were like most. They were both miracles and as a way to praise God for their lives, each year we had a fun and creative birthday party. They were each fearfully and wonderfully created, so it was important to their dad and I that they knew it from day one. My daughter is now 25, and she has had at least 12 different themes throughout her birthday calendar.  Since entertaining is such a rich part of southern life, I wanted to share our ideas with you. I would love to know what some of your party themes have been over the years.

The first year party was a simple pizza party with family and friends, and of course a birthday cake. My precious neighbor, Irene, made Amy’s cake and it was beautiful. I know I took a picture of it, but can’t find it to save my life! Here is an example from Etsy.Holly Hobbie Birthday Cake

Photo Credit: Imaginary Home Vintage

Irene made this cake with all pink and white icing. The bonnet was pink with white flowers, the dress was pink with a white apron and the flowers were different shades of pink. The little curly locks of hair under the bonnet were the color of Amy’s hair. It was likely the prettiest of all her birthday cakes so far. I am sick that I can’t find the picture, but hopefully you get the idea.

First Birthday Party

16 Girl Birthday Party Ideas

She so enjoyed her cake! And her brother loved helping her!

Opening Presents

And opening presents…

2) Beach Party 

Beach Party

We played a very popular “gone fishing” game.

happy fishergirl

Food Suggestions: shell pasta salad, fish sticks and chicken fingers, goldfish crackers and of course… birthday cake.


This was the first year that I began making some of their birthday cakes. I bought a Wilton Cake Decorating Book and learned how to make the designs and adapted them to my theme. My skills were very elementary, but it was a blast to do. The cake was a beach with palm trees, ocean waves, fish and my favorite… teddy graham cookies in swim suits to adorn the cake. Some of the teddy grahams were in boy trunks and some in girl bikinis.

3) April in Paris 

 Balloon-Lined Catwalk

Amy’s 3rd party was probably my favorite. We decided to do an April in Paris theme, (her big day is in April!) and the girls walked the “catwalk” in a thrift store fashion show. Before the party, I shopped for weeks at thrift stores around town looking for dress up clothes and jewelry. I washed everything before the party and the girls had a terrific time playing dress up and walking down our sidewalk  catwalk. I was the emcee and narrated the whole show with a Fisher Price Tape Player that also had a microphone.

Thrift Store Fashion Models

The boys had pistol holsters and police badges as party favors.

The girls got to decorate their hats and all went home with a new handbag that I think came from the Dollar Store.

Hats and Purses

April in Paris

The cake tasted delicious, but blowing out the candles on this one was not what I’d envisioned. I ordered this one to save time and wished the day I picked it up that I’d made my own! You really couldn’t tell it was the Eiffel Tower. If I’d had time, I would have iced over the tower and added a small 3-D tower figure of my own. But, it was a great party in spite of the cake!

Party Guest Model

Snapshots of precious friends like this one made the party even more special.

Sidewalk Cafe

The driveway was transformed into a sidewalk cafe.

Food Suggestions: Croissants, chicken fingers, French-style Macaroni Salad, Fruit, Cake with French Vanilla Ice Cream

Table Decor: Use plastic strawberry crates lined with birthday wrapping paper to hold bedding plants to be planted in your yard later.

4) Tea Party 

Tea Party Tables

Tea Party Time

Food Suggestions: Finger Sandwiches, fruit cups, Funfetti Chocolate Chip Scones, Mints, Ice Cream and Hot Tea with sugar cubes, cream and lemon.

Table Decor: Flowers in teapots, balloons, napkins.

 Tea Party Patio

Game Suggestions: Drop clothes pins in a teapot. Guest with most pins wins a prize.

Party Favors: Decorated Handkerchiefs, Teacup and Saucer

hanky panky craft

Craft Suggestion: Decorate old fashioned handkerchiefs with lace, beads and tiny artificial flowers.

5) Gymnastic Party

Gymnastics Party

Gymnastic Cake

Food Suggestions: Cheese Beams (sticks), Ham and Cheese Rolls, Fruit, Potato Bars (sticks), Cake and Gold Medal Ribbon Ice Cream (Vanilla with Caramel)

6) Family Fun Center Party

party guests


Food Suggestions: Meatballs Sliders, Chips, Pac-Man Cake and Cotton Candy Ice Cream.`

7) Princess Bowling Party

Have you ever seen a princess at a bowling alley? Well at this party, there was a full court of princesses!


Princess Cake

Food Suggestions: Pizza, Salad with Blackberry-Basil Vinaigrette (a family favorite) and a princess cake with Neapolitan Ice Cream

Blackberry-Basil Vinaigrette


  • 1/2 (10-ounce) jar seedless blackberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


Pulse blackberry preserves, red wine vinegar, and next 4 ingredients in a blender 2 or 3 times until blended. With blender running, pour vegetable oil through food chute in a slow, steady stream; process until smooth.



Silly String

After a sleepover, breakfast included silly string.

8) Movie Night with Girlfriends

This party was also a sleepover. After dinner and a movie, we all came home to birthday cake and ice cream.

Movie Night

Table Decor: Black and white ribbon napkins/rings (to look like film), confetti, and silver chargers to remind everyone of the silver screen.

Birthday Confetti

Movie Night Cake

Cake decorated with roses and lined with film around the edges.

Birthday Girl

 The birthday girl.



9) Special Plate Night

When the kids’ birthday fell on a weeknight, we would serve their dinner on a Waechtersbach “You are Special Today” Plate. The big party would follow on the weekend.

Special Plate

10) Manicures

For this birthday, Amy only wanted a couple of friends to get manicures and go out to dinner at Olive Garden. Simple, but fun.


11) New York City

Another fun “party”! During a school choir tour of NYC, we got to celebrate her birthday on top of the Empire State building. We also saw Phantom of the Opera and went out to Ellis Island. It’s a “party” I’ll never forget!

New York City


12) Luau

Another fun party! The girls wore hula skirts and leis and we played Hawaiian music in the background.


Food Suggestion: Grilled Hawaiian chicken leg quarters, rice, pineapple salad, chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream.

If you are, by chance, reading this on your birthday… I hope you celebrate in grand style and feel very special today. After all you are fearfully and wonderfully created.


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    Chloe Crabtree

    May 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

    What fun you have had over the years and how fun to look back at them all! I love hosting theme parties, but most of mine have been grown up versions over the years. I guess I have never grown out of the idea of “fun” parties!

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    Sandra Garth

    May 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Love all of your pictures and ideas! Our youngest daughter had the mos theme parties. Circus, Wild Wild West, 50’s and Career Day where the kids came dressed for the profession they wanted. She has a daughter now so we’ve been having fun with her theme parties as well. Thank you for sharing this at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you join us again.

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    bonnie morgan

    May 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Great party ideas. You can see the love all the way through. What a great mother to host all these happy parties and record them. My daughter had the Holly Hobby cake on her third birthday. I should put all the pictures together for her.
    I bet the NYC party is a highlight for her also.

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    May 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Great birthday party ideas Kim! I’ve pinned the dress up one to show my daughter for her little girls birthday next year, love that idea!

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