Tween and Teen Party Ideas
Planning a party for a tween or a teen? Chances are that you are no longer planning a princess or super hero party. Tweens and teens tend to like more grown up party themes. Need some inspiration to help plan the perfect party for your more “mature” child? Look no further! We have sent out our party planning experts to dig up some of the best party ideas for even the most skeptical youth in the crowd.
- Slumber party
- Pool party
- Movie night
- Sporting Event
- Dinner at a favorite restaurant
There are plenty of ideas to make the celebration unique.
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Movie Night Party
Movie night Parties can be inside or outside but if the weather is good and you have the space, setting up an outdoor movie theater will win the hearts of any tween or teen.
- DIY a projector screen with a white sheet and set up a theater inside or out.
- Stock up on theater concessions and set up a popcorn bar.
- Make cozy seating- gather all blankets and pillows to offer to guests.
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Sports Themed Parties
Sports themed parties are an easy way to please boys of all ages. Whether watching in a stadium or hitting the turf, good times are guaranteed.
- Send a small group of friends to a local sporting event.
- Set up a photo booth and create trading cards form the photos.
- Reserve a field at a park for a friendly match of their favorite game.
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Karaoke Party Ideas
A Karaoke Dance party breaks everyone out of their shell. It just might have them laughing to tears while dancing the night away.
- Make a karaoke playlist on Youtube so the singing never stops.
- Vote on best karaoke categories and have an awards ceremony.
- Inflatable microphones and guitars will make fun favors.
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Schedule a Photoshoot
Take the stress out of party planning for your teen and schedule a photoshoot for them and their friends. Top it off with dinner and you’re done. Does it get much easier?
- Book a portrait session in studio or on location depending on the season.
- Before the party the kids can choose coordinating outfits.
- Create a photo collage as a memorable favor.
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Party Olympics will have them competing and laughing their way through the birthday party. Athletic prowess isn’t even necessary.
- Pick out your favorite minute-to-win-it games have a tournament.
- Gigantify classics like Jenga and Bananagrams for backyard fun.
- Make silver, gold, and bronze medals to give out to the winners.
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Planning & Invitations
Invitation Ideas for a Teen's Party
Get guests excited to celebrate with creative invitations. The ideas below go from simple to extravagant. Choose the idea that fits best with your budget and the appetites of your teenage party guests.
- Send out a Facebook event invite. For the event's picture, choose a cute baby photo. Make sure you ask the guests to reply "yes, no or maybe" in the invite so you can keep track of who's coming.
- Blow up a balloon (don't tie it off) and write the party details carefully on it with a permanent marker. Deflate the balloon and wash off the tip. Mail the balloons to the party guests. Include instructions for them to inflate the balloon to read the party details!
- Have custom t-shirts made that feature the party details and guest list. Have fun and design the shirt to look like a concert t-shirt with a big logo on the front and all the guests names on the back.
- For a sleepover party, deliver the invitations with a pair of flannel pajama pants.
- If the guests live close by, hire a limousine company and then ask the chauffer to knock on the guest's doors to deliver the invitations. Each invitation could be placed on a silver serving tray and uncovered in front of each guest and include a decadent treat on the tray as well!
- Order personalized invitations from Birthday in a Box. Choose from more than 200 designs that match your party theme. We personalize each invitation with a name and the party details.
Party Decoration Ideas for a Teenager's Birthday
Whatever the theme of your teen birthday party, we offer a multitude of different decorations that will create a festive atmosphere. For example, if you're having a pool party, we have festive luau party supplies and decorations. If your party is based around a movie or television show, use found objects to create scenery that's similar to the show's set. Here are some more ideas that will work with most party themes.
- String Christmas lights around the room and dim or turn off the main lights. Add several black light bulbs to create a nightclub atmosphere.
- Don't just serve food in cups and bowls. Be creative with your food presentation with goblets, jars, hats, wicker baskets and fancy silverware.
- Play some favorite music that goes along with your party theme. You can also set out a video game system or movies for guests to play and watch.
- Display an object that your party guests can sign with a message for the guest of honor. This can be a large poster board, scrapbook or t-shirt. Be sure to include a permanent marker and ask everyone to sign before they leave.
- Scatter disposable cameras around the room for guests to use. Collect the cameras at the end of the party and see what develops!
- Create a curtain for the party room's doorway with streamers. Create a streamer chandelier by grouping a bunch of colors together in the middle of the ceiling and then draping them out to the corners of the room.
Party Food Ideas for a Teenager's Party
In addition to pizza, hamburgers or hotdogs serve some creative snacks at your party. Here are some suggestions your teen party guests will surely devour.
- Provide hors d'oeuvres like mini pizza bagels, pizza rolls, sliders, pigs in a blanket and chicken strips. Also provide a veggie platter or cheese and crackers.
- Serve breakfast food at the party instead of dinner foods such as waffles, pancakes, cereal, bacon, sausage and bagels.
- Serve a variety of candy like jelly beans, M&Ms, gum drops, licorice and lollipops in glass jars. The colorful candy will also serve as a nice table decoration.
- Set up an ice cream bar where the party guests can choose their own ice cream flavor and toppings.
- If you're showing a movie at your party, provide popcorn with toppings such as cinnamon, powdered cheese, and caramel.
- Have a cookie decorating contest. Use cookie cutters to make sugar cookies and then see who can decorate their cookie the best using frosting and candy.
Quick Game Ideas for a Preteen or Teen Party
If you just want to invite a group of friends over to play games and hang out, here are some of our favor ideas.
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- Dodge Ball Tournament: Find out who has the same skills they had in Elementary School with a few rounds of dodge ball.
- Water Balloon Battles: Cool down on a hot day with an impromptu water balloon fight. This is great fun if your guests don't know it's about to happen!
- Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: Send your guests out in teams to find a list of objects from around the neighborhood. The first team back can win a cool prize.
- Gingerbread House Contest: Work together in teams of 3 or 4 to create theme-related gingerbread houses such as a house of rock, sorority house, tree house or old-fashioned gingerbread house. The best creation can win a prize.
- Whacky Races: Use household objects to create all sorts of silly races for your guests to play. Have a relay race while balancing books on your head, wearing high heels or spinning to the finish line without falling over. Award gag gifts as prizes.
- Man Hunt with Squirt Guns: Dress in old clothes and then fill water guns with water and a little bit of food coloring. Then, go crazy in the backyard with a game of water gun freeze tag.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
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- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
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Games and Activities
Board games, card games and video games will give your party guests a chance to have some laughs while winning big!
Get crafty with the girls and make bracelets, friendship pins, scrapbooks and more! Everyone can keep the items they make or trade them with their friends.
Invite a small group of close friends to go camping or, just camp out in your backyard for a night. Tell ghost stories, roast marshmallows and have a blast in the great outdoors.
If your teen's friends have the moves, they may enjoy a themed dance party. Choose a favorite style of music and DJ the night away!
If the party guests have a common interest such as a popular TV show, sport or hobby, consider a themed costume party.
Invite your party guests to a dinner party they'll never forget. Everyone will be assigned a character to play at the murder mystery party. The good news is, we've written the whole thing for you!