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Teen and Tween Birthday Party Ideas!

Trying to think of a birthday party idea for your Tween or Teen? It’s TOUGH and getting tougher each year!

If you are ready to wave the white flag here are a few fabulous ideas for themes that will please them and you. Here’s our article from the GoodHousekeeking.com  > Two Totally Cool Tween and Teen Birthday Party Ideas – Good Housekeeping

“Kids today don’t get impressed easily, and when their birthday rolls around it can be hard finding a party theme that they won’t turn their noses up at,” says Dawn Sandomeno, who along with her partner Elizabeth Mascali, run PartyBluprints. We asked Dawn to do a little recon for us, and she polled a group of tween/teen moms and teachers to see which birthday party ideas were on trend. The findings? TV is the ticket.  

1. Compete and Celebrate Take your cue from the popular NBC show Minute to Win It.  This party theme provides one or two hours of serious fun that can hold up under the scrutiny of tween and teen guests. Minute to Win It works for a home party because the games are challenging but setting them up is not. Most of the items you need are in your pantry or garage. For a material list and directions on how to play over 100 official games from MTWI click here. You can find invites here and party printables (like the ones shown at left) here.

2. Cook and Celebrate Again, TV is the inspiration for the themes of these parties that really cook: Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and Chopped as well as Bravo TV’s Top Chef. The key to these parties is to prep food ahead of time, and consider the age and skill-level of guests to create appropriate challenges. The oven and stove can stay off if you wish.

With Cupcake Wars, you can have guests compete for best-decorated cupcake (or try a best ice cream sundae competition). To kick it up a notch, try asking teens too create a dish (appetizer, entrée or dessert) from a basket of pre-designated ingredients (like the show Chopped). You can also turn on the grill, grill up some pizza dough, and have the party goers compete for the Top Chef title by designing the best signature pizza pie.

For party recipe ideas, make sure to check out Spatulatta.com, a James Beard award-winning website, that I love for its easy navigation and 350 video recipes, which are simple to follow and kid tested and approved. A great take-home favor for any of these cooking-themed parties is an apron and chef hat. Check out Happy Chef Uniforms — I think their prices are great.

Even if you’re not inspired to throw one of the theme parties above, be sure to follow these tips — to help you create a real home party that rocks.               
1. NO electronics. In your invitation, declare your party a “no phone” zone. Provide a basket to keep phones safe during the party, or just politely ask guests to turn off electronics when they arrive.
2. Keep the invite list under control. This can be hard, but try. A dozen or under is where we’d cap it. This allows everyone to participate fully in the games or in the kitchen.
3. Give plenty of notice. With kids’ schedules these days the more notice you give the better chance you will have for a good response.
4. Consider your space when selecting the type of party to host. If you need to bring the party outdoors, don’t forget to consider bad weather and have a backup plan. You may need to plan for a rain date or tent rental (if the budget allows), if you don’t have the room to invite everyone indoors.

 

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