As teens grow older, cartoon-themed parties and other old standbys just don't work anymore. Teens long for super cool parties that their friends will talk about for years to come. They want their parties to be original and funky. You, however, may be tapped out of ideas. No worries; there are still plenty of original ideas out there. Many of them involve simply making a new play on an older theme.
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Dark parties work well for teens of all ages. Hang blackout curtains in your windows and replace all of your light bulbs with black lights. Tack tons of black paper to the walls and go crazy drawing messages, aliens, cartoons and silhouettes on it. Let white and black balloons cling to the ceiling for an eerie glow. Get flashing cups, bowls and glow in the dark utensils. Instruct your guests to dress entirely in black. This means you'll only be able to see exposed skin, making games like hide and seek fresh and new. You can also decorate T-shirts with neon fabric paints and toss glowing rings over each other's arms and heads. Girls can paint their nails with glow in the dark polish and give each other neon makeovers. Serve brightly coloured fruit punch and cupcakes with neon icing.
Sleepover Pool Party
This kind of party is perfect for summer birthdays or birthdays in warm areas. If you have a lighted pool, make sure the lights are on. If not, set up clusters of battery-powered camping lanterns, candles and twinkle lights around the pool area. Set up a relaxing and sleeping area by criss-crossing and overlapping colourful beach towels several feet away from the pool. Toss throw pillows over the area as well and hang a tent of mosquito netting over it. This area should cover as much space as possible. Place a cooler full of caffeine-free drinks in the area along with low tables equipped with fruit trays, trail mix and a fondue pot. You can decorate both of these things with spray paint to match your personal colour scheme. Guests can play in the pool and sleep under the stars. Use this theme for teens older than 15 years.
Teens of all ages can enjoy a masquerade. Cover your walls with layers of dark red and brown mosquito netting. Hang twinkle lights vertically underneath them to mimic stars or candlelight. Add more lighting with carefully placed candelabras and clusters of battery powered candles and tea lights. Take your guests to a consignment store or discount costume shop to get Victorian or Renaissance-style clothing. Include a mask in your invitations for everyone to decorate before they get to the party. Everyone arrives masked and dressed in their costumes. Serve mocktails in clear plastic wine goblets and finger foods like fresh fruit, pita chips and miniature sandwiches. Teach your guests a simple waltz and instruct them to try and discover each other's identities by asking only yes or no questions.
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