Teen parties are best organized by the teens themselves but parents suggestions would probably be welcomed once a theme is chosen. For example, an Alice in Wonderland party is a great excuse for dressing up and has wonderful opportunities for a costume contest and games – starting with flamingo croquet.
Teens need plenty of activities so often the most successful parties are Mystery Parties, where teams can work together solving a murder or other challenge. A party based on the TV series Survivor is also a popular idea with kids divided into two teams faced with a series of challenges set up on advance. Décor needs to be a tropical island theme (which you can use again next year for a Hawaiian Luau!)
Scavenger Hunts and Amazing Race Parties can also be wonderful for involvement and excitement, but the planning has to be detailed for it to come off successfully. The actual food and decorations depend on your budget and with a popular theme it is easy to find party supplies online.
Teen Beach parties are a great summer idea and simple to plan as it s a beach barbeque plus the party decorations and favors. A cute idea for the invitations is using beach balls, deflated (and hand-delivered) after writing the invitation in permanent marker. A gazebo can be set up on the beach with balloons to mark the site and food kept simple with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill.