Birthday Party Ideas for Teen Girls – ModernMom

Teen girl birthday parties typically reflect the girl’s interests, hobbies and tastes, as well as those of her friends. However, parents also want the party to fall within the realm of good taste and have a positive atmosphere. Plan a teenage birthday party that offers something surprising or different–whether it features a special theme or centers around a specific activity.


Teenagers enjoy parties that mix socializing with play. Celebrate teenage birthdays with activities, such as a murder mystery game, a beach bonfire, a homemade spa party, a Hollywood glam event with movies and Oscar awards, or a dance contest. Classic teenage girl parties include slumber parties and coed Sweet 16 events. Consider an extreme sports party, such as laser tag, paintball or rock climbing, or a not-so-extreme sports party at the miniature golf course or the bowling alley.


They may be teenagers, but the girls still appreciate many of the trappings of traditional birthday parties. Decorate the party space with balloons, streamers, sequins and bows, but give it a glam look with saturated colors, lots of metallic adornments or party lights. Plan a soundtrack of popular and retro songs that inspire dancing and singalongs. Replace the traditional birthday cake with a tower of cupcakes and a toppings bar that allow guests to customize their desserts. Rather than have the same old gift-giving, host a pirate gift exchange where everyone brings an item to exchange or steal from one another.


Teen birthday parties should reflect the guest of honor’s preferences. Incorporate sports, hobbies, pets or favorite places into the party’s theme and decorations. A surfer will appreciate a beach theme party while a crafty teenage girl will enjoy tables set up with art, craft or sewing supplies for decorating jewelry boxes or adding trims to jeans or T-shirts. Design a scavenger hunt, treasure hunt, charades game, singalong, Pictionary game or trivia contest, based on the guest of honor’s favorite topics or life experiences.

Time Frame

Unlike parties for children, birthday parties for teenagers can last several hours or incorporate a sleepover. Even teenagers get tired, however, so vary the pace by projecting a movie on a sheet in the backyard or having the girls do a cooking or art project. Have the girls act out a movie or choreograph a dance.


Left to their own devices, some teenage girls might plan parties that exceed your budget and energy. In general, give your teenage girl the power to determine the timing, general guest list and theme of the party, but make budgeting and shopping for the party your domain.

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Boy’s Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas


Dino-mite is the best way to describe this dinosaur birthday party. Some say parties on a budget are impossible but Julie at A Reason to Get Together scoffs at that notion. She was able to pull this adorable and plentiful party together for a six year old boy on a fairly tight budget. One tip she shares is to really look at the things you already have on hand and build your party design around that. [For more budget friendly ideas, check out all the submissions to our Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge last year.”]

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The party was covered in browns and greens and featured a variety of different dinosaurs. This party had a simple, clean layout with a display of cute cakes and cookies. Julie even made the sugar cookies look like fossils with dino foot prints. The store-bought chocolate cake was dressed up with letters spelling out the age of the guest of honor.

A common theme among the paper décor was to make cutouts with a paper cutting machine, making the cost be the paper used.  Julie pulled out all the budget friendly tricks by using the dollar store dinosaurs as props and cardstock for most of the décor.

This party was not lacking in the activity department either. The first activity included making dinosaur fossils out of coffee play-dough that was then stored in a glass jar. The kids chose a jar, rolled out their coffee play-dough, and pressed small plastic dinosaurs into the dough which was then baked during party.

Then the kids got to make a stegosaurus out of their hand print (think hand turkeys). They precut triangles out of card stock before the party that the kids could easily glue to the bodies of the hand print stegosaurus.

The kids were also read the book “Dinosaur Roar” by Paul and Henrietta Stickland. The party was wrapped up with a dinosaur dance, where they would dance like various dinosaurs.

Planning a dinosaur birthday party? Check out these party sources put together by the Spaceships and Laser Beams crew.

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33 of the Best Avengers Birthday Party Ideas on the Planet

These Avengers Birthday Party Ideas will make your Birthday Boy Super Happy

Have any wannabes at your house? Not just any super heroes, we are talking the Avengers team.

With new Avengers movies scheduled for 2018 and 2019, you know kids are going to be asking for an . Take a look at this roundup of awesome ideas and you’ll be ready to celebrate!

