Teenagers have their own world of fantasies and so the same when it comes to planning their birthday parties. So today i am giving you what they want, today i am giving away some of best birthday party ideas for teenagers that will help you plan an awesome party of their fantasies.
Throwing a birthday party for your teenage girl or boy is a very tricky affair. Your child now considers himself or herself an adult and hence hates everything babyish, while you, on the other hand, are very much aware of the fact that they are still too young to be partying in an adult style.
For a successful teenage birthday party, you will have to come up with ideas, which are able to strike the right balance between childhood and adulthood, which basically means, you will have to come up with some rocking teenage party ideas.
Below is a list of some party ideas which I think are perfect for planning and organizing a teenage birthday party.
Teen birthday party ideas
Worried about planning a birthday party for your teenage son or daughter, I present here a list of great birthday party ideas for teenagers:
Create A Drinks Bar
Do not frown and reject my list without reading further. I am not asking you to serve your underage kids alcohol or hard drinks. I am simply suggesting that instead of serving them kiddy drinks like soda, milkshakes, fruit juices, etc., you can actually create a bar style of a setting, where the teenagers can actually go and mix their own mocktails for themselves.
Therefore, your kids will be drinking juices and soda only, but by simply labeling these drinks as mocktails and serving them in a bar, you would make the kids feel big, and would make them really happy.
Throw A Sophisticated Tea Party
This is a great birthday party idea for teenage girls. These are big girls we are talking about, who, maybe, still like to hug their dolls and sleep at night, but they definitely do not want to play with their dolls when at a birthday party.
There is so much that these bunch of girls has to talk about and discuss amongst themselves and therefore, maybe, this birthday, arrange for a high class tea party, where all the girls get to wear gowns and look extremely pretty, sit around the tea table in the garden or on the porch, and discuss all the important nail, hair, and boyfriend issues.
Plan A Late Evening Party
One of the biggest differences between a party for the kids and the party for elders is with respect to the timing of the party. While the elders choose to throw parties in the nights, since during the day, they have to work and take care of the house, kids parties are generally afternoon parties.
However, teenagers do not care about the reason behind these timings, they only know that if a party goes on till the dark, it is a grown up party. You may not want to throw a late night teenager party, but definitely, you can plan a late evening party, so that at least by the time the party ends, it is dark outside and when the kids step out of the party, they feel, they are returning from an adult party.
Use Neon Decorations And Accessories
There are many different types of neon decorations, accessories and other items which are available in the market, and by using these items in your party, you would be able to make your teenage birthday look absolutely cool, young and vibrant.
You can give the guests, neon necklaces, bangles, headgears, etc., as soon as they enter the party venue. The entire lighting of the party can be kept dim, so that these neon items glow and create the perfect atmosphere for a wild teenage party.
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Selfie Zone Is A Must
When planning any party, or for that matter any event or get together of any sort, having a selfie zone has become almost compulsory, or else, irrespective of all the other lavish arrangements made by you, your party preparations will look incomplete.
For a teenage party also, you will have to create a selfie zone, make sure that the cutouts and other items placed in this zone, for getting selfies clicked with, are not related to cartoons, etc. Use cutouts of movie stars, exotic locations, and other similar sites which are attractive to the teenagers these days.
Serve Healthy Food
Parties are usually all about unhealthy and junk food. However, the teenagers these days are pretty conscious about their looks from a very early age and therefore, even when at a party, they like to keep their eating habits in check.
Therefore, while you will have to arrange for pizzas and other similar fast food items, you will also have to serve these teenage kids, especially the girls at the party, some healthy options like a fruit tray, salads, etc.
Use Modern And Creative Decorations
The teenage age is the age at which a person is at his or her creative best. This is the age when one starts to explore the world and makes plans about the changes that they would like to bring about in the world.
Let the decorations at your party display this spirit of the teenagers, by using modern and creative ways for making the party venue look absolutely stunning. Thus, if using flowers for decorations, decorate disposable bottles or plastic containers and use them as pots for placing the flowers in them and then placing them as centerpieces on the tables at the party. Similarly, you can come up with many other ideas for decorating the party venue for a teenage party in a creative, yet modern way.
