Have you agreed to host a birthday party for a special pre-teen in your life? If so, you’re in for a special treat. They have a language and manner unto themselves! Like any successful event, the key to success lies in the advance planning. The options for a pre-teen birthday party are truly only limited by your imagination. Follow these recommendations from the professional party planners to ensure your event is a huge success.

The first step is to secure the date, budget and guest list.  For this crowd, e-Vites are very appropriate. Determine the venue(s) and indicate this on the invitation. One popular option for pre-teen birthday parties is a movie and dinner. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and purchase movie theater tickets in advance through  Fandango. Movies are always a hit with pre-teens. Have the birthday girl or boy make the movie selection. Scout out restaurants that are near the theater that can accommodate your group. It’s recommended to head to the movies first and then enjoy dinner afterwards. If the wait staff is running behind, you won’t be nervous about missing the opening of the movie.  Again, enlist the input from the birthday boy or girl to select a restaurant within reason. The number of guests will also determine the budget for the dinner and movie.

To stretch the evening out even more, every pre-teen enjoys a sleepover. If you have a large bonus room or basement and plenty of popcorn and soda, you have a party. Be sure to communicate on the invitation the plans for the evening, where the party will initially meet and what items they need to bring. You may need to enlist an additional driver if your party is too large for your vehicle.  Add some cake and ice cream and you’ve just help the birthday boy or girl ring in a new year!