Birthday Party for a 7 Year Old Girl

Updated on April 22, 2012
L.P. asks from Mesquite, TX
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I need help! My step-daughter is going to be 7 years old in February. We will have her the weekend of her birthday and would like to plan something special. My step children live kind of far from us so thorwing a party with her school friends won't work. We tried that with my step-son and no one from his school showed up, thankfully there was plenty of family and a few family friends with children. My mother-in-law always tries to get in the middle and take over but this year I want to handle it. My husband and I are not wanting to do a pizza party. I want something fun and unique/girly and special jsut for her. What are the new trends? Any help would be appreciated.

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Wow!! Thanks you everyone for the overwhelming responses. There are so many great ideas!! Since there will not be many little girls over, mostly family, my sister and I are taking the girls to get mani/pedi's , going to lunch and then we are going to go to a pottery place so we can all do something fun, memorable and creative. My girls will have something to take home to their mom and leave at our home when they come over. Again, thank you to everyone!!

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M.E.

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Hello L.,

For a 7 year old I would suggest a Spa Party. All girls love to be pampered. If you need any help please let me know. I can do everything for you from setup to cleanup.

Thanks
M.
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J.G.

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It seems the nicest thing you could do for her would be to hold her party at a facility that is near her home/school so that her friends could attend.

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T.M.

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have her a tea party at a Tea Room. I had one for my daughter and she loved it. I would recommend Nee Nee's Tea Room. It is in Plano but, it would be worth it. You can find it or other Tea Rooms on Teamap.com.

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L.F.

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I have a daughter the same age and can also vouch for the American Girl store and restaurant. It's a fun afternoon. I have a 1st grade girl scout troop of 15 girls and I did a spa party for them. We did mani's, pedi's and facials. We did it as a 1/2 sleepover. They came over in their pjs but went home at bedtime. We played a game like hot potato called pass the purse. I had a purse filled with stuff like nail polish, lip gloss etc. They sat in a circle and as the music was playing passed the purse around the circle and whoever had the purse when the music stopped got to reach in and pull something out (without looking). The last girl got to keep the purse (it was a Hannah Montana guitar shaped purse so it was a big hit). They also all decorated a pillowcase with fabric paint that they got to take home as a party favor.

After all those boys you're going to have a blast doing a girly party. Good luck and have fun!

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J.P.

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Hi L.,

My daughter had her 8th birthday at Studio Art House in Southlake and it was great (I think they have a couple of other locations if you are not close to Southlake). They do have an 8 person minimum so not sure if you have that many. Their website is www.studioarthouse.com The birthday child gets to pick a classic painting to copy (with help from the instructor) and something to paint it on (t-shirt, bag, canvas) etc. My daughter did "Water Lillies" by Matisse on t-shirts!!! Everyone enjoyed it a lot and got to take home their own masterpiece.

Also, she had her 7th birthday at the Texas Teddy Bear Factory in Grapevine; www.texasteddybearfactory.com. It's a bit like Build a Bear but not a "chain" store so it seemed a lot more personal. If you do not have enough children to do a party you can always take her there to make her own special animal. Across the street is the Lets Pretend Tea Parties, again they do birthday parties but you can also do "afternoon tea" for a minimum of 2 people (I think the children get to dress up). Website is www.letspretendteaparties.com.

Good luck and have fun!

Judi

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S.

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My daughter is in that age group. The parties she has gone to this year are:

1. party at ASI Gymnastics
2. party at the Dallas Children's Theatre
3. party in a girl's backyard (they all loved this one - got their faces painted, played games, and just had old-fashioned fun)
4. ice skating at Plaza of the Americas
5. Movie night at a girl's home
6. Safari night - creative mom just went with this theme and decorated and planned activities around it
7. Our party was at a fishing/hunting lease. The girls and families brought fishing poles and blankets, and we just had a nice time outdoors. We also had a hayride (this was in early November)

We sometimes have kids over to bake cookies, etc, and they always enjoy that, so you could try some kind of baking party, if she likes that. They could even bake and decorate their own cupcakes or sugar cookies.

Last year, we had a tea party at an antique store in Plano. It was sweet but pretty expensive. You could do one at home.

If it's family and close friends, a party at the bowling alley could be lots of fun, or roller skating. Or have a Karoake Night, if people will participate, maybe in a kind of American Idol format, with judges...

Also, just Google seven year old girl birthday party and lots of great ideas should come up. Mostly, I would say let her have lots of input, and don't shut MIL out too much. Maybe you can distract her with an assignment to get the balloons or the paper goods?

Have fun and don't forget a cute birthday cake!

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R.B.

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Something that is "cool" right now are mock sleepovers.

This works great on Friday or Saturday late afternoon and/or early evening. You have all the girls come in their pajamas about 5pm and they can even bring a sleeping bag. When they first arrive, you can have them set up their sleeping bags and have a girl movie on while you wait for all your guests to arrive. You can have them eat finger sandwiches, tea cakes, etc...

Then, from there, you can have a spa party, make-up party, or whatever your daughter is into. Then, once they are all done, you can have a fashion show and then they can watch the movie some more or open the presents.

Then, about 7:30-8pm, everyone goes home (or you can have 1-2 girls really spend the entire night).

I do these type of parties all the time and the girls love them. I offer make-up parties starting at just $17 per girl and the girls get to keep all of their make-up (which makes a very nice take-home gift, as well).

I also do make your own stuffed animal parties. OR, if you have all the guests bring a stuffed animal, you can have a dress the teddy bear party and I have tons of outfits, as well.

If you so desire, please feel free to visit my website for more information on everything I offer.

Thank you.
R.
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www.GlamourGirlstogo.com

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S.T.

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L., I wasn't quite sure from your request if you are going to try and have a bunch of non-school friends included (since the school is so far away) or if you're looking at just one or two other girls from the family. If it's just two or three little girls, the spa treatments are the way to go. I think Libby Lu is going out of business, but some of the other girl spa places would be wonderful. When you get too many kids at those spa parties, it gets a bit nerve-wracking. We went to one last fall, and it was really a zoo with so many kids. Groups of little girls were coming and going between hair and makeup and nail stations, and it was just constant chaos. A maximum of three or four kids total would have been perfect.

If you want more than a few little girls to participate, I highly recommend renting a trunk of costumes and accessories from Simply Pretend and having a party at your house. We did a princess party for my 4-year-old, and the quantity and quality of the costumes was amazing. They also have spa themes, rock star/glamour girl themes, tea party themes, cooking party themes, etc. The trunk is very affordable for a larger group of girls, and they will absolutely love it. The website is www.simplypretend.com.

I hope this helps. You are a great stepmom, and welcome to the world of girly parties! I absolutely adore having a little girl and I'm so glad you have stepdaughters to enjoy.

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B.S.

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L., you will probably get a ton of responses, but here you go....I have 3 girls ages 5, 6 and 9. We do girly parties all the time. For ideas Familyfun.com is a good source. You can also just google "children's birthday party ideas" and you will get a lot. We have done a Princess Bowling Party where we all went bowling in Princess Dresses, and then I made a Castle Birthday Cake. There is Sweet & Sassy in various Dallas locations and they will do makeovers and a style show. The American Girl Doll Store has special parties, too. (although I hear they are pricey.) For a party at home we have done the usual pinata, games and various themes...High School Musical 2 was popular last year and I made a Lava Springs Swimming Pool Cake. (you can also buy any themed cake at Sam's!) A "SPA" party is fun with makeovers and home, manicures and pedicures, then fun gift bags with nail polish, lip gloss, etc. I saw in a magazine a Backwards Birthday Bash where all of the kids wear their clothes backwards, you open presents first, then eat cake, then have games. The Happy Birthday sign reads !YADHTRIB YPPAH . There are also Places where you can go to have a TEA PARTY, or you can do one at home. Fancy clothes, boas, high heels, hats (for a craft you can buy a straw hat at Micheals and have the girls decorate it with ribbon, and silk flowers, etc.) Don't forget the little tea cakes or mini cupcakes along with apple cider or a yummy punch.

