But throwing a party for a 17 year old boy can be a challenge. Parties themes of the past (trains, army, and Lego no longer hold an appeal. Wonder why? Jumpy houses are fun but what teenager wants one for their birthday party?
Here are some of my ideas for a great teen boy party. No parents allowed unless absolutely necessary. I know my son loves me but he doesn't want me hanging out at the pool with him and his friends. :D
1. Pool Party and BBQ
My kids love to swim. If your teen has a birthday during the warmer months a pool party and BBQ is a wonderful solution. No decorations necessary, just music, sunscreen, towels, and food. Lots and lots of food. Don't forget the squirt guns, soakers, pool toys, and pool rules.
2. Gaming Marathon
What teenager doesn't like to game? Ask your son's friends to bring their gaming consoles over, network them, and the kids can have a group gaming party. The majority of teens are very knowledgeable about networking -- so don't worry -- let your teen do all the work. Don't forget the food. Did I say lots of food?
3. Beach Party
Send the kids to the beach for the day. Pack deli sandwiches, drinks, and snacks. The teens can pack all their desired accessories: shovels, buckets, towels, whatever they want to have a day at the beach. My son and his friends love to dig holes and build "sandcastles" and act like goofballs.
4. Game Day
Does your child have a favorite sports team? Buy him a few tickets to an upcoming game. He and his friends will love to see a live game, dinner, stadium food, and a night away from home.
5. Concert Time
Just like the sports team, purchase tickets to an upcoming concert for your son and friends. You may not like the band but he will! Even if your teen drives you may want to attend yourself as a chaperone -- especially for an overnight trip. You never know, you may find a new band to love!
Hope these ideas help you plan your next teenagers birthday!