07 Aug

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

pb teen giveaway

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

Leave a Comment


Jen N. SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

Nancy SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

trishacarini stephenson SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

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!

August 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

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!

August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am


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

August 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Julie SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

Laura M. SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

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.

August 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

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!

August 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

Nikki SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

Debbie SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Carey Rehrig SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Valerie Andes Mendoza SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Grace SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Jess from Cox's Corner SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Kieran SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Kim Augeri SAYS:

I love the Polaroid camera setup with the markers!

August 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Monica Parker Brady SAYS:

I love the drums being used for the sweets bar!

August 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm

megan SAYS:

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

August 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm
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