Who hasn't watched "American Idol" without daydreaming about grabbing the mike and singing her heart out for all America? A karaoke party may be just the thing for your rising young rock star! First, you'll need a karaoke machine. They are pretty easy to rent for parties, and you may even have karaoke rooms for rent in your city. Or buy one and let that be part of the birthday present (check Craigslist and eBay for the best deals). Your kids' game system may also have an "American Idol" karaoke game available. Depending on the age of your rising star, there are lots of fun things to rock the party. Start with a red carpet at the entrance and provide each guest with special "backstage passes" to the party room. You'll want a small stage area of some sort. A mirror ball and a spotlight add lots of rock star ambiance. Set up a rock star dressing room, complete with feather boas, crazy hats, wigs, sunglasses, etc, so the guests can dress to the nines before taking the stage. Glow stick necklaces and bracelets add color and fun. If your guests are old enough, you can have real judges and give prizes to the top contestants.
Amy's Rock Star designs: