Are you stuck thinking of a birthday party idea that your teenager will actually enjoy? Choosing a theme and easily finding favors and decorations are easy when your child is young, but party planning gets a bit trickier as they get older.
Parties for teenagers take a bit more time, preparation, and creativity. If you’re stuck thinking of teen birthday party ideas, then we are here to help you. Here are 15 of our top party ideas for your teen.
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1. Throw a Pool Party
If you live in a hot area or your child has a birthday in the summertime, then throwing a pool party is an obvious choice. This party idea allows you to sit back and relax while the guests entertain themselves by playing in the pool.
If you have a pool in your backyard, then this idea becomes even easier. Buy a bunch of fun floaties and throw them in the pool for photo opportunities. You could even purchase some outdoor games such as corn hole, volleyball, and bocce ball for the kids to play when they’re not swimming.
If you don’t have a pool in your yard, then you could consider contacting a local pool to see if they do private parties. If they don’t rent out their pool, then you could just have all of the guests meet at the pool anyway. Find a grassy area and set up your snacks, towels, and presents for the kids to enjoy when they are done swimming.
2. Go to the Movies
Most movie theaters allow you to rent an entire screen for a private showing. This option allows you to watch the most current movies, so if there is a hot new movie out that all of the kids want to see, then this is a great idea. You can also provide them with real movie theater snacks such as buttery popcorn and delicious slushies.
If you don’t want to rent out a theater, then you can still throw a movie-themed party at home. If you have a spacious living room, then clear out all of the furniture and lay out bean bags and pillows on the floor for comfortable seating. Pop some popcorn, order some pizza, and put on a movie that everyone agrees on.
If you want to take it a step further, then consider buying a projector and a screen for an outdoor movie. You can set up camping chairs and provide your guests with blankets for a cozy movie-watching experience.
3. The Ultimate Pizza Party
Who doesn’t love pizza? Teenagers, especially teen boys, know how to eat, so you can’t go wrong throwing a food-themed party.
Call up your local pizzeria and order a bunch of pizzas with fun toppings, bread sticks, and dessert. You can put on music while they eat and set up a few games for them to play when they’re done chowing down.
If you want to take it a step further, then have your guests make their own pizzas. You can buy all of the ingredients to make your own pizza dough and stock up on a bunch of different toppings. Just make sure you have activities for the kids to do while the dough is rising and the pizza is cooking.
4. Visit an Escape Room
If you want to take your guests somewhere, then consider going to an escape room. Escape rooms are great for smaller parties, as you are usually stuck in a small room and have to find your own way out. These rooms are great for all ages and you can even split your party guests into groups to create some competition.
You can usually find these rooms anywhere across the United States. If you are in Florida, then we recommend checking out The Great Escape Room Orlando. They offer a variety of rooms that range from difficult to extremely challenging.
5. Glow in the Dark Party
Bring back the 90s and host an awesome glow-in-the-dark party. All you need for this party is some black lights and glow sticks. Turn off the lights and let your guests party it up. Set up a dance floor and turn your home into a club for teenagers.
There are many things you can do to make ordinary objects glow in the dark. In addition to the black lights, you can buy glow-in-the-dark utensils and party favors. You can even buy glow-in-the-dark food coloring to make the food and drinks light up.
6. Go to an Amusement Park
If you have an amusement park near your house, then load up the car and take your child and their friends on an adventure for the day. This is another option that doesn’t require much creativity on your end – just drive them there and let them have fun!
To cut back on costs, consider serving your guests breakfast or lunch at home, so you don’t have to pay for expensive amusement park food. If you do have to pay for food at the park, then you could just order a few pizzas or give each child a budget to spend however they please.
7. Have a Sleepover
If you want your kids to stay home, then a sleepover party is a great choice. This is an especially good idea for teen girls. Have the guests come in their pajamas, set out lots of snack food, and let the fun begin.
One of the most important things to have at a sleepover party is indoor games. If you have a gaming console like a Nintendo Switch or a Wii, then your guests will be set up for hours of fun. You can also buy traditional board games for the kids to play while they stay up late.
