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


Jenny Laplante SAYS:

tip #4 snacks area, love it!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Nicki Perez SAYS:

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

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Alyssa Sykes SAYS:

I looooove the beauty bar idea

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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)!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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.

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

Margaret Imecs SAYS:

I love TIP #1: MUSIC IS KEY!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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! :)

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

Patricia MacLeod SAYS:

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

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Graeme Davis SAYS:

I loved the drums used as a smore bar!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

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 !!!!!!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

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!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Jimi Phillips Meier SAYS:

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!

Reply August 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Denise Luna SAYS:

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

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

Cynthia SAYS:

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

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

Trisha SAYS:

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

Reply August 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

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