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Groovy Birthday Party Ideas for Pre-Teens

Chill out to fun crafts and games your daughter will love

by Janie Kimball  |  4583 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

Your daughter will love these ideas for her next birthday party.  A Groovy Flower Power party theme offers lots of fun decorating, craft, and games ideas that girls will totally dig. 

Have fun creating hip Peace and Love posters with your daughter prior to your party.  Create door “beads” by hanging long strips of crepe paper from the doorways.  You can also look for the real thing from online auction sites.  If you have lava lamps, place those throughout the room.  Creating a tie-dyed tablecloth from an old sheet will also give your party an authentic feel.    Don’t forget to have Beatles music playing as your guests arrive. 

Have the kids make their own tie-dyed T-shirts or headbands.  You can have the girls bring an old white T-shirt or you can buy simple white headbands from any craft store.  Make sure you perform this task outside (or at least somewhere well covered with newspaper).

Another craft idea that girls love is creating groovy lamp shades.  Buy simple and inexpensive solid color lamp shades.  Purchase fun beaded ribbon and decorations from a craft store.  Have the girls paint the lamp shade and then add funky beaded trim to the bottom of the shade.  Decorate the rest of the shade with glitter, jewels, pom-poms, etc.  Make sure to buy non-flammable glue and paints.

For a fun party game, have the girls create hip outfits from the 1960s. Check out second-hand stores to see what treasures you can find, like platform shoes, head bands, bell-bottom pants, mini skirts, beads, macrame purses or belts.  You can always ask your mom and mother-in-law what they’ve saved from their "Peace and Love" days.  You never know what you’ll discover.  Style the girls’ hair in braids and/or headbands and put on a fashion show that would have made Sony and Cher proud.   

If you have extra time and the girls have extra energy, create a relay race with this clothing.  Divide the girls into two equal teams. The first two girls on separate teams will start by donning the clothes and running across to their teammates. They will remove the clothes and the first teammate on the new side will don the clothing and run back until all team members have had their turn.  Whichever team finishes first, wins.

For a fun cake idea, make a simple circle cake. Decorate with bright yellow frosting and add black eyes and smiley face for a flashback to the '60s icon. You can also create a cake with Yin and Yang symbols or one with the Peace symbol. 

About the Author

Janie is a mom of two and owner of Birthday Parties Delivered. Birthday Parties Delivered ( provides unique and personalized kids craft birthday party packages - delivered to your door! Ideal for busy moms who still want a personal touch - without all the stress. Check us out for great kids birthday party ideas.

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  • When my good friend became a Mary Kay consultant, she came to my daughter's sleepover party and did facials on all the girls. She emphasized skin care, not makeup, which was perfect for preteens.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 12th May 2008