Host a birthday party for a teen that is fun and memorable!
It is easy to throw a party for little kids but when they get older they don’t want all that princess or minions stuff. But many of them still love to have a special birthday party.
I collected some fantastic teen party ideas for you to go through. With these themes you can host an awesome birthday party for your teen!
Obviously, everyone’s interests are different but I tried to pick ideas that work for either guys or girls. Since I only have girls it is little bit harder for me to think what boys might like but I hope that these bday ideas work also for your teen boy.
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8 Cool Party Themes for Teenagers
1. Murder Mystery for Teens
I hosted a murder mystery party as a 16th birthday party for my daughter. It was a lot of fun.
There are many options to choose from. We decided to go with Killing for the Crown from Night of Mystery. They have a few versions of this. We had the all female version. It is a clean murder mystery for teens.
It was so great how everyone got into their roles and dressed up for the part. One thing I really liked about this murder mystery is that it is not pre-scripted. Every guest gets plenty of info on their role before the party and at the party.
This party allows lots of spontaneity.
The murder mystery lasted for a couple of hours and after that the girls had free time to chat and play games.
No worries, there are options for guys too like Murder of the Field.
2. Outdoor Movie Night
An outdoor movie night is a perfect way to celebrate a teen birthday.
If you don’t already have an outdoor screen this one has pretty good reviews.
Movies and pop corn. Yes! Pop corn bar with lots of options for creative servings will delight the teens.
- caramel sauce
- strawberry sauce
- chocolate chips
- coconut flakes
- garlic powder
- chili powder
I love the idea of using paper bags! Easy clean up.
This pop corn bar sign from the Doodle Coop is awesome addition to the bar. You can also get the download with a black background and white letters.
Lots of seasonings and toppings and you are ready to go. Make your own labels or purchase pop corn topping printables from the Doodle Coop. It comes with 16 pop corn bar labels.
When you are young you can sit on the grass or blanket with no problems but it might be fun to have some Inflatable Loungers for the teens to launch on during the outdoor movie night.
This one even has a cool side pocket for a water bottle. And you don’t even need a pump to fill up this lounger!
If if gets chili where you are, maybe a few extra blankets for the guests to keep warm.
You could also plan some games like movie trivia or glow in the dark bowling.
And don’t forget the bug spray. Bug bites can really ruin the fun. Mosquito plants are supposed to work well in keeping the mosquitoes away.
3. Downhill Skiing
Host an awesomely action packed teen birthday party at a ski area.
Or you could of course have a Ski Theme party indoors with snow and ski decorations, ski pass invitations, and some yummy theme related desserts like ski shaped cookies, a ski hill cake etc.
I assume many downhill ski places have a lodge. So, take a break in the lodge enjoy some hot chocolate and cupcakes. Some lodges might have a room you could rent for your birthday party. And maybe they will even let you bring your own food.
Powdered Donut Holes look like cute snowballs
Play some card or board games.
Phone Phever… most guests probably will come to this teen birthday party with their phones… and now they get to use them!
Or the theme-fitting Ski Lingo Match from DIY Lighthouse. (a free printable)
4. Beach Party
If the wintery skiing birthday party does not work out for your teen how about a beach party.
Maybe you own a cottage that would work perfectly. You could also rent a cabin for a night (adult supervision of course) or take the teens to a public beach.
Play some volleyball and other beach games such as Bucket Ball.
And don’t forget the music! Bring also some yummy beverages and treats to be enjoyed at the beach!
This beach cake topper from Party Eleganza crowns the cake! Perfect for a teen birthday party at the beach … minus the beer cans…maybe they could be turned into soda cans!
5. All About Sports
Get tickets for a game. The birthday teen and the friends will have a great time cheering for their favorite team.
And all the food is right there… hotdogs, chips, ice cream and all that wonderful food that goes well with the theme.
You could of course host the party at home and watch a game on a big screen. Serve some fries and wings and have a snack bar with all kinds of goodies.
Decorate with the team colors and perhaps you can even get everyone to wear the colors too.
During half time play some cool games:
It is true. Even teens can enjoy museums. So this made it to the list of ideas for teen birthday parties.
- Art Museum
- Sports Museum
- Science Museum
- General Museum
- History Museum
Some museums have a cafeteria or maybe a room you can rent for the birthday party. You can enjoy some cookies, cakes, and other pastries. Play a few games. Maybe a trivia or a theme related board game.
And I wonder if the museum would allow you to have a scavenger hunt… just no running 🙂
7. Amusement Park
A day at an amusement or water park. Fun Fun Fun!
Since amusement parks don’t usually allow you to bring your own food you could have a picnic outside the gate.
Or if that does not appeal to you there is always the option to eat at one of the dining places in the park.
This teen party will be memorable and provide a good amount of thrills to the birthday star and friends!
Go on rides, take some awesome photos, eat, do a scavenger hunt… if those are allowed in the park.
When searching for teen birthday ideas I came across these cool shirts!
8. Harry Potter – The Boy Who Lived
After all these years the tale of Harry Potter still intrigues the crowd. And maybe your teenager is one of them.
With Harry Potter theme your teen can enter the world of magic and wonder on his birthday.
This party can be done on a small budget. I’m hoping that the ideas in Magical Harry Potter Party On Small Budget will help you to host the most amazing and memorable party for your teen.
Your teen Harry Potter fan might find these ideas from Quidditch World Cup to Yule Ball intriguing.
Another Idea for a Teen Birthday Party
Teen birthday parties are awesome but I do miss the imaginary stuff that little kids enjoy. Younger teens like 13 or 14 could still like a theme like this: Cruise theme. This party takes them on a imaginary cruise with lots of good food, games and other entertainment.
And hey, maybe there are still some older ones too who are super playful and would enjoy it too.
If your teen likes the enchanting stories like Alice In Wonderland, she might very well enjoy a fancy, crazy tea party with Mad Hatter and other weird characters from Alice in Wonderland. I have cool small budget ideas for you.
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