I love organising kids parties and over the years we’ve thrown some pretty good ones. But in the last couple of years the process has become a little trickier. You see the kids are no longer kids. They are growing up, and gone are the days of pass the parcel, obstacle courses and musical chairs, all finishing happily with a take home goodie bag. No, now we have teenagers in the house, and parties, like many things, have become somewhat harder.
This has been a huge a week in our family clan. We started with my daughter’s 14th birthday party on the Saturday and followed it up with my father-in-law’s 80th birthday on the Sunday. Luckily for me, and the sanity of my family, I only organised one of these events – my lovely daughter. I love decorating and creating parties. I love coming up with themes. I love the whole process. I go Pinterest crazy. My daughter kind of missed her 13th birthday party last year because we had floods and sickness and a cyclone and our roof got damaged and started leaking, so there were many changes of dates. It sort of fizzled out and became not quite as big a “welcome to teenage-hood party” as we had planned. So I promised her we would go all out for her 14th. We chose a pastel pink and blue theme. And I think we did pretty well!
She invited 14 friends for her 14 years. Luckily (in retrospect) not everyone could come. I decided we’d hold it under our house. We live in a big old rambling (read: in much need of repair) house with an enormous garage area. We utilise this space as a band room and play area. The table tennis is permanently set up along with the drum kit, keyboard, mikes and amps, plus skateboards, roller skates, scooters and rip sticks. It’s our family fun space. It’s where we get together when friends come over. It’s daggy and very 1970’s and we love it! Anyway Molly looked at this space and the images we’d posted on Pinterest and had no idea how we could make this horrifyingly ugly space (in her eyes) Instagram worthy. But a few crepe streamers, bunting and accordion fans on the besser brick walls had it all sorted. Surprisingly, the biggest problem we faced on the day was the wind. Everything was sitting so perfectly and lovely until the wind picked up and everything went flying.
We set up a photo booth area, complete with props and instax camera and a couple of teenage games ready to go. We had drink and food station tables. We took the table tennis table out and set up a cinema area – large screen and projector complete with old movie theatre chairs we scored years ago from a friend. They came from the Alhambra Theatre at Stones Corner in Brisbane. One of those old cinemas that, like many, has since closed its doors and made way for a multiplex cinema. Very sad.
Of course the band area was ready to go. Molly is in an all girl band and most of them came to the party. They are a very musical lot – these girls, so it was great to listen to. Her birthday present from the family was an electronic drum kit. It will live upstairs and hopefully get used regularly. And the great news for us is that it comes with earphones, so she can plug in and we can’t hear a thing (other than a soft tapping). Not saying that she doesn’t play well, it’s just that a drum kit is very LOUD!
Anyway I’ll share with you some (okay lots) of the photos from the day. In later posts I will share in more detail some decorating ideas, recipes, games, etc. to make your teenagers’ party work for both you (the parents) and the teenager and her friends. Keep in mind this is for a girl teenager. I’ve yet to tackle a male teenage party. So far mine has not been the slightest bit interested. However he is making noises about doing something this year (being his last year of schooling, ever!!). I’m thinking a camping sleepover complete with campfire and sing-a-longs. Will run it by him and see how we go.
Welcome to Molly’s 14th birthday party!
Happy 14th birthday beautiful Molly. I think that might be the last birthday party I do for quite some time. Our lucky three kids have had a party every year of their lives for their birthdays. They love it but secretly (actually not so secretly) so do I. I love throwing a party. How about you? Are you into putting on the big party for your kids?