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5 Tips For Throwing a Cool Teen Party (+ Electric Guitar & Amp GIVEAWAY from PBteen)

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Winner update: 8/16/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenters #25 – CAROLYN HORTEN Congrats!


{HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design.} One question I get the asked all the time is: “My teen wants a party… What do I do? Help me please!” As a mom of a 16 year old, I know that planning a teen event is hard.  Let’s just say – you must AMP UP the cool factor!

I teamed up with PBteen to show you how to take items from your teen’s room and use them in your party design to throw a fabulous teen party. {Be sure to go to the end of the post for details on a cool PBteen GIVEAWAY!} When I begin to design a teen party for my clients, I always ask to see the teen’s room. You can get an idea of what style they like, what colors they love and what things they’re into to get you started on the party’s look and feel. I’ll walk you through a music theme that is one of my most popular themes & give you 5 tips for creating the look….


Here I designed the entire party around music by pulling in several instruments and using them in unexpected ways. Make sure your teen creates a playlist of all of their favorite songs ahead of time and have them playing during the party. (You can also have the playlist burned on cds to give away as party favors.)

5 tips to a cool teen party decor with a rhinestone encrusted pug


The easiest activity and teens love it! One more excuse to pull out their cell phones and begin to flick away! Provide a cool backdrop (this one which happens to be a PBteen shower curtain) and funky props and let them do the rest! As a cool momento, place a cork board close by the photo booth and have the teens take photos on this cool retro Polaroid instant camera where they can write a message and post it up on the cork board. This PBteen guitar is the perfect prop to really get cool photos of the teens “rockin’ out!”

teen party photo booth and win the guitar from pb teen

teen party photo booth prop table

teen party photo booth with a polaroid camera


The wow factor and must-have at any teen event is the infamous Sweets Bar. Fill the bar with all of your teen’s favorite sweets and decorate it with the theme in mind. Here I used the drum set from PBteen and used it as a S’mores Bar!

teen party s'mores display on a drumset
s'mores bar for a teen party

s'mores display on a drumset


Here I created a self-serve nacho bar & drink station. For the drink station, offer sodas in glass bottles for a retro vibe. How fabulous is this bulldog lamp from PBteen! This piece was the inspiration for the whole party design. I added rhinestones and created a one-of-a-kind piece! To continue with the music theme, I pulled in the seat from the drum set and the wire guitar wall art on the nacho bar. Put some cooked taco meat in one crock pot and nacho cheese in the other to stay warm and put some chips in a bowl. Budget friendly and super easy! Others options are hot dog stations, pizza bars and snack bars.

teen party drink and decorations table with a music theme

teen party nacho bar


Teens just want to hang out. Give them one or two areas to chill; set out a few video or board games, bean bags and you’re done! Also popular are beauty bars and outdoor lounge tents. PBteen has tons of lounge furniture including teen-friendly bean bags that would be perfect when creating a “hangout area”. Incorporate some music room decor items like this headphone wall art and amplifier to pull in the theme.

teen party games

As a rule of thumb: less is more! Teens don’t want to feel like their party is “kiddy” with an overdone theme. The key is to setup everything ahead of the guests arriving and then leave them to have fun!

For more design tips, click here to check out my blog “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Party Planning”.



Here’s your chance to win an electric guitar and portable amp from PBteen as shown in the top pic in this post. The giveaway retails for $288! Good luck!

To Enter:
– Post a comment below, mentioning what was your favorite creative use of a room item in the post.

– Giveaway ends Monday, August 13th at midnight PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here after they’ve been notified and accepted the prize. Good luck!



– Event Styling & Design, Photography: Soiree Event Design
– Drum set, wire guitar, bulldog lamp, headphone wall art, polaroid camera, electric guitar & amp: PBteen

POSTED BY:tonyaTONYA COLEMAN is a busy mother of 4 that ”LOVE LOVE LOVES” design & events! She has more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment business with a very successful graphic design studio & has been designing events for the past 5 years.

171 responses to “5 Tips For Throwing a Cool Teen Party (+ Electric Guitar & Amp GIVEAWAY from PBteen)”

  1. Jen N. says:

    I love the use of the drumset as a serving area.

