Need some tween birthday party ideas? Check out this simple spa birthday party!
I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m officially the mom of a tween. Didn’t we just come home from the hospital yesterday? Well, as she constantly likes to remind me, that’s not the case, She’s eleven now, and not a child. It’s all about being cool now.
If you’re also the mom of a tween girl, you probably know just how hard they are to please. Right? Right?! (Please agree with me to make me feel less alone).
We can’t do anything too childish, but they’re not quite mature enough for things intended for teens. It’s that weird, awkward age right in the middle, and it’s so, so hard to navigate.
I thought it was hard enough when I was going through it myself, but it turns out that it’s just as hard being the mom of a tween!
I just recently had this struggle when it came to Addie’s 11th birthday party. Obviously the days are gone when I could just go out and get the latest cartoon on some plates, put up a streamer and call it a day, right? It’s got to be cooler than that.
If you’re having the same struggle right now, this spa party might be the perfect tween birthday party idea for you!
Spa Party Ideas for Your Tween
The idea came to me as I was writing about how to give yourself a spa night at home, but the longer I thought about it, the more I realized I could alter it to be perfect for 11 year olds.
So, we got to work, invited her friends, and had a blast!
Here are some ideas to help you get started on your own spa birthday party!
Spa Party Activities:
What I love most about this spa party idea is that the party in itself is the activity. You don’t have to plan games or find a way to keep the kids entertained. Let’s face it, that alone makes it the perfect tween birthday party idea!
I also love that it was so easy to plan and execute. In fact, compared to most of our past birthdays, this one was probably the easiest! We planned it in about a week and everyone there had a great time. Of course, if I’d had more time, we could have made it extra spectacular, but even on short notice, it turned out amazing.
Here were the activities we pulled together for the girls in attendance:
First up was face masks, and I think for a group of 11 year olds, this was probably the biggest hit of the night!
If I’d had more time, my plan was to make a fun DIY mask with the girls, but since we pulled everything together short notice, I just bought some of these face mask packets. The shimmer effect was a huge hit among the girls, and I can vouch for the fact that they’re actually really pretty!
Once their face masks were on, they each got a couple of cucumbers for their eyes. You know, to remove those circles from all those late nights studying, of course!
Foot bath & Pedicure
Once they were all settled with their face masks, I situated each girl with her own foot bath full of bubbling bath salts so they could totally zen out while they waited for their masks to be done working their magic.
Once they were done soaking and pulling off their face masks (ouch) they came back to their seats, got a rose-water toner spritz, and got a foot rub with this amazing peppermint lotion from Plant Therapy. It’s by far my favorite invigorating lotion, and the girls loved it!
Of course, no pedicure is complete without nail polish.
Next up was manicures!
We didn’t go quite as in-depth on these. Each girl got a little hand cream and some polish.
Possibly the biggest hit of the night was our final activity. After getting all fresh and pampered, each girl got to pick out a special makeup look! It was so glamorous! I had my friend help with this part, because I’m incredibly simple when it comes to makeup, and she loves getting creative.
Each girl got a total makeover, along with a quick makeup lesson. Which, naturally means that they’re already better at makeup than I am.
We kept the food pretty simple, but still tried to stay on theme.
On the table for party night were finger sandwiches, fruit, veggies, lemon cucumber water, and cupcake parfaits (recipe below).
I did think about adding some “bubbly” in plastic champagne glasses, but opted out of it to avoid upsetting anyone. Of course, if you know all of the families coming really well, it’s always an option!
Simple Cupcake Trifle Recipe
- cake pan
- hand mixer
- 1 box favorite boxed cake mix prepared to package directions
- 1 can ready-whip
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- 1 cup sprinkles
- 1 box vanilla pudding mix prepared to package directions
- clear refreshment cups
- Prepare your cake according to the package directions and let it cool
- While cake is cooling, prepare your vanilla pudding and let it set
- Once cool, cut your cake into chunks and line the bottom of each cup
- Add a layer of pudding
- Add a layer of Ready-Whip or Whipped Cream
- Continue until your cup is full, and then top with a layer of whipped cream
- Garnish as desired with chocolate chips or sprinkles
What I love about this tween birthday party idea is that you can easily pull this together on short notice. We had a few things on hand that we used, but otherwise, I grabbed everything in one trip to Walmart.
Since you’re reading this post, I’m assuming you have time to do a little more planning and prep than I did, so here’s a shopping list to make it a bit more convenient:
- foot bath basins
- epsom salts
- lavender essential oil
- hand cream
- peppermint body lotion
- bubble bath (for the bubble salts)
- face masks
- nail polish
- nail files
- cucumbers (2 slices per girl, plus extra if you want to add it to the water)
- nail polish remover (just in case)
- cotton balls
- plastic cocktail glasses (you can get them anywhere, but these are so pretty!)
- makeup wipes (I sent one home with each girl)
- wash cloths
- rosewater face spray
Of course, you’ll also want whatever food and drink you plan to serve. We did finger sandwiches, a fruit and veggie tray, and lemon cucumber water. I thought those just went really well with the theme, and were easy to accommodate on short notice!
Tips for Running Your Own Tween Spa Birthday Party
This spa party pretty much runs itself. It’s perfect for pre-teens, because it’s all about pampering and being a grown up. But, there are a few things I did that I think helped the party run more smoothly.
First, enlist a friend to help you! Maybe you can manage on your own if you’ve just got 3 or 4 girls, but we had 12! That’s a lot of finger nails and toe nails to paint. I’m not sure I could have managed on my own for that part. Plus, it’s extra fun to have one of your girlfriends there to add more personality and keep the energy up!
We also went into the night with a schedule. It’s super unlike me, but I just knew if we wanted time to get it all done, this was important.
Our schedule went like this:
- arrive and have refreshments
- apply face masks in the bathroom and come have a seat
- when they sat down, they were given a warm, bubbly foot bath and two cucumbers for their eyes.
- the girls soaked their feet while waiting on their masks to dry.
- once the masks were dry, we dried their feet and they headed back into the bathroom to clean their faces
- after that, they each got a little spritz of rosewater toner and headed back to their seats
- there, we gave them each a foot rub with peppermint lotion, a pedicure, a hand rub with lavender hand cream, and a manicure!
- once all of that was dry, it was time for cake and presents!
- finally, before the night was over, each girl got a makeover with my friend.
The schedule helped it go so smoothly, and with that many girls, it’s important to keep everyone on track.
Finally, relax and have fun! This is a fun party theme, and one most pre-teen girls will eat up. Give it some energy and let them know the night is all about getting pampered. Make it like an actual spa trip as much as you can!
Other than that, the party pretty much ran itself.
The Perfect Tween Birthday Party Idea
This tween birthday party idea was so much fun for everyone involved. The girls had a blast, and the best part is, they were so busy getting pampered they didn’t bicker at all! We all know what an issue that can be with girls this age. They can be a bit hard to please on occasion, but a night of pampering is just what they all needed.