One of our awesome PI readers recently wrote to us to express concern about an upcoming Sweet 16 party. Unable to find appropriate tips online, she worried that being a Christian and throwing a party might be harder than she originally imagined!
We know that the idea of a “party” (as a teenager or not!) can sometimes leave you thinking about a scene you wouldn’t to be involved with. But remember that it’s your birthday and your party, and you can do whatever you want! The idea is to be creative and come up with something that is uniquely you and can include the people most important to you, whether that’s just your family or a bunch of friends!
To get the ball rolling on inspiration for your next shindig, we dug up five party ideas that we hope you’ll love. We know not all of them will appeal to each of you, but we’re hoping you’ll enjoy at least one of them and can give us your own tips in the comments below!
Love music? Throwing a karaoke party is easier than you might think. You can rent the machine from local party supply stores for much less than you can purchase it, and you won’t have to worry about singing in front of strangers or shelling out for a room of your own at your local karaoke joint. You can also rent a mic and the CDs that you’ll need to do it right! Evite.com has tons of tips on throwing a proper karaoke party, like how to section off a part of your room for the singer and how to decorate to set the mood.
Got a summer birthday? Throw a pool party at your own pool, the pool of one of your good friends or the local pool. It’s a fun way to entertain a lot of people, and there are often grills available for making lunch. Play music, lay out, play pool games, swim…the options are endless! Birthday during the fall or winter? Seek out local options specific to the season, like indoor or outdoor ice skating, apple picking, pumpkin festivals, tobogganing, whitewater rafting, theme parks, horseback trail rides, festivals, put-put golf, etc.!
Love board games? Games are a great way to get everyone together and have fun. Invite all your besties over and tell them to bring their favorite board game. If you want to make sure you don’t have 10 of the same game, ask them to tell you what they’re bringing beforehand or sign up on a shared Google doc. When everyone comes over, order some pizzas and get to gaming! You’ll be laughing and having a blast before you know it. This could also work for video games, if you’re more into that.
SCAVENGER HUNT + PICNIC
If you’re the adventurous type, you might enjoy having a scavenger hunt in the park with your friends. Break up into two teams and have your parents or older sibling hide all of the items you’ll be looking for. Once everyone is done and back at home base, declare the winner and celebrate with everyone over a picnic. Can’t afford to buy food for everyone? Ask each of your friends to bring a homemade or store-bought treat to the lunch. You’ll have plenty of food to go around! Get tips on organizing a hunt on WikiHow.
Nostalgia is fun, especially when it harkens back to your carefree childhood years! Invite all of your closest girlfriends over to your house, make DIY princess crowns and adorn them with whatever you like (glitter, pins, etc.), and then wear them while you watch your favorite Disney movies or princess-inspired flicks like Ever After and Ella Enchanted. Get the how-to for felt crowns from Hello Bee.
Which idea is your favorite? What was your favorite birthday party like? Tell us your own birthday party ideas in the comments below!