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Party Ideas for Girls

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Party Ideas for Girls

Looking for Party Ideas for Girls – not sure whether to stay at home, hire a venue or commission a party planner?

We, at Gifts For A Girl, hope to give you the low down on birthday party options. When my children were pre-schoolers I preferred having a party at home – it’s easy to get food sorted whether it’s a hot dog or sandwiches with cupcakes – and let’s face it with multiple tommie tippees, melamine plates and a big carton of wipes on hand I had everything I needed at home. But as they went to school, there was a higher expectation and excitement about their birthday parties and who they would invite.

Here’s a few ideas of different party themes and formats to help you on your way to a stress free celebration.

At Home Party Ideas

The following themed parties can take place at home or at a hired venue. The standard party games such as pass the parcel, musical bumps etc. can be part of this event.

Tea Party

A tea party can easily be achieved at home. A quintessential tea party has bunting, doilies, china cups and saucers and pretty food. Children can be encouraged to wear party dresses. You can also theme these days around their favourite character such as Peter Rabbit.

Bouncy Castle

If you are having a Summer party and have a garden or outdoor space, a bouncy castle is always popular. Although I would keep numbers to a reasonable level as too many on the bouncy castle can cause injury. Also it does need monitoring to kerb overenthusiastic bouncing.

Fancy Dress Party

You might have Paw Patrol fans or Mermaid or Pirate enthusiasts. Whatever your theme, you can ask everyone to come in a costume. Decorations can be themed too along with the party food. Other themes include:

  • Princesses
  • Super Heroes
  • Fairies
  • Disco
  • Bollywood
  • Choose a Colour Theme – Everyone comes in something Blue, Purple etc..

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Party Ideas for Girls – Dressing Up Party

Spa Party

Nail varnish, make up, hair curlers – a go! For younger children, I’ve used the peel on nail stickers instead of varnish. You can also buy water based nail varnish that doesn’t contain toxic ingredients.  If you have a swimming pool all the better. Another option would be to go to a hotel or spa with a pool.

Art Party

I opted for Art Parties a lot in the early days, perhaps because I was more comfortable to sticking and glueing mountains of glitter to cards than other options. You can either print colouring sheets from the internet or let children create their own masterpieces. Use paint, crayons, glitter, felt pans or sewing kits depending on the children’s abilities. A pot of goggly eyes is always popular too.

Hire an Entertainer or Magician

Having a party at home but getting someone else to do the entertaining can be a good idea. Get recommendations from friends or family so you feel less worried about how successful your party will be.


Party Ideas at Other Venues

The parties listed below take place at a specific venue and they are absolutely marvellous if you’re nervous about occupying a group of children for a couple of hours on your own.

Glow in the Dark Party

This Glow in the Dark party theme by Music and Mayhem is awesome. If you want a cool on trend party theme look no further.

Horse-Riding Party

There’s horse riding centres across the country that provide a hack or party session under cover. These can be great fun for children and an ideal opportunity to try a new activity for those new to riding.

Disco or DJ

A good old fashioned disco is what I had when growing up and music can provide a great party atmosphere whether it’s in your lounge or in the local village hall. With a few balloons and games added in, it can keep children occupied for a good hour or two. Even better hire a DJ who has experience keeping the party going.

Gymnastics or Street Dance Party

If your child already goes to a gymnastic club or street dance class, enquire as to whether they provide a party style event.

Outdoor Adventure

There’s lots of outdoor adventure centres which provide gorge walking, via ferrata high wire courses, biking or canoeing activities for children. Some like How Stean Gorge have instructors with head cams that actually record your child’s party as a memento. Forest School is a popular after school activity, it could also be a fabulous format for a party in the Summer or Winter, Day or Evening.

Pottery Painting or Cooking Classes

There’s quite a few places around the country that offer pottery painting parties or cooking lessons for children. Even if they don’t have facilities to provide food, they are usually near a restaurant or eatery for you to follow up after the party with a pizza and cake.

Watching A Film at the Cinema

Whether you visit the Everyman, Odeon or Showcase Cinemas, it’s a sure way of entertaining a group of friends for a couple of hours.

A Day at the Seaside

During the Summer Months, the seaside is a great place for a party. Particularly if you can have a BBQ on the beach.

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Party Ideas for Girls – A Day at the Seaside


Party Planners and Organisers

Here’s a list of party planners and organisers:

Northern England Party Planners

Music and Meyhem


Southern England Party Planners

Dazzle and Fizz

Buttons Childrens Parties

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Party Games for Girls and Boys

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Party Games for Girls and Boys – a Mum’s Guide

The party date is set, rsvp’s are coming in. The stress of occupying a heap of children for 2 hours is setting in – that’s if you haven’t decided to get an entertainer or paid for everyone to go Baby Ballet, Street Dance or Canoeing – well worth every penny I might add. But for those, like myself, who brave the idea of organising a party at home, in the garden or within the local village hall here’s a summary of cool party games to help you make your party one to remember!

