Discover how easy it is to host a bash you and your friend’s will remember with these party perfect Tween and Teen Party Ideas.
No Sweat Tween and Teen Party Ideas
If you have tween or teen girls, you know that the party scene is, well, to be expected. So help your daughter be the belle of the ball and help her plan the perfect party with these these no fuss tween and teen party ideas.
Has this ever happened to you…Your daughter comes home and says she wants to have a few friends over.
You gasp. She acts surprised and says, “What?”
Suddenly, you find yourself in party mode–big time.
Believe it or not, putting on a tween or teen party for a few friends–or even a large crowd, for that matter, has just gotten easier.
Jen Jones, and her Planning Perfect Parties: The Girl’s Guide, offers timely advice to help you and your daughter host the “bash of the century.”
In addition, this guide gives suggestions on such touchy subjects as who to invite, to dealing with party divas, to what food to make.
Plus it will provide you with plenty of inspiration: with 10 great themed parties all ready to go with ideas for food, decorations, and even shopping lists, to name just a few.
So now that you have the tools to host a rockin’ party, what else will your daughter need to consider when putting on the event of the season?
1. Set a Reasonable Budget
The first thing to discuss with your daughter is budget. No one likes surprises, and for parents, the cost of throwing an over-the-top affair could break the family bank.
So before any friends are invited. Before any venues discussed. Be sure to sit down and go through what you are willing to put in the kitty for this event.
2. Pick a Location
Where you hold the party is key, especially if you plan to host a large crowd. Smaller get-togethers aren’t as problematic but you don’t want to short change yourself on room to dance, play games or stretch out on the couch–like for a movie night extravaganza.
Keep in mind that if you are planning for a huge crowd, you’ll have to consider whether it will be indoors, outdoors, noise level, availability to electricity (especially if one has a band) and more.
For this type of venue, you might even have to rent days or months in advance. So talk it out way before planning for the big gig.
Another thing to think about is where you will put the neat treats and drinks. No one likes to have to traipse far distances to get their snacks, so keeping things close at-hand is paramount.
3. Set Your Date
When planning your party, it’s always a good idea to clear the date with the family calendar, and even your tween or teen’s school calendar. This is especially important, if your child or her friends are involved in sports, cheerleading or other time-honored activities.
Also, make note of upcoming holidays, so that your party won’t coincide with possible vacation plans.
4. Make a List
It’s no fun having to cut a guest list, but depending upon the type of party your daughter wants to hostess, she may have to trim the list back substantially.
The same holds true with inviting the whole neighborhood. Parties of this size can get overwhelming and that certainly wouldn’t be a great scenario for any tween or teen.
So keep the list “just right” and allow for a mix of long time close friends and include some new ones makes to balance out the guests.
5. Pick a Theme
Having a theme makes planning so easy. The only difficulty is which one? Need inspiration? Here are a few ideas:
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6. Make It Yourself
Or better still check out this low-cost decoration idea: Tissue Paper Decorations.
7. Ask for Help
No one needs to handle a party alone. In fact, part of the fun for hosting a party is getting friends (and family) involved in the different aspects of planning for the big day.
The secret is to asking ahead of time and being respectful of your volunteers’ time and resources. The caveat is that by pooling a number of happy helpers, you’ll find that putting on a party is so simple indeed.
8. Plan for Worse Case Scenarios
Unfortunate things can and do happen from time to time, even despite all of our best planning. From poor weather that spoils an outdoor picnic to burnt food, to unruly guests. It’s all a part of being the “hostess with the mostess.” Help your daughter think about what you would do with “if” and “when” scenarios and you (and she) will not be too surprised but prepared for most anything.
9. Make Guests Feel Welcome
From the time the invites go out to the time when the last guest leaves, your daughter will need to be the super host. It’s all about mingling and talking with the guests. And, making sure they have enough snacks and are enjoying themselves.
This is where the helpers come in. A hostess who operates alone will find it difficult to be disappearing to fill snack or punch bowls. So ask, ask, ask for help.
Remember that even though you may be the hostess, your friends came because and for you. So be present and invite lively participation by all.
10. Create a Memorable Event
Question: How do you make your party memorable? There’s lots of ways from creating a special scrapbook covering the event, to a photo album, or how about a special guestbook that your friends can sign when coming in or leaving.
This idea is so crazy: a Guitar Guestbook. That’s right. Your guests “sign in” as they enter and you get to relish this one-of-a-kind momento for years to come.
11. Be Yourself
If your tween/teen finds that they have to act like someone their not in order to have a party, something is wrong.
Fact is, no one likes to attend a “show.” Rather, guests want to feel relaxed knowing they are among friends who are authentic.
So in all things: be yourself. That is what your guests will remember most when all of the fancy decorations and food are long gone.
12. Have Fun
What is a party without fun? Or more appropriately, guests will feel more inclined to enjoy themselves if they see their own host enjoying herself first.
Being a tween or teen can be awkward at times, but if you’ve done your planning and thought out how much food, what decorations and entertainment to have, stayed within budget and tucked the “what if’s” in your back pocket, just in case, it’s time to let go and relax.
So grab a drink and some snacks and start mingling.
For more amazing party ideas, be sure to check out the Entertaining section here on Wisconsin Homemaker.