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Old 05-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #31
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DD's biology teacher is taking them all on a trip in two weeks to the coast and then out to an island. Every student will be in a bathing suit all day long. It would be a miserable trip for anyone that didn't want to wear one.
Thats one trip my daughter wouldn't go on- she would just stay at school that day.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:11 PM   #32
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I think since you asked your DD and she told you what she wants, you should set a budget. Take the friends bowling. NOT a bowling party at the bowling alley. Then, come home and do build your own pizzas with a bonfire and smores. And if you can get the giant TV screen blow up thing, I would rent a movie too.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:10 PM   #33
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Set a budget and let her plan it. She can decide what is more important- smaller bowling party with pizza or a backyard shindig with more guests.

Also, there is no way I'd agree to transporting that many teens.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #34
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When I was growing up (I'm only 28 so it wasn't that long ago) anytime there were activities involved at a teenage birthday party like bowling, skating, etc, we brought our own money to participate. Is that weird? I wouldn't expect you to pay for bowling for 16 teens. Maybe that is how others think it should be, though, I don't know.

Bowling would be much more fun for them I think...so I would figure out a way to make that work. Whether it means not doing pizza and just doing dessert or snacks at your house (and maybe just soda at the bowling alley), or getting pizzas delivered at your house if it's considerably cheaper. I'm sure you've already triple-checked that you are receiving the lowest bowling rate possible for that many guests?
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #35
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Thats one trip my daughter wouldn't go on- she would just stay at school that day.
I was that way as a teen. Wouldn't wear a swim suit or even shorts in front of a lot of people. I thought i was too fat and would look bad. I realize now that i wasn't and that i missed a lot feeling that way. i am so glad that Dd doesn't have those same hang ups that i did.
Not saying your Dd has hang ups just that i hope she doesn't.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:32 PM   #36
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I would just have everyone at your home for dinner, cake, and a bonfire. Is this a milestone birthday?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:53 AM   #37
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I was that way as a teen. Wouldn't wear a swim suit or even shorts in front of a lot of people. I thought i was too fat and would look bad. I realize now that i wasn't and that i missed a lot feeling that way. i am so glad that Dd doesn't have those same hang ups that i did.
Not saying your Dd has hang ups just that i hope she doesn't.
She hates the beach, hates walking in sand, has never liked swimming in the ocean (ewwww fish poop in there!!!) and she is not thrilled about swimming in a pool (I don't want chlorine in my hair!!) --she just is not into the whole "water thing" since she was about 11. She does wear shorts though- even at summer camp a bunch of the girls never do the swimming part because it would mess up their make up --- yes they wear make up at summer camp ROFLMAO.
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Thats one trip my daughter wouldn't go on- she would just stay at school that day.
Guess that is the difference in areas of the country. Where I live kids would LOVE this type of trip. In fact there is a camp every summer that all they do is wind surf and do marine science stuff, they live in their bathing suits for a week, 6 hours a day. This camp fills up faster than any other camp around here. EVen with teen girls.

AGain, no right or wrong, just difference in the area.

ETA: My boys don't care a thing about the beach either, they like pools ok, and we have one. DD would literally live at the beach, Last summer she decided to learn to surf, she doesn't care what is in that water, including the Great White they found off the coast. She goes out way past where I am comfortable, it worries me.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #39
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How about borrowing a couple Wii consoles and getting the Sports games that come with Bowling on them? Set up a couple TVs in your living room and let the kids play there. Order in pizza and then do the marshmallow roast.

We used to go bowling on New Years Day each year with my extended family, now we just stay at our house and bowl there. Plus we can then play other sports games too!
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:24 AM   #40
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When I was that age we didn't do big parties anymore.

Usually you MAYBE had five friends and went to a movie or out for pizza etc.

Having anything more then that seems indulgent. If it was a sweet 16 then ok, maybe something a bit bigger but still, back in the 80's we just wanted to hang out with our friends, the idea of a big party seemed weird.


