what did you do for your Daughter's 13th Birthday?

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:48:06 AM
my dd will be 13 in July on the 13 even . I want it to be extra special.

Any ideas would be awesome.

I already know her gift. it will be a phone that is much nicer than the 3 yr dated phone she has now.

I really need party ideas. I was leaning toward renting a limo for a few hrs for her and her friends but then what?

I live in Michigan and thought about taking a girl or 2 to Chicago for the weekend.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:02:57 AM
When I turned 13 (200 years ago), I had cake, ice cream and 4 friends over to spend the night.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:06:13 AM
The same thing we did for her 12th birthday - she wanted dinner at the Space Needle. We did take an extra friend for her 13th, because we budgeted for an extra girl and all three girls are close.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:19:38 AM
DD1 had a sleepover. We rented them a movie, they painted nails and played with makeup, and otherwise did teenage girl things.

I think a limo for a 13th birthday is excessive. Then what for 16?


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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:55:01 AM
Captain. K i agree i forgot i would have to top the 13th at the 16 th. Good point!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:08:51 PM
We did a sleepover. I went to the dollar store and got stuff for mini pedicures. We limited it to 4 girls staying overnight but she had 6 girls come over. I got enough polish so each girl could take 2 bottles home with them. They also played video games (Just Dance) and watched movies. We ordered pizza and I made a cake. I had lots of snacks for them too.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:12:12 PM
Roller skating party for her group of friends. But she's an only, and her birthday is 12/24, so we try to make sure her birthday is clearly a separate event from Christmas.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:20:48 PM
for my older dd, we had a triple 13 birthday party - two of her bff's (twins) also turned 13 around the same time. 75 kids at my house - tons of food & music.
younger dd is turning 13 in a week, we're doing the same thing. but probably less kids...

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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:33:24 PM
I rented a tiny little building that used to be a factory & is now used as a museum that is only open one day a week. It's old, creaky, wood floors and high ceilings. It only cost $100. I pooled all of my Halloween decorations with some my friend had and made it a haunted house. I decorated a flat sheet cake to look like a Ouija board, had blood and fake body parts at the food table. Tv's set up with episodes of Ghost Hunter playing.

One room had a graveyard and one section was set up as a crime scene, complete with chalk outline, crime scene tape and a body bag.

My son was born about 5 weeks prior to my daughter's birthday and I wanted it to be special for her.

All of the guests dressed up in costume, music, spooky stories. It was awesome.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:37:36 PM
When I turned 13, my mom took me to San Francisco for the weekend - just the 2 of us! It was really special.

I vote for the trip to Chicago.....maybe you could see a show, go out for tea or a really fancy dinner?


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:48:39 PM
DD didn't decide until the day before that she wanted to do anything. We had only been living in that state a year and there wasn't much to do in our area.

She ended up having several friends over...I baked a cake, frosted it with white icing and bought some food markers and they graffitied the cake. I bought lots of silly string and they had a huge silly string fight. Then they opted to just stay outside and play flashlight tag until the boys had to go home.

The girls stayed the night and watched scary movies/ate snacks/gossiped about boys all night.

She loved it.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:50:50 PM
For DD's 13th, I let her take one friend down to San Diego (about an hour south) to rent Segways. At least at this location, you are allowed to take them off on your own.

We went down the beach boardwalk and across to Mission Bay. It was so fun! She now wants to do it for her 16th in March.

We followed that with lunch nearby at Tony Roma's.

DS's 13th is in May so I have to come up with something just as good for him.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:05:39 PM
Surely turning 13 on the 13th in 2013 has to be worth celebrating ... What does your daughter want? Is she the sort who would love a special time with one friend or prefer lots of friends there?

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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:49:31 PM
For us, turning 13 is a trip with either mom or dad. Ds picked a week of backpacking at Glacier with dh. We didn't top that on his 16th...it was just a day of paint balling with friends. He did get a nicer gift on his 16th birthday.

