14th Birthday Party Ideas - Suggestions for Great Fun

Need inspiration for 14th birthday party ideas?

Turning 14 can be a huge deal. Your child has already put one year of being a teenager behind them and is probably feeling as though they have the hang of it by now.

While the 13th birthday party was special in that it was the dawning of a new era, the 14th birthday party might signify something else entirely.

For one thing, your teenager could be in a different school by now. They might now be in middle school, or junior high, for the first time. This could mean new friends and a new peer group. They might also have their first boyfriend or girlfriend, which might mean that for the first time, they are having a boy/girl party. (Well, probably for the first time since they were children.)

So, what can you do to make this party special, yet keep it "cool" for your blossoming teenager? What 14th birthday party ideas could you use?

Really, the party itself depends on the teen's gender and interests. What girls find fun are not necessarily the same things that boys find fun at this age.

If your teenage girl is having an all-girl party, then you might want to consider a "makeover party." Set up a mini-spa day, complete with manicures, pedicures, hair styling, and makeup application. You might even want to end the day with a sleepover or a trip to the movies where the girls can show off their new looks.

How about 14th birthday party ideas for boys?

For a teenage boy's party, you might want to consider a game tournament. Borrow a couple of televisions and X-boxes (or Playstation 2s or 3s) and set them up around the house. Have a tournament style afternoon where the winners get prizes and trophies.

Then there are 14th birthday party ideas which involve both males and females.

For a mixed party, keep in mind that although your child and their friends are teenagers, they're not quite at that dating age yet, and they still like to have fun. Keeping them active can help take away any awkwardness.

One really fun 14th birthday party idea is laser tag or even blacklight bowling. Most bowling alleys have party rooms so that you can still supply cake, ice cream, and food to your party guests. A lot of laser tag centers provide the same. Most of the time, laser tag facilities also have the video arcades, climbing walls, and other things to occupy the teens, too.

Now, how about summer 14th birthday party ideas?

If your teen is having a birthday in the summertime, then a pool party can be fun, too. At this age, most teens aren't too worried about body image yet, so there shouldn't be a lot of awkwardness regarding the wearing of bathing suits. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and watermelon are all good summer, outdoorsy party food, and most teens will be able to find something that they like to eat.

If you have your own swimming pool, then this is a great idea. You can also consider renting a community pool or having the party at the YMCA, which should have a separate party room as well.

When planning this important party and considering various 14th birthday party ideas, it's essential that you let your teen be involved in coming up with the ideas for it. They might already have their own thoughts about what they want and what they don't want. The best way to ensure success is to make them feel involved.

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