I honestly think movies at home, ordering pizzas and letting the kids have fun seems better then spending a lot of money to take them out somewhere.
It's for her 16th. She's never had a big party. Last year she had 4 firends over. They did a huge water balloon fight, with her brother. We did hamburgers and the bon fire. She would just like to do something bigger for her 16th, which I understand. She's actually thinking a lot smaller than most of her firends, knowing that the budget is tighter for us than most all of her close friends.

She said while going to the really cool bowling alley would be nice, she knows that it's to expensive. With that, I looked at the other bowling alley close to us. They could go bowling for 2 games, with 6 on each lane and it would only run me $81.00. That includes the cost of shoes. That seems a lot better cost. Same distance to both from our place.

So, I think that is what we are going to do. She also said something about water balloons again, but we will see about that later. All of the kids she has said she was asking would love the water balloons. Over half of them are going to another party the week prior that is going to have water gun tag being played. These kids don't have an issue with getting wet, then hanging out.
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She hates the beach, hates walking in sand, has never liked swimming in the ocean (ewwww fish poop in there!!!) and she is not thrilled about swimming in a pool (I don't want chlorine in my hair!!) --she just is not into the whole "water thing" since she was about 11. She does wear shorts though- even at summer camp a bunch of the girls never do the swimming part because it would mess up their make up --- yes they wear make up at summer camp ROFLMAO.
ooohh! Gotcha! That's much better than the "I don't look good in a bathing suit" mentality.

Funny how different girls can be. DD would spend every day all summer in the sand and ocean if she could. What time she isn't on the beach, she is in the pool. In fact we are going swim suit shopping this weekend and I have already told her to go ahead and buy more than one up front because she is always needing another one to "finish out" the summer and they get hard to find; her's always gets worn out about midway through.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #42
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I think my 14 year old would be happy with just having kids over for pizza and a bonfire. Maybe it's just around here but I don't hear of many parties at places much after 12. It's more like atking a few kids out to dinner or house parties.
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I would just have everyone at your home for dinner, cake, and a bonfire. Is this a milestone birthday?
I agree. That's what a lot of the kids here do, or they rent a building some where and hire a DJ and have a dance party. Even those are starting to die down a bit.

A friend of my daughters had a party and they had a local band come play for them. They had a bonfire and all of that too. She said it was a lot of fun. The kids just want to hang out so it was great.
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She hates the beach, hates walking in sand, has never liked swimming in the ocean (ewwww fish poop in there!!!) and she is not thrilled about swimming in a pool (I don't want chlorine in my hair!!) --she just is not into the whole "water thing" since she was about 11. She does wear shorts though- even at summer camp a bunch of the girls never do the swimming part because it would mess up their make up --- yes they wear make up at summer camp ROFLMAO.
WEll now, don't you know that girls wear makeup to the beach, lol. Mine also straightens her hair before going.
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WEll now, don't you know that girls wear makeup to the beach, lol. Mine also straightens her hair before going.
Mine does too! The morning of the trip they have to be at school 45 minutes earlier than usual. She will get up very early and have a full face of make-up and that hair straightened to perfection. I told her to just make sure she does it quietly while I sleep a few extra minutes.

When she and her bff go to the local waterpark or to the beach--make up and hair straightened-- and it last all of about 3 minutes when they get there. LOL
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Mine does too! The morning of the trip they have to be at school 45 minutes earlier than usual. She will get up very early and have a full face of make-up and that hair straightened to perfection. I told her to just make sure she does it quietly while I sleep a few extra minutes.

When she and her bff go to the local waterpark or to the beach--make up and hair straightened-- and it last all of about 3 minutes when they get there. LOL
Crazy isn't it? I try and remember what it was like to be a teen girl, and I do remember doing the same thing. I also wear a bit of makeup when going to the beach. More as an extra added sunscreen type thing.
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