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Birthday Party Ideas For Teenagers
Planning a birthday party is generally a lot of work, but when you are planning it for the teens, it is more than a lot of work! Why so? Well, because when you plan a party for kids, they are most interested in having fun, and everything else is actually peripheral for them; when you are planning a party for adults, they will very politely accept whatever has been arranged.
However, when you are planning something for teenagers, it’s a whole new ball game, because these are young people, on the verge of adulthood, and they tend to think that given that they have a voice, which is why they should use it. If their birthday party is not planned as per their liking, chances are that you will never hear the end of it!
How to Plan for Teenagers Birthday Party
Basics of Party Planning
There are certain basics of party planning and most of these stand true for any kind of party. All you need to do is make a few basic adjustments, and you can use these tips and tricks for any party, including a birthday party.
First and foremost, choose your theme – everything else will be based on or around this aspect, because you need to make sure that everything is in tandem. Plan a budget and prepare your guest list in accordance, making sure that you invite just the number of people you can manage and fit into the space that you have.
Once you have finalised your guest list, decide how early you want to send out your invites. Give them sufficient time to RSVP, and then start making the rest of the preparations. Make sure that you have a menu that suits the theme as well as the number of people you are inviting.
If you are expecting a large crowd, you don’t want to be bothered with things like plates and cutlery; prepare eatables that are more like snacks and don’t require one to sit at a table and use a knife and fork.
Some of the other important things that you need to consider include what kind of decorations you want to have around the party place, the type of music and games or activities that you think the guests will enjoy, and what kind of party favours you would like to give away. Once you have all these categories worked out, you are ready to fill in the details.
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Choose A Theme
While a lot of people might not consider this the most important part of party planning, there is no denying that picking the right theme, sets the mood for the party, and the manner in which the evening, or afternoon, will actually roll out. Choose the right theme, and chances are that your party will be a success; pick out the wrong one, and you might have a disaster on your hands!
When you are planning a party for teenagers, there are numerous things that you need to consider. Teens have grown up, which is why you don’t want a kiddie theme; however, they are not totally adults, which is why you might want to stay away from the very mature themes.
Some of the best themes to choose for a teenagers birthday party would be beach style, Hawaiian luau, Hollywood or even Bollywood, or a jungle safari. If you are planning a party for your princess, you could think on the lines a theme that focuses on her latest crush, Justin Bieber or the Jonas Brothers. Give her and her friends a day at the spa, by creating the atmosphere at home or let them have their very own version of Project Runway.
However, if you are planning a party for your young man, you will have to think on slightly different lines. Try figuring out what he loves the most, and this could vary from sports to forensic science. If he is a sports freak, plan a football or baseball party, in which everyone has to dress in sports jerseys and your prince gets his own personalised jersey. For those who see a future in crime fighting, TV style, there should be plenty of inspiration to be gained from CSI or Criminal Minds or even The X Files.
Plan the Menu
A party for teenagers, need to have a lot of loud music, but it also needs a lot of food, because these are youngsters who are growing up; they are always going to be hungry. Rather than getting ready for a proper sit down dinner or lunch, you might want to consider snacks and things that youngsters will like and enjoy.
While hot dogs and pizzas are always a good idea, you could plan your menu on the basis of your theme too. For instance, if you are planning a beach party or pool side party, you could do a barbecue style menu, where you can serve ribs or hamburgers. However, if you are throwing a spa or designer style party, you will want to whip up some dainty canapés, like cheese balls or small chicken nuggets.
There is no denying that the cake is the centre piece of any birthday party, which is why you need to pay a lot of attention to this aspect. Your teen will not forgive you if you don’t give him/her the best cake possible. A simply round cake with thick chocolate frosting will just not cut it, and you will have to bring out your biggest thinking cap for this one.
Choose a cake that will appease the taste of your teenager as well as his/her peers. For girls, you could choose cakes with sparkles and glitter or ones that have photos transferred onto the same. Girls will be happy with patterns and prints, in vibrant colours, which is something that is easily achievable with fondant. They are also more open to trying new flavours, so pick out a cake that has coconut shavings or fresh berries.
Boys are a different story altogether and not many will want to stray away from their favourite flavours such as chocolate or plain vanilla. However, you should experiment with the toppings and icing, because boys too want to have some fun!
For boys who love sports, what better than a cake that denotes the same? A cake that is shaped like a football or a basketball would be a huge hit. As will a cake that looks like the table of an FBI agent, complete with a badge and glock!
Just because they are no longer stereotypical ‘kids’ does not mean that you don’t have to make any arrangements for entertainment. While typical birthday games like pin the tail on the donkey or breaking open a piñata might not be the best options, you still want to have something that will keep the youngsters occupied.
You should definitely have some nice music, but youngsters love to dance, especially when they are all together. You could have some games that allows them to make good use of limited space, such as Pictionary or charades. If you can, rent a giant projection screen and set it up in the biggest room of your house, you can show them the latest movie to be released on DVD, or replay an old classic.
For those of you who are lucky enough to have a big backyard, you could always plan a scavenger hunt, and keep things that the winners can take home with them. Or how about turning this yard into a sports arena, so that the boys can play a little ball? The girls could use this area as their fashion runway, where the aspiring models and designers can show off their talents!
Say Thank You
Given that all these people came to your party, you need to tell them a thank you and let them know that you appreciate the fact that they took time out to be a part of your happiness. Party favours are a great way to do the same, and don’t take much effort to arrange. However, you might want to pick out a favour that will remain with the guests for a long time and remind them of the fun time that they had at the party you threw.
If you are choosing favours for girls, you could gift little handbags, clutches, make up kits, hair accessories and even shopping vouchers, make for great gifts. However, if you are trying to pick out party favours for boys, you might want to think more on the lines of sports and adventures. You could gift them balls, sports bags, masks, make it yourself kits, which could be for kites, badges, caps or board games.
The success of any party, especially birthday parties for teenagers, depends on how well you plan the same. Spend some time and effort into chalking out the details and you will certainly have a ‘super hit’ party on your hands!Birthday Party Ideas For Teenagers,