Gone are the days of Sponge Bob cakes and pirate pinatas. Birthday parties for teenagers demand a whole new planning process, from themes to activities, location to guest list policies. Make the event fun for both you and your teen by allowing your teenager to have some control over the birthday party, such as the guest list, the party snacks or the activities, as long as the plans meet with your budget and your approval.
Some teen birthday parties take place at home, but they do feature special activities, such as a backyard picnic or a movie projected on a large screen. Off-site parties may take place at a recreation center or park, or they may center around a location offering a special activity, such as laser tag, amusement park rides, miniature golf, bowling, rock climbing or roller skating.
Teen parties tend to leave plenty of time for socializing. A slumber party may feature conversational games and activities, such as Truth or Dare, or telling ghost stories. The birthday party may also include dancing. Consider emulating a nightclub by setting up a room with glow-in-the-dark decorations, glow sticks, blacklight, lava lamps, bubble machines, dry ice and fog machines. Hire a teenage deejay to mix music for the dance party.
Even if you plan a basic or traditional party, you can give it some zing by give it a special or creative theme. Look to current television shows and movies for inspiration. Turn a basic talent show into “American Idol” by having a panel of supportive, yet funny, judges. Rather than simply screen a video, lay down a red carpet and follow the movie with an Oscar Awards ceremony. Make a Trivial Pursuit game into a game show with silly prizes.
Original and fun teen birthday parties often stretch longer than a child’s birthday party. A murder mystery party requires time for the drama to unfold, as well as snacks to get eaten. A craft party demands that everyone has a chance to finish two or three small projects, or one larger project. Allow at least three hours for the party.
Maximize the fun by minimizing your worries. Before putting on a birthday party for a teenager, consider your budget and the quantity of guests. Be firm in your decisions regarding if the party will be coed and if it will last overnight. Larger parties will require additional parents to chaperon the event.
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