Post # 1
My niece, Lambie- Pie is cursed with a birthday in January…she’s double hexed by an extended family from hell and an Aunt that cannot tolerate, even for a moment, attention being lavished on anyone but HER daughter, who was also born in January…just earlier.
Anyway, my Lambie-Pie’s parents have hit the financial skids, and with one parent killing herself to find a job, money is tight…I hate that. Its going to be a hard candy Christmas, but with the help of Mr. 99 and I, we might be able to throw a few treats in there…the gifts are already handled for all of them, waiting to be wrapped in the Christmas Hole at our house, her dollhouse is under construction, her custom ball gown for an upcoming wedding is being sewn as I type and for her brithday I was thinking of doing this for her.
There’s a place here in town, where Lambie and 9 of her friends will get to get their hair done, their nails done, try on a bunch of big, fat, fun dresses, walk up and down the cat walk, Lambie gets a tiara and a photo shoot with a disk of her 5 favorite pictures, her guests get mini tiaras and to try everything on and to be in a group shot with Lambie, there’s cupcakes and drinks and jewelry making for them while they wait and I can either use their pizza and sandwich option or cater in if I want…
Tell me true Bees, if you were 11, would something like this rock your socks or are you too big for dress up already?
Post # 3
@Nona99: 11 is grade 6 right? By that age, I wouldn’t have been into dressing up. I was “too cool” for any of that and wanted to be like my older siblings. However, it really depends on the kid. Some grow up a little slower and are still playing Barbies at that age (or whatever the toy is nowadays).
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I was a pretty big tomboy at 11, HOWEVER I had plenty of girly friends and even tomboy as I was I would have had a blast doing this with them!
Post # 5
@Nona99: It sounds totally fun and wonderful! What an amazing aunt you are! 🙂
Having said that, my niece is nine-going-on-26. About two years ago, she had already “outgrown” Justin Bieber and anything “cute” and wants to dress and act like a 16 year old. So, it’s possible this may be too young for your niece and her crowd. However, they all should at least love the hair and nail appointments and the food for sure!
Post # 6
I think this would be more popular up to the age of 9 or so. I feel like by the time I was a 11 I was a preteen and too “cool” for stuff like that.
But it totally depends on the group of girls. They may like it, you could mention it in passing to your niece and see if she seems to think it’s cool or lame?
Post # 7
I actually did do that for my 10th or 11th bday. I had 5 friends with me and it was a lot of fun!!! All of us girls loved it and looking back now, our makeup was hideous (brown lipstick anyone?) and our hair was very 1990’s prom but it was such a blast at the time!
Post # 8
i kind of want to do that now….at age 29.
But age 11 started the “too cool” years for me and I don’t think I would have been into it.
Post # 9
My daughter is 11 and while she and her friends would have liked something like this a few years ago (maybe up until age 9 because I remember her going to a party like it at that age) I think she would have rolled her eyes at me at age 11 if I suggested something like that.
A popular party idea with my daughter’s friends is a spa day, where the girls get manis and pedis, sometimes their hair done. Sleepovers are very popular as well (and usually cheaper too!). My daughter is very much a tomboy so her and her friends love to do laser tag and paint ball as well.
Edited to add my daughter went to a cooking party last year and had a blast.
Post # 10
Why don’t you ask her? That way if she’s into it, she gets to look foraward to it, but if she’s not, at least she gets to tell you privately instead of having all her invited friends give her flack for it. I think the hair/makeup/nails is awesome, i’m unsure about the dress-up/runway. What about just doing the first part?
Post # 11
Uhm, I’m 26 and this sounds cool now.
I think when I was about 11, I had a big group cooking party at King’s Supermarket. It was OK, but I was pressured into inviting girls I didn’t like and they were awful.
How about you casually run it by her next time you see her? Not ask directly, but try to find out what she’s interested in lately. If it’s basketball, you’re out of luck.
And call the place and ask their average age group. Do they have 11-year-olds frequently? might be good to ask.
Post # 12
That sounds amazing! But.. it depends on the type of 11 year old. I think the getting hair/nails/etc done would be awesome, and the photoshoot. But I don’t know about the dresses and tiaras. Is she still into princessey stuff?
I have a 12 year old neice who loves: dancing, fashion, One direction, concerts, and anything deemed “Teenager”.
So instead of big dresses maybe they could decorate their own t shirts, make bracelets, something like that?
Post # 13
yeah my son is 11 and i dont see that age as the “dress up” kind. i think they would appreciate it but at that age everything is lame to them lol. i could see it being cute for a 7 or 8 year old. i think it would be more fun for them to go to the movies and have a sleepover and do a sundae factory at your house where they can put all the toppings on their ice cream. or maybe ice skating if thats in your area. im a november baby so im used to boring winter birthdays lol
Post # 14
@crayfish: +1 about asking if she likes it
I think it sounds amazeballs and I would totally do this right now. But, I have no idea if an 11 year old might be a bit old for it?
Post # 15
@Nona99: I would have enjoyed that. If she is into dresses she may appreciate this. At 25 I would love to do this, lol.
Post # 16
I think the hair and makeup part is a hit at any age, if they aren’t into the dress up part, then they can just hang out right? I think its a great gift