Our compilation includes a few parties — as well as party supplies — that will totally wow you as well as specifics for invitations, cakes, favors and games. There are masks, banners, table décor items, menu suggestions, craft ideas and a DIY themed piñata.


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Avengers Party Decorations

Create the perfect atmosphere for your Avenger’s birthday party by using decorations inspired by the Avengers theme and color palette. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Make or purchase Avengers themed party printables. These could include cupcake toppers, party banners, beverage wraps, party signs, favor tags, and food labels.
  • Invite the whole team of Avengers to assemble and greet party goers in cardboard form. Place some life size cardboard cutouts of the Avengers team near the front door to welcome guests and throughout the party space.
  • Create a welcome sign to hang on the front door with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.
  • Round up your child’s collection of Avengers action figures and toys to use as decorations on the dessert table and food tables, or watching over the party favors.
  • Create an oversized city skyline using black cardboard tri-fold boards, scissors and/or a box cutter. Add yellow cardstock windows.
  • Create a party garland that features each of the Avengers’ logos.
  • Add vinyl logos to colorful balloons.
  • Hang Avengers themed posters and comics around the room.
  • Hang framed pictures of each of the Avengers.
  • Create an oversized Avengers logo out of wood to hang as a focal point above a dessert table.
  • Add clusters of balloons to represent the predominant colors of each Avenger hero.


1. Avenger’s Themed Birthday Party :: Styled by Belle Via Spaceships and Laser Beams

The 3-D city skyline turned dessert display will have you wishing you were a guest at this super cool Avengers themed birthday party.

The pop art details of this party will leave you inspired. Comic book party favors, a super hero photo booth, and Avengers inspired game and activity stations look so fun!

2. Incredible Hulk Themed Birthday Party :: Printable Parties to Go Via Spaceships and Laser Beams

If you’re looking for Incredible Hulk themed inspiration for your Avengers party, this party has it all!

From amazing printable decorations to a cool DIY Hulk piñata and Hulk smash game to awesome Hulk cookies and more, you’ll find plenty of ideas!

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3, Personalized Comic Book Invitation :: Annie H. Via Catch My Party

As if getting invited to an Avengers party with all of your favorite superheroes wasn’t exciting enough, imagine receiving a personalized comic book invitation! What a fun twist to the traditional invitation!

4. Craft Stick Bookmarks :: Crafts By Amanda

These DIY craft stick bookmarks featuring Avengers superheroes like Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk will be treasured party favors. To get started making them, use a pencil to freehand characters or use the template to trace Avengers characters on jumbo craft sticks. A combination of paint, paint pens and Sharpie markers are used for adding color and details.

5. Captain America Glove Napkin Ring :: Top Party Ideas

Dress up your next Captain America birthday party table with Captain America glove napkin rings. Creating napkin rings inspired by Captain America’s signature red gloves is made easy with a tutorial that includes downloadable templates.

Avengers birthday party mask ideas
6. Avenger Masks :: Cutesy Crafts

Getting into character is a fun idea at a superhero themed party. These Avengers masks are a fairly simple DIY using craft felt, thread and ¾” elastic. Some basic sewing is required, but this free tutorial makes it easier. You can choose from Spiderman, Iron Man, Spider Girl, Batman, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk and Thor.

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7. Thor Paper Figure :: My Paper Heroes

Now you can create paper heroes to decorate your Avengers party space, or better yet, send home with guests as a party favor. Simply print the Thor paper figure (there are other Avengers paper figure templates too) and assemble!

8. Avengers Party Banner :: Ribbons and Glue

Pay homage to the characters that make up the Avengers by creating an Avengers party banner. A die cutting machine makes this task easier as super hero themed words/phrases and character logos are crafted and layered.

9. Super Hero Shield :: Project: Party Perfect Via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Super hero shields are a definite necessity for little super heroes and definitely ramp up the fun factor at an Avengers party. Never fear, help for a DIY is here! Best of all, this project only requires foam, felt, scissors and hot glue!

