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Teen Birthday Party Idea: Guitars and Music Notes Decorations
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. He'd had a 50s party the year before, so didn't want that again. 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 supplies unless they are related to the 50s, but music notes are pretty generic, so you can use those for the paper products. Add a guitar cake and other guitar decorations such as balloon, pinata, centerpiece, banners, or cut-outs 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 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.
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
- 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.
- 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
The Table Decorations
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
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
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
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?
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:
- 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.
- Karaoke - A fun activity for all ages.
- Charades - Always fun for any age.
- Dancing - Teens will dance at any party!
- Pinata - Even teens love a pinata. A guitar pinata can double as a decoration.
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.
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