Cool Party Themes for Tweens and Teens

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food
fruit
hat
keyword
language
line
perfume
translation
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flowers
food
fruit
hat
engagement
language
line
perfume
translation
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baseball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
computer
cup
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dress
drug
dye
fanning
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
knife
oil
jewelry
pan
pen
pet
slippers
snacks
stone
toothpaste
toys
camera
clock
combs
counting
fishing
keyboard
makeup
microphones
mouse
pack
paper
photographs
print
school
sofa
sunglasses
trader
umbrella
underwear
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
science
engagement
flowers
food
fruit
hat
language
line
perfume
translation
wine
baseball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
computer
cup
desk
dress
drug
dye
fanning
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
jewelry
knife
pen
slippers
socks
snacks
stone
toothpaste
toys
camera
clock
combs
counting
fishing
keyboard
makeup
microphones
mouse
pack
paper
photographs
print
school
sofa
sunglasses
trader
umbrella
underwear
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
science
sexy
show
sports
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
engagement
flowers
food
fruit
hat
line
perfume
translation
wine
baseball
chair
desk
drug
dye
fanning
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
jewelry
knife
oil
pan
pen
pet
slippers
snacks
socks
stone
toothpaste
toys
camera
clock
combs
counting
fishing
keyboard
makeup
microphones
mouse
pack
paper
photographs
print
school
sofa
sunglasses
trader
umbrella
underwear
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
engagement
flowers
food
fruit
hat
line
perfume
translation
wine
baseball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
computer
cup
desk
dress
drug
dye
fanning
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
jewelry
knife
oil
pan
pen
pet
slippers
snacks
socks
stone
toothpaste
toys
camera
clock
combs
counting
fishing
keyboard
makeup
microphones
mouse
pack
paper
photographs
print
school
sofa
sunglasses
trader
umbrella
underwear
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
engagement
flowers
food
fruit
hat
line
perfume
translation
wine
baseball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
computer
cup
desk
dress
drug
dye
fanning
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
jewelry
knife
oil
pan
pen
pet
slippers
snacks
socks
stone
toothpaste
toys
camera
clock
baseball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
computer
cup
deck
dress
drug
dye
fan
fitness
glasses
helmet
knife
oil
ornament
harvester
pan
flowers
food
fruit
hat
keyword
language
line
perfume
translation
wine
baseball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
computer
cup
deck
dress
dye
fan
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
knife
oil
ornament
pan
pen
pet
slippers
snacks
socks
stone
toothpaste
toy
wine
camera
clock
baseball
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
counting
cup
deck
dress
drug
dye
fan
Fishing
fitness
flowers
food
fruit
glasses
harvester
hat
helmet
keyboard
Keyword
knife
line
makeup
microphones
mouse
ornament
oil
pack
pan
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
slippers
snacks
socks
sofa
stone
sunglasses
toothpaste
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
toy
translation
umbrella
underwear
wine
yoga
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
counting
cup
cycling
deck
dress
drug
fan
Fishing
flowers
food
fruit
hat
keyboard
Keyword
makeup
drug
dye
fitness
glasses
harvester
helmet
knife
line
microphones
mouse
oil
ornament
pack
pan
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
slippers
socks
sofa
stone
sunglasses
toothpaste
toy
translation
umbrella
underwear
wine
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
baseball
basketball
beauties
chair
cigarette
clothing
comb
computer
counting
cup
cycling
deck
dress
drug
dye
fan
Fishing
fitness
flowers
food
fruit
glasses
harvester
hat
helmet
keyboard
Keyword
knife
line
makeup
microphones
mouse
oil
ornament
pack
pan
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
slippers
snacks
socks
sofa
stone
sunglasses
toothpaste
toy
translation
umbrella
underwear
wine
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
baseball
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
counting
cup
cycling
deck
dress
drug
dye
fan
Fishing
fitness
flowers
food
fruit
glasses
harvester
hat
helmet
keyboard
Keyword
knife
language
line
makeup
microphones
mouse
oil
ornament
pack
pan
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
slippers
snacks
socks
sofa
stone
sunglasses
toothpaste
toy
umbrella
underwear
wine
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
baseball
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
counting
cup
cycling
dress
deck
drug
dye
fan
Fishing
fitness
flowers
food
fruit
glasses
harvester
hat
helmet
keyboard
Keyword
knife
line
makeup
microphones
mouse
ornament
pack
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
slippers
snacks
socks
sofa
stone
sunglasses
toothpaste
toy
translation
umbrella
underwear
wine
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
baseball
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
sport
time
weddingdress
baseball
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
hat
helmet
keyboard
Keyword
knife
language
line
makeup
microphones
mouse
oil
ornament
pack
pan
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
slippers
snacks
socks
sofa
stone
sunglasses
toothpaste
toy
translation
umbrella
underwear
yoga
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hot
mouse
music
wine
baby
hbo
ice
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
study
sports
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
basketball
beauties
counting
cup
cycling
dye
fitness
food
fruit
harvester
baseball
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
deck
dress
drug
fan
Fishing
flowers
glasses
hat
helmet
keyboard
Keyword
knife
language
line
makeup
microphones
mouse
oil
ornament
pack
pan
paper
perfume
pet
photographs
print
school
snacks
socks
sofa
sunglasses
toothpaste
slippers
stone
toy
translation
umbrella
underwear
wine
yoga
baby
bag
chinese
fat
film
gaming
hbo
hot
ice
mouse
music
novel
red
rock
science
sexy
show
sports
study
train
university
weight
wow
auto
book
care
clothes
desk
diplomacy
hospital
office
party
paypal
rock
shopping
sport
time
weddingdress
baseball
basketball
beauties
camera
chair
cigarette
clock
clothing
comb
computer
counting
cup
cycling
deck
dress
drug
dye
fan
Fishing
fitness
flowers
food
fruit
glasses
harvester