Choose A Party Theme Where Everyone Gets A Chance To Dress Up
Teenagers love to dress up. These kids today, are aware of all the brands, fashions and styles that are in vogue and love to wear only the best clothes. However, still in school, these kids hardly get any chance to flaunt their fashion style in front of others.
Hence, by choosing a party theme like a Hollywood theme, etc., you give these kids the chance to use all their fashion sense and dress up like a movie star and come to the party and try to impress everyone with their impeccable fashion knowledge and amazing looks.
Keep Them Busy
These teenagers may not be toddlers anymore, but they still have a lot of bursting energy inside them, which makes them restless and always wanting some action. Unlike the adults, who most of the times would prefer to simply sit around at a party and chat with their friends over some good food and drinks, these teenagers need to do stuff in order to enjoy the party.
Thus, you need to plan something special for them in order to keep them moving and busy. You can plan a mystery party, where they need to hunt for clues all over the party venue in order to find the killer first, or you can simply get a dance floor made and ask everyone to groove to the beats of some of the most popular and latest songs, which are a hit amongst the teenagers.
Organize Games Suitable For Teenagers
You cannot make these teenagers play a musical chair, or any other similar game, which you make small kids play at a 5 year old or 10 year old’s birthday party. You need to come up with new games, which would be loved and enjoyed by these teens.
You can actually use XBox and other gaming devices, which allow for group games, for entertaining the guests. The teenagers are almost hooked and addicted to these gaming devices and would love to play them in real time with all their other friends. However, this is possible only when you have invited a small group of close friends.
If you are throwing a big party for all your classmates and kids you may know from your extra curriculum classes, then you would need to arrange for games like Flashlight hunt, pool games, etc.
Lights, Camera, And Action
No need to call for any professional photographer for the party, simply arrange for a Handycam and pass it around all the guests at the party. Ask them to record a nice message for the birthday girl or boy. They can either do it individually or in groups, they can either say a nice message or a do a special dance or act or do anything special.
While this will get you some very special memories to cherish for life, the fun messages that everyone would record extempore, would infuse new energy into the party. You do not have to worry about doing the recording, the teenagers will pass the camera around and do the recording for themselves.
Leave The Kids Alone
At first I thought, maybe, I do not need to mention this separately in the list, but then, I realized that this a very important part of throwing a teenager party, and hence I need to make sure that all you parents know it, and those who already know it, remember it.
Teenage kids are big enough to take care of themselves, they do not need your constant supervision. In fact, with elders present at the party, they would get conscious and not be able to open up and enjoy the party fully. Hence, you need to make sure that the arrangements are made beforehand, so that you do not have to bother even entering the room where the party is happening.
Get Real Tattoos For The Kids
Relax, I said real tattoos, I never said they had to be permanent tattoos.
At a kids party, we usually use the tattoo stickers, which can easily be removed with water. But these kids are not small and they know what a real tattoo is, hence, you need to keep things as real as possible at this party. Arrange for henna tattoos for these kids, which looks very similar to a real tattoo, but at the same time, within a short time, it would fade and eventually vanish permanently.
I am sure even the kids would prefer this henna tattoo over the permanent tattoos, as they are aware that there is a lot they have to still see and explore and hence, the tattoo they love now, may not be their choice a few years, or even months down the line.
Connect With All The Guests On Social Media
The teens these days do not even know how to write a letter, they only know how to draft emails, and send messages on twitter, Whatsapp, and other social media channels. Therefore, you would not be able to impress them with your paper invites, no matter how cool or sophisticated you make them.
However, by creating a group on Facebook, Whatsapp or any other similar platform and inviting them to the party on it, and also keeping them updated about the party here, would not only be appreciated by them, but you would find guests taking maximum interest in the party on these platforms, like planning their dress for the party as a group, etc., thus, automatically making your party a social rage.
Music Is A Must
Whether you are arranging for a dance floor or not, you will have to arrange for nice music at the party. Teenagers like their parties to be noisy and loud. Therefore, besides ensuring that you have the latest and the best music playing at your party, you will have to also arrange for good speakers to play the music at very high volumes.
