Cheap birthday party ideas for teens

Written by m. j. joachim
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Teens want to hang out with each other. They want limited adult supervision and a chance to test their boundaries. Safety is not their primary concern, but it needs to be considered by parents. Birthday parties for teens should attend to their uninhibited nature, be a big hit among their peers and invite plenty of self expression. Teens are not little kids anymore. Birthday parties should be inviting to other teens and not overwhelmed by adult interaction.

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Dance Party

Clear the furniture out of the way, and create an atmosphere that everyone will want to be a part of. Spread metallic confetti over the floor, and decorate with lava lamps and beanbag pillows in the corners. Set up a strobe light, and ask a favourite uncle or friend to be the DJ. Keep the music lively, inviting guests to bring their own CDs. Set a table off to the side with pizza or munchies and some drinks, and you can throw a cheap teen birthday party that is sure to be the talk of school all year.

Big Game Theme Party

Using your own pool table, dart board, ping-pong table and basketball hoop, you can throw a teen birthday party with a big game theme. Ask other parents to borrow a pool table or ping-pong table if you don’t have one. It is even possible to rent some of the equipment for one night only. Use chalk to draw a giant hopscotch board. Teens will love challenging each other with the games. Pull out the classic game of Twister, and provide several hoops (purchased at the dollar store) for contests. The key to this party is to have several activities available simultaneously so no one gets bored.

Old-Fashioned Birthday Party

Give this birthday party a bit of a twist by setting up a real pie fight, inviting everyone to bring their own pies. Set up a human battleship game where teens are the ships and participants throw water balloons at them. Once they’re hit, they’ve been sunk. Instead of having a candy guessing jar, have a money guessing jar. Teens never have enough spending money, so gather all your spare change and let them compete to win the grand prize.

Scavenger Hunt Party

Send party guests off to find treasure either in the neighbourhood or at the local mall. You can even have someone dress up as a favourite mascot, and have teens pair up and race to find him first. Make clues that give teens an opportunity to discuss several possibilities, as they giggle and race each other to the finish.

Costume Party

You can create a costume party theme based on favourite television shows or movies, eras in history, current events, sports or whatever is most interesting to your teen at the time. Guests should dress up, and activities should coincide with the overall theme. If your theme is “Gilligan’s Island” teens can play silly games, solve ridiculous mysteries, and play hide and seek. If it’s sports, they can separate into teams and compete against each other.

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