Avengers Dessert Table Ideas
10. Avenger Candy Buffet Idea :: 3’s a Party Via Kara’s Party Ideas

Get the coolest ideas for an Avengers candy buffet! You’ll find everything from Iron Man, Spider Man and Hulk gumball tubes to caped blow pop super heroes and jars of candy to coordinate with each Avengers character.

11. Avengers Birthday Cake :: Itsy Bitsy Bites Via Birthday and Party Cakes

Make all your birthday boys’ dreams come true with an Avengers birthday cake that really wows! There are ideas for single layer cakes with edible images or triple layer cakes with fondant accents and characters.

Avengers Party Food Ideas
12. Avenger Themed Food Ideas :: Mom on Time Out

Kids will go crazy over these creative Avengers themed food ideas. Imagine strawberry and blueberry shortcakes made to look like Captain America’s shields! And “Black Widow spider bites” made from Oreos and red food gel? So cool! Don’t miss out on seeing Hawkeye’s wings or Fury’s tropical freeze!

13. Avenger Cupcake Ideas :: Cakes and Cupcakes Mumbai

Attempts to create the most awesome Avengers cupcakes don’t have to end in frustration. Check out all of the Avengers cupcake inspiration, including printable toppers, candy melt embellishments like Thor’s hammer and even frosting techniques.

14. Avenger Birthday Cake Ideas :: AltMeet

Some serious talent and time was required to make this amazing Avengers birthday cake! Check out the 5 layers of cake and fondant accents, each layer giving a nod to a popular Avengers character. Can you spot Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Captain America?

15. Chalkboard Skyline ::  Via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Need a great backdrop for your Avengers party and/or dessert table? Why not create your own using chalk? This chalkboard skyline is fabulous for super heroes! Whether you free hand it or use a projector to trace buildings and words, the effort will pay off come party day.

Avengers party Hulk drink decoration idea
16. Hulk Face Drink Idea :: Cute as a Fox

These Hulk faced drinks will bring all the Avengers fans to your party! Grab bottles of green Hawaiian Punch from the store for this creative beverage idea. Remove the label and add a vinyl Hulk face to each one. You can cut the Hulk faces using an SVG file.

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17. Easy Decoration Idea :: Our Life in a Click

Easy decoration ideas can transform an ordinary party into something extraordinary! We love this idea for pairing balloons with crepe paper streamers in super hero colors! Not only does it make for a festive atmosphere, it provides an awesome photo backdrop too! The balloons in this example are sewn together by their tales using wax twine and an embroidery needle.

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18. Pin-the-Star Game :: Amy Rasmussen Via Events to Celebrate

This Pin the Star on the Shield game is an Avengers inspired twist on the classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” game. It pays tribute to Captain America and is an easy DIY made by layering red, white and blue circles to form a shield!

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19. Hulk Game Idea :: Kristi C. Via Catch My Party

DIY your own Hulk game, perfect for an Avengers party featuring several characters! Use paper to cover a recycled box to look like the Hulk! Cut out the mouth area to use for a ball toss game! Guests can aim mini footballs into Hulk’s big jaws!

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20. Free Printable Avengers Masks :: Oh My Fiesta

Ironman, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk can make an appearance at your Avengers party thanks to free printable Avengers masks! Simply print out the free designs and let guests color their own masks as one of the party activities. You can’t beat a party favor and activity all in one!

Captain America party decoration ideas
21. Captain America Dessert Table :: Fabiane A. Via Catch My Party

Red, white and blue party decorations, desserts and props all point to one popular Avengers party character. If you guessed Captain America, you’d be right! Even the cheese sandwiches are star shaped!

Avengers party craft - Hulk shirts
22. Hulk T-Shirts Craft :: Creative Mama

Making Hulk t-shirts as part of an Avengers party craft can be so much fun! Using a Hulk hair and eye image found online, you can make a stencil for painting. Let party guests add the green face as part of a craft station!

23. DIY Captain America Piñata :: Maureen Wilkinson

Follow this amazing tutorial for DIYing your own Captain America Piñata for a fraction of the cost of buying one already made. (This one was only $6!) You’ll need a few basic supplies like a craft board, crepe paper and clear packing tape!

avengers party food thor's hammer
24. Thor’s Hammer Bites ::

Elevate your Avengers party snacks by bringing in the power of Thor’s hammer bites! The warrior of thunder, lightning and strength is easily represented using crackers, white cheese sliced into lightning bolts, purple grapes and pretzel sticks fashioned into hammers.

