Throwing a teenager a birthday party means the pressure is now on! After all, we know that teenagers are often at the mercy of their hormones, and that can make it quite hard to communicate with them in a productive manner – that makes planning a birthday party a tricky thing sometimes! You’re just not sure what they want, who they want to invite, and they just can’t seem to tell you either.
Well, it’s time to get out of this situation, and put together the perfect birthday party for the teen in your life. To do that, make sure you keep the points below in mind during the process.
It All Depends on Their Age
The age of your teen is very much the deciding factor as to what they’ll want out of a party. For example, a 12 or 13-year-old might still want a bit of jelly and ice cream for dessert, but a 15-year-old is certainly going to want something more ‘grown up’! Make sure you take this into account before offering them any birthday party options, especially if you’re planning to throw a surprise bash.
This is incredibly important, as taking age into account dictates the kind of activities, food, and even just the venue you should throw the party at. Indeed, a place like Clevedon Hall would be a wonderful environment for a 15 or 16-year-old, but maybe a 13-year-old and their friends shouldn’t be let loose around there!
Let Them Make Their Own Guestlist
When they were little, you were the person who got in touch with other parents to invite kids to a party, and maybe that’s how you liked it. You could easily control how many people would be at the party, and you could ensure your best mummy friends were around as well!
However, now it’s time to hand over that power. It’s a good sign that things are changing; they’re getting older, and they’re getting a bit more responsibility as a result, and it’ll definitely make them more excited for the party as a whole. Give them a few boundaries, such as max amount of guests, but give them full control over who’s allowed to come.
Always Appeal to Their Interests
Finally, you’ll have to plan the theme of the party with your teen’s interests in mind. It’s no good taking your teen shopping with a bunch of friends if they always complain about how long it takes, and you certainly shouldn’t decorate with their 5 or 10 year old self in mind.
They might not like space or dinosaurs anymore! So, it’s time to talk to them, which can be easier to do than you might think. When you ask a teenager specifically about what media they like, or if they’re into gaming, or what they like to do with friends, they’ll find it much easier to answer you.
Whether your teen wants a medieval-themed costume party or an outdoor movie night, what matters is that you follow their preference, and they’ll have a blast on their birthday.
Do you have a teen birthday party to plan? I would love to hear all your ideas to help other Parents plan their party.