If money were no object, we would throw the Teenage Christmas Party of the century! There would be a chartered bus to take a gaggle of teenagers to Seattle where we would ride the Christmas Ducks, view the sights from the Space Needle, ride the monorail, check out the Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Seattle, and eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory. How fun would that be? Alas, we found a frugal way to celebrate instead and … dare I say … it was so much fun!
A Teenage Christmas Party
I have to admit, we threw this party together in a week, which is usually not my style but it turned out great anyway!
We decided on an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and printed up the invitations.
My daughter invited about ten girls. We ate Costco pizza and then started the fun!
We had wrapped five different activities and let the girls take turns choosing which one to open. They did each activity as they opened the gifts.
Frost and Decorate Cookies!
Gift #1 was a large gift bag with the following supplies:
- Paper Plates
- Plastic Knives
- Unfrosted Sugar Cookies
- Icing Tubes
They actually enjoyed decorating the cookies and were quite creative! Yes! Teenagers enjoyed decorating cookies … and eating them, of course!
Gift #2 was a large gift bag filled with three large Ziploc bags (for three teams), full of snowman making supplies.
Oh my goodness! This activity created loads of laughter! One team chose to raid the refrigerator for a ‘lettuce nose’ instead of using the provided paper carrot. The snowmen posed with their team for pictures before decorating the floor with toilet paper!
The Celebrity Name Game
Gift #3 was wrapped in a Christmas box, which was also used to draw names from.
This gift included:
- Christmas box
- Celebrity Name Game Rules
- Name A Celebrity everyone would know slips
- Score squares for participants to track their wins
- Pens for each participant
Rules of the game:
- Each guest writes the name of a famous person everyone knows and places it back in the box.
- Have the first person pull a name.
- Verbal Clues: On the first round, they give as many verbal clues as needed (without including the actual name or any part of it) until the other guests guess the name.
- Pass the box on to the next person.
- Once the box has been passed to each person, put all the names back in the box.
- Person #1 starts again.
- Action Clues: Round two consists of only actions.
- One Word Clue: The third round consists of only one word so choose wisely
This game is bound to bring so many laughs, you just might bust at the seams!
You may also divide your group into two teams to determine a winning team. We just played for fun and, oh my, it was a blast!
Gift #4 was wrapped in a box and included:
- Small # cards for each guest (we had 10 in attendance, so each card had a number 1 – 10 on it)
- Dirty Santa Rules
Check out this post for directions on how to play Dirty Santa.
Vote For The Ugliest Sweater
Gift #5 consisted of:
- A sign that tells guests to VOTE for the ugliest sweater
- Ugliest Sweater Voting Cards
- Pens for each guest
Each guest voted for the ugly, uglier, and ugliest sweater at the party. The winners received a prize with an award in the shape of a sweater!
We had plenty of prizes for everyone! They consisted of small books, posters, silly toys, etc. that we had accumulated over time.
Oh the fun they had! The party was planned in advance so it could be self directed by the girls. They just chose a gift/activity and did it at their own pace!
We also had a Hot Chocolate bar set up with:
- hot chocolate
- candy canes
- Hershey’s kisses
- whipping cream
Teenage Christmas Party for Boys
The party was so much fun that my son wanted to throw one as well! We printed out invites and threw another party one week later! He didn’t like the ‘Ugly Sweater’ idea so we nixed that and had a photo booth instead. Somehow, The Celebrity Name Game ended up with three Miley Cyrus’ in it. Oh the laughs we had! These kids are just so much fun!
Remember the ‘Party of the Century’ I talked about earlier? Well, let me tell you, this Teenage Christmas Party came pretty close if you’re using the measure of laughter!