Outdoor teen party ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

During the spring and summer seasons, no teen wants to host a party without taking advantage of the warm weather. Planning an outdoor get-together for classmates should be fun and not overwhelming. One of the easiest ways to guarantee outdoor fun is to select a theme that complements the teen's personality, then plan accordingly. With the right party favours and music, the party will remain a conversation piece until the end of the school year!

Outdoor Movie Party

An outdoor movie party is a great way for teenagers to enjoy summer weather while watching a movie together. A television with a large screen, speakers, projectors and outdoor antennas are required and provided by many rental companies. Guests bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, and the host provides games and party favours within the theme of the movie. Serve popcorn in movie theater-style boxes, oversized candy, and plates of nachos.

Scavenger Hunt Party

A scavenger hunt party provides everyone with something to do while enhancing the night with a sense of competition. Make sure each stop reminds guests of the birthday person. Focus the theme on memorable locations around town, or extend it to landmarks in the teen's favourite city. Guests meet up at the end to discuss their findings and enjoy a late night snack.

Beach Party

Camp out overnight on the beach to combine a memorable event with water and sand. The laid-back environment feels more like a vacation for teenagers. Tell guests to wear beach clothing and bring knapsacks and light jackets. Create a playlist of upbeat, summer songs that transitions into dance songs later in the evening. Beach party decorations include boogie boards, rafts, water pistols and sand baskets. A mixture of grilled hamburgers, non-alcoholic daiquiris and seafood are excellent meal options.

Hoedown Party

A hoedown-themed party is a delightful way to mark the transition to autumn during the last days of summer. Teenagers receive paisley bandannas upon their arrival. Plan square dancing to put them in constantly changing combinations throughout the night, but include more modern music as well. Serve a variety of southern food, including biscuits, fried chicken and corn on the cob.

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Nicole Newman is a Dartmouth College associate who works in Tiltfactor Laboratory, Dartmouth's premier game design center. Her research has included investigating the digital humanities through "Writing as a Dimensional Artifact" and "Evolution of the Ghetto: The Decline of America’s Inner Cities," a research initiative on urban design.