Fun Tween Party Ideas
Pizza Party Theme
Every tween loves pizza at a birthday party, but at this party the whole theme is pizza! Have a make it yourself pizza dinner - see our food ideas. Play pizza related games such as: Pizza twister - set out the twister mat and have the red circles be pepperoni, green be pepper etc. and instead of spinning and calling out - right foot red, call out - right foot pepperoni.
Play relay races and have the kids carry a pizza box while they run or go through an obstacle course. Make aprons or chefs hats for a craft. Set out red and white checkered tablecloths and serve a large cookie cake decorated like a pizza.
Birthday scavenger hunts can be fun - especially the mall scavenger hunts! The main idea of the scavenger hunt is to divide into teams then each tween team races to see who can find (or do) the items on a list first. There are 7 fun varieties of birthday party scavenger hunts to choose from! All the Scavenger Hunts have FREE items lists to print out!
A fun way to combine two of tweens favorite things - friends and shopping. We've listed 8 fun mall scavenger hunts - complete with free scavenger hunt lists. Most require no money and there is one that lists 40 things they have to bring back that are FREE. After the scavenger hunt meet for dinner or dessert at a mall restaurant and let them tell each other about their crazy adventures. Mall Scavenger Hunts
Animal Lovers Birthday Party Theme
This is a fun and helpful birthday party theme that all animal lover's will enjoy! Instead of bringing a present to the birthday party ask your guests to bring a bag of dog food, cat food, treats or pet toys. Head out to your local animal shelter (make sure to call ahead first and set up a good time!) and give the food, treats and toys to the shelter.
Some shelters will let the preteens walk and feed the dogs / cats, clean out cages and bath the animals. Make sure to meet with the shelter management before you go so they will be expecting you. You can also use our Animal Shelter Helper Scavenger Hunt list and make a fun party game out of collecting items from around your neighborhood that would benefit your local animal shelter.
See our Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt for a free item list . We also have a huge list of ideas under
our Animal Shelter Helper party theme page for invitations, decorations, party food and more ideas.
1 Color Party Theme
Easy and fun tween birthday party theme! Pick one color and make everything in shades of that color. If pink is the color then make the birthday party invitations on pink paper with dark pink writing and envelopes. Tell everyone in the birthday invitation that they are to wear only pink. Birthday party hats, noisemakers, plates, napkins, cake, utensils, decorations, balloons, crepe paper, gift bags, prizes, food - EVERYTHING PINK! Simple birthday theme idea, but the guests will always remember it! For more ideas including invitations, decorations, games, party food and favors see our One Color party theme page.
Crazy Sock Exchange
This idea is best for an all girl party. On the birthday invitation ask guests to bring a wrapped pair of new crazy socks. Buy and wrap a few pair of extras in case someone forgets. Write down numbers (however many guests there are) on pieces of paper, fold them and and place them in a bowl. Have each player pick a number. Sit in a circle and the person with the number 1 goes first, picks a present, opens it and places the socks at her feet. The girl with the number 2 can either pick a new package or take the socks of number 1. If she takes the socks of number 1 then number 1 gets to pick a new package and open it. Continue around the circle - each tween can either choose any socks that have been opened or open a new package. At the end #1 can exchange her socks for anyone's in the circle. Fun to play with socks, white elephants, small gifts and birthday party favors.
You can buy birthday theme kits on the internet or at most party stores for a fun murder mystery theme for your tween party. Serve a Mystery Food Dinner and hand out small magnifying glasses as a treat!
50's, 60's 70's or 80's Theme Party
Decorate and serve food from your favorite decade of the past. Have the invitations tell the tweens to dress in clothes from the decade you choose. 50's - poodle skirts and rolled up jeans. 70's - bell bottoms and funky clothes. 80's - big hair and big shoulder pads. Play fun music and teach the dances from that period. Karaoke is fun with oldies music! For more ideas including decorations, invitations, dances, party food, games
and more see the 60's party theme, 70's party theme
and 80's party theme pages.
Luau Party Birthday Party Theme
Decorate with palm trees, pineapples and tiki's. Research guests names to find their Hawaiian name and use it to decorate cups. Play limbo and rent a dvd that teaches how to hula dance.
Grass skirts and lei's are a fun party favor. Little umbrellas in their drinks will make everyone smile! See our huge list of great ideas for a Luau party including ideas for invitations, decorations, party games, party food, activities and more! Luau party ideas
Wacky Party Theme
For this birthday party theme give the tweens a crazy wig, hat or glasses to wear. Play your games backwards and make crazy videos!
Tween Idol Theme
Set up a karaoke machine with a good CD of popular songs. Tip: You can find great deals on used CD's and karaoke machines on Ebay. Ask which of the guests wants to be a judge and set them up at a judging table. Then have the performers come out one by one and sing their favorite song (like American Idol). Vote for the favorites and have another round each time eliminating one of the performers until you have a winner.
Pool Party Theme
Fun ideas for tween pool parties! See our expanded ideas on the pool party theme - complete with invitation, decoration, pool party games, activities and more!
Self Defense Birthday Party Theme
Some Karate businesses and gym's will teach self defense to tweens. This is fun and something the they can use throughout their life.
Mardi Gras Party - Fun ideas for a Mardi Gras party!
Masquerade Party - Tween party ideas for a Masquerade party!
Tween and Preteen Games for the party!
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