A little party planning {my daughter’s turning 12!}

When my children were younger, planning their birthday parties were much easier. We hired out a local church or community centre hall, rented some inflatables, baked some cupcakes and we were good to go.

The older they get, however, those church halls & bouncy castles are no longer their thing. Although if I was asked if I wanted a bouncy castle at my next birthday {coughs…37!} I’d respond with a “HELL YEAH!”.  But apparently, the tween or preteen age of today have some sort of ‘street cred’ that has to be maintained. Last year, my eldest girl asked for a picnic style party in Belfast zoo, and we did just that. It was relaxed, no venue required and she had a really fun day hanging out with her friends.

This year, however, she turns twelve. This will be her first birthday celebrated from a High school perspective and it took a while before any of the ideas I had appealed to her. The first idea she liked was to have 8 of her closest friends join her for a party at We are Vertigo – which in fairness sounded like a pretty cool idea. Then the ideas kept changing and the weeks until her birthday got shorter & shorter. Finally, she decided on wanting to hire a party bus & having her friends back to the house for a party.

Her wish is my command!

I have booked her Hummer party bus {I’d like to see that try to park in our little car-filled cul-de-sac!} for an hour of disco lights, dancing and karaoke. Followed by a movie themed party at home with chocolate fondue, popcorn &hot dogs. It all sounds very grown up to me but now all I can think about is 12 girls, flushed from dancing spreading themselves out in my not-so-big living room, drinking, eating and giggling like the little school girls that they are.

Naturally, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for fun movie theme party ideas. It’s the place to go for inspiration! So with only a few weeks to go, I had best get sorted.

Twelfth birthday celebrations here we come! 



  1. Taylor Kirk
    24/05/2017 / 7:19 PM

    Oh this looks like so much fun! she is going to have a blast!

  2. 24/05/2017 / 7:26 PM

    Wow! A limo for the birthday girl! Lovely!! What a demand – I’m curious what she has in mind for next year!

  3. cakeryriann
    24/05/2017 / 8:27 PM

    I love parties and I’m (obviously) obsessed with birthday cake and themed treats – this actually sounds like a great party idea, and less work for you on the day (maybe) than catering for a hall full of energetic tots 🙂 I hope she has a great time

  4. 25/05/2017 / 1:58 PM

    Great minds think alike! I had a movie theater party for my daughter’s 9th birthday earlier this year and we got all the party decor from Party City as well. Such a fun idea! I bet your daughter felt pretty cool in that party bus.

  5. 25/05/2017 / 4:40 PM

    I would have loved this at that age! Sounds so fun!

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