A 14-year-old adolescent is past the point of dolls and plastic trucks. Throwing a party for a 14-year-old requires an element of "cool" and and potential for physical activity to quell the teenage energy and mischief. The outdoor party is ideal during the summer and fall months, but winter and spring also provide opportunities in temperate climates.
The water party is ideal for hot summer days. Select a location with a swimming pool or a large grassy area. Provide beach balls, lounge chairs a wet piece of ground plastic for sliding and water balloons. The water party works well for the 14-year-old because most of attendees are capable of swimming and enjoying games such as Marco Polo. The teenagers will also enjoy throwing water balloons and will splash around for a much longer period of time than children.
The 14-year-old is growing and developing new muscles. Athletic parties provide an outlet for the energy increase and an opportunity to use the new muscles. The athletic party is primarily directed at boys, but many girls will also enjoy the theme. Host the party at a park or home with a basketball court, large field for soccer or football or at a baseball field. Provide appropriate equipment and choose the games based on the interest of the teen and his or her peers. Use flags for football and organize teams and brackets for tournament-style play at large parties.
The simple outdoor barbecue works well for low-key or shy 14-year-old kids. Many 14-year-old kids are not involved in sports, and facilities for a water party may not be available or desired. Invite the closest friends and their parents and enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs from the grill. The barbecue works well on summer evenings and fall days when the temperature is mild. Provide insect repellent to deter mosquitoes and bring simple forms of entertainment such as cards and cribbage sets.
Take a small group to an outside campground or setting up tents and a fire pit in a backyard for a camping party. The 14-year-old is maturing and adventurous, and sleeping under the stars is a perfect birthday experience. Host the trip at a lake if possible and rent canoes and fishing gear to provide entertainment. Plan ahead to ensure you have enough food for the group and bring marshmallows for the evening fire. Ghost stories around the fire are also entertaining and will scare a few of the campers.
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