See my list of 13th Birthday Party Ideas below.
As their first teenage birthday party, you'll probably find that they are keen to do something a bit different from previous birthdays that allows them to feel more grown up. Younger teens always want to behave more like adults, so some careful planning is necessary.
You'll want to give them the freedom to pick a party theme that lets them feel grown up, but is still something that can still be interpreted in a way that is age appropriate. For example, you might throw an America's Next Top Model theme party and let them get dressed up and have their hair and make-up done for different themed photo shoots. Or maybe a Hollywood VIP theme where they can dress up in glamorous/formal clothes and walk the red carpet.
Just make sure you talk to them in advance about the type of party decorations and activities—they might think that traditional decorations like balloons and such are too 'kidsy' for them.
For younger teenagers you should also decide whether the party is going to be co-ed or single sex and think about how you're going to supervise the party. Keep in mind that at this age they will want to feel a bit more independent and may not really want to have their parents around watching over their party. Decide whether they need to be chaperoned, or whether you can set everything up, then once the party has got started, you can take yourself off to another part of the house to let them get on with it.
If you don't find anything you like from here, be sure to check out Party Themes A-Z incase something from a different category catches your eye. Most party themes can be adapted to suit different ages with just a little tweaking.
Click on the icons below to go to that page:
If you have some good 13th Birthday Party Ideas (or you've tried one of my ideas from the list above) share details with other party-ideas-by-a-pro.com visitors.
Email me a description of the party including details of the different elements such as themes, invitations, food, and party decorations along with up to 4 photos (optional) and I'll create your own party ideas page on this site for other readers to read. I'll also feature the best ones with photos in my blog.
If you can, please upload 4 photos - the more pictures that accompany your description the better your page will look.
Use the form below to submit your 13th birthday party ideas.
Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
'Like' me on Facebook or follow on Twitter where I regularly post new party ideas, tips and recommendations, including:
* Discount Coupons
* Special Offers
* New Trends
* Inspirational Ideas
* Fantastic Finds
If you have your own site or blog, copy and paste the code below to link to this site with the button shown here.