Some creative ideas for a big birthday party for a 13-year-old include an outdoor bonfire and night games, a scavenger hunt or a Harry Potter or large franchise movie-themed party. Some other options include a spa party, typically for a girl and her friends, or a sports-themed party based on the child's sport of choice, such as volleyball, basketball, tae kwon do or gymnastics.
For a bonfire and night games party, the party begins with building a bonfire and having dinner. Afterward, the kids play games in the dark, such as Ghost in the Graveyard, Capture the Flag or Fugitive. The yard is set up with tents or sleeping bags for a sleepover, or a projector and screen for an outdoor movie. Guests make s'mores or roasted marshmallows using the bonfire.
For a scavenger hunt party, the host separates the guests into three or four teams. Each team is given a scavenger-hunt list or map, and they have at least an hour to complete the hunt. The tasks are recorded with a smart phone video or photo stream. The team with the most completed tasks wins a special prize.
A movie-themed party incorporates costumes, food and beverages and props from the movie. For example, a Harry Potter movie-themed party has an entrance labeled "9 3/4," a costume contest, and props for the guests, such as wands, time turners, plush owls or cauldrons. A table is set up with food or sweets from the movie, and the decor is based on scenes or places from the movie.