Help! Need ideas for daughters 16th birthday

Dawn - posted on 08/14/2017 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter turns 16 in 2 weeks. She would like to have a party at the house. We don't really have much family in the area so it will be a bunch of teen boys and girls. My daughter likes music and her friends. She has no other hobbies or interests. She doesn't want any games or karaoke. It's late in August and it's hot and we don't have a pool. I am not a creative person and I'm struggling to figure out how to have a "cool" party. I'm really stressing. Any ideas would be appreciated (and if you happen to live nearby and want to help that wouldn't hurt either) thx!

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Elizabeth - posted on 08/16/2017

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You know what we’ve done for our daughter’s 14th-16th birthday parties? Held an outdoor movie night in our backyard. It’s relatively inexpensive, you order pizzas, get cupcakes, sodas, and make a hot chocolate bar for them and they handle the party themselves! It allows for your daughter to host her friends from home and they can relax in the cooler night air watching their favorite movie, talking to one another and eating, while you can keep an ear and eye out form the comfort of inside your home!

Dove - posted on 08/15/2017

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Sarah, my kids would probably just surf. That's how they celebrated their best friend's 16th birthday a few weeks ago. Just made an invite for everyone that wanted to to come down and surf and eat. Not an option in a lot of places, I know, but SOOO simple. ;)

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Dawn - posted on 08/17/2017

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I appreciate the feedback ladies. We've decided to have her close group of friends over. I have some activities in mind that I'm not going to mention until they're all here and I'm know that she will have a great time.

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2017

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I do think it is important that you know who is coming to the party. Since it is only 2 weeks away a guest list is needed. There is a lot that happen when you open up your home to friends of friends and acquaintances. I don't know...my kids all must be lame because they love doing stuff like beanbag toss, card games, they even play "would you rather?". The last get together for my 18yo (who leaves for school Saturday) was 5 of her friends sitting around a baby pool filled with hose water and playing UNO! They had a great time...

Dawn - posted on 08/15/2017

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I gave her the option of taking a few of her closest friends outo eat and then coming home for movies and a sleepover or having a party at the house that she can invite a greater number of people. She's leaning towards the latter, but she doesn't want any games and it's too hot out for a bonfire. I'm sure if she's inviting not just her immediate friends, but friends of friends or acquaintances she is worried it will be a lame party.

I actually just thought about finding a few activities like horse shoes or corn hole or things like that that aren't necessarily organized, but they can play at random. Bingo! Any other ideas like that would be great. Even some simple indoor things they could do if they wanted. Thanks for your feedback ladies!

Dove - posted on 08/15/2017

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If she would 'just die' over your planning... she needs to come up w/ an idea on her own or just suck it up w/ whatever you have in mind. Maybe a few of her closer girl friends can just do an all night pizza and movies thing...

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2017

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If she'd just "die" over your (or my) ideas; then what does she want to do? You are right that if there is nothing planned, they will just sit there on their phones. If it is a small group why not cook together? What about a bonfire? Plan the party for the evening and they can cook food and s'mores.. I have four kids 13-20 and they would all enjoy a party like that. When you are on a budget, you gotta get creative. Is she afraid she'll not impress her friends?

Dawn - posted on 08/15/2017

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Thanks for the suggestions, but she would just "die" if I planned any of those things. She's given me no wiggle room. I told her there needs to be some activity or they will all end up on their phones. Instead of it being at the house I'm trying to see if there's something or someplace I can take her and 5 friends to in Atlanta that won't cost me a fortune which is highly unlikely. Maybe a unique affordable restaurant and then movies and snacks at the house after. Any other ideas?

Sarah - posted on 08/14/2017

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You don't say where you live. Probably wise as this is an open international forum. Kids aren't fussy, invite a handful to go bowling, serve pizza and have fun. If you want something more sophisticated, invite just the girls and do mani/pedi party. If it's going to be at your home, you are going to have to do some sort of activity- kids like to revisit their youth and do stuff like throw water balloons, and stuff like that.

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