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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. 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 !!!!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. Denise Luna says:

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

  5. Cynthia says:

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

  6. Trisha says:

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

  7. Kirsten says:

    Love the photo booth idea – especiallly the backdrop!

  8. 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!:)

  9. 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!

  10. Kristy Redford says:

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

  11. johnlr2000 says:

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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!!!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. Shannon Miller says:

    The drum display had to be my favorite.

  19. 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.

  20. Isabelle Eid says:

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