  2. Nancy says:

    I absolutely love the use of the drums for serving platters! Super creative!!!

  3. trishacarini stephenson says:

    I love the Polaroid photo booth idea! The bulldog with the blinged out headphones is also pretty cute.

  4. leannepyle says:

    I agree, the drums as a serving area was a great idea. My son may not agree, as they would be his drums, but very creative!

  5. Nicole says:

    I love the use of the PS shower curtain as a photo back drop! So creative and such a fun way to get guests to interact!

  6. Amy says:

    Im ganna have to say drum set serving platters, very clever !

  7. Julie says:

    All very well done, the photo booth background is my favorite!

  8. Laura M. says:

    I LOVE actually using the drum set as a serving piece! Brilliant!

  9. Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony says:

    I’m not a teen but I would love that party set-up! I have to say, the shower curtain backdrop completely sets the scene.

  10. Jade says:

    I really love the use of the drum stool as a food stand! Very cool that the crock pots were black and silver too – went perfectly without standing out! Might have to consider for my hubs 50th b-day – I’ve been looking for a good theme!

  11. Nikki says:

    Love, love the use of all the musical instruments throughout! My 16 year old guitar-playing son might even like this! :)

  12. Debbie says:

    I love all of the guitars as decorations and the drumset as a serving station. Very cool!

  13. Carey Rehrig says:

    I love the use of the super cute dog lamp with rhinestone headphones… like he is the king of the party :)

  14. Loved the use of drums to display food and my daughter loves the dog with the headphones.

  15. Grace says:

    Love how many ways the drum set was used as serving stands/platters.

  16. Jess from Cox's Corner says:

    I’m not gonna lie, my favorite is the bulldog lamp wearing the headphones!

  17. Kieran says:

    Love, love, LOVE the drumset snackbar! Too cute!

  18. megan says:

    love the food on the musician’s stool. so smart!

  19. DarlingNikki says:

    I adore how the drum set was used as a dessert stand for the cake pops! Good idea!

  20. Julita K says:

    I love the stool for nachos!! So cute! But the shower curtain as a backdrop was close 2nd!!

  21. Tara Dawson says:

    The drum throne on the nacho bar is genius!

  22. Julianne Johnson says:

    Who doesn’t LOVE the drum set dessert bar! I also appreciate the little touches like the rhinestones on the silver chargers. Those details make all the difference.

  23. Glow With Us says:

    love the creative decors! very refreshing and unique.

  24. Bonnie says:

    Love the drum set as a sweets bar. Looking for something other than a table that’s “cool” is such a great idea!!! Will definitely use that tip.

  25. Stefani Todd says:

    I love the dog with headphones.

  26. Jennifer Maddox says:

    I love the idea of a photo booth and props! My daughter would love this kind of party!

  27. Shannon Crawford says:

    I just love the bulldog with the headphones! Not something I would have every thought to do.

  28. Carolyn Horten says:

    Loved the drums to display the food! I so need to win this :)! My son would be so stoked!

  29. Mary says:

    I am loving the drum-kit-turned-dessert-bar!

  30. Diane says:

    The dog with the headphones steals the show!

  31. Sheryl says:

    I love photo booth & how the drum set was used for the food display!!! The dog lamp is awesome!!!

  32. Super cute! Love the idea to use the drum set to display desserts or food! ;)

  33. Michelle Brown says:

    I love a few ideas! I love the photo booth idea! Also the different hangout ideas. I think that is the biggest challenge is keeping the teens busy. Especially with all the different personalities. There is a little something for every guest. And of course having the drums to display the food was great. Made me think of getting some old records and using them as plates. Thanks for all the good ideas. Even though my oldest is just turning 10 this would be a terrific idea for her.

  34. Kim Augeri says:

    I love the Polaroid camera setup with the markers!

  35. Kelly Blackstone Forrest says:

    OMG, I wish I could've had a party like this when I was a teenager!

  36. Sharon McZeal says:

    I love the use of the drums as serving pieces! Teens will just love this party! Very creative!

  37. Jennifer Julian says:

    I love the use of the PB Shower Curtain as the backdrop for the photo booth.

