Planning a Fun Teens and Young Adults’ Birthday Party

by Staff

Managing a teen birthday party can be daunting. It takes a lot of planning and a lot of creativity to put together an exciting event where the birthday celebrant feels special, but not spoiled or singled out. The first step is to decide how you want the party to look and feel: creative, laid-back, elegant, or even like prom. Below are some guidelines for making a teens and young adults birthday party planning in Australia.

  1. Invitations

Whether the party is a casual get-together at home or a more formal celebration at a party venue, invitations are still important. If the party will be in your home, consider decorating your mailbox or front door with streamers and balloons to make it clear that you’re celebrating someone’s birthday. Otherwise, make your own invitations using cardstock, coloured paper, and markers or stickers. Your invitation can include clever details such as an inside joke between the birthday celebrant and his friends; inside jokes are especially fun when they incorporate details about how he looks or acts.

  1. Food and drinks

Once you’ve decided how casual or formal you want your party to be, start planning your menu. If the party will be at someone’s house, make sure on the invitation that guests bring their favourite dish for a potluck. If you need to buy food, pick one or two signature dishes that are easy and inexpensive from which to feed everyone. Recipes for food that you can make ahead of time are listed below:

  1. Activities

If you are having a party at home it can be difficult to plan for all the guests to be busy for two hours or more. You can, however, try to have several different activities planned out so that your guests can relax and do something they enjoy. If the party is at a location other than your home, you most likely won’t have much control over this, so make sure to ask ahead of time what activities will be available. Alternatively, a party in your backyard might provide you with greater freedom and control over the types of activities you can include. Backyard gatherings offer plenty of room for a range of entertaining and interesting activities that can keep your guests busy for hours like inflatable boxing rings, obstacle courses, or water games.  Do some research on how to make an inflatable and find the manufacturer that will provide custom inflatables tailored to your space size and preferences. Having some type of live entertainment or music planned is always nice, but it’s also important to have other things going on, such as face-painting or balloon animals for younger attendees. Trivia games are also fun for teens because they can compete and prove how smart they are.

  1. Decorations

This is one area that a lot of people overlook. You can decorate the party room with balloons, streamers and other decorations to make it look like a circus, or you can choose to go simple with balloons and streamers. Whatever theme you choose, begin planning at least two weeks before the party so that your decorations will have time to work. One good way to save money on supplies is to buy inexpensive plastic bottles and labels from the dollar store. Then you can use them to create cardboard cutouts that look just like watermelons or butterflies.


The above article illustrates how to plan a fun yet simple teen and young adult birthday party. Invite friends, and let teens help with food and decorations. Even if it is a huge party, do not forget to include a small gift bag with a gift that says “from a friend.” If you need ideas check out the majority of these sites.

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