Girl & Boy Party Ideas for Teens

by Stacy Zeiger Google
A pool party is an option for teens.

A pool party is an option for teens.

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Nearly every teen wants to be known for throwing a cool party. Pin the Tail on the Donkey and other traditional birthday games and activities are no longer an option. Parties are also generally co-ed. To throw a cool party, teens should choose a theme and let their imaginations run wild. A traditional dance party is not the only way teens can have a good time.

Movie Parties

Teens love movies. For an expensive party, rent out a portion of a local movie theater and hold a private screening of a popular movie for the birthday teen and his friends. For a more budget-friendly idea, have a movie marathon party at home where teens spend the night watching the birthday teen's favorite movies. Rent a popcorn machine and provide popular movie candies as snacks. If it's a nice night, hang up a sheet outside and use a projection machine to simulate a drive-in movie. Hold a costume party and ask teens to come dressed up as their favorite movie characters. Give prizes for the most creative costumes.

Scavenger Hunts

An inexpensive party idea is to create a scavenger hunt. Divide teens into teams and have them spend the party asking neighbors for items on a list. To make it more creative, create a list of party supplies for teens to try and accumulate from neighbors such as balloons, paper plates or the ingredients to make a birthday cake and hold a party with what the teens receive. Or, invite a bunch of friends to the mall and provide a list of items for teams to find in stores, taking a picture of each item for verification or challenge teams to be the first to "spend" $1 million without going over.

Water Parties

For summer birthdays, consider hosting a pool party by renting out a local pool. Hold diving contests and swim races for party guests. If there is a local water park nearby, consider holding a party there. Many water parks offer special rooms and pavilions for birthday parties. Indoor water parks are an option for winter birthday parties. For a low-cost option, hold a water party in the backyard, setting up "Slip-n-Slides," sprinklers and plastic pools for teens to lounge in. Stage a water gun fight or let teens pummel one another with water-filled balloons.

Music Parties

Hold a party that gives teens a chance to dance. Choose a specific type of music such as an '80s-themed party or a hip-hop party and ask guests to dress according to the theme. Only play music related to the theme. For a regular dance party, hire a popular DJ and turn a room of the house or the backyard into a dance floor, renting colorful lights for the occasion. Hold a dance-off or karaoke competition during the party.

About the Author

Stacy Zeiger began writing in 2000 for "Suburban News Publication" in Ohio and has expanded to teaching writing as an eighth grade English teacher. Zeiger completed creative writing course work at Miami University and holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Ohio State.

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