Energetic Games

Egg and Spoon Race

All you will need is some spoons and some eggs and a start and finish line. Use real, hardboiled or plastic ping pong balls – you choose. The winner is the first one over the line. You can play in teams or as individuals.

Sack Race

A large fabric sack or bag should be used with enough room for the occupants to jump forward. Again you can play this game as an individual or team depending on how many sacks you have. Identify a clear start and finish line.

3 legged race

A long time ago, I was involved in a local ‘It’s a Knock Out’ tournament which had a 7 legged race with 6 people – we absolutely smashed it but we had practised a lot! I’m suggesting for younger ones a 3 legged race but older children might relish the challenge of more people. Clearly identify the start and finish lines and ensure you have a judicator to declare the winner.

Musical Statutes / Bumps

Unaffected by numbers, musical statutes is a good game for indoor parties and out. Play dance music and stop at random intervals. Everyone freezes in the position they are in when the music stops. The person who is the first to move (or in the case of the bumps, the last one to sit down) is out. The game continues until there’s one left who is declared the winner.

Plop the Potato

This is a hilarious game – no matter whether you’re 5 or 105! You will need a large bag of clean potatoes, two buckets and willing volunteers. We divide everyone who wants to play into two teams. There’s a clear start line with a bucket positioned about 5-6 meters away which acts as the half way point.  Every one in the team gets a clean potato which they place between their knees,  with which they hop or waddle until they get to the bucket.  They then have to aim, drop or ‘plop’ the potato into the bucket without using their hands and run back to their team, which enables the next participant to go. The winning team is the one whose team members have all had successful trips and deposited all the potatoes in the bucket. If people miss the bucket they have to go back to their team and get in the queue and wait for another turn.

Calm Games

Pass the parcel

Every party has to have pass the parcel – I even did this for my dad’s 70th birthday and with forfeits – it was brilliant seeing older family and friends doing an impression of all the cycles of a washing machine. For busy parents, pass the parcel can be bought already prepared these days, but it’s easy enough to do yourself.  Wrap treats inside every layer or alternate layers with forfeits to add the element of excitement or dread. For forfeit examples see my pass the parcel ideas list.


Messy Games

I would suggest these take place outdoors unless your home can cope with such mayhem or you have a cleaner!

Cheese Puff Shower Cap Game

This game involves teams of 2 or more people. One person from each team wears a shower cap that you cover with shaving foam or ‘squirty’ cream and the other team member(s) have a bucket of cheesy puffs, wotsits or something similar. The aim of the game is to get as many cheesy wotsits to stick to your  team members’ head within the allocated time. The shower cap wearers stand about 4-5 ft away from their team member(s). The team with the most cheesy wotsits stuck on the shower cap wins. Messy but brilliant!

Donut on a String

Checking diet restrictions and allergies is a priority for this one. For this example I’m using donuts but feel free to substitute donuts for muffins, cucumber or pears. You can play this as individuals or as teams. You will need a long piece of clean string, donuts and a good judge.  Thread the string through the hole of the donut or through the substituted food at intervals so players have room to eat the food. Attach the string to two posts or ask willing volunteers to hold them in place. Using no hands, the winner is the first one to finish their ‘donut’.

To conclude, I should point out a few things that I’ve learnt from experience:

  1. Make sure everyone knows the rules/aim of the game before you start.
  2. Clearly identify start and finish points where applicable
  3. Recruit a judicator (if not doing it yourself)
  4. Have a collection of prizes available for winners – they can either choose their prize from a ‘treasure box’ or you can hand one to them.
  5. Have bubbles and music available – even if everything goes to pot put some music on and blow some bubbles. It amuses even the hardened party pooper.

Depending on the time of year or weather conditions some of these games will be applicable or some will not. I hope this gives you some inspiration for you to give your daughter or son a party they’ll never forget.

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Forfeit Ideas for a Pass the Parcel Party Game

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Forfeit ideas for a child’s pass the parcel game.

Organising a child’s birthday party can be really stressful! I’m hoping there’ll be a time when my own childrens’ ideas of a party will change and it’ll be pizza and a film or something adventurous like gorge walking – something that involves other people keeping them happy. Until that time comes, pass the parcel is a really good way to involve everyone, hold everyone’s attention for a time and is brilliant fun – especially with forfeits!

Here’s some of the forfeit ideas I have used with great results (I have even used some of these ideas for my Dad’s 70th birthday – yes I did a pass the parcel for him too but the presents were torches, screwdrivers and plasters!)

