Ideas on what to do at the birthday party of a 16-year-old

Updated March 23, 2017

A 16th birthday is a milestone. Some may even consider it a transition period in a teen's life. What better way to celebrate this special time than by throwing a birthday party? Whether it's a full-blown birthday bash or a small low-key gathering, you'll need to have activities to keep guests entertained.

Hire Entertainment

Hire entertainment for your 16-year-old's birthday party. Contact a popular local band or performer in the area and ask them to perform at the party. If your budget won't allow hiring a performer, seek out a local DJ. They cost substantially less than a performer. A good DJ will interact with the crowd, help keep the activities flowing, and keep the teens dancing. Ask the DJ to bring a karaoke machine so the teens can sing along to some of their favourite tunes.


Depending on how large your party is, you want to have enough games going to keep the guest entertained. Scavenger hunts are fun and can be created based upon the party's theme. Set up a few video game consoles and have the teens compete against each other on various video games. If you want to play more traditional games, "Twister" is a childhood classic that would be perfect and fun for a smaller crowd. Give out prizes to those who participate. Prize ideas include movie passes, a Visa gift card or a manicure/pedicure gift token to your local salon.

Picture Booth Rental

Rent a picture booth for a few hours for your 16-year-old's party. These booths can be found at your local party supply store or an event planning company. Who does not like taking pictures? A picture booth will provide hours of fun for all the teens in attendance, as they take plenty of pictures with their friends. Pictures taken at the photo booth can also double as a party favour. The memories captured from this photo booth will last years.


16-year-olds are still young at heart. Rent an inflatable "moon bounce" to keep them entertained. To take it further, try not just the regular inflatable jumper, but an interactive inflatable. An interactive inflatable will allow the teens to compete -- on a rock climbing wall or an inflatable obstacle course -- or take an adrenalin-filled plunge on a huge inflatable slide. Inflatables can also be rented from your local party supply rental store or event planning company.

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Stacey Price started writing for various websites in December 2009. She has an associate degree in public health administration from South Eastern University. She has spent many years working in a hospital setting in the human resource field. She also writes about travel, parenting and beauty/personal care, drawing from more than seven years experience as a licensed cosmetologist.