Fun Party Themes for Teens and Tweens

Planning a birthday party for a pre-teen, tween, or a teenager can be a lot of fun if you plan ahead and concentrate on a chosen theme. They absolutely love themed parties. Themed parties are growing increasingly popular and the decorations and supplies available nowadays make planning a themed party even more fun.

I've assembled some fun themed party ideas that I'm sure the birthday teen, tween, or pre-teen will enjoy. Many of them I have hosted myself over the years and can tell you first-hand that they were a lot of fun.

Have some fun with these ideas. Add your own style and flair. Personalize the party your way. Don't be afraid to be creative. It will make your party more memorable. Be sure to take lots of photos and/or video to remember the event for years to come.

In my opinion, the party themes below can actually be used on any age group, including adults. They aren't just limited to teens. Make adjustments where necessary to make the party age and gender-appropriate.

The Hawaiian or Luau Theme

Decorations and costume choices could include:

  • Grass skirts
  • Coconut bras
  • Sunglasses
  • Coconut-shaped drinking cups
  • Tiki torches for outdoor parties
  • Umbrella straws
  • Garland flower leis
  • Sea shells
  • Palm Trees
  • Gilligan-style sailor hats
  • Captain's hat
  • Flip flops
  • Bring in some sand, particularly if you've been thinking of adding some sand to your yard

My thoughts: This is extremely popular with girls. The grass skirts worn over bikinis with flip flops is fun. My daughter has had several luau parties with great success. You can find all sorts of party decorations locally at Wal-mart or the Dollar Stores and online.

If using tiki torches be sure there is plenty of adult supervision.

The Pirate Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Pirate hats
  • Pirate eye patches
  • Parrots
  • Invitations in a bottle
  • Treasure chest with gold coins and beads
  • Palm trees
  • Goblets and fake wine bottles
  • Fake gold coins or foil candy coins
  • Fake telescopes

My thoughts: I would take brown plastic table clothes and create a portion of a ship. You could include a plank. Then take white or off-white plastic table clothes and make sails. You can include a skull and crossbones on it.

Bonfire Theme

This is a great party idea if you happen to have an unrestricted outdoor area to do it in and the right weather conditions. With my daughter having an early November birthday, it is always difficult to predict the weather. For her 17th birthday, we had a Bonfire party. I bought the wire rods for roasting marshmallows and wieners. It actually turned out warmer than we expected so the kids didn't sit around the fire like we thought they might. They really only ventured over to it once they wanted to roast a wiener.

Since my husband at the time was from England we incorporated The 5th of November Guy Fawkes Bonfire celebration into her party and explained a little British history to the guests. Each of them then got a scarecrow I had purchased in the after-Halloween sales and burned it in the fire. For more about this tradition click here.

The kids told ghost stories and just generally gossiped about school events.

Please remember that an open flame needs to be strictly supervised by a responsible adult and extinguished completely. This is not recommended for a rowdy bunch.

Items to buy: Hot dog fixings, marshmallows and maybe s'mores

The Patriotic Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Flags
  • Banners
  • Balloons in red, white & blue
  • Curling ribbon
  • Stars
  • Cutouts of Uncle Sam, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, ex-Presidents
  • Eagles

My thoughts: This makes a great summer party near the fourth of July. The availability is good then for anything red, white and blue. In keeping with the theme you can serve foods that include fresh strawberries, blueberries and Cool Whip.

The 60s Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Plastic/cardboard/vinyl records
  • Peace signs
  • Psychedelic colors
  • Bell-bottomed jeans
  • Tye-dyed fabrics
  • Lava Lamps
  • Incense
  • Long-haired wigs
  • Bandanas in your hair
  • Flowers in your hair
  • Beaded curtains
  • Blow up guitars for the Woodstock feel

My thoughts: This theme provides lots of leeway to be a hippie and say things like "groovy" and "right on" and "peace". Kids love it. We have even had tie-dye parties where the kids bring a white t-shirt and we dye them at the party.

The Oriental Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Strings of paper lanterns
  • Dragons
  • Buddhas
  • Tassels
  • Chopsticks
  • Fortune cookies

My thoughts: The reds and golds are a pretty combination and the guests can practicing eatting with chopsticks.

The Fiesta Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Strings of jalapeno pepper lights
  • Tissue paper flowers
  • Cactus
  • Sombreros
  • Brightly colored tablecloths
  • Maracas
  • Pin the Tail on the Donkey

My thoughts: This party is fun and allows you to serve fun finger foods like tacos and nachos where the guests can make their own. The colors are simply beautiful and look good in the summer or the fall.

Food-Themed Party

This is a fun interactive party idea where your guests enjoy making their own food. This theme works well for kids that like to experiment with cooking or maybe the kitchen/dining area is the roomiest part of the house to have the party.

