This post is all about birthday party ideas for teens.
Planning a birthday party for a teen in your life and need some birthday party ideas for teens? We’ve got you covered! One thing I have always loved is making my kids’ birthdays extra special. And now that they are teens, it has become a little harder to know exactly what they want to do for their birthday. Especially when they change their minds so often!
Lucky for you, we have rounded up some really great birthday party ideas for teenagers to help you and that teen in your life plan the best birthday party ever! So no matter how indecisive they are, they’ll surely find something they’ll love to do.
So whether you’re looking for birthday party ideas for teen girls, or birthday party ideas for teen boys, we’ve got ideas that can be fun for all!
This post shows you the best birthday party ideas for teens.
Best Birthday party ideas for teens
Before I start on the list of teen birthday party ideas, my first suggestion is to ask your teen what they have in mind. Sometimes they already have something in mind for their birthday, making it easier to plan exactly what they want.
However, if your teen has no idea what they want to do and would like a little help, here is a list of birthday party ideas for teens that can help them figure out what they want to do for their birthday.
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Teen Birthday Party Themes
1. Movie Night Party
If you’re looking for fun teenage party ideas at home, a movie night would be a big hit! You can do an outdoor or inside movie theme, whatever works best for the weather. And make all the decor like a real movie theatre. You can even give all the guests fake movie tickets to make it even more realistic.
If you choose to do an outdoor movie night, you can get an overhead projector and those large inflatable screens to take the movie night to the next level!
2. Beach Party/Picnic
If your teen prefers something small with a few friends, a beach birthday party would be a great option if you live near one. Or you can even make it more of a beach picnic if it’s just your teen and a few friends.
You can take food that is easy to eat at the beach. You can also take games, wireless speakers to play music, and even a few decorations.
3. S’Mores/Bonfire Party
Are you looking for teen birthday party themes that are more low-key and perfect for that teen that doesn’t like huge parties? Then a bonfire theme party might be perfect for that teen in your life!
Bonfires are always fun, so throwing a bonfire-themed party is the perfect teen party. Your teen can invite all their friends for an evening party. And serve a ton of S’Mores, music, and their favorite foods. This would be a great option for a birthday party in the summer.
4. Throw A Pool Party
A pool party is always a hit with kids of any age, but even more with teens. And even if you don’t have an underground pool, you can still have a pool party with an above-ground pool if you have the yard space. There are so many great above-ground pools that are actually pretty inexpensive and big enough for a pool party.
5. Make Your Own Pizza
Are you looking for unique birthday party ideas for teens? How about a “make your own pizza” party? If you have the space for this, this would be so much fun! All you have to do is set out all the supplies needed to make the pizzas and make it a fun night with music, snacks, and games!
Destination Birthday Party Ideas For Teens
6. Go to An Amusement Park
Maybe your teen doesn’t want a party and prefers to ride rollercoasters at an amusement park instead. If you live near amusement parks like Six Flags, Knotts Berry Farm, or even Universal Studios are all super fun places to go with teens. And I’m sure riding all the rides with their best friends would be even more fun.
7. Rent a Limo or Party Bus
This is definitely more of a birthday party idea for older teens. But it can be super fun! You can rent the limo or party bus for a couple of hours and stock it up with your teen’s favorite treats and drinks!
8. Escape Room
If your teen prefers something outside the home but has no clue where to go, an escape room might be a good idea. Especially if they haven’t been to one before. You can start the evening with the escape room, then take everyone out for pizza and cake for dinner or your teen’s favorite food place.
9. Book a Hotel Stay
If you’re looking for birthday party ideas for teenagers that want a super relaxing birthday party weekend, book a hotel stay with a few of their closest friends. Stock up on their favorite snacks. Order in and have a movie marathon!
10. Glow in The Dark Trampoline Park
A trampoline park is fun, but have you been to a glow-in-the-dark one? It is so much better! So if you live a nearby trampoline park offering a glow-in-the-dark night, try it!
11. Visit a Museum
Is your teen into museums? This would be a great time to visit a few museums they haven’t been to. Depending on where you live and what day you go, many are free and you only have to pay for parking. So this would be a great budget-friendly option for a teen birthday party.
12. Go to a Concert
This idea is more on the expensive side depending on what concert you go to. But if your teen has been begging for a concert outing, their birthday would be a great time to surprise them with a concert to see their favorite artist!
Teenage Party Food Ideas
13. FastFooderie Board
Are you searching for teenage party food ideas that would be 100% a hit at any teen birthday party? Try a fastfooderie board. Because I mean, what teen doesn’t love fries, burgers, and chicken fingers?
14. Movie Snacks
If you’re doing a movie birthday party theme, this would be perfect for that theme. You can have popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy, etc.
15. Waffle Bar
A waffle bar would be a huge hit at a teenage birthday party. And it is super easy and budget-friendly to put together. You can lay out all the items on a big table and let everyone create their own waffle plate.
16. Hot Dog Bar
When it comes to teen birthday parties, it’s a good idea to keep the food simple and that it’s all items they can quickly and easily grab on their own. And a hotdog bar is a perfect option for any teen birthday party.
17. Built-Your-Own Burger
If you don’t want to serve hotdogs, another similar option is a burger bar. Or you can even do both a hotdog and burger bar together.
Teen Birthday Party Games
If you decide on an at-home birthday party, you’ll need games. Here are some teen birthday party games that’ll help make the party extra fun and entertaining.
18. Pool Noodle Toss
Don’t mind a quick DIY? This pool noddle toss DIY is super easy to put together. And will undoubtedly entertain a group of teens for hours!
19. Tug of War
Tug-a-war is a classic game! And it is the perfect game for kids of all ages. And a fun way to take this game to another level is to add one of those small kid pools in the middle of the two groups. Then whatever group loses ends up falling into the pool. It would definitely make the game extra fun!
20. Giant Jenga
Jenga is a fun game played by people of all ages so if you want to entertain a big group of teenagers, Jenga is definitely a game that can help you do just that. It’s a super fun game and super simple to play, too. The giant Jenga would be perfect for a teen birthday party.
21. Lawn Twister
Take the games to the yard with this lawn twister. You can easily DIY this game with spray paint and a piece of cardboard and have hours of fun!
Dodgeball is always such a fun game to play. And it is perfect for a teenage birthday party because all the kids can play together all at once. And all you need to play this game is the balls. You can get a pack of them on Amazon.
23. Water Gun Fight
Who doesn’t love a good ole water gunfight? This will surely keep the kids busy for hours!