Double Digits: How to Plan a Birthday Party for Your 10-Year-Old
And then there was 10! This is perhaps the most important milestone birthday since the first birthday. Your child has gone through so many changes and grown so much up to this point, and you want to celebrate how far they have come. It’s time, they are crossing over into the double digits, and on the hills of adolescence.
This is such an important and exciting time as kids begin to develop a better sense of who they are in the world. Many are preparing for junior high school and are ready to navigate new social situations. According to Very Well Family, 10-year-olds have the ability to sense the emotions of others and read facial and body language. At this age, the acceptance by peer groups is very important and is a critical step that can strongly affect the next level of development.
At ten, most children have developed the ability to be pleasant company at social gatherings such as parties and dinners. They can clearly express their thoughts on current events, music, art, etc.
The type of party you throw will not only help further groom your child for social settings, but it can also play a major role in peer connection and acceptance. So, let’s jump into a few tips on how to through a rockin’ party for your 10-year-old.
Picking a theme can difficult, whether it’s for a boy or girl. So here are a few theme ideas for boys and girls.
- Sports Theme (Base the party theme around your kid’s favorite sport)
- Space Theme
- Super-hero Theme (Base the party theme around your kid’s favorite superhero)
- Tea Party Theme
- Slumber Party
- Fairytale Theme (Base the party theme on Disney Princesses)
When it comes to parties, venues are everything! You may want to keep it traditional and have a themed birthday party at your house, but if you’d like to take it to the next level, book a venue. Your 10-year-old will probably appreciate it, and you don’t have to worry about a huge clean-up!
- Bowling Alley
- Movie Theaters
- Bouncy House
- Park Party
- Skating Rink
Food can be difficult to get right at a party. Kids may have allergies or preferences, so simple is better. Check out these food ideas, that allow everyone to enjoy.
- Chips and Dip (Buy an assortment of chips, so that kids have a variety to choose from)
- Pigs and a Blanket (This fun activity allows kids to participate by making their own snack, and it’s a classic party hit)
- Make Your Own Pizza (This allows kids to pick what they want on their pizza, and leave out things they can’t eat or don’t like to eat)
With these tips, you can provide the basics for a good party! However, 10-year-olds are at an age where they can entertain themselves and their guests, for the most part. You don’t have to over-plan activities, because they’ll most likely want to do their own thing, and engage with their peers. Ready, set, let’s go party!
About Lizzie Stewart
Mom. Wife. Espresso Lover. Braves Fanatic.