Below are a few party ideas using food as the theme:

  • Pizza Party-have all the ingredients for making homemade pizzas. You can buy ready-made cheese pizzas, ready made crusts, or even buy box crusts that you add water to, to create the base for your pizzas. Then have a variety of toppings that you know your friends will like such as a jar of ready-made pizza sauce, pepperoni, ham, pineapple, chicken, crumbled hamburger meat (prepared beforehand), chopped onions and bell pepper, and more grated cheese.
  • Banana Split or Ice Cream Sundae Party-have all of the ingredients for making banana splits or ice cream sundaes. You might have a couple of flavors of ice cream, bananas, and a variety of toppings and sauces. You could have chocolate syrup, strawberry preserves, maraschino cherries, canned whipped cream, nuts, etc. You can even provide a variety of sugar cones or waffle bowls.
  • Taco Party-have all of the ingredients for making tacos. You could have ground seasoned hamburger meat (prepared beforehand), grated cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and salsa. You can have crunchy taco shells, taco bowls, flour tortillas, corn tortillas, tortilla chips, or even Frito corn chips for placing the ingredients on.
  • Hamburger Party-have all of the ingredients for making burgers. You could have prepared hamburger patties, sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle slices, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, buns, etc.
  • Chip and Dip Party-have all sorts of dips and chips. This theme works well to ask your friends to bring their favorite chips or dip. Unlike the other themes if someone doesn't bring something it doesn't affect the rest of the food. At this party you could purchase all of the ingredients to make a 7-layer dip and then assemble the dip as part of the party.
  • Cupcake Party-For this party you could make a variety of cupcakes beforehand that are ready to frost. Then, you provide a variety of frostings and toppings. Each guest makes their own cupcake. Toppings might include: sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, fruit, gummy worms, crumbled Oreos, miniature candies, etc.
  • Hot Dog Party-have a wiener roast and provide all of the fixings like chili, cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, etc.

Casino or Poker Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Poker chips
  • Shapes of card suits (diamonds, clubs, spades and hearts)
  • Cut-outs of slot machines
  • Visor caps
  • Playing cards
  • Red and black decorations
  • Dice
  • Paper money

My thoughts: This theme is more popular with the older boys more so than girls.

The Beach Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Drinks with umbrella straws
  • Flip Flops
  • Beach volleyball
  • Sandcastles
  • Sea shells
  • Buckets and shovels for playing in sand
  • Kiddie pools for playing in
  • Lawn chairs
  • Tiki Torches
  • Palm trees
  • Sunglasses
  • Cutouts of the sun

My thoughts: Probably one of the easiest themed party ideas. Have guests wear their swimsuit under their clothes for easy changing. You can incorporate water activities by using wading pools, water guns, homemade slip'n'slides, or a simple lawn sprinkler.

Our cut-outs of Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum
Our cut-outs of Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum
The Alice in Wonderland Party Table
The Alice in Wonderland Party Table

The Alice In Wonderland Theme

  • Mad Hatter hat
  • Cutouts of all the characters
  • Playing cards
  • Red and black decorations
  • Tea cups (you can buy really cheap plastic teacups and decorate them yourself)
  • Beanie hats with flags or propellers like Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum wore
  • Decorate cupcakes with "Eat Me" on them
  • Place tags on the cups saying "Drink Me"

My thoughts: We did this for my daughter's 16th birthday. We actually created a rabbit hole at the entrance with black and brown plastic. We punched holes in an entire deck of oversized playing cards and hung them from red and black curling ribbon from different heights all over the dance floor of the hall we rented. We created cutouts of all the characters. We created life-sized cutouts of Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum that they could stick their own faces through for pictures. We got three dozen plastic coffee cups from the dollar store and hand painted them to look like antique tea cups. Each cup had a tag on a string attached to the handle that said "drink me". We had cupcakes with red and black lettering that said "eat me". We had red and black napkins that were in the shape of the suits (diamonds, hearts, spades, clubs). Everyone loved it!

My daughter having fun with the Masquerade Theme Party
My daughter having fun with the Masquerade Theme Party

The Masquerade Ball Theme

My thoughts: The decorations are rather difficult on this one. Many times people just use the same type of decorations used in the Mardi Gras Theme. I would personally rather use a different color scheme if I was doing it. I'd lean towards a vanilla cream, burgundy, golden brown, etc. The colors are completely your choice.

My daughter attended a 16th Birthday held as a Masquerade Ball. She chose to make her mask and then borrowed a friend's older sister's old prom gown. This is a great opportunity for prom gown dress-up for girls not yet old enough to go to prom but can fit older friends' dresses. You can often find really inexpensive prom dresses at thrift shops and garage sales.

Mardi Gras Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Masks
  • Gold, green, purple beads
  • Gold, green, purple decorations
  • Streamers
  • Comedy and tragedy masks
  • Feather boas
  • Silly hats

My thoughts: This can be a fun party if you're fond of the color scheme. This party is geared towards girls.

The Hollywood Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Director's chair
  • Director's clapboard
  • Megaphone
  • Fake Oscar awards
  • Reels of film
  • Red carpet
  • Guests could come dressed as their favorite actor/actress
  • Serve popcorn and peanuts

My thoughts: Teenagers love to play dress-up. This is a fun party to act like movie stars and pretend to be their favorite actors and actresses. You can combine karoake with it and call it an Academy Award Party.

Cute cow-print decorations
Cute cow-print decorations

Western Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Cowboy boots
  • Cowboy hats
  • Bandanas
  • Cactus
  • Cutouts of saloon doors
  • Barbed wire
  • Horses
  • Cutouts of barrels
  • Hay bales

My thoughts: I think girls and boys both like this one. It is also a good party idea in the fall or winter where other party ideas are more suited for the summer. Music for this theme is easy. Who doesn't like to "Cotton-Eyed Joe"?