Avenger Superhero Drink Ideas
25. Super Hero Drinks :: The Cards We Drew

Create these awesome layered super hero drinks inspired by Iron Man and Captain America for your next Avengers party! The trick is layering the colored beverages according to their sugar content! Higher sugar content drinks must be poured into your glass first, followed by lower sugar content drinks.  Pouring technique is important so you don’t mix the drink layers.

26. Free Iron Man Bottle Labels :: HALEGRAFX

Add a little oomph to your Avengers party by adding these free printable Iron Man labels to your party beverages. With 3 Iron Man designs to choose from, guests will have fun picking their favorite! Just download, print, cut and adhere to your beverages of choice!

Iron Man Invitation Ideas
27. DIY Iron Man Invitation :: Uniquely Grace

If you want to send invitations to your Avengers party that will really wow, consider DIYing your own Iron Man invitations! Using this paper layering technique you can create a 3-D effect that is really cool!

avengers iron man cookie ideas
28. Iron Man Cookies :: Handmade by Rianna

There are no fancy royal icing recipes or steady piping techniques required for these cool Iron Man cookies! However, you will need a hand shaped cookie cutter as well as two different sized circle cutter shapes to recreate Iron Man’s hand with the arc reactor.

avengers iron man birthday cake idea
29. Iron Man Birthday Cake :: A Keen Cake Impression

This Iron Man birthday cake will give you definite inspiration for your Avengers party cake dreams. It features Iron Man busting out of the top of the cake!

avengers party iron man light disc
30. DIY Iron Man Light Disc :: Boo Turtle

Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) can make an appearance at your Avengers party with this easy-to-create arc reactor. You’ll need one strand of battery operated LED lights, a 3” Styrofoam disc, duct tape and clear packing tape.

Avengers Party Food Ideas
31. Avenger Food Ideas :: Will Cook for Smiles

Tying food into a party theme will score big brownie points with the party guests! Add these Avenger food ideas to your party for loads of creative fun! Red, white and blue mini cupcakes can be arranged creatively to form Captain America’s shield. Spinach parmesan dip served with purple (blue corn) chips can be labeled “Hulk Dip”.  How about using mini pepperoni and cheddar cheese arranged to create Iron Man’s face on the top of a pizza? And “Thunder Punch” is definitely the beverage of choice—a simple concoction of raspberry compote, lemonade and club soda.

DIY Avengers Thor Hammer Idea
32. DIY Thor Hammer :: Snap!

Not only are these DIY Thor Hammers easy to make and inexpensive, they make perfect party favors! Made from sturdy cardboard mailing tubes, craft paper boxes and a little hot glue, they can be filled with Avengers inspired treats like Avengers fruit snacks, blue and red candy and Captain America popcorn.

DIY Avengers Thor Helmet Idea
33. DIY Thor Helmet :: Miso Nani

Kids will love channeling their inner Thor with the help of this DIY Thor helmet. Would you believe it is constructed primarily from cardboard and duct tape? Assembly is fairly simple and starts with making a cardboard skeleton based on head measurements, covering the helmet base with duct tape and adding winged ears to each side, also covered in duct tape.

Suit up for your next super hero themed party with these super party ideas gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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33 of the Best Avengers Birthday Party Ideas on the Planet

Toddler Birthday Party Ideas & Food – ModernMom

From trying to get your child to decide on a party theme to finalizing the party menu, planning a toddler birthday party can be a lot of work. Fortunately, once the party begins, the smile on your toddler’s face will make all the work seem worthwhile. Although there are several party and food ideas to consider when planning your toddler’s party, keeping things simple can help you to create a successful birthday party for your toddler that he’ll remember for years to come.