Dd will be 13 in June. She wants to go see a couple Cirque or Broadway shows. She and I will take a trip to NY or Las Vegas.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:52:36 PM

I agree, very special! Forget comparing the 16th. You do what you do when you can. As long as it's within your family's means. You never know where life will take you/her in 3 years. I'd do Chicago!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 2:18:39 PM
DD and I went into NYC for the day. It happened to be the day of the MTV music awards so we got to see lots of music buses and all the activity around it.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 2:27:09 PM
We had a pool party at our house with her closest friends - just a handful, my DD likes a few people over a crowd for get togethers. She got her biggest birthday gift ever, an IPAD, so she was happy as could be. We decorated and had her traditional huge chocolate chip cookie with candles vs a cake - her choice.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 2:31:37 PM
I took dd and 6 of her friends for an overnighter at hotel with a water park. It worked out well. I was able to book a room where I was upstairs with a bathroom/tv and 1/2 wall to look over to watch them.

The girls slept on the beds on the main floor and the pull out couch. I brought bday brownie (we don't do cake), munchies and ordered pizza the night we got there. The next morning was brunch, a swim, ice cream and came home.

We were about 2 hours away from home so the drive wasn't bad. The girls were good, until about midnight and I went down and collected cell phones/itouch. I told the girls they'd get them back the next morning.

I don't know what we are doing for 16.........


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Posted: 1/13/2013 2:53:53 PM
I should add I turn 40 the day before she turns 13. So maybe a trip to Chicago is a great idea!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:23:14 PM
My D turned 13 in November. She got an iPad and a couple other small things. No party. She didn't care about a party. My kids aren't impressed by limos. A trip to Chicago with mom and a friend sounds like fun, though.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:30:00 PM
My daughter is turning 13 next month & we are looking at an Amazing Race party with her friends.

They will go to the Rec Center, Pool, Library & Mall to complete the tasks.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:38:01 PM
I took DD and 3 friends for dinner and then to a Selena Gomez concert, then back to our house for a cake ice cream and a sleep over.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:58:43 PM
A shopping day at a mall with her friends plus lunch. They loved it!
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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:08:34 PM
My daughter, 3 close friends and I went to stay at a Hampton Inn hotel near us, they had a fantastic winter special that included pizza, snacks, a free movie - then there was the pool which was a huge hit in early March (we live where it snows - a lot!) Breakfast the next morning then everyone went home. It was a blast! We had a suite so I stayed in the living room on the sofa bed and they stayed in the bedroom. It was very reasonably priced and she just loved it!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:39:42 PM
We had a Spa Party. She had four girlfriends come over. They were told to bring robes. We dimmed the lights in the family room, set up candles, spa music, and mood lighting. The girls were each given a pair of fuzzy, toe-less slippers and a bottle of polish for a take-home gift but they used the slippers while they were there.

First they sat around the family room, soaking their feet in tubs with scented product. They did their own or each other's pedicures with a package of pedi products that I set at each seat.

While their toes dried they went to the kitchen table where we left headwraps and headbands and they did their faces. We put a placemat, a towel, a bowl of warm water, and a small mirror at each place. The face products were in the center and I found tiny "paddles" so they could each get product without contaminating it with their hands.

DD loved to do her own facials regularly so she taught the other girls her routine.

After facials they did their nails.

I also had funny little wooden "paper" dolls at that table that I found at Michaels. They each colored and decorated theirs to look like themselves. I thought it might be too childish but the girls were all quite creative and loved them. They posed for pictures with their "paper" selves and then groups of their paper selves beside groups of themselves.

I found a cake online of a face with cucumbers on its eyes and hair in a wrap and duplicated it.

For the rest of the evening they watched movies and jumped on the trampoline and had a sleepover. Fun, girly, easy, and actually a cheap party!!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:40:57 PM
I took Lexi to see Nickleback for her 13th bday. She adored them and was so excited. We made it a fun weekend for just the two of us. It was a blast. That was nearly 4 years ago and she still talks about that birthday

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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:22:30 PM
My oldest kids are 13 and 15. WE didn't do anything special for their birthdays. They also have July birthdays, and we spend a month vacation at the beach. So that is their "gift". They would rather have us save money for the beach then get them gifts. They love to buy t-shirts, jewelry, etc. at the beach, so they get money for that.

I have heard of lots of girls and boys in the 13-16 age group doing fancier parties at hotels (like a receoption) or renting limos. That just wouldn't be in our budget, but if we had the money that would be fun!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:25:40 PM
We took her to see Mary Poppins at the theater. The show, not the movie.


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