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Top 10 Secrets to a Great Party

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Birthday parties are an exciting part of child's life. American Girl recently shared some fun tips with Momtrends on the secrets to having the best party.

Make the party list early. For many girls, this is the toughest part of planning a party. Make it easier by giving yourself some time to think about it. Review the list with your parents and then mail or email invitations. Be sure to ask those girls you invited not to talk about the party around others who weren't invited.

Plan ahead. Don't try to wing it during the party by thinking up activities as you go. Keep in mind that if you're making a craft and using paint or glue, you'll want to finish early so that everything can dry before the end of the party.

Have a family plan. Which rooms are off limits? Make a plan for siblings and for pets, too. Hint: If your siblings must be around the house that day, make them part of the party crew. If your little sis is involved by taking coats or helping to serve food, she might be less likely to disrupt your party.

Make room for fun! Put wastebaskets and recycling bins where they're going to be needed, such as next to the food table or craft table. If you plan to use any equipment such as a DVD player, a speaker system, or a video-game console, make sure that it's working properly and that you know exactly how to operate it. And be sure to remove any breakables.

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Can't-miss crafts to make: 

Thread assorted beads onto elastic cording and tie a double knot when the string fits around your wrist. Instant friendship bracelets!

Knot fleece strips or ribbon pieces around hair elastics. Instant hair accessories!

Can't-miss things to do:

  • Silly hairstyling
  • Movies
  • Balloon volleyball
  • Scavenger hunt for things in magazines
  • Group singing games

Light the way. Having a slumber party? Put a night light in the bathroom, and keep hallways lit. When your friends first arrive, give them a tour of the house so they know where everything is.

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