Toddler Birthday Party Themes

There are several fun themes that work perfectly for toddler birthday parties. Toddlers who watch television may have a favorite character, and having a character-themed party can be a great idea. Curious George, Thomas the Train, Elmo and Winnie the Pooh are all popular characters that toddlers love. Sports, firetrucks, bugs, construction zone and princess themes are other great options for a toddler’s party. If your child has a favorite color, you can keep the theme simple by choosing party items that reflect the color of her choice.

Toddler Birthday Party Activities

When gathering a group of toddlers together for a birthday party, it’s important to have something for them to do. An arts and crafts project, such as a coloring page, can be a fun activity, especially if you’re able to find a page that reflects the party theme. If you’re indoors, games such as a beanbag toss or bowling with empty soda bottles can be fun. If you’re outdoors, chasing bubbles or simply allowing the kids to play in the backyard can be fun.

Toddler Birthday Party Food

As any parent knows, toddlers can be picky eaters. Simple and familiar foods are the best options for serving at toddler birthday parties. Pizza or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are good main meal options. Fruit salad and raw veggies are good side options. Be sure to consider the ages of your guests so that you don’t serve any foods such as popcorn or hot dogs that pose a high choking risk. You may also want to consult with the guests’ parents prior to the party to see whether anyone has any food allergies.

Toddler Birthday Party Cakes

Serving cake at a toddler’s birthday party seems to always be the highlight of the event. Consider choosing a cake that coordinates with the theme of your toddler’s party. Cupcakes are an attractive option for toddler birthday parties because they can be more easily eaten with little hands and tend to create less of a mess. If you’re considering serving ice cream, proportioned individual cups of ice cream are a good choice.

Toddler Birthday Party Drinks

When it comes to serving drinks at a toddler’s birthday party, 100 percent fruit juice boxes and bottled waters are good choices. Be sure to have straws for the water and a few additional sippy cups on hand should a child who needs one forget his. You may also wish to consider having milk available as some parents don’t allow their toddlers to drink juice.

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Birthday Party Ideas for a 14-Year-Old – ModernMom

By the time your child hits the early teenage years, you can count on more input and advice from her regarding what she wants at her birthday party. Listen to what she wants, but don’t be afraid to put your foot down if anything seems too wild or beyond your budget. A 14th birthday party is a great time for your teenager to display some of her newly earned maturity.

Focus on an Activity

Think of what your teenager enjoys doing when she has time off from school. If she’s constantly asking to go to the mall, plan a mall-centered party. A teenager who enjoys time ice skating may enjoy a party at the local rink. Other activities could be a dance contest, a party at a bowling alley or a trip to a local ball game. Picking one activity to highlight during the party will make it simpler to organize, plan and keep under control.

Food and Drink

Although a birthday cake shaped like his favorite cartoon character was a hit a few years ago, stick with slightly more sophisticated fare for your child’s 14th birthday party. Make a layer cake, frost with his favorite frosting and keep the cake decoration minimal. Select one or two flavors of ice cream or serve small, prepackaged ice cream cups. Bite-size appetizers, such as pizza bites or mini hot dogs, are popular with teenagers. Have small cans of soda and bottled water available to drink.


Decorations for a 14-year-old’s birthday party should be fun and vibrant. You don’t want your child to deem the decorations corny, though. Consult with her about ways to decorate. You may want to skip plates and napkins that shout “Happy Birthday!” and go with a solid color or fun print instead. A centerpiece that focuses on the party’s primary activity is a nice touch. Ask your child before hanging banners, balloons or streamers.

More Responsibilities

A great way to honor your child’s 14th birthday is by throwing a party that puts more responsibility on his shoulders. For instance, take a small group of his friends to a ball game or concert. You’ll send the message that you recognize that he is growing up and that you expect him to behave well during the outing. You can also have a sleepover party for your teenager. Remember to be firm about the rules before the party and keep a close, but not too close, eye on things.

Coed Parties

As your child gets older, members of the opposite sex become more appealing. Boys and girls tend to socialize with each other in the early teenage years, so don’t panic if your daughter wants to invite boys to her party or your son wants to invite girls. Instead, lay basic ground rules in advance. If you are uncomfortable with certain coed games, such as Spin-the-Bottle being played, tell your 14-year-old. Keep a close eye on the proceedings, but don’t hover too much or else you risk upsetting the birthday child.



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