Turning 14 is an important event for teens because it often shows that they're ready for high school. The party must respect their new age, but also remind them of their younger years. Keep the party low-key and relaxed, while still celebrating their new age. Fun things for a 14th birthday party apply to boys and girls and let everyone at the party have a good time.
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Thrift Store Outing
Invite the teens to your house and organise a trip to a local thrift store. Give each teen a small amount of money and ask them to find the wackiest outfit from the money they have. Once you get home, each teen changes into her new outfit and the party guests vote on their favourite choice. Use this same idea in different ways, by asking the teens to find the brightest outfit or the wackiest item in the home department. Alternatively, divide the teens into groups and give each group money. Hold a scavenger hunt, asking the teens to find certain items in the thrift store, such as a cooking pot, green shirt, glass and other items. Donate the items back to the thrift store after the party.
Rent or borrow a projection DVD player. This device beams the DVD directly onto a white or light coloured surface, increasing the size of the image. Use a projection screen in your backyard or hang a plain white sheet in the backyard. Set out lawn chairs, camping chairs, inflatable mattresses, blankets, pillows and other comfortable items where the teens sit. Set out a wide selection of movie foods, filling bowls with candy, snacks, chips, popcorn and pretzels. After the teens watch one movie, start up the grill and offer dinner. Give the teens some privacy for watching their favourite movies outside.
Throw a fun flashback party, to celebrate the 14-year-old. The flashback party gives the teens the chance to act like kids again. Host a mini-Olympics, using the same games they played as kids, including hopscotch, follow the leader, tag and foursquare. Award points for each player's finish in every game. Pass out trophies at the end of the day for the top point-getters. Use the same idea inside, using kid-friendly board games for winter or rainy day birthdays. Play a series of board games, giving each player points based on where they finish in the game.
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