Party Ideas

5 Tips for Your Teen’s Birthday

By Jonathan Clark

Teenagers. We know how hard to please they can be. We know they’re going through a lot of awkward development. They’re great kids, of course, but the many transitions of growing up can be difficult. Well, there’s no time like a birthday to put all of that teenage angst aside and celebrate. Let’s throw them a party! We know, we know. Not such an easy task, right? Well, don’t fret, because we’re here to help you find that perfect party for your teen.


Impersonator or Tribute Band

Let’s face it, you’re not going to be able to book Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber for your teen’s party. But you can hire an Impersonator of their favorite singer. Or if it’s a band they dig, find a Tribute Band! If your teen dreams of taking the stage, ask the Impersonator or the Tribute Band to let them come up and belt out their favorite song.


Dance Party

Book a Cover Band or a Dance Band. Rent a Venue. Hire a Bartender to make fun, celebratory mocktails. Go all out! Make it a real dance party. We know you worry about appropriateness, but, as we’re sure they’ve reminded you over and over, your child’s not a child any more. They’re a teen, and granting them a little mature fun is a perfect way to satisfy them. Plus, if the party’s a hit, they’ll gain some cool points with their friends. Bonus!


Themed Party

Be careful with this one. Chances are, your teen does not want a lame dinosaur-themed party. They want something cooler. Pay attention to what they really love, and, more importantly, why they love it. For example, if your teen loves video games, an appropriate themed party would not necessarily be a house decorated in a particular game’s décor. Instead, allow your teen to invite over a bunch of friends for a tournament. Maybe hire a Caterer for finger foods. But don’t bother with much else. They probably wouldn’t have appreciated the decorations anyway. So just let them hang out with their friends. They’ll be happy.


Performance Party

If your teen is a budding performer (a singer, actor, musician, magician, whatever), why not create a party entirely around their passion! Here’s your chance to encourage them to succeed! Rent a Venue, an Emcee and maybe some Concessions. Also, definitely get a Videographer; you want to document your teen’s big debut! Make it like a real performance. Make sure every guest knows how much this means to your teen, so that no one laughs (unless they’re a comedian, of course!) or doesn’t take it seriously. This is their talent, their life dream. It’s important. Many teens don’t feel like they’re being noticed. Of course you notice. Of course you care. Tell them. Show them.


Sports Party

For the athletic or competitive types, set up a some fun, outdoor activities! Depending on your teen’s interest, the party can be a simple game of touch football, or you can create a number of games, Olympics-style. Invite a Sports Expert to educate the party, or hire a Sports Exhibition to truly wow your young sports fan! Make sure to contact some Party Rentals companies for safety gear and equipment. So there you have it. Hopefully, your teen will say under their breath, “Thanks, Mom and Dad.” That doesn’t sound like much of a reward, but any parent knows that, coming from a teen, it is.


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  1. George Hollington February 12, 2016

    I read these tips for my birthday, and I don’t feel like these are very accurate. they could help someone else but they didn’t help me

    • Tessie Barnett February 15, 2016

      Hi George!

      Thank you for taking time to read the article! I’m so sorry these party ideas weren’t helpful to you. Were you looking for something more specific? Have you tried other successful party ideas that you want to share with our readers? We’re always open to suggestions, and our audience has contributed some of the best and most creative topics! I hope to hear more from you, so we can get you the information you’re looking for. Thank you again for reaching out to us!

  2. Gina Henrie December 1, 2016

    My daughter loves Justin Bieber and keeps begging me for him to come to her party. Obviously I know that that is not an option, but I’ve never thought of possibly hiring an impersonator before. That is a great idea! Even though it is not the real thing, I think she would get a kick out of it, and it would still mean a lot to her.

    • Tessie Barnett December 1, 2016

      Impersonators are always fun! Let us know how the party goes!

  3. Yilliang Peng March 30, 2017

    Thanks for the help on how to plan a great birthday for my kid! I think that planning a party based off of one of his passions is really smart — creating some kind of themed party. I never knew that you could throw so many different kinds of parties; I wish I was that creative to think of these! Thanks again!

    • Megan Frisbee April 4, 2017

      We’re so glad you found our suggestions helpful, Yilliang! We hope the party is amazing!


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