When I was much younger, a close friend told me that her family was throwing her what they called a “period party,” because she just began her menstrual cycle. Being a naïve and somewhat cruel thirteen year old, I had a good laugh over my friend’s period party. Years later, the entire concept of throwing a party for menstruation seems like a good one. Here, we will take a much closer look at why you should consider throwing your daughter a period party and some of the things that you can do in order to create the best party in celebration of her menstrual cycle.
Why Throw Your Daughter a Period Party?
Young girls often are lead to believe that menstruation is a horrible thing. While it may not be the most enjoyable experience for most, it is really the starting point of a young girl’s experience with developing into a young woman. Instead of teaching your daughter to absolutely hate the fact that she now has her period, teach her to embrace it. One of the best ways to do that is through the form of a period party, whether you decide to limit the invitations to family members or if you decide to invite a few of her close friends as well. No matter what you decide, it is probably best to avoid inviting boys to her period party because this is likely to lead to embarrassment.
How to Throw a Period Party – Food
As with any type of party, you should be sure to include foods that anyone will be sure to love. This includes potato chips, popcorn, pretzels and even chocolate fondue. However, you can also choose to add foods which relate to a period as well. The friend that I had told me that her mother served a cake with red icing at her period party. You may want to consider serving red iced cupcakes or brownies instead, depending on your daughter’s preferences. Or perhaps your daughter would prefer to have strawberry shortcake served at her period party. Some other fun food ideas that can be related to menstruation include red punch and jell-o. When it comes down to it, any foods that are red can be considered related to menstruation.
How to Throw a Period Party – Activities
There are a number of different activities that you can have your daughter and her friends take part in if she has just recently gotten her period. For example, you can get a garbage can (an empty one, that is) and have the girls play tampon basketball. See who can get the most tampons into the garbage can and then reward them with some type of prize. Since chocolate cravings are a known sign of menstruation, you can also play pin the chocolate on the menstruating woman’s mouth. (You could try this with tampons, sanitary napkins or even bras, but you would need to consider how graphic the board you’d be posting to would be). You can consider allowing the party to watch movies about growing up, such as Now and Then, but movies tend to take away from social interaction. When finding activities for your daughter’s period party, the main key is to use your own imagination.
Throwing a period party can be a truly great experience for your daughter, as it will teach her that it is not a curse, but really just part of growing up. Of course, keep in mind that not all young girls will be happy to have a period party. If your daughter insists that she does not want one, there are other things that you can do to celebrate – such as take her out to lunch or on a special shopping trip.