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Teen Birthday Party Idea: Guitars and Music Notes Decorations

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Faye has lots of experience planning all types of parties for her children and grandchildren. She worked as a cake decorator for 24 years.

Guitar and Music Note Themed Party
Guitar and Music Note Themed Party

Need a Fun Idea for a Teen Birthday Party?

Try Guitars and Musical Notes!

If you are looking for a unique party idea for a teen boy or girl, try a guitar and musical notes theme. Mix and match the paper products and decorations and add a guitar shaped birthday cake for a cool teen party!

My grandson loves to play the electric guitar and said he wanted a rock 'n roll party, but not a 50s theme, for his 16th birthday party. We decided to use a musical note and guitar theme. This idea turned out really cool and he loved it! So, I thought I'd share these ideas with you.

The Party Supplies

It's hard to find any guitar theme party plates, but music notes are pretty generic, so you can use those for the paper products. However, it's easy to find guitar decorations and favors. Add a guitar cake and other guitar decorations such as balloons and pinata to bring out the guitar theme.

If your teen plays a different instrument, you could use that instead of the guitar. The same ideas will work for any instrument (piano, saxophone, drums), or you could use only the musical notes.

I'll show you what we did, plus offer some other suggestions for your own cool teen birthday party. This party was for a boy, but could also be used for a girl.

This awesome guitar cake was made by Ashley. It was the hit of the party!
This awesome guitar cake was made by Ashley. It was the hit of the party!

This Guitar Cake Was the Hit of the Party!

Scott is lucky enough to have a cousin, Ashley, who makes birthday cakes and she's very good at it. She made this guitar cake for Scott's party using a shaped cake pan and rolled fondant icing. She also made cupcakes with music note picks (see below). She made the picks herself using royal icing and they were actually edible.

Wilton Guitar Cake Pan
Wilton Guitar Cake Pan

Ashley used this guitar shaped cake pan to make Scott's cake and you can, too. Wilton is the best brand in cake supplies. Their pans are made of heavy weight aluminum and your cake will always bake evenly. This pan requires one box of cake mix.

 

How to Make an Electric Guitar Cake

  1. Use the icing to decorate: Ashley used the acoustic guitar cake pan above to make her cake and cut out fondant in an electric guitar shape to decorate it. Or, you could ice it in the design you want.
  2. Cut your own layers: You can also make an electric guitar cake by cutting out sheet cake layers.
  • Watch the video below to learn how to make an electric guitar cake by cutting out sheet cake layers. (It's not as hard as it sounds.) The video also gives a few helpful icing tips.

Video: Electric Guitar Birthday Cake Using Cut Out Layers

The Music Note Cupcakes

These cupcakes have music note toppers made of royal icing. Yes, you can eat them!
These cupcakes have music note toppers made of royal icing. Yes, you can eat them!

The Table Decorations

We used music note table decorations and paper goods, and a guitar cake.
We used music note table decorations and paper goods, and a guitar cake.

Decorate with Music Note Tableware

For the table, we started with a music note tablecover. We also used music note themed dessert plates and napkins. This design has many colors and you can mix and match it with a color of your choice. We used black plastic luncheon plates, turquoise lunch napkins, and black plastic cups. The cutlery included black and turquoise forks and spoons. We added a musical note centerpiece and later (after the food was cleared) the guitar cake was the center of attention!

Table Decorations Ideas:

  • Music notes tablecover, desert plates and napkins
  • Black plastic luncheon plates and cups, and turquoise napkins
  • Mixed black and turquoise cutlery
  • Music note centerpiece
  • Guitar birthday cake

Colorful Music Notes Birthday Party Supplies Set Plates Napkins Cups Tableware Kit for 16 by Birthday Galore
Colorful Music Notes Birthday Party Supplies Set Plates Napkins Cups Tableware Kit for 16 by Birthday Galore

These party supplies would be perfect for a teen party because they're so bright and colorful. This is a kit for 16, including plates, napkins, and cups.

 

The Room Decorations

For room decorations, the main focus was a large Mylar guitar balloon. We also used  music note hanging decorations (look closely on the left), and a birthday banner.
For room decorations, the main focus was a large Mylar guitar balloon. We also used music note hanging decorations (look closely on the left), and a birthday banner.

Decorate with a Guitar Balloon

We used a variety of music note hanging decorations and a birthday banner to decorate the party room. But, the main focus was the large Mylar guitar balloon. It all blended in and showed off the theme. You can find all of these items at your local party supplies store, discount stores, or online.

Ideas for Room Decorations:

  • Hanging music notes decorations
  • Guitar or music note Mylar balloons
  • Colorful bunches of latex balloons
  • Birthday banner
  • Guitar pinata

Scott loved his electric guitar balloon!
Scott loved his electric guitar balloon!

Do You Have a Favorite Guitar Sound?

Electric, Acoustic, Bass?

My grandson loves to play all guitars, but his favorite is the electric guitar.

What is your favorite guitar sound?

See results

Activity Ideas for a Teen Party

What to do at a teen birthday party? Good question! The guys at our party mostly just entertained themselves by talking and playing video games. There was a paddle boat available and they went out on that and had lots of fun. They were having so much fun, we were sure it was going to capsize, but it didn't.

At this age, they're a little beyond organized games, so don't worry about that. Here are some ideas just in case:

  1. Jam Session: Since this is a guitar/music note themed party, you could invite anyone that plays the guitar to bring it along and plan a jam session.
  2. Karaoke - A fun activity for all ages.
  3. Charades - Always fun for any age.
  4. Dancing - Teens will dance at any party!
  5. Pinata - Even teens love a pinata. A guitar pinata can double as a decoration.


