DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday (on a tight budget) – Summer Party Time

My little geekling, Kid #2 turns 15 in July. She wanted to have a glow party/rave for her birthday bash. This summer party will be fun and frugal, as I try to stick to a tight budget.

Glow Party Teen Birthday Summer Party Time

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Summer Party Time

Our party will start in the afternoon, hopefully on a glorious July weekend, rather than a melting one. We will invite a crowd of both boys and girls. I know teens are most likely going to be cell phone zombies most of the time, but I figure if I feed them enough sugar and have enough temptation strewn about the place, they might get off their butts and have some fun.

A couple special friends will arrive a little early and sleep over. We will use glow-in-the dark puff paint ($2 a bottle at my Walmart or see it on Amazon) to decorate white tshirts.

Glowing nails

We also plan to mix nail polish and a glow stick to make glowing nails (instructions on Family Frugal Fun), but you can’t do this early (the glow fades over time as usual) so we’ll see if they want to do this with the boys around.

We will set up the laptop outside so they can listen to fun music on Pandora outside.

Of course we will have water balloons.

Party fans

Early on we will have fans made from cardstock or posterboard and craft sticks. I will use neon paper and probably cut out black Batman symbols (and surprise her, she wants to be Batman when she grows up). These will be out in the middle of the day to help beat the heat.

Outdoor Activity Games

Blanket Ball: Use a blanket like a parachute to bounce a ball and keep track of how many you can do before it falls off. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Flying Disk Tic-Tac-Toe: Tape a grid on a tarp or sheet and mark Xs and Os on frisbees. More info: Better Homes & Gardens

Lawn Twister: Spray paint circles on the lawn and make a cardboard indicator for homemade Twister. More info: DIY Showoff

Sponge ball

We will make sponge balls to help cool off. If I can make enough glow water (with glow stick innards) to fill the kiddie pool we can even have a nighttime glow sponge-ball fight.

Games for teens

Anytime Snowballs: Fill pantyhose with flour to make snowballs! More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Footsie Pop: Tie a balloon to your foot and try to pop other people’s balloons without losing your own. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Forbidden Letters: Pick a letter the guests cannot use. A questioner asks people questions trying to slip them up. More info: eHow

Gift Grab: You need some small, wrapped gifts. Guests pick gifts. Then guests can steal gifts. The ones at the end get to keep them. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Head Pop: Hang some balloons outside. Attach a pin to a hat, and guests have to pop the balloons with their (hatted) head. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Mystery Balloon Pinata: Fill balloons with a variety of gooey things, candy, and treats. Guests pop a balloon and “get” whatever is inside. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Pass the Peanut: Put a spoon handle in your mouth and use it to pass a peanut. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Spin-A-Dare: Like spin the bottle but whoever gets the bottle has to pull a dare from a hat. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Also check out my “safe” truth of dares for tweens
Safe Truth-or-Dare Game Questions and Dares for younger girls/tweens

Steal the Stickers: Steal stickers from other guests backs without getting caught. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

Tshirt Relay: Guests hold hands. The first one puts on a huge tshirt, and they must pass it to the next person in line without letting go. More info: eHow

Whipped Bubble Gum: Put a piece of bubble gum on a plate and cover with whipped cream. Guests must use only their mouth to dig out the gum and be the first to blow a bubble. More info: Fun Stuff To Do

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Photo credits:
Fans from Better Homes and Gardens
Glowing nail polish from Family Frugal Fun
Glowstick lanterns from The Gold Jellybean/a>
Goodie bags from
Celebrations
Mustaches from Tree Town Paper on Etsy
Neon marshmallows from Sugar Loco
Sponge ball from It’s Overflowing

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