  38. Monica Parker Brady says:

    I love the drums being used for the sweets bar!

  39. Kelly says:

    How can I pick just one favorite thing? This is probably my favorite of all the party themes you’ve done. My favorite piece of decor is that lamp! My favorite idea is the Polaroids and having them write on them and post on a board. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  40. Amber Cristofaro says:

    Everything about this party is PERFECT! From the color scheme to the headphones wall art. The drum set to serve the food is awesome and the chair with the crock pots beside it & plates underneath…genius! My son is having Rock Star theme birthday at the end of this month and would go crazy for this set up. Please pick us to win! We’d be so thrilled. Amazing work!

  41. Terri says:

    I like the hangout area idea.

  42. Sharon says:

    I love the use of the drums to display the food! Great teen party idea, my daughter would totally love this!! I have to win this for my daughter!!

  43. Valery says:

    Loved having the drums as serving platters- ingenious!

  44. Tasha Kane says:

    I love the photo booth idea and I especially like the addition do the polaroid and cork board display!

  45. Lennette DeLisle Daniels says:

    My favorite part was using the drums to display food. That is a great idea to tie everything in. I also love the photo booth idea because we always try to memorialize all of the birthday parties and this is a great idea.

  46. Nevaehs-Baby Couture says:

    Definitely love everything and I must agree, the drums for displaying the food is an awesome idea, great job Tonya, as always ; )

  47. Haley says:

    I love the nacho bar idea, and the drum set used as a smores bar idea.

  48. KC says:

    I love the drums used as servers & the shower curtain & beads as the photo booth bacdrop! Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. Joan says:

    A photo booth is a great way to get everyone excited. This one looks awesome!

  50. Winnie says:

    It was the French bulldog with sparkle headphones that really caught my eye. Also the crock pots that look like a drum set also was a great idea.

  51. Elsa says:

    OMG, My favorite was the drum set, what a great way to display items and keep with the theme. The Dog with the headphones was just too cute!!!

  52. Elsa says:

    OMG, Love how the drum set was used to display food and the dog with the headphones wad too cute!

  53. Christina says:

    I love the doggie in the headphones!!

  54. Danielle says:

    I love that you used the drum setup to hold the food items on

  55. Shannon Ford says:

    Love the drum set as serving platters. What a super cute idea. My daughter would love that idea.

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  57. Vanessa Grant says:

    I love this! Especially since I am in the midst of planning a Rock Star party for my son. I love the idea of using the drum set as the dessert bar. I might just have to borrow some of these ideas for my party ;). My son would lose it if we won that guitar!!!!!

  58. Rae A. says:

    I LOVE the photo booth idea!! It’s great! Love the pug also!

  59. April B. says:

    My favorite was totally the use of the drums for the s’mores bar! That is an awesome idea! I also L-O-V-E the dog lamp with rhinestone headphones.

  60. Sarah B. says:

    I love the bulldog lamp as the overall inspiration. Especially since that’s my kids’ school mascot!

  61. Lynda says:

    Love the stool as a holder in the food station…awesome idea!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

  62. Leah Downs says:

    Loved the drums and how you displayed the food on them!

  63. Ellesha says:

    I Love how the drum kit is used to arrange the fondue table with the marshmellows and chocolate! Awesome arrangement!

  64. Kathleen Linton Hunsicker says:

    Very hard to chose one but I have to say photo booth! Thank You for so many great ideas!

  65. Margarite H says:

    I really dig the use of the drum set to turn into a sweet bar, especially the marshmallow stick that look like over ice!

  66. Denise Turocy says:

    I love how you incorporated 3 Crock Pots! One little dipper kind, and the two shiny big ones. Very intuitive and creative thinking!

  67. kiabarrett says:

    OMG!!! There are so many ideas that I love…how innovative the use of the shower curtain is, the color scheme, the rocking dog, polaroid picture idea…the list goes on. I’m giving my daughter a rockstar party next month and there’s so many ideas I got from you to incorporate into her party. I would love to display the food on drums but with my husband being the drum player that he is it probably wouldn’t happen lol.

    Job well done!

