Play relay races and have the kids carry a pizza box while they run or
go through an obstacle course. Make aprons or chefs hats for a craft.
Set out red and white checkered tablecloths and serve a large cookie
cake decorated like a pizza.
Birthday scavenger hunts can be fun - especially the mall scavenger hunts! The main idea of the scavenger hunt is to divide into teams then each tween team races to see who can find (or do) the items on a list first. There are 7 fun varieties of birthday party scavenger hunts to choose from! All the Scavenger Hunts have FREE items lists to print out!
Mall Scavenger Hunts
A fun way to combine two of tweens favorite things - friends and shopping. We've listed 8 fun mall scavenger hunts - complete with free scavenger hunt lists. Most require no money and there is one that lists 40 things they have to bring back that are FREE. After the scavenger hunt meet for dinner or dessert at a mall restaurant and let them tell each other about their crazy adventures. Mall Scavenger Hunts
Animal Lovers Birthday Party Theme
This is a fun and helpful birthday party theme that all animal lover's will enjoy! Instead of bringing a present to the birthday party ask your guests to bring a bag of dog food, cat food, treats or pet toys. Head out to your local animal shelter (make sure to call ahead first and set up a good time!) and give the food, treats and toys to the shelter.
Some shelters will let the preteens walk and feed the dogs / cats, clean out cages and bath the animals. Make sure to meet with the shelter management before you go so they will be expecting you. You can also use our Animal Shelter Helper Scavenger Hunt list and make a fun party game out of collecting items from around your neighborhood that would benefit your local animal shelter.
See our Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt for a free item list . We also have a huge list of ideas under
our Animal Shelter Helper party theme page for invitations, decorations, party food and more ideas.
1 Color Party Theme
Easy and fun tween birthday party theme! Pick one color and make everything in shades of that color. If pink is the color then make the birthday party invitations on pink paper with dark pink writing and envelopes. Tell everyone in the birthday invitation that they are to wear only pink. Birthday party hats, noisemakers, plates, napkins, cake, utensils, decorations, balloons, crepe paper, gift bags, prizes, food - EVERYTHING PINK! Simple birthday theme idea, but the guests will always remember it! For more ideas including invitations, decorations, games, party food and favors see our One Color party theme page.
Crazy Sock Exchange
This idea is best for an all girl party. On the birthday invitation ask guests to bring a wrapped pair of new crazy socks. Buy and wrap a few pair of extras in case someone forgets. Write down numbers (however many guests there are) on pieces of paper, fold them and and place them in a bowl. Have each player pick a number. Sit in a circle and the person with the number 1 goes first, picks a present, opens it and places the socks at her feet.
The girl with the number 2 can either pick a new package or take the socks of number 1. If she takes the socks of number 1 then number 1 gets to pick a new package and open it. Continue around the circle - each tween can either choose any socks that have been opened or open a new package. At the end #1 can exchange her socks for anyone's in the circle. Fun to play with socks, white elephants, small gifts and birthday party favors.
You can buy birthday theme kits on the internet or at most party stores for a fun murder mystery theme for your tween party. Serve a Mystery Food Dinner and hand out small magnifying glasses as a treat!
50's, 60's 70's or 80's Theme Party