As my teenage daughter’s birthday was approaching, I asked her if she wanted to have a party with some friends. “I guess,” she answered in her typical non-committal way. While she thought she could have a killer party by just inviting friends, ordering pizza and plugging her phone into a speaker, I knew they would spend much of the party concentrating on their phones instead of each other.

Instead, I offered her a few teen party ideas that I hoped would serve as the “warm up band” and get her friends moving, laughing and making memories at the killer party my daughter envisioned. Here are the six ideas that we came up with!

Night at the Club – Turn your basement into a Dance Party or Sports Bar (minus the alcohol, of course). Teens love to Karaoke via your Wii, Playstation or Xbox and dance games like Just Dance gets the party going fast. Consider asking your guests to wear neon or white and set the room in black light. Games like Darts, Pool, Foosball or Air Hockey are usually found in the basement of a family with teens. You can also bring in Cornhole boards and bean bags for a friendly, competitive game. Instead of pizza, try serving nachos, cheese sticks and chicken wings.

An 80’s Party – My kids know all the 80’s songs from Bon Jovi to ZZ Top because they grew up listening to them. At an 80’s themed party guests can dress up as their parents did back in the day. Offer a variety of 80’s games for the kids to play including Simon, Uno, Rubik’s Cube and Atari Flashback (available on Amazon). Keep the party going with “Who Wants to be an 80’s Star” which is a spinoff of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. Create 80’s trivia questions with a life line to parents or poll the audience. Serve popular 80’s foods like pizza rolls, jello pudding pops, sloppy joes, and of course, Tab.

Murder Mystery – Not only is a Murder Mystery Party a theme within a theme, it is also a fun way to release your inter-actor. Some themes include the Wild West, a night at the theatre, glamorous millionaires, medieval times, prom or even the holidays. You can find downloadable games online which will include character descriptions, a storyline and directions. Inform your guests ahead of time so they can dress for their role or offer costumes when they arrive. Your meal should revolve around your murder mystery setting.

Amazing Race – An Amazing Race party requires the guests to break up into teams, read and decipher clues and perform challenges in the shortest amount of time. The game can easily be set up in your neighborhood. Set challenges at the park, a neighbor’s backyard or a local business. Game printables can be found on Etsy. Incorporate food in your challenges so everyone is fed, but offer appetizers and desserts before and after the race. Challenge food games may include making a Froot Loop necklace with a certain pattern of colors and then eating it before moving on to the next challenge.

Minute to Win – This is a fun party for all ages and a simple set up for the party-planning challenged. The guests are given one minute to do a variety of simple challenges, like picking up four dry penne pastas with a dry spaghetti noodle. Players can be individual or broken into teams of 2 or more. Have everyone do the same challenges and keep record of everyone’s times. For game ideas, check out the Minute to Win it website and head to the dollar store for supplies. Food ideas include quick and easy make-it-yourself bars like tacos, pasta or baked potatoes.

Social Media Party – Ok, if you can’t beat them, join them. This is as close to it comes to just hanging out. Set up a photo booth with props for fun party posts. Play “Find a Post” where players receive points for having posted a particular item on social media – a team logo, their pet, a picture of a Starbucks cup. Serve food that only requires one hand to eat so the teens can continue to eat and Tweet. Try foods you can stick with a toothpick like cheese cubes, cocktail meatballs or cut up fruits and veggies.

Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three teenagers. She is the author of a party game series on Amazon and creator of Pam’s Party Printables on Etsy.

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