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Frugal Party Ideas for Twin Tweens
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You have so many great party ideas on this site. I was wondering if I could ask your readers for frugal party ideas for twin tweens. My twin girls will be turning 13 this year, and they really want to have a party. We need to keep the cost way down in order to swing it. I am hoping to get some cute ideas that would be specific to twins, such as party games that require kids to pair up, ideas for "pairs" of snacks, etc. The more frugal the better! There is not a lot of wiggle room in our budget this year. Thanks so much!
They're Tween "Twining"
Call the party "Twining." When the guests enter, have each one draw a number. You would have put two of each number to be drawn in a basket, so you will now have pairs. If there is an uneven number, then one team will have three. Plan activities where the pairs will be a team.
As an ice breaker have a list of questions. Have the pairs talk to each other and be able to tell the group the answers about the other person.
Have each pair make a pizza together. You can buy shells and have toppings or have them make the whole pizza, dough and all. For dessert, the pairs can make ice cream sundaes for each other or for other pairs. A prize can be given for the best looking sundae. Chips can be given out throughout the party and prizes awarded for the most chips and the least amount of chips. There should be a reason for every team to get a prize. These can be party favors, which has become the trend today.
A great game to play is Majority Rules. You can look up the instructions on line. Board games can be played in pairs, such as Monopoly and Scrabble.
Make Pretzels for the Party
Get a recipe and have the dough made ahead. (I use 1 package of yeast, 4 cups of flour, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 Tbsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. of salt, and 1 beaten egg for brushing the pretzels, so the coarse salt sticks.) Let the creative tweens make shapes. Bake in a 425-degree oven for 15 minutes or so. Provide nacho cheese for dipping.
Have a Scavenger Hunt!
We did this for my daughter's 13th birthday, and it would totally work for twin girls! My best friend and I piled 12 girls into our vans and we had a scavenger hunt at the mall. The girls paired up and were let loose at the mall with $1 each, a long list of quirky items, and a letter from me to show to store managers, saying that these girls were on a birthday scavenger hunt. I also explained that they were instructed to be polite and they would leave if necessary. I also gave my location in the mall and cell number if needed.
The items on the list included a battery, an unbroken potato chip, a spoon, a hanger, something from Texas (we're in Florida), an ice cube, a receipt from any store, a movie ticket stub, a piece of blue fabric, etc. The point was to be creative and make it a little difficult! We had about 30 items on the list. They couldn't spend more than the money I gave them and they had to be able to account for everything they found. We gave a two-hour time limit. The pair who had the most items won a prize. The store managers realized these were their future customers and there wasn't a single complaint.
Afterwards, we drove back to our house for birthday cake. It is one of my daughter's favorite birthday party memories!
Visit a Dollar Store
A dollar store is great for frugal party ideas! Since they are turning 13, you can get nail polish with matching lip gloss that comes in a package at a dollar store. I have seen cute birthday supplies there. You could use a birthday theme based on what they like. I have seen cute decorating ideas in our local dollar store and use it often when we have parties for our grandkids.
YouTube.com Has the Answer for your Tween Party
Just go to YouTube.com and type in "dollar store party favors for 13 year old twin girls."
Enjoy an Inexpensive, Healthy Snack
One idea for a snack is homemade hummus paired with pita triangles. A can of chickpeas is under a dollar and will make two cups of dip (cooking a pound of dried chickpeas until soft is even cheaper and will make more dip). Just add your favorite flavors and a little olive oil if you don't want to use the pricey tahini. Buy a package of pita bread, brush it with olive oil, add a sprinkling of herbs, and warm it up. Another option is just to leave the triangles plain for dipping. Six pitas can cost as little as $1 at frugal grocery stores.
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A Tween Spa Party Is the Way to Go!
You can have manicures, pedicures, and hair styling. If you opt for hair styling, you may want to ask each girl to bring her own blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, and brush/comb to have enough equipment and for hygiene reasons.
For the manicure and pedicure, buy toe separators, polish, nail files, and nail clippers for each girl. These can be favors to take home. The girls can help each other or do their own.
While the nails are dry, you can then have make-your-own English muffin pizzas, followed by decorate-your-own birthday cupcakes.
Depending on the time of the party, you may want to have the meal first and then do the spa. This is very inexpensive and a lot of fun!
Scavenger Hunt Revisited
I had a birthday party for my twin girls several years ago. It was summer, and the weather was nice, so I planned a scavenger hunt. I typed a long list of things they could find in our yard and even general things like a "painted toenail." I made the list colorful using images and printed with a color printer. I also put little check boxes next to each item. You can have the list printed at an office supply store if you don't have access to a color printer. I had each list laminated, which didn't cost much. You can really customize the list with all kinds of goofy things and add more to the list if you want the scavenger hunt to last longer. Be creative and think like a teenager! Make sure to put more things on the list than they would have time to find. Also, do a mix of more challenging items to find with some easier ones. For the game, you will need to divide the kids into groups. When I did this, I gave each group an iPad to use. However, most kids at that age have smart phones, so you can just make sure at least one kid in each group has a phone or iPad that can take pictures (I would try to limit to 4 kids per group). Also make sure you print enough lists, so each group gets one. If you laminate the lists, you can give each group a washable/whiteboard marker to use to check of items on the list. This way, you can save the lists in case you ever want to repeat this activity. Give the kids a time limit and tell them they can set a timer on their group phone/iPad if they want. For 13 year olds, I would stick to about 45 to 60 minutes. Instruct them to find as many things on the list as they can within the time limit and they have to take a selfie with each object that includes everyone in their group.
You can offer prizes to teams that find the most items, but I don't think it's completely necessary. If you have the capability of showing slideshows on your TV, you can have the kids share their pictures after the scavenger hunt or play as a slideshow during the rest of the party. If you don't want to give prizes for the most items found, another option would be to give prize to the team with funniest picture and have the kids vote after the game.
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