Make Sure Your Party Has A Nice Teenage Theme
Till now you must be selecting one cartoon character or series and planning the party for your kid around its theme, but your child is no more a small kid, he or she is now a teenager and you need to select a proper theme for your party, for example, if you are planning a pool party, you can actually keep a Hawaiian theme, or other similar themes which are young in nature and would suit the mindset of the teenagers.
Invite Local A Band
One of the best ways to impress the teenagers is by inviting some local band to come and perform at the birthday party. I say local band, since they would fall reasonable on the pockets, but if have the kind of money and are willing to spend it on a birthday party, then you can even call for one of the nationally or internationally popular music bands for the party and ensure that this party goes down in the history of the best birthday parties for your kid and his or her friends.
Keep It Cool
Teenagers do not like too many rules. If anything, they hate rules and this is the age when they feel that they need to revolt against everything.
Therefore, you need to make sure that you do not restrict these kids in any way during the party. Arrange for chairs and tables which are light weight and if the kids want they can easily move them around on their own, thus not restricting their seating arrangement to one place, put up plates for the kids who want to eat their food properly, but also arrange for food items such that they can easily be picked directly from the dish, put straight in the mouth and eaten. The entire atmosphere of the party needs to be absolutely informal and chilled out.
Provide A Lot Of Open Space At The Venue
The teenagers are not bothered about where they are going to sit and where they are going to eat. They will happily form a circle and sit on the floor and enjoy themselves. However, what they do need is a lot of space for moving around. Remember these kids have a lot of energy and are now grown in height and hence will need a lot of space for running around and having fun at the party. Therefore, use minimum furniture at the party venue, so there is ample of moving space for the kids.
Arrange For An Extra Cake
This party is not going to be supervised by any elder and it is bound to get wild. The chances of, your kid’s friends using one cake entirely for smearing the face of the birthday girl or boy during the cake cutting ceremony and them having fun with each other as well, are pretty high, therefore, you need to make sure that in addition to this cake, you also have an extra cake in your kitty, which can be served along with the other desserts.
Plan Some Adult Games
We have already discussed about planning some teenage games for this party, but to add that extra spice to the party, you can actually plan a few adult games for these kids.
For example, you can arrange for casino games at the party, where chips can be used for the game, and later the same can be converted into money. Since the kids would be playing these games, hence the stakes for the game should be kept low and rules slightly modified to make the game easier and more fun for these kids.
Allow Kids To Prepare Their Own Meals
Thanks to the great international exposure that the kids get these days through the internet, they have become pretty smart and like to try out new things even in the case of food.
Thus, you can arrange for a counter where various ingredients for salad, sauces, boiled pastas, tacos, etc., are placed and the kids can actually mix and make their own dishes as per their liking. This will be fun for the kids and they will enjoy the food for sure.
Try To Keep The Guest List Under Control
Your kid may want to invite every other kid, he or she may have met even once before, but it is up to you to make sure that the guest list is kept under check.
Teenagers may not need constant supervision, but they can be quite rowdy and taming them down difficult, especially when they are in a mood for party. Therefore, limit the number of teens coming over for the party, so that it is possible for you to keep an eye on all of them and handle them if something goes wrong.
The favors you select for your guests need to be matured in nature and yet useful for a 13 to 19 year old kid. For the girls you can give them nice and funky accessories and for the boys you can select some nice gaming favor. Or you can even opt for personalized candy bags, candies are loved by everyone and the personalized bags would make them special.
Use Unbreakable Crockery
A teenage birthday party is no different from a party in a bar. The only difference is in a bar party, everyone is under the influence of alcohol and hence have no control over themselves and in a teenage party, everyone is so full of fun that they have no control over themselves. Hence, if you do not want too much breakage to happen at the party, use unbreakable crockery.
Make Your Kid Feel Special At The Party
Teenagers tend to get so involved in their own self, that they forget whose party it is and might end up ignoring your child. You need to make sure that he or she feels special ad therefore, you can ask them to prepare a nice singing, dancing or any other performance for all the guests.
Involve Everyone At The Party
This tip is not just for planning a teenage party, but any party, make sure that you plan activities and games, which help in engaging even those guests who are shy and would never come forward on their own. Even they deserve to enjoy the party, and as a host, it is your responsibility to make sure that they do enjoy.
Hope at least some of the above ideas would be able to help you in planning a great birthday party for teenagers.