I hope this helps. Have a great party!

B.

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M.R.

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I like the American Girl idea. Also, you might want to consider Magic Time Machine (Dallas), or Rain Forest Cafe (Grapevine). I've done family birthday dinners at both places.

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M.C.

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My daughter just turned 8 and she had a sweet and sassy party (spa party). They had a blast...they did their hair, a little make up and did their nails. American girl is also a great idea. And you could always check into maybe a cooking party if she likes to help cook. Is she 'into' anything specific? You could always work a party around something she loves to do...
Good luck!

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C.G.

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I only have 2 boys, but I know parties. My Son's last party was a sandwich making kind of buffet. Kids and Adults loved it. I had about 4-5 kinds of luncheon meat, 4-5 kinds of cheese, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, stacker pickles, baby dill and sweet pickles, both kinds of olives, jalapenos, etc.

For a girl I would make an adult looking cake and or ask her what kind she wants. I had ordered a icecream cake and then I made 2 more one being a cupcake cake. My email in [email protected]____.com if you need help I can walk anyone threw almost anything. I know you should always make a party by thinking what a child who is about 3-4 years older than the child actually is. Kids love that. If it's not too late ask her if she wants a theme. Karaoke is big right now. Oh and petite fours are a unique touch, I used regular frosting from the store and microwaved for 10 seconds at a time then poured over a box cake I cut up and reused the frosting by added a quarter of a teaspoon at a time to keep it from getting thick. Then I decorated them with polka dots, stripes, and small flowers of icing. I hope you get a lot of ideas, work from you heart, and Good Luck.

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E.H.

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My son turned 7 last September and we had moved to a new area in May so he didn't really know anyone in the new area. Instead of stressing over a party, he picked his "best" buddy who came for a sleepover. It was great and I wasn't stressed! I have another friend whose daughter turned 8 at the beginning of January and she did the same thing instead of throwing a party. She had a couple of friends for a sleepover and movies.

Good luck.

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K.W.

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Maybe you could do a makeover day!!! There are some different places like Libby Lu's. You can even get stores like Macy's to set up a fitting just for her with outfits already picked out:) And of course no makeover is complete until you get mani's and Pedi's!

For an added touch you could get a limo to drive you around:)

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S.L.

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She's a blessed little girl to have such a caring stepmom. What about having 1 or 2 friends for a sleepover and/or going to American Girl (at the Galleria) for lunch? It's kind of expensive but if that's not an issue...

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J.P.

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My daughter is about to be six and is having a spa type party. If you do something like this with just one "best friend" it might eliminate the problem of no one showing up. In Frisco at Stonebriar Mall there is a store called Libby Lu, great for this. Also in that same general vicinity is Sweet and Sassy. In downtown McKinney is a place called Sugar and Spice Girly Girl Parties (great place)more for larger groups though. Or as some of the other moms suggested Build a Bear is great too. Good Luck!

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K.H.

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there's a place at the Galleria Dallas - i cannot recall the name of the store, but it specializes in girls parties; i've heard its great!

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R.N.

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We are going to The Great Wolf Lodge for my daughters birthday in April. She will be 8. We are taking a few of her friends with us. It's just me and the girls going. If you book rooms now its cheap. They have a spa for kids there. It's an indoor water park. Totally for families. They have some pretty cool rooms. Go to GreatWolfe.com click on the one in Grapevine. You don't have to book online, there is a 800 # on there to book it. You can view all the rooms online. We are so excited about it,we are going for my husbands bday as well next weekend. Awesome prices for what you get. I know this isn't a party thing, but it sure is fun. Hope this helps.

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C.S.

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My daughter, who is about to turn 7 loves Sweet N Sassy. You could maybe take her there and let her get pampered!

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A.D.

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One of the best parties we ever had for our children was a skate party at a rink. They do alot for you, you have no clean up and loads of fun. One year my daughter had 33 kids show up. They all had a great time.

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R.C.