Forfeits – No Equipment Needed

  • Impersonate all the cycles of a washing machine (this is brilliant for adult pass the parcel too!)
  • Name three minions or three characters from Frozen
  • Tell a joke
  • Swap socks with person on your left or right (could be pleasant, could be disgusting!)
  • Pretend to be a firework or robot
  • Walk or hop around the circle backwards
  • Walk around the circle like a fairy
  • Pick a friend to do a dance with
  • Pretend to play the trumpet, piano or guitar
  • Name five parts of the body spelt with only 3 letters
  • Rub your tummy and pat your head
  • Put your hands on your head till the music stops
  • Make a noise like a lion, a parrot, a dolphin etc…
  • Give the person to your left or right a donkey ride
  • Act like a monkey for 20 seconds
  • Serenade the person next to you
  • Balance on 1 leg for 30 seconds/1 minute (depending how old or able your participants are)

Forfeits – some planning required as you’ll need some props:

  • Wear a wig for the rest of the night/game
  • Sing we wish you a merry christmas, whilst wearing comedy teeth
  • Eat two or three crackers without a drink – then try to whistle a tune that the others have to guess (for older children and adults)
  • Using a variety of hair bobbles, head bands and hair clips etc –  ‘do’ someone’s hair – blindfolded
  • Pretend to play the trumpet, harp or guitar
  • Tell a tongue twister (written down in advance for them – see examples below)
  • Make a paper aeroplane one handed (not as easy as you think!)
  • Make an animal out of a square of tin foil
  • Try to touch your nose with your tongue
  • Put lipstick on the person to your right or left (blindfolded)
  • Fill a plate or shallow dish with icing sugar or flour, place a sweet or piece of chocolate in the middle, then challenge the person to get the sweet, only using their mouth
  • Limbo under a bar
  • Do a belly dance – to music (could get an elasticated skirt for effect!)

Tongue Twister Examples

    1. There was a fisherman named Fisher
      who fished for some fish in a fissure.
      Till a fish with a grin,
      pulled the fisherman in.
      Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.
    2. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
      A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
      If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
      Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
    3. Seth at Sainsbury’s sells thick socks.
    4. Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards
    5.  more tongue twisters

Pass the Parcel Prize Ideas

All the prizes listed below arrive in a small box or are small or flat enough to have several layers of paper around them without being cumbersome. They’ll make a superb surprise for the winner!

Maileg Big Sister Mouse in box 16-7780-00
Maileg Big Sister Mouse in box £21.95
Cloud Necklace - glittery cloud with star detail for gifts for a girl
Cloud Necklace – glittery cloud with star detail for gifts for a girl £6.99


Black Cat Sewing Kit - finished cat
Black Cat Felt Sewing Kit in a Box  – £6
Baby Twins Mice in Box By Maileg
Baby Twins Mice in Matchbox By Maileg £21.50


Heart Jewelled Hair Bands - Hair Accessories for Girls by Popband
Heart Jewelled Hair Bands – Hair Accessories £8
Rabbit necklace brown with pink bow
Hand painted porcelain Rabbit necklace with pink bow £24.75
Storybook Torch Lamp Box by Moulin Roty
Storybook Torch Lamp Box by Moulin Roty £9.99
Flower Press by Moulin Roty
Start making beautiful pictures with this high quality wooden Flower Press. £14.99


Hare Embroidery Kit for 10+ years
Hare Contemporary Embroidery Kit for 10+ years £14.95
Little Mouse in a Box Toy by Mouin Roty
Little Mouse in a Box Toy by Moulin Roty £14.99
Pink Magic Tree by Moulin Roty - Trail performed by Gifts For A Girl
Magic Tree by Moulin Roty – Trail performed by Gifts For A Girl £11.99
Dolphin Jigsaw 24 pieces, 2 Layer Puzzle - Top Layer
Dolphins Jigsaw 24 pieces, 2 Layer Puzzle – Top Layer £21.50
chihuahua necklace with pink bow -hand painted porcelain
Hand Painted Porcelain Chihuahua Necklace – £24.75

Teenage and Ladies Pass the Party Prizes

Headphone Pouch Tidy Triangle Front - Portico
Headphone Pouch Tidy Triangle – Cool Prize for Teens and Adults – Click on link for info – £9.99
Manicure Set - Neat and Tidy - Front of case
Manicure Set ‘Neat and Tidy’ – Includes nail clippers, tweezers, scissors etc…click on pic for info £13.99
Key Ring Let's go home Alice Scott
Let’s Go Home Key Ring – £7.99 click for details
Compact Mirror #No Filter with packaging square
Compact Mirror #NOFILTER – £5.99

Luxury Pass the Parcel Prizes

silver heart necklace engraved with 'to the moon and back' with a 18ct gold moon
Solid Silver Heart Necklace ‘to the moon and back’ £85
Bird Necklace - Mother Bird and Baby Bird - Silver and Gold, Silver chain
Bird Necklace – Mother Bird and Baby Bird – Solid Silver and 18ct Gold, Silver chain £60
Photo showing Gold Penguin Necklace with 18ct gold chain
Pretty Gold Penguin Necklace with 18ct gold chain £58
Photo showing silver apple necklace with leaf detail and chain
Silver Apple Necklace with leaf detail and chain £37.99

I hope this helps give you some ideas about adding forfeits to your pass the parcel games. When I do my own version I include a little sweet or gift in every layer but include a forfeit in alternate layers or make them random just to increase the suspense. May your party run smoothly and all your guests leave happy!

Best wishes,

Hayley and the Gifts For A Girl Team