Cute boxes of animal crackers-perfect for a circus theme party!
Cute boxes of animal crackers-perfect for a circus theme party!

The Circus Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Clowns
  • Cutouts of lion tamers, master of ceremony, animals
  • Elephants
  • Serve popcorn, peanuts, animal crackers and cotton candy
  • Balloon animals
  • Clown noses
  • Balloons
  • Create a bigtop tent with red and white tablecloths draped from the ceiling

My thoughts: I actually saw this theme at a office luncheon party. They took red and white table cloths and hung them from the ceiling, alternating them and starting in the center of the room, then draped them to the end of the room making the illusion of a circus tent. It was so simple, yet so elegant. The hosts and hostesses wore clown outfits and had bicycle horns. They had the little circus boxcar boxes of animal crackers on all of the tables. There were bright colored balloons everywhere. It was so festive. Some teenagers may feel this is too kiddie...but we were adults having a ball with it.

My Favorites from the 1975 Billboard's Number One Hits

Angie Baby - Helen Reddy

Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters

Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka

Fire - Ohio Players

You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt

Pick Up The Pieces - AWB

Lady Marmalade-LaBelle

(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B. J. Thomas

He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando and Dawn

Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender

The Hustle - Van McCoy/The Soul City Symphony

One Of These Nights - The Eagles

Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees

Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band

Fame - David Bowie

That's The Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band

70s or Disco Theme

Decorations could include:

  • Leisure suits
  • Disco ball
  • Polyester shirts
  • Colorful party afro-style wigs
  • The Village People (Police cop, Indian, construction worker)

My thoughts: I personally think the 70s theme party is more about the music than the decorations. It really is a dance party theme. The 70s had such great dance music like anything by the Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer, etc.

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Those are some really fun sounding parties! I think maybe the teenagers I know are a bit on the jaded side. But def these themes would work well for college/frat/sorority parties.

Thanks especially for the faves list from 1975! That was a groovy year for music!! MM


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for commenting MM. I have a few more I thought of after I published it. So, I'll be adding to it soon. I'm glad you enjoyed the list from 1975. I ran across Billboard's #1s for every year, including the weeks it was number one. I'll be using that list for another hub down the road.


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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

Great ideas! The list of supplies is fantastic -- it certainly makes planning the party a lot easier.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you enjoyed it Beth! I tried to be thorough. I'll add to this hub as I think of things. I have several other party related hubs too.


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ljrc1961 7 years ago from Michigan

wow, we do think alike! I've done most of these too.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL.....I told you ljrc! We do seem to have a lot in common!


Teens Murder Mystery Party Games 7 years ago

Some great ideas, especially the Alice in Wonderland theme idea!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you TMMPG! We had a lot of fun with the Alice in Wonderland themed party this past year.


alex 7 years ago

take it from me ima teen. teens don't dress up and these partys are to kiddie for shure but tats my opinon. so yea


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Well...I have a teenage daughter and have had plenty of parties with teens and they have all enjoyed these. Perhaps you're too uptight Alex. Try it, you might like it. :) Thanks for stopping by.


Lexus Kay 7 years ago

i disagree with you, alex. I am also a teenager and I know that most teens would love any opportunity to dress up for a fun party, and also all of these suggestions say that u should decorate with these things, not wear them.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Lexus Kay!


bobbierobinson11 7 years ago

thanks for the great ideas, I'm trying to plan a great party for my daughter who is turning 13 and you gave me so many ideas. My daughter would love any one of your ideas, thank you so much, you just saved me from a lot of stress!!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're so welcome Bobbie! Hope she has a blast! She's at that age where you can use quite a few of these over the next several years! Enjoy! My daughter turns 17 in Nov. I need to start planning!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Great hub KCC Big Country, loads of really good ideas. I'm sure it will help alot of people to help their teens party to go with a swing.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks wrenfrost!


DIARIA 6 years ago

III LUVED THE MASCARDE BALL IT WAS SOO FUN


soccerfreak. 6 years ago

i am fourteen and i am having a party and we are going to do a super hero party. and we are creating our own super hero. that was just our idea! haha


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Diaria and Soccerfreak! Both sound like fun!


Party girl 6 years ago

I like these and have done most of them....I need sexier themes for me and my friends


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hope you find what you're looking for, Party Girl. Thanks for stopping by!


Jill 6 years ago

This is basically the only site that actually had what I'm looking for! (I'm thirteen) The Alice in Wonderland theme sounds perfect! Thanks! :)


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you found what you were looking for Jill! We had a blast when we did the Alice in Wonderland theme for my daughter's 16th birthday. Hope you have fun too!


Severn :) 6 years ago

This site is great! But I think the Alice in Wonderland theme is common nowadays. Can you give other themes? I'm turning 18 on November. And I want my party to be a one of a kind party. A party that my guest will never forget!

Thank you in advance! :)


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Alice in Wonderland has seen a resurface due to the popularity of the new movie. My daughter turns 18 in November as well and I'll see what I can come up with. I'll try to create a new article geared towards the 18-21 year olds.


Severn. :) 6 years ago

I really can't think of a good theme for the month of November. Masquerade is common as well. So yeah, I don't want to have a party with a common. Oh yeah? When is her birthday? Maybe we have the same date! :)


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hers is the 8th, my son's was the 11th and mine is the 25th. When is yours? Where are you located? We're in Texas, so there are still things we can do outside in November even though it's chilly.


confussion 6 years ago

i love The Circus Theme, alice in wonder land and beach theme n im a girl turning 13 help me out which one.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Confusion, pick whichever one sounds like the most fun, or the one your family can easiest afford. I think they all 3 sound like fun and can all be done indoors or out in the summer months or winter months. Happy 13th!


Severn. :) 6 years ago

All of you is on November? That's cool! Mine is 13th. :). Im from the Philippines. Haha!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Wow, the Philippines! I'll have to research the weather for November in the Philippines. LOL Your birthday is just a few days after my daughter's.


Severn. :) 6 years ago

I think its a rainy season on November. So I can't think of a good theme to fit the season. LOL


KeyLa. 6 years ago

I was looking at the Alice in Wonderland theme and was wondering where you could buy oversized playing cards like you said ? I also think some good color would be white ( the good princess ) and red ( the bad lady )


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey KeyLa....we got the oversized playing cards at Card & Party factory, which has changed it's name here to Wally's Party Factory.


taje 6 years ago

i would say like a mini club like serve drinks with out alchohol :) me and my friend did it it was relly fun


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

That's a cute idea Taje. You could have a dj and create a club scene with no-alcoholic drinks.


J-B LOVER  6 years ago

I LOVE THE HAWAII THEME AHAHAHA


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I do too, JBLover....it's a fun theme to play around with. Kids and adults all love it.


elizie 6 years ago

can u get some ideas 4 real, these day parties


Mackenzie 6 years ago

Like what is this? party ideas for people who r like..... OLD like 30 old!!!!!!! seriosly get some real ideas. cause really think about it, were we all born in 1950 LIKE OMGGGGG!!!!!!


lizzie (elizabeth) 6 years ago

i really think u shud put some ideas 4 people who are modern and new, not aged 57. i mean, come on, who likes a partay from 1970???


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Elizie, Mackenzie & Lizzie:

Ladies, I'm sorry you didn't find any ideas to your liking. Perhaps it's a culture difference, because I have a teenager and her and all her friends enjoy the party themes listed here.


Shydeejah  5 years ago

Hi. I am turning 15 the day after Halloween, and I'm really stumped on picking a theme. my mom wants to do all these different type of theme like: 70's theme, Egyptian theme, a sweet 15 instead of 16, and a gazillion more. I was wondering if you had any idea's at all! I'm so frustrated and I am looking at myself ending up not having a party. So if you can help me please answer me? thank you! =)


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Happy early birthday, Shydeejah! I'm guessing that you didn't like any of the ideas listed above if you're still wanting help with ideas. :) For my daughter's 15th birthday we had a bonfire and roasted weenies and made s'mores. But, we live out in the country where we can do that sort of thing. If you like that idea, you could probably find a way to do an indoor camping party where you create some fake tents and campfires. You can still have hotdogs and s'mores, but do it in a more indoorsy kind of way. Just an idea. I have other hubs (articles) about party ideas. There are links to some of them above all these comments. You can also find the rest of my 300+ articles by clicking on my profile name. Good luck!


sammie 5 years ago

i need

to find a birthday partie theme


kkwizz 5 years ago

thank for all the ideas imma going to have a party for my 16th but all my friends have already used these ideas all exept beach themed ( i think that what illa go with ) thanks for the tips


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Sammie, I hope you find a theme you like!

Kkwizz, Happy 16th! I hope you have a great birthday!


gurl 5 years ago

this is such a great website


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awwwww...thank you so much gurl!


stephanie 5 years ago

having a sweet 16 masquerade party and would like ideas on games. teenage and pre-teen boys and girls will be there.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

You'll have a blast, Stephanie. At my daughter's 16th birthday (she turns 18 today!!) they seemed to have a blast playing musical chairs. They put on music they all liked to dance to and they basically danced around the circle of chairs until the music stopped. The guys were extremely competitive and one of the guys seemed to always win it and always seemed to end up with a girl on his lap trying to get the chair. They didn't mind of course.


diana 5 years ago

awsome ideas

just love the disco and lulu theme


jblover:) 5 years ago

hi

i turn i5 soon and i don't no which theme to pick they all sound so good can you give any sugestions


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Diana.

jblover.....Happy early 15th birthday. I'd advise you to pick the one that seems the most fun and/or that seems like something you can afford to do. Then, have fun with it!


jblover 5 years ago

thanks for the help im thinking of doing the hollywood theme of 80s theme


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Good ideas, jblover! I'd like to do the Hollywood theme myself! I lived through the 80s. :)


GENIE101 5 years ago

Thanks so much for these ideas i was freaking out about my 13th birthday party not knowing what to do!!!!!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're welcome, Genie. Happy 13th birthday! Hope you found something fun to do! :)


Chaz 5 years ago

I like the idea of a player party.

Like all the girls dress as a bunny.

And all the guys dress in a suit.

