A birthday party theme well-suited for the Instagram generation, a photo-shoot party will be a hit with your teen and friends. Provide a cool photo backdrop, like this vibrant 81-square-foot mural from Anthropologie (or DIY one with your teen!), fun wigs and costumes, a few instant cameras, and your work is done.
Movie under the Stars
Bring the fun of a drive-in movie to your backyard with an al fresco movie screening. You don’t need much: A projector can be found on Amazon, and picnic blankets and snacks will do the trick. Stay with the old-school vibes with this vintage-inspired tabletop popcorn maker from Target.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
This quintessential story-telling game (it’s based on a Nickleodeon TV series; your kids will know it) makes for a great party theme. For this b-day party version, make whoever is “it,” starting with the birthday boy or girl, get decked out in glow sticks.
- Speculoos S’more Kit, $17.95
Nothing is cozier than sitting around a warm fire drinking hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows. And you can do it any time of year with the right accessories! For your teenager’s next birthday, invest in a fire pit and Marshmallow Twig Roasters. You’ll especially impress with this s’mores kit from California-based Little Belgians cookie company.
(Make Your Own) Pizza Party
- Pizza Neon Sign, $99
All signs point to pizza! Turn the teens into gourmet chefs with a pizza-making party. Provide an assortment of veggies, cheeses, meats, and sauce. Pro tip: Trader Joe’s is a great one-stop-shop for all accoutrements, including gluten-free cauliflower crust for anyone with allergies.
Go retro with a mod-style shindig. Dust off the old record player (or go with this sleek updated Bluetooth version from Crosley, complete with built-in speakers) and set out the soda pop and Twister. This birthday is going to be swell!
Around the World
- Globe Mural, $80.09
The world is their oyster—and have the kids explore it from the comforts of home with a global-themed party. Before the big birthday, assign guests to groups by country. Then, on party day, decorate with food stations, décor, and games particular to each nation.