  68. Rachel Jenson says:

    I loved the dessert bar with the drum display. Very creative.

  69. Marina Reyes says:

    I completely love the drum set S’mores Bar! But the whole party is so creative!

  70. Amber says:

    I love the photo-booth set up with Polaroid! So cute! And the food stations so they have several places to gather is a great idea too. My daughter would be so thrilled if we won the guitar!

  71. Claire says:

    I like the use of the drum set. Good idea

  72. Kaye Lake says:

    I love the dog with the headphones…too cute!!!

  73. Ashley Berntsen says:

    Using the drums for the food & drink station was a brilliantly done! What a unique and creative idea!

  74. Ashley Berntsen says:

    Using the drums for the food & drink station was brilliantly done! What a unique and creative idea!

  75. April Blackwelder Calvert says:

    Loved the drums as food displays! too cute!

  76. V.Brinkman says:

    I love the photo booth. That would be my daughter’s favorite thing … she is such a photo dive.

  77. Lynne Pineda says:

    All very well done from the photo booth & props, super cute dog lamp with rhinestone headphones, to the drum set as sweet bat. But what really catches my eye is the sweet bat drum set.

  78. Jimmy Arcade says:

    I like the drum kit s’mores bar! Very creative use of drums to incorporate into the party!

  79. Laura P says:

    I LOVE the bulldog lamp!! So adorable!

    My fave is definitely the photobooth set up!

  80. Cherie B says:

    the poloroid photo booth is cool but I loved the smore bar. The way the marshmellows were displayed was awesome. GREAT ideas!

  81. Shannel says:

    I love the photo booth!

  82. kaitelynhaynes says:

    I love the dorm chair as a nacho stand! Everything was very creative.

  83. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    Using that drum set as a serving stand was brilliant!! I love it ;)

  84. Sadie says:

    Love the table set up for the photo op!

  85. Sadie Rich says:

    I love the table set up for the photo op!

  86. Elizabeth C. says:

    I love the photo booth idea and using instruments like the electric guitar for props. This was what my friend did for her housewarming party too! It creates memories.

  87. Zöe Santo says:

    The drink setup was most favorite part of the entire setup– the glass bottles really tied the set together, along with the combination of the black and white spiral straws. The lamp also adds its own creative feel towards the spread– this layout would be the perfect party for any teen- whether it be boy or girl.
    Fort Meade, Florida
    c/o 2016 (:

  88. Jamilah Fields says:

    I loved the sweets bar! Given that there are soooo many desserts out there this would be a good time to include some sample sizes of your favorite types.

  89. Stacy Cooper says:

    I think the most creative use was the drums as tables. It's a useful station that is gorgeous. I think teens would find it to be genius as it combines practical with useful. My daughter would love this party.

  90. Maritza Padilla says:

    I so love the drums for displaying food I am going to have too use this idea for one of teens birthday and the photo booth my lil diva would have a blast with this.

  91. Nicki Perez says:

    I love the photo booth but with 4 kids I'll try them all. These are all great ideas!!

  92. Alyssa Sykes says:

    I looooove the beauty bar idea

  93. MiKayla Parsons says:

    I LOVED the way you used the drum kit as a Smores Station. Soooo cool and who doesn’t like smores??!! I also love how you could just switch it up and make it to where you could serve different dishes on it.

  94. I love TIP #1: MUSIC IS KEY!

  95. Julia Real says:

    I just have to say that I love the lamp of the dog with headphones! I also like how the guitar amp was used as a laid back decoration! :)

  96. Patricia MacLeod says:

    Love all the ideas, but this one is my fav. TIP #4: SETUP STATIONS FOR FOOD, SNACKS & DRINKS.

  97. Graeme Davis says:

    I loved the drums used as a smore bar!

  98. Diana says:

    The photobooth is my must have. I’m a photographer and just love capturing moments just like this . I just love the way you designed this room. It fits my step daughter to a tee. Gorgeous !!!!!!

  99. Hannah LaDuca says:

    I love the photo booth idea! With the polaroid camera and markers near by to keep track of and write on photos! It's a awesome and fun way to keep us teens busy!

