Hannah Alexander from Arkansas sent us this party she threw this summer for her 10 year old daughter Tristan. She has fantastic party ideas that don’t require a masters degree in craft or a ton of money, which we’ve published before here and here.

“So I have realized that age 10 is probably the last opportunity for a parent-involved birthday party. I would imagine that after age 10 kids probably just want to sit around and talk about the opposite sex (sans parents). I’m scared. All that being said, this year we did manage to have a fun party of which I somewhat got to be a part, and we did it on the cheap!!!!

Like I’ve said before, I hate sleep-overs. Because of my feelings toward overnight parties, I’m always trying to come up with something we can do that does not require me to stay up late and deal with tired and over-hyped children. This year we had an afternoon of game playing.

I recommend a game party to anyone who can stand the squeals and extra-silliness of 10 year old girls. If you have a heart condition or high blood pressure, please skip any event involving such.”

“I had a bunch of pictures of Tristin from birth to present printed and taped them to the mantle. This along with some of her framed drawings and favorite “hard animals” served as a sort of centerpiece for the party.  Tristin especially loved this.  She got excited reliving many of the memories.  As one of her gifts, we gave her a photo book to keep the pictures in.”

“We played at little stations and changed partners when they changed stations. And we of course had snacks while we played.  Another thing I learned…10 year old girls like to eat.”

“While we had cake (which I didn’t get a picture of) we did a crossword puzzle and word find that were centered around Tristin and her interests.  I had the puzzles configured and printed through this site.  The girls LOVED filling them out which surprised me a little.”

Pictionary was the overall favorite game.

“Twister was a close second.”

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