Backyard Party Ideas for Teenagers

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Teens love to party, and there’s no place better to have a party than in your own backyard! With these fun and exciting ideas, your teenager will be begging you to throw a backyard bash for them and their friends. From games and activities to food and decorations, we’ve got everything you need to make your teen’s party one they’ll never forget. Let’s get started!

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One of the best things about backyard parties is that they can be as big or small as you want them to be. If you’ve got a large backyard, invite all of your teenager’s friends and have a huge bash! If you’ve got a smaller backyard, invite a few close friends and have an intimate gathering. No matter what size backyard you have, we’ve got some great ideas to make it the perfect party spot for your teenager and their friends.

Choose a Theme

For starters, you’ll need to decide on a theme. Once you’ve got a theme in mind, everything else will fall into place. Will it be a pool party? A beach party? A carnival-themed party? Get your teenager’s input and make sure they’re on board with the theme before you start planning and narrow your selections down to parties that will fit with your own backyard

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Games and Activities

Once you’ve got a theme, it’s time to start thinking about games and activities. If you’re throwing pool party, set up a slip ‘n slide or sprinklers for hours of water-filled fun. For a beach party, set up a volleyball net or build a sandcastle. If you’re going with a carnival theme, set up some fun games like a bean bag toss or ring toss. No matter what theme you choose, there are endless possibilities for games and activities that will keep your teenager and their friends entertained all afternoon long.

Food and Drinks

Last but not least, you’ll need to think about food and drinks. If you’re having a pool party, make sure to have plenty of sunscreen and refreshing drinks on hand. For a beach party, pack some healthy snacks and sandwiches. And if you’re going with a carnival theme, don’t forget the cotton candy and popcorn! No matter what type of party you’re throwing, food and drinks are essential.

Here are some of our Favorite Backyard Party Themes and Ideas for Teens

Glow Party

If you’re looking for a fun and unique party idea, look no further than a backyard glow party! With these simple steps, you can throw an amazing and affordable party that will light up the night.

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Start with your decorations: To get maximum effect consider using a black light to really make those neon colors pop. There are glow in the dark balloons, streamers, birthday banners and signs which will look amazing. You can even use glow sticks to create fun and festive decorations.

Think about your party food. You can use glow in the dark plates and cups or you can buy white ones and decorate with neon stickers. For a fun twist, you can wrap a glow stick around your cup and it will make your drink liquid glow. Any party food will work well with this party theme and you can liven it up with some glow in the dark food coloring. Try making your usual cupcakes but add the neon food coloring to your white frosting for a fun glow. Tonic water will also glow under a black light because it contain a little bit of Quinine, which is a naturally occurring substance. Try adding a little tonic water to your lemonade and serve these drinks in a clear plastic cup.

Glow in the Dark party decorations

Fun Glow Party Favors: There are tons of options when it comes to glow in the dark party favors. A few of our favorites are flashing jelly rings and glasses as well as neon finger lights and bracelets.

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Outdoor Movie Party

What’s better than a movie party? A backyard movie party! With these simple tips, you can turn your backyard into the ultimate outdoor cinema.

Teenage Movie Party

First, choose a movie that everyone will enjoy. It’s important to pick a film that is appropriate for your audience. You don’t want to end up with a bunch of bored teens

Next, you’ll need to set up a screen and projector. You can buy a portable screen or make your own using a white bedsheet. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can even build a makeshift movie theater using cardboard boxes! Once your screen is set up, it’s time to choose a projector. There are a variety of projectors on the market, so do some research to find one that will fit your needs.

Party Preparation. Once you’ve got your screen and projector set up, it’s time to invite your guests! Make sure to send out invitations well in advance so everyone can clear their schedules. 

On the day of the party, set up some chairs or blankets for your guests to sit on. Don’t forget the popcorn and candy. Try setting up a popcorn station with a variety of different popcorn toppings to try.  And if you want to take your party to the next level, set up a movie theatre stand with candy and drinks. Make sure to light up a pathway to the food so your guests can get there in the dark while the movie is on. With these simple tips, you can throw an amazing backyard movie party that your teenager and their friends will love.

Backyard Beach Party

If you’re looking for a fun and unique party idea, look no further than a backyard beach party! Here are some tips to throw an amazing party that will transport your guests to the tropics.

Make it feel like the beach: Pop up some beach umbrellas and beach chairs, scatter some shells and set up a volleyball net or other beach games to keep your guests entertained and in the beach vibe.

Don’t forget the music: A summertime playlist is a must for any beach party. Put together your own summer playlist including some classics, sing along songs and some music to get everyone up dancing.

Now it’s time to think about food and drinks: Serve up some tropical snacks and drinks that will make your guests feel like  they’re on vacation. Serve mocktails in cute glasses with little umbrellas and beach themed snacks.

Finally, provide your guests with beach towels or sarongs to help them stay cool and feel like they are really at the beach.

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Bonfire Party

No matter what time of year it is, a backyard bonfire party is always a hit with teenagers! Here are our top tips that will keep your guests warm all night long.

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First, choose a location for your bonfire. Any open space will do but make sure to clear away any debris that could catch fire. Next, it’s time to check any local rules and regulations and build your bonfire. If you’re not sure how, there are plenty of tutorials online. Once your fire is lit, add some logs to keep it going all night.

Now it’s time to think about food and drinks. Serve up some hot snacks and drinks that will help your guests stay warm. And don’t forget the marshmallows and s’mores – teens are never too old for s’mores. Try setting up a Hot Chocolate Bar with all the delicious topping and sauces to add to your hot cocoa.

Finally, provide your guests with cozy blankets or jackets to help them stay warm.

Backyard Camping or Glamping

A backyard camping sleepover is a fun way to celebrate a birthday. Or take it up a notch with a girls backyard glamping party. 

Backyard Glamping tent for teenagers

Hire a tent and decorate: There are many companies that hire these cute glamping tents. Choose a color theme and add your decorations. Set up a table outside the tent with soft cushions, fresh flowers and pretty tableware. Set up some fairy light or string lights to use when the sun goes down.

Now it’s time to think about food and drinks: You can choose to either serve up some campfire snacks and drinks that will make your guests feel like they’re in the wilderness or serve dainty foods like a tea party. Whichever type of food you choose, don’t forget the s’mores!

Finally, provide your guests with flashlights or lanterns to help them find their way around in the dark.

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When it comes to backyard parties, the sky is the limit! With a little creativity and some careful planning, you can throw a bash that your teenager and their friends will never forget. So get started today and make party planning a breeze with these great tips. Your teen will thank you for it!

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