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Having trouble coming up with birthday party ideas for your older child? Older kids can get very involved in planning their own parties. They're likely to come up with a birthday idea you wouldn't think of that their friends will really enjoy. Ask them to think of the best parties they've gone to and talk about what games and activities were the most fun. Learning to plan a party is a good skill.
Have them list out the different games they want to play or activities they want to do and estimate how long each will take. Set aside time for cake and ice cream plus some time to open presents. If, as is likely, they end up with a longer list than you think is reasonable, have them rank the activities and do them in order until you run out of time.