// PLAN THE PERFECT TEEN PARTY

Quite recently, my twin sister and I were able to host our birthday party. The night was a success—the kind left with scattered selfies and Facebook comments to remember it by. So, as a teenager myself, I thought it would only be right to  share my tips on planning the perfect teen party on SALT&STATUS today.

Choose the date early. I cannot stress this enough. For our party, we had to make a compromise and hold it two weeks after the initial date, for otherwise it would have fallen on the Easter weekend. In the end, it still fell on the night of another girl in our grade’s party, and many people told us, “Oh, I would have come if you’d invited me first.” Don’t let that happen to you. The earlier you arrange it, the more likely people can mark it in their calendar and arrange to come.

Arrange the time based on whether you’re willing to feed your guests a meal. If you’re planning on a morning tea, 11 would probably be a good time. For lunch, 12.30. If you wish to have a night party in which you don’t want to stop to eat but just stay on the dance floor, 8 would suggest dinner to be well and truly finished before attending.

Find an appropriate venue. If you’re wanting a Oscar-esque style event, perhaps book a function centre, but if you’re merely having a small party, your home should work fine. If your parents aren’t willing to hold it at your house or pay for a centre, ask your friends or family. You never know who will be willing to help out with hosting.

Know the maximum amount of people you can have, and choose guests wisely. Make sure to ask your parents if you’re holding it at your home, or check with the venue staff if you’re not. Of course, not everyone will attend, so if you go a couple over the limit, you’ll end up with less anyway. It’s very important to ensure the guests you’re inviting will be good guests. If little Timmy is known for throwing a punch whenever he doesn’t get the biggest slice of cake, don’t invite him. If Rowena called you a ‘weird jerk’ back in grade 2, she’s not worth the pain just because she’s in the friendship group of another girl you invited. It’s your party. If you don’t want someone there, you don’t have to feel obliged to invite them.

Keep your theme simple. We had a costume party, which was super fun, but we didn’t tie it in with decorations, for the theme was merely: whatever the hell you want to wear as a costume. This was interpreted as Taylor Swift,  tradies, and  That Guy In The Checked Shirt (he didn’t have a costume). As teenagers, it can be difficult to get into the spirit, so as the safe option goes, no theme usually goes down better. Ensure to give your guests a dress code if they ask. Think about what you’d like to wear, and work off that. Even with no theme however, keep your decorations in line with a colour scheme. This just makes the house look pretty for photos! For our party, we chose red, black, white, and silver. Choose something simple. As gorgeous as it would be to have Pantone’s colour of the year paired with tones of olive and magenta, you may struggle a little in the catering department.

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How cute are these number balloons from Party City? These are perfect for milestones like 16 or 18 (or 1234567890, ha). Not only do they look absolutely adorable and splice up your area, but they provide a centrepiece for photos. Selfie, anyone?

Make a playlist filled with a variety of songs. Create this on your phone, or use Spotify and utilise the free Premium trial to ensure no advertisements. Parties mostly require upbeat songs with catchy choruses. Ask your friends what sorts of music they listen to, and get some requests. The majority of teens will appreciate the top ten playlist, so add a few of them. But if you’re like me and your music taste varies dramatically from boom-booms and Bieber, don’t veer too far off track. Add in your favourite songs, for it’s your party after all, and you can cry if you want to. Because of the beautiful melodic harmonies of the Everly Brothers, yes? Don’t forget to add in flash-mob-worthy numbers like Macarena and Nutbush City Limits. Just have a mixture of songs, and there’ll be something to please everybody.

Purchase easy snacks. Even if you’ve promised dinner, fingers foods do suffice. Make sure to ask if people have allergies to particular foods. I know quite a few of my friends are vegetarians, so if you’re friends are like mine, ensure to cater to them. Food is important, but you don’t need a huge spread to impress. Here are some ideas of prompt teen crowd-pleasers:

  • Crisps
  • Party pies
  • Spring rolls
  • Pizza
  • Party mix lollies
  • Platters (cracker, dips, chopped vegetables)
  • Mini hotdogs

Have a chaperone. Yes, I know, you’re growing up, and you don’t want parents around to rule your party. The truth is however, you’ll need someone there, whether there be an emergency or just someone to give your friend directions home. Sometimes parents won’t let their children go unless your mum or dad or a trusted adult will  be there. Whilst it may appear a good idea to be adult-free, you’ll also be significantly less surrounded by guests. So keep that in mind.

So there you go, my fellow adolescents. Use these tips and your party will sure to be fantastic. Don’t stress too much though. Because in the end, you can’t plan the having fun part, amirite? ★

 

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