But im a bit young for it and I need an idea for my 16th.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey Chaz, maybe you should save that one until your 21st birthday. Happy 16th though.....maybe some type of sport or game party based around your favorite sport?


happygurlz151 5 years ago

well in may i am going to have a party and i am turning 13 and i kinda want it to be like a dancing neon fun theme but i cant find anything so i was wondering if you had any ideas


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Happygurlz....first, Happy 13th Birthday! What a fun time....turning a teenager! I think a dancing neon party sounds great. Do you have a dancing game like Dance Dance Revolution? If not, maybe you can borrow one from a friend? If not, maybe just tune in to your favorite radio station or you could even use the computer to play some music you find online. Or, if you have an Ipod or MP3 player and a docking station that allows you to play your favorites for everyone to dance to. You could get a blacklight and have all of your friends wear neon colors or white. White looks so cool under a black light. You can find inexpensive neon glow sticks at the dollar stores. Here we have Dollar Tree and they carry them. You can hand them out as party favors. Just have fun with it.


Jhei 5 years ago

I would like to think a nice theme for our classroom , hollywood is nice but it was already did last year i hope i can some cute themes here :D tnx in advance


countrygurl 5 years ago

im turning 14 and i think i might go with the 60s theme...me and my friends were in that hippie stage where we wore nothing but peace signs!last year for my 13th party we did a country style dance...my dads friend had a band and we set it up in an arena and danced. overall my guests loved it...i hope that it might be useful to someone else:)


beachfan1 5 years ago

throwin a party for my 14 bday, using the beach idea, its great specially cuse im a beach fan :)


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Jhei, countrygurl and beachfan! Hope you all have/had a great birthday and got some good ideas here!


anj 5 years ago

im looking for a title for a masquerade party. but i always end up with just this kind of article. >.<


LOL 5 years ago

hey guys im turning thirteena and need ideas for my party i liked all yor ideas but i have done some and others im not allowed. Iam inviting many people like about 30 or so (crazy)! thanks :-)


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Happy 13th birthday, LOL. Thirty people is a good crowd! Hope you have a blast! I hope you find a party idea you haven't already done and that you will be allowed to do.


LOL 5 years ago

Thanks a million i was thinking a project runway idea but there are going to be boys there any ideas or comments on tht one?


7399 5 years ago

i love most of these ideas. maybe if you try and bond with teens maybe you can get more and better ideas 4 b-days.P.S i'm goin' 2 turn 13 in july!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hi LOL...sorry for the delay in responding....Project Runway is a cute idea for girls, but like you said, if there are boys there, they won't be too excited about that idea I don't think.

Hi 7399, I agree with you. Talking to teens can enable me to get some more ideas about what teens like. Guess you're really excited about turning 13 since you're already counting down. :)


7399 5 years ago

is it that obvisous that i am counting down? But if i choose the beach theme on july 3rd how do you think it would turn out? :][:


7399 5 years ago

Plus,my bf is ALWAYS invited. i WANT A CELLPHONE this year! And imagine how hot it would be!!!!!!!!!!!


trendymusicgirl39 5 years ago

i need a theme for a girl who is going to turn 12 but acts very grown up with clothes, fashion and music, what theme should i chose???


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399-Yes, it's very obvious...LOL You've barely turned 12 and you're ready for 13. :) I think a beach theme is great for a July birthday. The way I see it....a kid doesn't need a cellphone until they have a lot of extracurricular activities where they need to be able to coordinate with their parents where they are, when they need to be picked up, etc. Cellphones are a big responsibility for kids and parents. They cost a lot of money and kids don't realize how much trouble you can get into by what you send via text message, etc. Not all 13 year olds are ready for that. Some are.

Trendymusicgirl39, for a mature 12 yr old, you can choose from many of the themes here. If she's going to be inviting a lot of girls, then the Project Runway idea mentioned above could be fun. One idea my daughter had once was to have a clothing exchange party. Each girl would bring articles of clothing she no longer wanted or could fit and would trade with her friends for things they no longer wanted. This only works if everyone is similar enough in size, tastes, and quality of the clothing. It can start to feel unfair if someone brings stained or ragged clothing hoping to exchange it for something really nice.


7399 5 years ago

thanks 4 the info. But at my school, EVERY SINGLE PERSON has 1!!!!!!!!!!!! i get mocked on the bus most of the morning. (i also have an evil dog at the end of my street.So i could text my mom or someone to take me home.)


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399 You could look at this way......by the time your mom is ready for you to have one there will be something out that is waaaay cooler than anyone else has right now. :)


7399 5 years ago

True but whatever is new at that year hopefully i will be able 2 have the 1 that's right 4 me.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399-I'm sure your mom knows what's best for you and will be just excited as you when the time is right. :) Just don't try to grow up too soon. Enjoy being a kid.


7399 5 years ago

i guess your right. But, if i did the hollywood theme instead. how would the turn out be?


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399-Why not do a Hollywood beach theme? You could combine the two and make it unqiuely your own! Everyone could come dressed like their favorite celebrity wearing things they would wear to the beach. It could be a lot of fun!


7399 5 years ago

yeah. but will my mom like it?