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My daughter had a Fancy Nancy Tea Party at our house using a rented trunk from Simply Pretend. They are listed in the Mamasource directory but you can also just google them. It was the best party we have had so far.

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J.D.

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You probably already got this idea but Sweet and Sassy is tons of fun.

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M.H.

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check out Girly Girlz in downtown McKinney or Sweet 'N Sassy in Frisco. My daughter (8) has been to parties at both places and loves them.

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M.L.

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What about a day at American girl in the Galleria?

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C.R.

answers from Dallas on

Hello, have you tried out this new birthday party company called The Royal Party Room?
They bring beautiful parties to whatever location you choose.
They also have different themes. The reviews are great too on parents connect.
The website is www.theroyalpartyroom.com

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C.M.

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Sweet & Sassy is a great place for a girly party!!!!
Can get a little pricey:(
There is one in the N.E. mall & one in the Southlake Town Square!!

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M.C.

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Call Funny Business at ###-###-####. That's the owners personal cell and she can help you!

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C.T.

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Hi L., Not wure where you live but I would recommend a party at ASI Gymnastics, Let's Jump, or just for a few girls at 'Sweet n Sassy' or 'Girly Girl'..These are all in the Keller / Southlake area...They are all on line...Good luck..

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N.J.

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My girls just turned 7, and they love to go to those paint your own pottery places. I'm going to be doing that for their next birthday.

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M.B.

answers from Wichita Falls on

A bowling party for the familgy might be fun.
GL

B.C.

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We always just have a party at home that is themed. Last year we did High School Musical, and this year we did Camp Rock. We buy a themed cake, pinata, goodie bags, banner, etc. at the party store.
If you want to go outside the home, I suggest doing a spa party, Build-a-bear, or roller skating.

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E.V.

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Quiggley's Clayhouse in Richardson is fun. And it keeps the family budget together. www.quiggleys.com
I either like the idea with the american girl store, but it is expensive.
Build a bear is every time popular. $25.- for each child if you will do a party.
I'm sure your stepdaughter will have fun with every thing you plan for her.
E.

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M.H.

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Since throwing a party for school friends won't work, I'd suggest inviting one friend to spend the night or weekend with you, and taking the girls to Sweet and Sassy or any spa/salon to have their hair and nails done. It doesn't have to be a formal party, just a day of "girl time." Or if that doesn't work out, just the two of you could go and meet up with the rest of the family later at a restaurant so she can show off her new look.

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K.L.

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I’m not sure where you live but if you live in or near Denton, here are to fabulous places to throw a girly party:
Bumble Beads on the Denton Square. They are located inside Madison Jane’s. They have jewelry making parties. The store is colorful and fun…full of all kinds of jewelry and ideas. The owners are very kid friendly and make for a great party atmosphere!
The other place is called Kil’n Time. They just moved to Teasley & 35. They are a pottery place. The pottery is already made but the girls get to decorate it. They have lots of samples all over the walls and shelves, to get the girls ‘creative juices’ flowing. You just let the owners know what your maximum price range is for each girl and then the girls will have lots of pottery to choose from. They get to paint it and glaze it right there and then the owners will bake it for them.
Both party places are geared towards ages 5 to adult! They will gear the party and activities around the ages of the birthday party girl.
I hope this helps!

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J.B.

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I know this is an old post, but I just had to respond. I own Bumble Beads on the Denton Square and I was so happy to see someone gave us a wonderful review...thanks! We do have awesome birthday packages that start at only $100 for 6 people. I found all the responses very helpful and I love to see what other places there are for birthday parties. Please check out our website and think of us for your next party. We even do private parties for adults, on location group workshops and anything else you can think of that involves making jewelry!

We hope to see you there!
J. Kemp
www.bumblebeads.biz

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J.H.

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My family loves to go to Japon for special dinners. You can seat up to 10 people at one table, and the dinners are so much fun.

Otherwise, all of the suggestions have been great. Another idea the kids have enjoyed is a "Come as Your Favorite Celebrity" party. Put out red carpet coming to the house. The kids can watch a movie and eat popcorn. The adults can dress up, too.

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