8 Best Teen Birthday Party Ideas that Don’t Suck

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8 Best Teen Birthday Party Ideas that Don't Suck | If you want to throw a birthday party for your teenager, but don't know what's cool and what's not, this post is for you! While you may want to steer clear of kids birthday party games, there are still a lot of fun activities you can plan that won't cause teenage boys and girls to roll their eyes (hopefully, lol). Whether you're planning a big outdoor bash or a small indoor celebration, this post has tons of tips and ideas to inspire you!

Planning a birthday party for your teen can be a challenging feat. They’re still young enough to want a birthday party, but aren’t kids anymore, and the last thing they want is for their party to be considered “lame”. Rest assured, we’ve compiled a bunch of awesome teen birthday party ideas that your teen and their friends are sure to love. From an outdoor movie night to a themed roller skating party to backyard glamping, these teen party ideas definitely don’t suck.

How to Plan a Birthday Party for Teens

  • Chat with your teen: Ask your teen what they want to do for their birthday party and have them help with the planning. They know themselves and their friends best, so will be happy to share ideas and give input.
  • Decide on invitations: Once you’ve settled on your party idea, consider sending out fun invitations by mail or email. Your teen may prefer to just text their friends, but if you need a headcount, consider looping the parents in as well, especially if it’s an overnight party.
  • Plan food and drink: Lots of snacks and food is a must for a teen birthday party. Teens tend to get super hungry, especially if they’re doing an activity or if the party is during a meal time. Talk to your teen about their friends’ favourite foods and figure out a menu that works. And be sure to have a celebratory dessert like cake or cupcakes!
  • Don’t forget decorations: While you don’t necessarily have to go all out with decorations, it’s still fun to have some minimal birthday decor that fits with the theme of the party. Once you’ve figured out what party idea to go with, it will be easy to curate the decor.

8 Birthday Party Ideas for Teens that Don’t Suck

1. Outdoor Movie Night
If your teen’s birthday falls during the warmer months, host an outdoor movie night for her and her friends! Invest in a projector and screen, or you can even hang a white sheet. Set up comfortable seating in your backyard including rugs or picnic blankets with tons of pillows and throws. Make sure to have movie munchies like popcorn and candy (perhaps even rent a popcorn machine) and order pizzas for dinner. Have your teen choose a couple of her favourite movies to watch with her besties!

2. Colour War Party
This is another great outdoor birthday party idea! Create backyard games that your teen and their friends enjoy and randomly assign guests to wear one of two colours to the party. Split the guests into teams by colour and have them battle it out in the games to see who wins. Some ideas for the games- glow stick tag, frisbee golf, capture the flag, or even a scavenger hunt or obstacle course. Consider having custom t-shirts made in the chosen colours!

3. Roller Skating
Roller skating is so much fun, and one of the best parts about it? You can make it a themed party and dress up for the roller rink. Themes we think your teen will love? The ’90s, Barbie, glow in the dark, disco, or country western. Be sure to have plenty of food and snacks available as skating will make them hungry. Rolling skating is simple and fun, and with a theme, will be totally Tiktok/snapchat-worthy.

4. Pancake and Pyjama Party
Teens love sleepovers, so throw an epic slumber party that her and her friends will love! Create a snack bar with all your teen’s favourites for a fun array of treats they can snack on all night long. Make the sleepover room nice and cozy with lots of blankets and pillows, and don’t forget to decorate with balloons and streamers. Have everyone wear their favourite PJs and whip up a family-style meal like a casserole or chicken strips with fries. Plan to have activities like a movie marathon, makeovers, or a DIY craft. In the morning, have fun with breakfast by offering birthday cake pancakes for everyone to enjoy!

5. Rent a Party Bus
This option is a little bit more on the expensive side, but if you have it in your budget, a party bus birthday will be one your teen will never forget. Teenagers love party buses and you can shop around for the cheapest deal or consider having a joint birthday party with two or three of their friends to keep the cost down. They’ll love driving around town in a party bus blasting their favourite tunes! Have it drive them to a fun restaurant for dinner and head back out to drive around town to end off the night.

6. Backyard Glamping
Is your teen feeling something trendy for her birthday? You can rent a canvas glamping tent to set up in your backyard and deck it out with lush blankets and pillows. Amp up the party atmosphere with balloons, streamers, fairy lights, and lanterns, and don’t forget the bug spray! For dinner, set up a wooden pallet picnic with Moroccan rugs and pillows for them to sit. Pick some flowers from your garden to put in mason jars, add flameless candles for ambiance, and set up pretty tableware.

7. Bonfire Party
A night time bonfire party is perfect for a teen that doesn’t want anything too over the top for their party. It’s a simple, low-key idea that will still be tons of fun. Make sure there’s seating for all the guests and have lots of blankets on hand. Add a few well-placed lanterns to add ambiance and enhance the party atmosphere. Consider fun food options that can be roasted on the fire like hot dogs, cheesy garlic bread, campfire quesadillas, and s’mores. And don’t forget some portable all-weather speakers so they can blast their favourite music.

8. Rec Room Hangout
There are numerous rec room style spots where your teen and their friends can battle each other to games like ping pong, mini golf, or bocce. A bowling alley is another fun spot for a birthday party. These places usually have food and drinks available and may even have a party room for cake after the games. If a party room isn’t their style, consider moving the party to your house afterward so they can continue to hangout and eat cake!

If you’ve been struggling with birthday party ideas for your teen, we hope this post gave you some inspiration!

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