Your teen drama queens—or kings—may think that birthday parties are “so babyish,” but after seeing this list, they will be counting down the days until they can throw a bash of their own. Impress your hard-to-please teens with these awesome party ideas and show them that you are never too old for a birthday party—if you throw the right kind. After the main event, your teen may even go so far as to call you “cool.” Now that will be something to celebrate.
5 Let the Games Begin
Transform your backyard or basement into an Olympic zone and set the world record for throwing the party of the year. Set up stations so that players can battle in ping pong, one-on-on basketball, relay races, board games and video games. Get creative with snacks and decorations, such as torches made from sugar cones filled with buttered popcorn and gold medal cookies. End the event with an awards ceremony to recognize all of the winners.
4 Photo Scavenger Hunt
Your teen may think a scavenger hunt is lame at first, but it’s sure to be a hit once you explain that the game involves social media uploads. Send teens on a search to capture photos of their friends doing silly things in unexpected places. For example, order the whole group to pose in a one-person bathroom stall. Instruct the participants to upload the photos along the way and everyone will go home with a virtual scrapbook.
3 Two Thumbs-Ups From the Critics
Throw a red carpet event right in your backyard. Rent or purchase a large inflatable movie screen and turn your backyard into a movie lover’s oasis by stocking up on popcorn, candy and soda. If you have a pool, even better—buy some floats and you’re set. No pool? No problem. Just have guests sprawl out, picnic style, on large blankets in front of the screen and get the film rolling.
2 A Spa Party as Cool as a Cucumber Facial
Transform your home into a serene spa featuring pampering activities. A facial bar, manicure and pedicure station, gossip magazine corner and hair-styling depot will leave your teens refreshed and impressed. Don’t forget to welcome partygoers with a refreshing fizzy beverage—in a fancy glass, of course. Let the guests keep the nail polish colors they used for an easy party favor. And make sure to designate a time for the party to end, otherwise guests will never want to leave this relaxation retreat.
1 Bring the Fun to Your Driveway
Jump on the bandwagon—or the RV, in this case—and throw your teen a party on-the-go. Many companies offer interactive mobile entertainment. The party comes to your door and parks conveniently wherever you’d like. Choose from traveling video game utopias inside an RV, outdoor laser tag or 360 degrees of giant hamster ball fun. These unforgettable, on-site mobile experiences can be customized to fit all gamers’ needs. Let the experts plan the party and all you have to do is sit back and relax while the teens have a blast. And the cherry on top? The mess just drives away.