Scott playing his electric guitar.
Scott playing his electric guitar.

A little about the birthday boy:

Scott is my first grandchild! It's hard to believe he's 16 years old now! When Scott was about 9 years old he wanted a guitar for his birthday. Of course, Grandma got him one! He didn't do much with it then, but never lost his desire to learn to play. A few years later he took bass guitar lessons in Middle School. That year he asked for an electric guitar for Christmas. When he got that, he taught himself to play it. He did so well, he was rewarded with a much nicer electric guitar the following Christmas.

He still loves to play and even writes his own songs. When he was 19 years old he started his own rockabilly band, playing lead guitar. He puts a lot of hard work and effort into his music and I'm very proud of him.

Summary

To summarize, this article gave ideas for a teen birthday party using a guitar and musical notes theme. It included ideas for room and table decorations, a guitar cake, and activity suggestions. I hope these tips will help you plan a fun party for your teen. If you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comment section below.

© 2009 Faye Rutledge

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    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 

      4 years ago

      What a sweet idea for a party. Great pics and beautiful teens. Well done.

    • favored profile image

      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      My brothers would have liked a party like this when they were teens. Probably still would.

    • Faye Rutledge profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      @JoshK47: Thanks JoshK47! It was a rockin' party! :)

    • Faye Rutledge profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      @Sylvestermouse: Hi Sylvestermouse! Thanks for your visit and comment. Yes, Scott does love that guitar and is still enjoying playing. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      What a great birthday party idea! Love that guitar cake. Scott is quite talented and seems to have a lot of fun with his music and guitar. That is totally awesome!

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Rockin' party idea!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 

      6 years ago

      Very fun lens!! This was a lot of fun to read!

    • Camden1 profile image

      Camden1 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas - I love the flashing guitar necklace!

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      GreenMind Guides 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is a really cool lens with some great ideas -- thanks!

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      ParinyaKamta 

      7 years ago

      interesting life, awesome

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      phoenix arizona f 

      7 years ago

      Cool stuff.

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      TenerifeLowcost 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas here - my Dad is an avid guitar fan so it has inspired me for his next birthday - love the cakes tey look great!!

    • TenerifeLowcost profile image

      TenerifeLowcost 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas here - my Dad is an avid guitar fan so it has inspired me for his next birthday - love the cakes tey look great!!

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      celeBritys4africA 

      7 years ago

      I like the musical note cupcakes!

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      fishingadv 

      7 years ago

      i like music so, i like musical note cup cake..... its wonderful.....Amazon Fishing TripsAmazon Peacock Bass Fishing Peacock Bass FishingDecorative PillowsCurtain Rods

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My daughter will be turning 16 in a month. She is very musical and would love a music related party. (She is a clarinetist though.) I'll run these ideas by her. Maybe we can adapt them for her classical music buds. =D

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My daughter will be turning 16 in a month. She is very musical and would love a music related party. (She is a clarinetist though.) I'll run these ideas by her. Maybe we can adapt them for her classical music buds. =D

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      adding you to my party blog roll and blessings from squid angel :)

    • LissaKlar LM profile image

      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      One more party to go before I have a teen party:) My daughter plays guitar though. Cool party ideas. I love the cake pan!

    • Tiddledeewinks LM profile image

      Tiddledeewinks LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this party idea. My 18 yr. old son plays guitar and inspired me to finally learn chords on acoustic. I sang Johnny B. Goode on karaoke. Your Ashley is a great inspiration to own her own business as a teen!

    • Tiddledeewinks LM profile image

      Tiddledeewinks LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this party idea. My 18 yr. old son plays guitar and inspired me to finally learn chords on acoustic. I sang Johnny B. Goode on karaoke. Your Ashley is a great inspiration to own her own business as a teen!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      super cute, what a great family and a mom that ROCKS

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      Barryfromtexas 

      8 years ago

      Fun Party Ideas - I just featured this lens on my Pass Your Driving Test for the First time(pass-your-driving-test-the-first-time)

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This lens ROCKS!!! :-) You've covered everything in this 5 star rockin and rollin party page.

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      seashell2 

      8 years ago

      Awe... love the guitar cake... My middle son plays the electric guitar...so cool! The musical cupcakes were awesome too! Thanks for sharing these ideas!

    • Faye Rutledge profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      @RuthCoffee: Thanks, Mulberry! I'll pass your message on to Scott. I'm very proud of him myself...he's really good at it. (I know I'm the Grandma, but I'm not the only one to say this.) He can play that guitar like crazy! You should hear him play AC/DC songs! :-)

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      Kate Phizackerl1 

      8 years ago

      Nice idea. Very well-presented. Blessed.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Love the cake and cupcakes! Kudos to Scott for learning to play on his own...the guitar is a tough instrument in my book.

    • Faye Rutledge profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      @Kate Phizackerl1: Thanks so much for the blessing and nice comment! :-)

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      daoine lm 

      8 years ago

      Great idea. I love the cupcakes too - so simple but really effective.

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      AlisonMeacham 

      8 years ago

      That looks like a lot of fun! I really enjoyed this lens. Angel Blessings to you.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I love the Guitar cake! This is an excellent resource for a teen party! SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      Lou165 

      8 years ago from Australia

      I love those cupcakes! What a great idea for a guitar playing child - teen or tween would love the guitar birthday cake.

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