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.
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
She so enjoyed her cake! And her brother loved helping her!
And opening presents…
2) Beach Party
We played a very popular “gone fishing” game.
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
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.
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.
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!
Snapshots of precious friends like this one made the party even more special.
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
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.
Game Suggestions: Drop clothes pins in a teapot. Guest with most pins wins a prize.
Party Favors: Decorated Handkerchiefs, Teacup and Saucer
Craft Suggestion: Decorate old fashioned handkerchiefs with lace, beads and tiny artificial flowers.
5) Gymnastic Party
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
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!
Food Suggestions: Pizza, Salad with Blackberry-Basil Vinaigrette (a family favorite) and a princess cake with Neapolitan Ice Cream
- 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.
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.
Table Decor: Black and white ribbon napkins/rings (to look like film), confetti, and silver chargers to remind everyone of the silver screen.
Cake decorated with roses and lined with film around the edges.
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.
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!
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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