10 year old birthday party ideas – Reader Q&A

I need ideas for my daughter’s 10th birthday..something original and wow. She’s a girly girl, loves to sing, very creative, honor student, responsible and loving. Over the years, we’ve done the bead parties, craft parties, clowns, art parties and dance parties. Now what! -Dania

Hi Dania, I have a 10 year old daughter who loves at-home birthday parties, so I have some ideas that I think she’ll like, that won’t cost you a million dollars or make you install a carousel in your backyard. -Christina

Luau birthday party coconut cups

A Luau theme is perfect for summer when the weather feels tropical already. If your guests are all girls, they can make leis or grass skirts, learn to hula dance, and play water games. I love the playful but sophisticated looks of the Hawaii Five-O themed party decor from Social Couture or the custom Luau Birthday Party printables at Anders Ruff. I think this would look fabulous even if you can’t get beachfront seating. Or a whole suckling pig You can also serve smoothies in cups garnished with big wedges of fruit and paper umbrellas, and at the end, hand out these adorable palm tree favor boxes from Plum Party.

American Idol birthday party theme

American Idol Party
If you have a performer on your hands, an American Idol party would be a lot of fun for a bunch of ten-year-olds. Grab a karaoke machine, put out lots of rock-star accessories, and let them do their hair and go crazy with makeup. (It’s just for a day.) The Celebration Shoppe has rock-star ideas and printables to go along with the theme. And it would be great to get the adults at the party to dress like Randy, JLo, and Steven Tyler.

Tie Dye party

Summer of Love/Tie Dye Party
Go retro with a Summer of Love party and your daughter will think you are so hip–she doesn’t even need to know if you were already born when the original was going on. I love Tiny Prints’ Tie Dye party invitations to set the mood, then crank up the 60’s music and have a Mamas and Papas sing-a-long. Instead of springing for “hippie costumes,” check out your local thrift store for great accessories for dress-up, and grab one of Jacquard’s great tie-dye craft kits for an activity.

Winter party

Ice Skating Party
It may seem counter-intuitive, but hitting an indoor rink during the summer for a Skating in July party will feel pretty good when the temperature rises. Afterward, bring the kids back home to a snowy scene with white Christmas lights and lots of white decorations. Check out the Tiny Prints blog for some great ideas to go along with this theme. The party guests can make fancy snowflakes, eat sno-cones and drink frozen hot chocolate, mittens optional.

Asian party

Asian Inspiration
My daughter loves all things Japan, so I think an Asian-inspired party would be a big hit among her peers. Check out the lovely decor from Asian party decor at Plum Party which emphasizes cherry blossoms and bamboo, not Hello Kitty. Host a Japanese tea, serve (veggie) sushi and do some Japanese crafts like origami, and you’ll have a memorable and unique party for your newly double-digit daughter.

Search our archives for other birthday party ideas and supplies. And readers, if you have any great party ideas for a ten year old, feel free to leave them in the comments.


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply June 15, 2011


    Great ideas! Last year when my daughter turned 10 we did a portrait party. Each girl painted a portrait of another girl, then each got to keep the portrait of themselves. The girls loved it!

    The portraits turned out great and they got a cute keepsake (i.e. no party favors for me to make!)


  • Reply June 15, 2011


    I say work around your daughters interest.What really matters is that she enjoys it and is happy with the theme.
    Great ideas by the way!

  • Reply June 15, 2011


    We love the Luau idea for summer birthdays!Her 10 year old “girly girl” will love helping with the creative decorations. Turn on the Hawaiian music, and play a game of Limbo!

  • Reply June 15, 2011

    angela vickers

    great ideas! how about these…Ice Cream Social (make your own sundaes, vintage soda shop theme, floats, flavored sodas, hula hoop contest,etc. Or Classic Tea Party; scones, biscuits, cakes, tea(serve arnold palmers) – the girls will love them) real linens and glassware play a board game or 2 and have table etiquette lesson or cards as tongue in cheek favors. How to cross your legs at the ankles, etc etc. Like a finishing school afternoon;)

  • Reply June 15, 2011


    Dollar Tree has big selection of luau/tropical stuff now!!

  • Reply June 16, 2011


    What great ideas!

  • Reply August 26, 2011

    Confetti Cannons

    Nice ideas! Love reading about other people’s celebration ideas!

  • Reply November 4, 2011


    My daughter is a swimmer but has a winter birthday. She is a tomboy and wants most of her classmates at her next birthday. Help!

  • Reply December 4, 2011


    what if your 10 year old wants to have a party for both girls & boys?

  • Reply December 5, 2011


    My daughter is turning 10 next week and we’re using an indoor pool thru the local Rec center for her party and it’s a Pirate theme. I found some great decorations online and sent out treasure map invites that I made myself.

  • Reply January 23, 2012


    my daughter had a 10 year old party. and we got some old pretty clothes. and did a fashion show theme. we did a fashion show, we did makeup , we did our hair , we did our nails , and the goodie bags was full of nail polish , lipstick , and beaty stuff! we also had a sleepover! it was realy fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply February 7, 2012


    I need advice for my daughter’s birthday. She is turning 10 on June 2. For the past 3 years she had her party at a water park where she invited 10 of her friends. This year she wants it at the house, however she still wants water to be involved. So we’re getting a jump castle with the pool connected to it. Can you please help with some more suggestions of games to play for a 10 year old? She loves to have lots of fun and she loves to dance. Help.

  • Reply July 22, 2012


    My daughter is turning 10 in September. I need help for a birthday party. Please help!!! I would recommend it to have singing in it. She LOVES to sing!!!!!!

  • Reply October 4, 2012


    Any ideas for a November birthday party for a 10 year old girl…in CT(indoor)?????

  • Reply January 22, 2013


    Wow this helped a. Lot for my ten year olds b-day

  • Reply December 30, 2013


    I recollect the 1st verjaardagsfeestje (birthday party) of my son! He is two years old now. We were thinking of a new idea this year. Coming to your blog has given me some insights. Thanks. Going to implement some of them.

  • Reply June 12, 2015


    I am turning 11 and need a birthday theme

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