7399 5 years ago

and i invite boys 2.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399-Well...speaking as a mom....I always really appreciated it when my daughter came to me with a well-thought out plan. I think you should get all of the facts together about how you want to do it, how much it will cost, how you plan to decorate, etc. Think of every detail and write it all out. Show your mom that you've given it a lot of thought and consideration and I think she'll be proud of your involvement and maturity in showing what it takes to properly plan a party. These are the skills you will need for the rest of your life as you plan events. Start now, by doing the research.


7399 5 years ago

aparantly no1 is responding 2 me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am never going on here again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i will tell every1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7399 5 years ago

OPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER MIND THAT LAST COMMENT.MY MOM IS VERY HARD 2 CONVINCE. EVEN WITH RESEARCH.SO HOW DO I DO THAT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399-I appreciate your comments and have enjoyed our chat, but writing online is not the only job I have. I do work fulltime in an office as well. I don't just sit online waiting for you to comment so that I can comment back.

Only you know what your mother expects out of you. Show her how grown up you are by doing whatever you can to plan your party. Lay it out on a piece of paper. Think of everything you'll need. Think about decorations, supplies, invitations, cake, games, punch, table cloth, plates, etc. Research the different styles available. Find the best prices by looking online. Figure out where you want to have it and if that costs money. Think about who you will invite.


:) 5 years ago

(in stuco) for a school dance this year i was thinking of having an alkice and wonderland theme, do you think that would also work for a dance? and would it be fun for kids grade 6,7, and 8?


7399 5 years ago

YOU DINT HELP AT ALLL OMG THESE IDEAS SUKK! WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

:)- The year my daughter had her Alice in Wonderland party (see photos above) she had a dance. It was great. It was her 16th birthday though. I think 6th-8th grade is perfect for an Alice in Wonderland Dance.

7399-Maybe you're a tad too young for the tasks I'm giving you. You have plenty of time since your birthday isn't until next July. By then, perhaps my suggestions will make more sense to you. For now....just enjoy being 12!


7399 : (|) 5 years ago

0mg that last 1 was not mine! KCC Big Country i am so sooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

someone used the same name as me!!!!!!!!


7399 5 years ago

But what decorations would i need 4 a hollywood beach themed party?


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

7399: No problem. This is where you can get creative. You could cut out the big "HOLLYWOOD" letters and hang them to imitate the real Hollywood sign. You could invite all your friends to come dressed as their favorite Hollywood actor/actress. How I would do it is to ask them to find a picture either online or from a magazine and tell them to imitate the look by wearing something similar. They have to bring the picture with them. You could even give a small prize to the person who every votes as looking the most like the person they were imitating. You could use any of the decorations listed above for the beach party (like beach balls, surf boards, tiki torches (no need to light them), coconut cups, leis, etc. or the Hollywood party (red carpet (doesn't have to be real carpet...can be a red plastic tablecloth on the floor), directors chair, etc.


7399 : (|) 5 years ago

thanx and if u see 7399 without (|) at the end it isn't mine. And i llllllllllllloooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeee these ideas.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks 7399.


brianna 5 years ago

i love these ideas! their so awesome. i might do a dnce party, it will be very fun. thank you for all ur help and tell ur kids that their lucky to have such a hard-working, fun, smart mom like you!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awww...thank you so much Brianna! That is very sweet. I hope you have a fantastic party! A dance party sounds like a lot of fun!


xSarahx 5 years ago

Wow! Wonderful ideas! Thanks so much. I'm a teenager and these sound like fun!


sbd123 5 years ago

thanks for the awesome ideas!!! im gonna use the disco theme party for my 14th!!!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you both enjoyed the ideas, xSarahx and sbd123!


CC 5 years ago

hey i like these ideas but how would I do the luau theme without a pool?


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks CC, I guess it depends on your budget and where you live. If the weather permits you to have the party outside, you can create a beach scene by laying down a sturdy blue plastic tablecloth and covering the edges with brown table cloths and/or bags of sand (that you buy at a Home improvement store). Then you set up tiki torches all around. You can even buy extra grass skirts or raffia to make the roof on a hut.


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Princessa 5 years ago from France

Great ideas, I haven't done yet a circus themed party. Last saturday I had a Spanish themed one, it was a lot of fun with the main dish being a big paella and lots of sevillanas for dancing.


CC 5 years ago

hey again thx for the advice hav you thought of any other themes besides the ones u put above? im a parent and want to plan a surprise themed party for my daughter shes turning 13 and shes been to all these themes before


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Princessa! Your Spanish-themed party sounds fun!