  100. This is such a GREAT party idea! lOVE IT! I have a 13 yr old who is actively into music and would absolutely love this party! Then again, my 11 yr old and 6 yr old would too! The photo booth idea is really nice as I take alot of pictures and have my kids take one with each child who attends. Love it! Thanks!

  101. Denise Luna says:

    I love, love, love Pottery Barn Teen! Especially love the photo booth setup! Pictures are always in style! :)

  102. Cynthia says:

    Absolutely love the s’mores station. Will definitely use this!

  103. Trisha says:

    I love the sweets bar! Im def. doing a smors bar at my next party

  104. Kirsten says:

    Love the photo booth idea – especiallly the backdrop!

  105. Megan says:

    I loved everything! But, my favorite has got to be using the drumset to display/ serve the food! It was a great idea and I would love to go to that party!:)

  106. Sara G. says:

    The photo booth is my favorite! I love the background and the sunglasses and stuff that people can use to take pictures!

  107. Kristy Redford says:

    Love the s’mores st up w/ marshmallows on the drums! Camera idea I cool too!

  108. johnlr2000 says:

    I like the drumset idea. I’d like to win the guitar and amp.

  109. Teressa Wehunt Godshall says:

    Love the photo booth! What a "rockin" party this would be for my son who is really into guitars right now!

  110. Allison Newmes says:

    The drum set being used as a snack stand for goodies is the most interesting way to incorporate large items into a party’s theme.

  111. Annie Meitchik says:

    I loved the use of the shower curtain backdrop for the photo booth and of course the cool drum stand for the snacks and headphones on all the other decorations!!!!

  112. Shari Frazee Zupan says:

    Its hard to pick a favorite. Love the photobooth idea…the dog with the bling headphones is my fav! Thanks for the great ideas.

  113. Christina Z says:

    I love all of it so cool but really love the photo booth. A great way to have fun & great photos with cool background!! Love it!

  114. Shannon Miller says:

    The drum display had to be my favorite.

  115. Cami M. says:

    I love the goofy props for the photobooth. It’s more memorable and fun than the traditional smile in front of a backdrop.

  116. Debbie Tussey says:

    I thought the use of drums as serving trays was so clever! We are currently re-doing my daughters bedroom in a rock and roll theme. What a great blessing it would be to win the guitar and amp.
    Thanks for the ideas!

  117. Gregory Bodish says:

    I like how the drum set was used as serving tables!

  118. OnlyBoringBrick says:

    That snack station looks a-mazing!

  119. Nicolette Nault says:

    I loved how you used the drums for displaying food! That was a very unique idea to create! I love it! (:

  120. Julie Lindeman says:

    I love the photo booth, great stuff!!!

  121. Tammy Runnels Cook says:

    love the selection almost as much as PBTeen! would love the guitar and amp!

  122. Jenny Laplante says:

    tip #4 snacks area, love it!

  123. Shauni Drake-Reid says:

    I wish I had found this page for my daughters 13th birthday party. I love all the ideas, but I think the S'mores table is rather snazzy. We are huge fans of them and that would be a neat idea to incorporate into her next party! Shoot, I will find a reason to have that. Once the food is gone, the kids can play music on the drums. Brilliant(2 ideas in one)!

  124. Charlotte Anne Prater says:

    Using the drum set as a serving area was brilliant! Also, the bulldog with the sparkly earphones is adorable!

  125. Danica Rollier says:

    I love the pug with headphones lamp!!!

  126. brent says:

    I liked the hangout areas with the backgammon and music best.

  127. anthony says:

    i like how everything in there is black and white

  128. Hollye Bright says:

    I LOVE the dog with the BLING!

  129. Isabelle Eid says:

    I love the s'mores bar served on the drum set! What a creative use for a festive looking drum set!

  130. Molly says:

    I love the use of musical instruments all of my friends and I are in band and play we would all have so much fun at a party based on our favorite thing!

  131. Music is the key.Love the Drums for the sweet bar as well.

  132. Karla Venos says:

    Gotta love he bulldog and his headphones!!!

  133. Tamara G says:

    I love the drum set serving area and have to try this for my birthday in November!

  134. Bill says:

    Love the use of the drum throne!

