Candy Party -13yr- How Many Candies in Jar
Jocie in Livonia, MI USA
For my 13th birthday party, I wanted to do something very special. This will be my first birthday that I spend with my friends here in Michigan (I moved last summer), and will also be my first house party. We will be having the party in my backyard, which is considerably large. Since my birthday is in August, it will be nice and hot out. I am planning on inviting 10-12 people, as I only want my good friends there. Smaller parties are also often more fun than larger ones because you get to spend time with everyone. I have spent hours and hours reading this site and others to try and figure out what theme I want for my party. I hope the following information helps you in planning your special day!
Theme: The theme I have decided on for my party is a candy/sweets theme. I have not passed this by my dad yet, but I'm sure he won't mind. Every good party has a theme, and I decided this theme was good. I didn't want a traditional beach party or something like that.
Invitations: For my invitations, my dad had the idea to make a video of myself explaining the details of the party! It is very inexpenisve and easy to do. All you need is a camera, which most families have, blank c.d.'s, and a computer. Record yourself explaining the details of your party with a camcorder. Then, use a computer to edit the "invitation" (if needed) and burn it to the c.d.'s. I recommend making it a QuickTime file, because all computers come with it already on them. To go with the candy theme, I am also giving the guest a candy bar as an invitation. However, I am going to remove the outer wrapper (leaving the foil) and create my own outer wrapper with the details using the computer! Another very cool and inexpensive idea.
Decorations: Since I will be busy planning my party, my mom will most likely be doing decorations. Simplicity is key. Simple balloons are wonderful. Just fill balloons of your favorite colors (mine are PINK PINK and PINK!!! I also like yellow, orange, green, anything bright and fun) with helium and tie them to trees if outside, or if inside just let them go to the celing. I will also probably get some maylar balloons that look like candy to decorate. On the buffet tables (see food) and other tables, use the same color tablecloths as balloons. Get a mix of cheaper candy to sprinkle over the tables as confetti. Other than that, add your own special touches to make your party your own.
Food: My party will most likely be afternoon/night. We will be ordering pizza, of course. Food ideas for the anytime buffet table are different kinds of chips and dip, brownies, cookies, bottles/ cans of water and soda or juice, CANDY of course, and any other fun things you can think of. Food doesn't have to be a huge issue, it's more about the people than the food of course. As long as there is food that your friends will eat, you're set. Your cake should be whatever YOU want, don't worry about you friends.
Fun/Games: Most likely my dad, who has worked on and off in his spare time as a D.J. for over 20 years, will be playing music through big speakers for my party so we can annoy the whole neighborhood (haha). I will probably get together with my two best friends, Katie and Olivia, before the party to download any songs that I don't have that are popular and necessary for a good party. So, there will be music, which leads to dancing. When my guests enter, there will also be a jar of candy, where guests have to guess how many candies are in the jar. The winner gets the jar of candy.
Another fun and spontaneous thing to do is WATER BALLOONS!! I will have a ton of water balloons ready before the party that no one will know about. During the party, when one of my guy friends who I am inviting (who I happen to like) is busy talking to someone, I will pop a water balloon right above his head. It is a hilarious thing to do, and gets everyone laughing and having fun! You can always come up with your own ideas too. Since I have a basketball hoop on my garage, my friends (probably guys) will start a basketball game. Let people do whatever (approved by your parents of course) they want to keep themselves busy and having fun!!
Parting Gifts: Again, one of my mom's specialties. My gift bags will definitely be extravegant because my mom loves to do them. Whatever you do, just put in things that you and your friends like. Doesn't matter what it is, just do something so they can remember the party.
Extra Miscellanious: Remember to be nice about the gifts you receive and thank each and every person by making a custom thank you card for each person. Also, put out a few disposable cameras and let guests know that they should take pictures so you can have memories of you party. Also, buy a blank scrapbook/notepad and decorate the cover according to your theme. Then have everyone sign it and write you a little message at the end of the party! Cost: This party is a little pricy. The invitations will probably cost about $20.00. The decorations will cost about $50.00-$100.00. The food will cost about $100.00 for pizza, and $50.00-$75.00 for everything else. The fun/games will run around $50.00-$75.00, since my dad can D.J. and can get the equipment for free. My gift bags will probably cost $150.00. The total cost of my party will probably be about $400.00, but yours doesn't have to be that expensive. I hope my plans helped you to plan your party!!