If you’re looking for New Year’s Eve party ideas for teens, you’re in luck. First, congratulations on raising your teen(s) well! When my teen son has asked us if he could host a New Year’s Eve party at home for his friends, I felt like I had reached the summit of my parenting goals. Not only was my son making innocent plans for the holiday, he was comfortable having his friends join him for whatever festivities he had planned right under my nose!
I didn’t want to blow this opportunity, so I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make the evening fun and safe for him and his friends without being a helicopter parent or, on the other extreme, a completely absentee parent that lets the kids do whatever they want. After searching everywhere, I realized there aren’t a lot of articles out there geared specifically towards New Year’s Eve party ideas for teens so I decided to make my own plan.
After consulting with my son, we decided on the following food:
- Easy Sweet & Sour Meatballs
- Antipasto Kabobs
- Pizza Crescent Roll Ups
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Kettle Corn
- Spiced Nuts
- Inside Out Caramel Apple Bites
- Nutella and Banana Crescent Packets
Also, to take the pressure off of any of the kids who didn’t want to engage in the traditional midnight kisses, I put out a bowl of Hershey’s kisses (idea courtesy of Oh Sugar Event Planning).
For entertainment, we planned the following:
- Redbox or Netflix movies
- XBox party games like Just Dance and Kinect Adventures
- Party board games (see my list of favorite games for teenagers)
- Resolution Cards (from Real Simple)–guests fill them out and then try to guess who wrote what
- Photo backdrops and props (e.g. hats, tiaras, boas, funny glasses, fake mustaches) around the house to encourage guests to snap lots of pictures
- Poker with lots of chips so no REAL gambling need occur
- Teen Party Games
To make the evening memorable, we created a few “extras” for the guests.
- Tic-Tocks (repackaged tic tacs)
- CD of the playlist from the evening
- Hats, Noisemakers and Confetti Poppers for midnight
For decorations, we relied mostly on the photo backdrops we set up. In addition, we got a bunch of balloons to place around the party area and we hung some streamers.
Now, to figure out a plan for my other three kids so that they’ll be having too much fun to bother their brother and his friends.