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Parent of a Pre-Teen? Here are Some Party Ideas...

Ellie Kelly 25/04/2013 Staff Writer

Got a birthday coming up? Perhaps, say, a pre-teen child? Ellie Kelly of Buttons Childrens Parties is here to help those of you, and remember - this may be the last time they want it to be fun...



If your child is between 8 and 12 years old (or a 'tween', as they're known) and knows what he or she wants to do for their next birthday (and fingers crossed it’s not something that is going to bankrupt you), then hurray!

If, however, your tween has no idea or simply cannot make up their mind, I have 8 Top Tween party themes for you. I simply love planning parties for this age group - they are of an age when they are starting to really know where their passion is. They love trying new things and learning, and yet are still at an age when they don’t think it's uncool to have fun...


Disco Party


Be it in a hall or a cleared out living room, you first have to set the scene. Dim the lights and get some disco balls on. Next, the playlist; your child will most certainly want to be in charge of this and at Buttons we always ask for a play list from the birthday child to ensure they have the best tunes to dance to.

As much as we all love a good dance, this party will need some fun team games mixed in to ensure everyone is having a great time. Games such as the chocolate game, lace race, mummy wrap and silly relay are all perfect. You can find more information on all these games with a little google search.


ask an expert tween parties surrey buttons childrens parties movie partyMovie Party


Be it the Twilight saga, latest romance or high octane action film, get the hot dogs on and the popcorn poppin’.

Host it in your living room, project it on the fence outside or hire a cinema.

You can get some great movie style printables to help bring the theme to life such as popcorn boxes, invites and rating cards.

Chocolate Making Party


This has fast become one of Buttons most popular Tween parties. We start with a mini quiz and, of course, some chocolate taste tests.

"If your child is between 8 and 12 years old (or a 'tween', as they're known) and knows what he or she wants to do for their next birthday (and fingers crossed it’s not something that is going to bankrupt you), then hurray!"


It's then time to temper, create and decorate giant chocolate buttons before rolling out some truffles and coating them in coco and chocolate. We add in a great mix of team party games to end and everyone gets to take their bag of chocolate home.

Spa/Pamper Party


A lovely and relaxing gossip filled party for the girls. Stations are a great idea so everyone has something to do at the same time. A nail bar, hair styling station and face mask area all work really well.

For the venue, create a chill out space with blankets, cushions and piles of magazines on the floor. For party food have smoothies, fruit platters and of course some naughty treats…

Photo Booth Party


Set up a few different booths with themes such as pirates, rock star & western. You need a backdrop for each one and then a box of props.

Let the children create their own scenes and take their own photos. Each child can then have a group shot as a party gift and memento.

ask an expert tween parties surrey buttons childrens parties movie partyPizza Making Party


You can go to a pizza restaurant for this - I have done pizza making with the kids at Pizza Express before and they had a great time.

You can also do this at home with homemade pizza bases and a yummy selection of toppings.

Personalised aprons are a fab take-home gift for this party!

Day Out


Keep the list of friends to around 3 for this one. Taking a small group of them to the big city for lunch and a bit of sightseeing – this will be a day to remember and very exciting.


"I remember going up to London with my mum and a friend every year when she had to plan school trips to the science museum, and then we would go to Ed's Diner for lunch. I have great memories of those days."


I remember going up to London with my mum and a friend every year when she had to plan school trips to the science museum, and then we would go to Ed's Diner for lunch. I have great memories of those days.

Craft/Art Party


An art themed party could be anything from drawing lessons to ceramic painting, bath bombs to making fascinators.
If you’re up for the challenge, you can find "how to's" for this type of thing online.

If this sounds a bit much though, companies like mine can come in and look after everything for you - so you can sit back and enjoy the great moments!

Every party above you could put together yourself, or hire a party planner/entertainer to put it together for you. If you do fancy some help, call Buttons on 07743 896 987.
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