Teen Party Ideas- Scavenger Hunts, Amazing Race & More: Ages 13-15

Teen Party Ideas:

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Party ideas that your teen and friends will not call lame. Scavenger Hunt ideas for teens that will rock the party.

This is my crime fiction writing blog, but I've noticed quite a bit of people landing here, in search of teen party ideas. I have a second blog with a boat-load of cool, unique teen scavenger hunts & other teen party ideas. Check it out. You will also find fun party ideas for tweens.



"Whatever you do mom, my party cannot be lame."

 Said the fourteen year old.

The First Wednesday Of The Month:


Another month has rolled around and it is once again time for Alex Cavanaugh's IWSG. In case you have been living in a cave without Internet access for the last year and don't know what the IWSG is, it stands for Insecure Writers Support Group. Alex is the brainchild of this epic event. It is a "Time for us to release our fears to the world-or offer encouragement to those who feel neurotic."

I feel neurotic, but for once it has nothing to do with my writing.


My daughter is turning 14 and (yes call me certifiably crazy- lady gone ape shit nuts-cuckoo) she is having a sleepover, Friday night. She has invited twenty-seven (27), yup, I said 27, girls to spend the night. She has invited guys to hang out until after the movie .


I've done my best to jam pack the day, evening, night and wee hours of the morning with non stop activities. How else can I hope to contain middle -school- teenage- girl- drama  x27?

The girls & guys will draw a tootsie roll sucker from a paper bag to determine which of the six teams they will be on. I decided against making the groups myself for fear of the, "That's not fair." and "Why is she on her team?" or "Why are all the cool kids in group 3?" I have five other friends/parents helping me with transportation. The party kicks off after school with revised versions of "The Amazing Race", "Fear Factor" and "Survivor".

At 7:00 we are headed to the boardwalk for a teen scavenger- photo hunt.  The kids take photos of their teams doing weird things and finding odd objects. I am sure that one group member will have a camera phone. Oh, who am I kidding? All 40-45 kids have at least one electronic device that takes photos/videos. I bet they have them posted to facebook before I even get to see them and select the winners. 

The last clue will (hopefully) lead the kids to the movie theatre at the Boardwalk where they will see Pitch Perfect and I will have a much needed break. I can just sit alone in a pub (I'm not one of the drivers and by then a little vino might be necessary) or maybe just a coffee shop and do what I love to do, write. I will have two whole uninterrupted hours to write. Assuming nothing goes wrong and really what could possibly go wrong with 40-45 teenagers going to a movie together. I do pity the others attempting to watch the film.

The movie lets out a little after midnight and the adults and 40 or so kids will eat at IHOP, which is also on the boardwalk. The kids love watching the drunks stumble in to one of the few all night places to eat. They love to people watch drunkards. I suppose it's a hell of a lot better than the teens thinking they should get drunk so I'm not complaining. I so dread that day. The day one of my kids comes home and I smell booze on them. 

And...after that we are going rolling. For those of you unfamiliar with that term it is when kids throw massive amounts of toilet paper in the trees of a friend or crushes home. In the North and Midwest I think it is called T.P.'ing. 

Don't worry, it is not illegal or anything like that. It is a time honored southern tradition and we always help clean up the next day (if we get caught). What do you think the chances are that word will leak out that it was Blake's party who rolled the poor victim's home? You think 40-45 kids can keep a secret? Nope. I'll be up at 7 AM cleaning toilet paper out of trees.

So, I am a feeling a little neurotic , anxious, edgy, overwhelmed and on the verge of a major panic attack. I'm actually starting to hyperventilate. I want to sneak away with a notebook and pen and just write, but I know it will be fun. At a minimum I will get in a lot of people watching and eavesdropping. I am certain to pick up tidbits for my next WIP.

I hope none of you are feeling the writing blues. Have a great week and weekend.

13 comments:

  1. You are very brave! It sounds like a good (and non-lame) program of entertainment. I hope it goes well!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I decided to come over and have a look, and your blog looks like fun. Now I'm your newest follower as well. This sounds like a great party-for the teenagers anyway. Best of luck getting through it all. I have two young boys, ages 3 and 1, so I've had only simple little parties to deal with. I can only imagine what you're going to endure before the night is up. I think you're brave as well.

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  3. Hi Melissa! Your game ideas are awesome! I love scavenger hunt! :)

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  4. I think you more than deserve a "Best Mum" award for all this! it sounds epic!

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  5. Wow! Can I come to the party? Wait, twenty-seven teen girls? Changed my mind. Yes, you might need some wine after all of that. Good luck!

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  6. Wow, you are brave. Very brave. Sounds like a ton of fun, but I can see why you might be a tad bit nervous. You are the coolest mom ever.

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  7. I don't think you'll be getting any sleep. I remember all nighters with my daughters. Oh my....

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  8. Wow. That is a HUGE undertaking. All my best to you. And, it is awesome. Really. You're helping them make memories and keeping the fun "clean" for at least one more year. Your neurosis is well deserved. Good for you for soliciting help from other adults. Enjoy! And, plan for a big old nap the next day.

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  9. I think your daughter's party is gonna be something very different from lame hehe

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  10. Hi Melissa, thanks for following my blog. I just realized I completely forgot to write an IWSG post, eek! I'll get on it today.

    The party you're planning sounds like SO much fun (where were you for my 14th birthday?) but also a potential headache. I hope it goes well!

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  11. I read this on Saturday - I'm really curious about how it went!

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  12. Photo scavenger hunts are awesome! 27 girls, 40-45 kids total - wow! You are superwoman! I can barely handle 12-13 girls with drama. Keeping them busy is definitely the key for your sanity.

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  13. My wife also ran a party like this. The kids enjoyed it so much that we developed a "The Fantastic Race" app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android phones and tablets. It is a configurable (if you want to) party organiser. If takes you through the setup, gives you a timetable and checklist of what to get. And most importantly runs the party for you.

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