11th birthday party ideas

11th Birthday Party Ideas That Are Easy (and that kids love!)

Do you have a child turning 11 years old and are looking for ideas on how to celebrate? If so, then you have come to the right place!  There are so many ways to do so, each idea as unique as each child.  Take into consideration their interests, friend groups and what they enjoy and go from there when planning.  Keep reading for our top 11th birthday party ideas that are both easy, and won’t be stressful!

11th Birthday Party Ideas

At this age your child is right in the middle of their tween years.  They have developed problem solving and organizational skills and are starting to be able to think ahead instead of only in the moment. With these new skills, there are lots of things you can do that they will enjoy.    

Escape Room

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If your child loves the idea of an escape room for their birthday but you don’t want to go to one, consider ordering an at home kit.  The Lost Mummy Egypt Adventure escape room kit is perfect for participants ages 10 and up and for groups of two or more.  This kit will transform your living room into ancient Egypt easily.  All you need to do is to print out the step by step instructions and clue cards and place them around your home.  The game will be all ready to go once the adventurers arrive.  They will have a blast all while working together!

Harry Potter Party

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If your child loves the Harry Potter books or movie, then consider throwing them a Harry Potter themed birthday party!  Firstly, decorate your house with “floating” candles and any other décor that reminds you of Hogwarts.  Secondly, make your own sorting hat and place guests into the houses Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw.  Thirdly, give everyone their own wand and see which house can come up with the coolest magical spell!      

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Floor Is Lava Party

A popular game that has been played for years by kids is pretending the floor is lava.  The concept is simple, don’t touch the ground!  If your child likes a physical challenge and creating their own obstacle courses, then perhaps this is the theme for them.  You could chose to host it inside, outside or both and have guests take turns moving obstacles around.  This game could be played individually or as teams.  See who can do it the fastest.  If you need inspiration, check out the new Floor is Lava show on Netflix!   

Paint Party

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For a more artistic and calm party theme, how about a paint party? Turn your dining room into an art studio by setting up canvas for everyone along with their own brushes and paint.  Determine a theme to inspire everyone to paint or have the birthday boy or girl chose a YouTube video to follow.  To sum up, it will be awesome to see what everyone comes up with!  Their new painting makes a great party favor too.  

Video Game Party 

Another one of our 11th birthday party ideas is to have a video game party.  This theme is perfect for any young gamers out there.  Take inspiration from their favorite game to decorate your home and what snacks to offer like this Minecraft Party.   Perhaps your child just wants to play video games and eat cake with their friends.  You could also arrange a virtual party so they can play with their friends online.  No matter what route, it will be a fun way to celebrate the big 1-1!

Party Games

A party game themed birthday party in short, would be amazing!  Not only would it keep the kids entertained, but also include everyone.  Party games like hide and seek, pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, Twister and charades are all classic yet still so enjoyable. Adjust the difficulty of the games as needed and let the kids enjoy some old school fun!  At this age, they may even come up with their own creative twist on these games.      

Skating Party

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A skating party is a terrific choice for those who enjoy skating.  If you have access to an outdoor rink in colder months, ice skating would be a blast!  Ask guests to bundle up and serve hot chocolate.  In addition, maybe organize a friendly hockey game.  If ice skating isn’t of interest or an option, then consider roller skating.  Roller rinks are becoming popular again.  Host the party at one and watch the kids boogie on wheels to tunes as they go around the rink!

Scavenger Hunt Party

If you want to take get the kids outdoors, then take your party to the next level by including a scavenger hunt in your party games. Kids work in teams to find the items on your scavenger hunt list and the first to find them all wins.

Baking Bash

By this age, your child may have started showing interest in baking. If that is the case, think about hosting a baking party!  Find a space to accommodate your child and their baker pals.  This could be at home or at a professional kitchen. If choosing to make cupcakes, perhaps divide the group up into pairs and have them make different flavors.  Once they are done mixing and pouring into molds, play some games or make a craft until the oven timer goes. Once cool, let them have fun decorating the cupcakes with sprinkles, colored icing and other fun details.  The birthday boy or girl will make their cake and eat it too! 

Amusement Park

If you live near an amusement park of some sort, than why not celebrate your 11 year old with a day there?  Have them bring a few friends and they can spend the day riding rides and seeing shows or performers.  Don’t forget to also enjoy fun amusement park food like ice cream and funnel cakes.  It will definitely be an amazing way to celebrate their birthday!  

Star Wars Party

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A Star Wars party is a surefire hit for kids who love thrilling adventures and imaginative play. With iconic characters, epic lightsaber battles, and journeys to far-off galaxies, it’s a chance for young minds to step into a world of heroes and villains, where anything is possible. Whether they dream of being a brave Jedi, a cunning Sith, or a clever droid, a Star Wars party lets them live out those fantasies surrounded by like-minded friends.

11th Birthday Party Ideas Conclusion

In conclusion, you can not go wrong with any of the above 11th birthday party ideas! You can have a party at home or go somewhere.  In addition your child may chose to have their bestie only or several friends. You can also chose to celebrate inside or outside. There are so many ways to have a good time and make memories!  If you are looking for more party ideas, check out our other awesome posts.  To end, have fun planning an epic party!     

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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