CC, I'll have to see if I can come up with any others. What does your daughter like to do?


cc 5 years ago

she is very outgoing and social like she does sports and hanging out with her friends or glued to her fone and shes very crazy like she likes things tht r bright colors and unique and shes just very energetic and crazy


eminem 4 years ago

i think that these r really good ideas infact i am turning 13 this year bt wat i suggest is that u no these things r nt really possible its really easy 2 say all this bt actually getting these things r nt possible


Niamh2712 4 years ago

Hey !! I am soooooooo stuck for a 13th b-day party theme and I was wondering if you could help me . I would luv something mature but fun !! The masked ball thing souned brill but Im just wondering if all my friends would like the idea !!xx


Pengi 4 years ago

Hi! Nice ideas but could you please try and think of fiesta games or activites for 12 to 15 year olds? Thanks(:


gauri 4 years ago

do u have an idea for an indian goth party i know it sounds yuck but i just want to know!!!!!!!!!!i am a soo excited about my 13th b'day!!!!!


someone 4 years ago

maybe you could of fiven some more ideas of thing to do at home soooooo not too good i rate you 2 out of 10


thingymabob 4 years ago

I am still really stuck for ideas! it's my 13th party so i want it to be special coz' it's me turning into a teenager! i am still stuck for ideas but i did like the sound of the bonfire theme! my friends and i love gossiping and chatting so i thought it would be great fun but i can't find anywhere to do a bonfire! where could i do it or what other things are gud for a teens special bday party? [lease help! am really stuck and my bday is early november so might be cold or rainy!

luv thingymabob


thingymabob 4 years ago

but the thing is i kinda want to have an indoor themed party and i would like to invite 15 people or boys too! i don't know what to have! Please please please reply when u get these to messages! got half term on thursday so need to send out the invitations before then! so asap would be gr8!

please don't tink i am being impatient! don't mean to sound like that!


brian 4 years ago

plz answer thingymabob!

she's my bf and i really want her to hav a gr8 prty!

she needs u 2 help her!

plzplzplz help her!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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KCC Big Country 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

eminem, all of these party ideas are possible with a little creativity. They can all be done pretty inexpensively too. You just have to adjust your creativity according to your budget.

Niamh, that is the purpose of this article...to give you a few ideas. Use these ideas, or change them up a bit to suit your specific desires. It's your party...make it uniqiuely your own by changing things up. You could gry mixing the themes.

Pengi, not sure what you mean about coming up with fiesta games. Are you looking for party ideas, or game ideas for your party?

Gauri, sounds like you already have your theme. I hadn't really thought about an Indian Goth party but I'm sure you could have a lot of fun creating one that would be uniquely yours.

Someone....ALL of these ideas can be done at home....so I rate you a 2 out of a 10 for leaving a silly comment.

Thingymbob....I'm so sorry it took me 26 hrs to respond to your comments. It took me sooooo long, Brian had to intervene on your behalf. LOL And you were worried I would think you're impatient?! LOL This entire article is full of ideas and yet you want more. If you don't have somewhere that you can have a bonfire at, then you'll have to scrap that idea. My daughter's birthday is Nov 8....and my son's was Nov 11. So I understand wanting to have indoor parties because of the weather. All of the ideas can be done indoors except a bonfire.

Brian....hopefully you can help thingymabob. :)


sarah p 4 years ago

wow, these ideas look pretty kewl. i'm turning 14 soon and i was thinking about a masquerade party, they look awesome.i love themed parties!! :)


thingymabob 4 years ago

thnx!

i will had another look! sorry it too me ages! power broke down and then when it got fixed my dada didn't tell me it was fixed! sorry! i think i might go with a coloured masquerade party way do u think?

i know it's taken me a week to reply!!!!!!!! sorry! I didn't look see the masquerade ball and the ones bellow it at first whoops! silly me! thnx for your help!!!!!!

luv thnigymabob!


Brian 4 years ago

Thingymabob

luk i think that idea is awesome! every1 will hav a gr8 time!

also i tink u need to think of cost and u need to rent out a hall and U HAVNT GOT MUCH TIME LEFT!!!!!!!!!!

i will help win the invites if u want! lol! thnx KCC big country 4 ur help!


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KCC Big Country 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Sarah, hope you have a happy 14th birthday! Let me know how the masquerade idea works for you!

Thingymabob, looks like a fun masquerade party is in your future too since Brian approves. :) Hope you have a FANTASTIC time!

Glad I could be of a little help. :)


wopp 4 years ago

weird!


willber 4 years ago

thanks helped kinda i already had these ideas but o weell


D.W. 4 years ago

These are awesome party ideas I turn thirteen in two months and i love these!! Wow!! I want to have a quinceneara when I am 15 but I cant because I am not of the Latina/mexican culture so my friends and everyone said it would be weird..


Niamhy1535 4 years ago

i liked these ideas but some of them were a bit "been there done that"so a luttle bit dissapointing


allyssa 4 years ago

i think you should add a club theme because that's what im doing


sharkattack 4 years ago

These are great themes with very detailed ideas... I am not planning a birthday party, rather a swim meet, and all of these can be applied to our teams on a large scale. Thanks for the ideas, it really helps when we have to come to a group agreement on the theme... this helps "paint the picture" and it will get all the families excited, from 6yr to 18yr old swimmers.


Manda 4 years ago

Im turning 15 in about 5 days. I like the bonfire theme. I just don't know what to do about the activities. My parents wont do anything like get a trampoline and we don't have anything that fun. Im inviting like 40-50 people and they said I can do whatever I want. I don't even know what to have to eat or drink. Please Help!!


