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!

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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

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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!

August 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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Gregory Bodish SAYS:

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

August 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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OnlyBoringBrick SAYS:

That snack station looks a-mazing!

August 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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Nicolette Nault SAYS:

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

August 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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Julie Lindeman SAYS:

I love the photo booth, great stuff!!!

August 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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Tammy Runnels Cook SAYS:

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

August 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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Danica Rollier SAYS:

I love the pug with headphones lamp!!!

August 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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brent SAYS:

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

August 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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anthony SAYS:

i like how everything in there is black and white

August 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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Hollye Bright SAYS:

I LOVE the dog with the BLING!

August 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

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Karla Venos SAYS:

Gotta love he bulldog and his headphones!!!

August 12, 2012 at 2:51 am

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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!

August 12, 2012 at 12:41 am

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David Mastrobuono SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

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Tamara G SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 5:28 am

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Bill SAYS:

Love the use of the drum throne!

August 12, 2012 at 6:22 am

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Erika Sanchez SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 7:11 am

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Kenny WF Zawlacki SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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Kyleigh SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

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Nicole Nealy SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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Elizabeth Davidson SAYS:

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

August 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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