Make a teenager feel special with an outstanding birthday party
May 25, 2010
Teenagers - you can't live with them and you can't live without them. While the trials and tribulations of parenthood extend to children of all ages, being a mom or dad of a teen can be tough.
But when their birthday comes around, you certainly will want to celebrate it. Still, teenagers often have their very own likes and dislikes, and this is when they really get vocal about them. So, if you decide to throw caution to the wind and plan the ultimate birthday bash for them, make sure you include them in the process.
To start, coordinate some birthday invitations. These can range from being funky to funny to anywhere in between.
If you've got a teenage girl on your hands, well, congrats! Raising a daughter between the ages of 13-18 isn't always easy, so start off by patting yourself on the back for a job well done.
When you choose invites for her shindig, be sure to ask her opinion about them. Girls may want to stick to themes such as shopping or their favorite film. For die-hard Twilight enthusiasts, it may be all about Robert Pattinson! However, if she's inviting a certain someone she might have a crush on at school, then she may want to keep these things simple.
For boys, you have more work ahead of you. A lot of teenage boys don't care much for details, so you may have to pick them out yourself. Just make sure you get their approval before the invites to go press.
Next, plan out birthday decorations. Again, you're going to want to make sure your teen gives the OK before you stock up on a lot of these, as they might throw a fit when they see them and decide they're not what they envisioned.
If you plan on buying a bunch of banners, streamers, balloons or even going crazy with a piñata, try taking your child along while shopping. Promise them a dinner and movie afterwards and turn the occasion into a bonding experience.
Finally, stock up on birthday party supplies. This is when you can really have a ball. If your teen is ready to let loose, feel free to go nuts. Buy a bunch of LED cups and serve punch in them. If you're really looking to have a blast, print out a life-sized cutout of your guest of honor and place it at the event space.
If your teen is willing to give you carte blanche, these party additions can even be a lot more fun to purchase than kids birthday supplies.
Just remember, your child will eventually mature and you'll get through these tough times together. Still, it's important to plan an amazing bash for every birthday they have. Once they blossom into an adult they'll remember all your hard work and thank you for it.