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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!

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{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….

TIP #1: MUSIC IS KEY!

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

TIP #2: SETUP A PHOTO BOOTH

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

TIP #3: SWEETS BARS!

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

TIP #4: SETUP STATIONS FOR FOOD, SNACKS & DRINKS 

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

TIP #5: CREATE HANGOUT AREAS 

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”.

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PBteen GUITAR & AMP GIVEAWAY

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!

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VENDOR CREDITS:

– 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. 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!!!

  2. 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!

  3. Terri says:

    I like the hangout area idea.

  4. 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!!

  5. Valery says:

    Loved having the drums as serving platters- ingenious!

  6. Tasha Kane says:

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

  7. Haley says:

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

  8. KC says:

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

  9. Joan says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!!

  12. Elsa says:

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

  13. Christina says:

    I love the doggie in the headphones!!

  14. Danielle says:

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

  15. 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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  17. 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!!!!!

  18. Rae A. says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. Sarah B. says:

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

  21. Lynda says:

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

  22. Kaye Lake says:

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

  23. Leah Downs says:

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

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

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

  26. Ellesha says:

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

  27. Kathleen Linton Hunsicker says:

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. Rachel Jenson says:

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

  32. Marina Reyes says:

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

  33. Loved the drums as food displays! too cute!

  34. 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!

  35. Claire says:

    I like the use of the drum set. Good idea

  36. 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.

  37. V.Brinkman says:

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

  38. Jimmy Arcade says:

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

  39. Laura P says:

    I LOVE the bulldog lamp!! So adorable!

    My fave is definitely the photobooth set up!