The next morning, you can cook the guests a big breakfast and pop on a movie for them to watch while they wait to be picked up.
8. Rent a Limo or Party Bus
Nothing will impress your teenager like a decked-out limo or party bus. Rent a limo or a party bus and have your driver pick up each guest in front of their house. Play loud music as you cruise around town in style.
Many kids will have fun just riding around for a few hours, but you can also plan out stops on your journey. You could have the driver take you to a restaurant, park, or event. Bring snacks and drinks that are easy to eat in a moving vehicle.
9. Camp in the Backyard
A camping party is a great way to keep it low-key while also creating a sense of adventure. Have your guests bring a sleeping bag and pillow, and set up some tents in your own backyard.
Of course, no camping trip is complete without a bonfire. Set up a fire pit surrounded by some camping chairs and get all of the essentials for s’mores and hot dogs.
If you want to get spooky, you can buy some books with ghost stories to read around the campfire. You could even combine camping and movie night and set up an outdoor projector.
10. Hit the Beach
If you live near the water, then hosting a beach party is a must. Have your child’s friends and their families meet you at the beach for a fun day on the water. This type of party throws itself, as playing on the beach offers hours of endless fun.
Make sure you bring all of the essentials to cook out. Fire up the grill and make hot dogs and hamburgers for a laid-back dining experience. You could also buy a portable net and put together a sand volleyball tournament.
If you want this to be an all-day affair, then you can even have a bonfire on the beach at night.
11. Make an At-Home Spa
Your home makes for one of the best party venues out there. Consider turning your home into a spa for the day. This is great for teenage girls with a smaller group of friends.
You can spend time making DIY face masks and bring a few of your friends to treat the girls to manicures and pedicures. Set out some finger foods for your guests to munch on while they wait for their turn to be pampered.
If you want to splurge a bit, you can also go to an actual spa. Let your guests sign up for different kid-friendly treatments such as a facial, a mani-pedi, or a yoga class.
12. Host a Fancy Dinner
If you want to get fancy, then turn your home into a five-star restaurant. Have your guests come in nice clothes and wait on them for the evening. Use a long table or push two or three tables together to create a nice eating space.
Set the mood by spreading out white tablecloths, lighting candles, and playing classical music. Since the kids will be all dressed up, make sure to take plenty of photos throughout the evening.
Ask your child what they would like on the menu. Prepare their favorite dishes and serve them to your guests in multiple courses. You can even make some fancy mocktails for the kids to sip on in-between courses.
If you don’t want to host the party yourself, then take your guests out to a nice restaurant. Make sure you set your budget beforehand, however, because this can get pricey!
13. Have a Game Night
Hosting a game night is the perfect way to throw a party on a budget. Invite guests over for a day filled with playing games.
Stock up on classic board games as well as games that require guests to get a little more physical. You can even break out the gaming consoles for the kids that prefer electronics.
As far as food goes, just lay out some yummy snacks that kids can quickly eat in-between games. Make sure you have plenty of chips, candy, and soda.
If you want to take it a step further, then turn the whole day into a competition. Purchase some prizes to give out to the winners of each game. You can have an ultimate prize for the person who wins the most games overall.
14. Brunch It Up
If your child loves breakfast food, then host an incredible brunch complete with pancakes, donuts, and coffee.
Lay out white table cloths and play coffee shop music. If your child loves to spend money at Starbucks, then consider setting up a coffee bar for the guests to make their own fancy drinks.
The easiest way to serve brunch is buffet-style. Set up a long table and buy some warmers and tinfoil food holders. Buy or make eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and potatoes in bulk and set them out for the guests.
15. Play Paintball
If you have a teen boy, then you can’t go wrong with a paintball party. Have your child invite some of their friends and split them into two teams. Contact a local paintball range, and let the fun ensue.
This is an option that doesn’t require much work on your end. The kids will run around for hours shooting each other with paintballs. After the party, you could have everyone come back to your house to eat food and open presents.
Try Out Some of These Teen Birthday Party Ideas Today
Any of these teen birthday party ideas are sure to keep your guests entertained for hours. No matter what you decide, your child will appreciate the time and effort you put into their special day.
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