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KCC Big Country 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Manda, with a bonfire theme you can make s'mores and hotdogs that you grill over a smaller fire. For drinks, I would judge it on the weather. If it's cool enough, have hot chocolate. Otherwise have punch or a variety of sodas and bottled water. By, the way, Happy 15th birthday!


bottlecaps 4 years ago

If you are arranging any teen party then you can add up a theme of bottlecaps items or gifts in it to make it more good.


cool girl 4 years ago

im loocking for a theme for my 12 i was thinking glow /disco/holly wood

but thees don't excite me that much hoping u can help

plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Spongebarb 4 years ago

Fab ideas!!!! My nieces had a "Bollywood" party - they dressed in Saris, hung up beaded curtains, and played Bollywood music and showed Bollywood movies. They also did henna tatoos - it was a blast! Bollywood is the Indian version of big Hollywood musical productions. Lots of fun dance moves too.


Roxy 4 years ago

my b'day is soon and i love to go one here for some ideas they the fab!!!!!


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KCC Big Country 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by bottlecaps, cool girl, Spongebarb & Roxy!

Roxy, I hope you have a fantastic birthday!


Brittany 4 years ago

Hello KCC Big country i am 16 going to be 17 in 3 months and i have did the wasten theme when i was 13, Hawaiian theme when i was 15 and my sister did the mardi gras last year fro her 15th all of them were fun this year i am older so i might just do a little party with a few friends and family at DC'S COUNTRY JUNCTION.


Emily AKA Party Gurl! :) 4 years ago

Every year I have an awesome party! My friends and I expect a great party from me. I want to do something better than last year but i have no idea what to do!! It was so much fun, first we went to the park and had cake and danced until 9:00p.m. Then we went cosmic bowling which is a big thing where i live. we stayed til 12 a.m. and everybody had fun and still talk about it and now i have to think of something that will be better than last years party but it needs to be afordable. My mom recently had a baby so moneys thight. And this year will be my sisters 1st birthday which is on Sep. 5 and mine is on Sep. 20 and ill be 13. So are bdays are pretty close. I like your ideas listed above but i want it to be creative and something ill be able to top next year. Please help me b/c you seem to be filled with wonderful ideas!! :)


Kari Buvarp 4 years ago

The absolutely coolest is a hypnos theme, like neon lights and neon paint at your body that glows in the dark!! Nothing beats that, if you don't have anything against a big clean-up job.


kkb 3 years ago

hi these ideas are great but i was wondering about a limo party but my mum said no. i also quite like the idea about a mascarade ball and maybe give my friends 1 colour to wear. i also thought about going out to s resteraunt. my 13th is in May! sisters getting what she wants for her party o i cnt see why im not allowed


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KCC Big Country 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

KKB a limo party is mega expensive and unless you are just going to ride around all night then go home, you still have to plan on something to do or somewhere to go. For the money you'd spend on just the limo you could have three nice parties! Save the limo party for when you are old enough to pay for it yourself or able to split the cost with a large group of friends.

The masquerade party is fun and the restaurant idea is good. It can get expensive depending on the number of guests and how much if the ticket your parents are paying. If your guests each pay for their own it is a great way to save in costs.


KKB 3 years ago

Ok thanks. do you have any other ideas about the resteraunt. like a theme or something where every one has to wear a particular colour or an item of clothing. i want it to be fun but also be sfisticated cos its my 13th. i also want to prove to my parents that i am responsible and can do more stuff but my dad in particular thinks i still his little girl. ps your really great at giving advice


Sew Pro 3 years ago

Our youngest daughter turns 16 in June. 2 years ago we did a limo party for her older sis who turned 16. Limo p/u the kids, had lunch 1 place, coffee at another, then cupcakes at the last place. Everyone had a GREAT time. Very unique idea (at the time ;-).

But now we're really stumped on a theme for our youngest! She wants a small group of friends - so no big party, dancing craziness. No limo party like her sister, either. She's not into sports. And no movie themes. She loves fashion, makeup/hair. She like the Tiffany & Co type theme - but what do you do with that for a 16 year old?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx


Mandy 3 years ago

I'm turning 14 in 18 days and I don't know a theme and we don't have a very big house?!!!

Help me out a little please!!?


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KCC Big Country 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

You mean other than all of the ideas posted above? LOL Well......Mandy, you have to work with the space you have. Not sure what the weather is like where you are, but maybe you can have it outside? Maybe have a smaller group? I have just added another idea above. It's a food-themed party. Check it out.


Sexy chick!! 3 years ago

A bit to babyish for me. My 11 year old sister had a themed party and she said it was boring and awkward!! Thanks for the ideas anyway. Please could you give me some ideas about going out to place eg cinema or club. Thanks sexy chick!!


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KCC Big Country 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

A bit too babyish? A themed party works for ALL ages! Perhaps your sister's party was boring because the people attending didn't try a bit harder to have fun. You should be able to have a blast without ANY decorations or a theme! The theme is just there to get people to loosen up and be silly!

If you want to go to a cinema or club, then pick one that has the right atmosphere for the type of party you want. For instance, you might want to go to a club where you can dance or karaoke or play games.


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

I wish I were a teenager again to do these fun party themes! Maybe when my niece grows up and decides to have a big birthday party then I will give her a hand with your great tips! Thanks for posting! Voted up and useful. :)


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HolidayGiftIdea 3 years ago

Great theme ideas for a party. I love going to parties.


Christine Smith 3 years ago

Thanks for the useful info! :)

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