  135. Erika Sanchez says:

    My daughter loves the music dog and the way you used the drum set to arrange the s’mores station.

  136. Kyleigh says:

    The drum set with the serving trays is absolutely awesome, and I love the guard dog lamp watching over the drinks!

  137. Nicole Nealy says:

    I loved the photo booth idea, incorporating the shower curtain and the guitar. Awesome!

  138. Elizabeth Davidson says:

    The poloroid idea was really fun, and the drumset displaying food would be great for a party!

  139. Dina Djedovic says:

    My favorite was the first one with the pug and the AWESOME head phones:)

  140. Dina Djedovic says:

    My favorite was the first one with the pug and the AWESOME head phones:)

  141. Brittany Marie says:

    I think the drum set used as a serving station was genious, it pulls in the theme well without having to drag in tables creating more space for the party!

  142. shaleenelemke says:

    I love the idea of using a Polaroid camera. That makes it so you can take photos and instantly look at them and then people can take them home as fun souvenirs.

  143. Kenny WF Zawlacki says:

    The best use was using the drum kit for food display.

  144. Amy Beth Marantino says:

    I like how you used the drum. very clever to use it as a table.

  145. The music part xD The bulldog lamp is so adorable <3.

  146. Leandra Ladouceur says:

    The guitar and the drums display was sweet. My friend and I are trying to start a band because it is not our dream, but out goal to share our talent. We really need the equipment in order to start. Like, we need this really bad. My ma can't afford to buy me an electric guitar, plus an amp. This would mean so much to us if I won the prize. I want to be a guitar goddess like Joan Jett. I want to learn from the great ones like Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, & my all time favorite, Jack White. I want to be noticed for my talent once in my life.

  147. Tabitha Strickland Mendoza says:

    These are such great ideas for a teen birthday! Thank you! My favorite had to be using the drum set for the food display! Pure genius!

  148. Jessica Locklear Worriax says:

    I love the bulldog lamp, especially with the addition of the bling! Great ideas!

  149. Jessica Locklear Worriax says:

    I love the bulldog lamp, especially with the addition of the bling! Great ideas!

  150. Christine Omotayo says:

    I like the drum kit smores it makes both a really cool conversation piece and a yummy but easy to carry snack.
    I also like the photobooth at home because at the dance at my highschool the photobooth was always really awesome and fun. As an extra you could ask guests to bring in props as well.

  151. Paula Halbur says:

    I loved how you used the drum set to serve food. Very clever! I also loved the bulldog with earphones…. I know how he feels as my son just started learning the guitar! Thanks for the ideas! :)

  152. Anne Barker says:

    Loved the food displayed on the drums! So cute and creative! :)

  153. I love everything! But, my favorite would have to be the s'more making area! It is too cute and fun to do! Would love to do it myself at my party! :)

  154. Nicole says:

    Love it all…especially the s’mores bar!

  155. kristin says:

    I just love this! My favorite is the use of the drum kit as a buffet – brilliant!

  156. Love the treats on the drum kit!
    x Hilary
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  157. Ellie Morlino says:

    I love music, It's basically my entire LIFE! This is an amazingly cool idea, as I am a teen myself and ILOVE IT! The idea that you had with the photo booth was really cool and is one that I can actually achieve without spending too much money or hassle:) I will definitely be doing this, and looking at much more on your site! This contest is an absolutely amazing opportunity I couldn't POSSIBLY pass up! I would be honored to win this, not that it's very likely, but a girl can dream, right? XD well thanks for everything!
    -Ellie M.

  158. Mike Hodge says:

    That drum kit s'mores bar sure is "sweet."

  159. Melinda Cota says:

    I liked how they displayed the chips on the drum set stool!

  160. Fam Contest says:

    I like the drums as a food holder, it looks fantastic!

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  162. Emily says:

    I love the drumset serving area! Its very creative and would go great for a boy/girl themed party! I LOVE IT!

  163. Marisa B says:

    I love the use of the pb shower curtain as the backdrop for the photo booth.

  164. Paige Carpenter says:

    I really like the photo booth idea and the snack bar ideas. Definitely going to use for my upcoming party!!