How to Organize a Teenager`s Birthday Party

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Organizing your kid's birthday party is one of the most exciting experiences not just for the kid's but parents too. But somewhere in the midst of frenetic pace of growing of the transition from Minion cakes to I-want-to-go-out-with-my-friends happens sooner than the parents realize.

Arranging for your teenager son's or daughter's birthday can be one of the most daunting tasks. Kids are most difficult to please at that stage, as they want to assert their own rules without knowing how to execute them. To ensure the process remains fun both for you and for your birthday baby here's how you can go about planning.

Talk to your teen:

Days before your birthday talk to your teen on what he wants to do on his birthday. Some kids like to plan their party on their own, in that case let them take the lead. Just try to improvise on their ideas instead of saying a vehement no. For instance if your teenage daughter says she wants to take the girls out on a shopping trip, try suggesting how about we go to a market fair and buy crafts for everyone and then dine at a local eatery. This way you would have incorporated her idea while saving yourself from breaking your bank as your kid goes on a mall spree. If your teenage boy wants a game night, encourage him. Just say what if daddy organizes for a big screen at home while you guys spend the night watching games and hogging on fresh tomato basil pizzas mummy will lovingly make for the boys. The idea is to let your kids take the lead while you string together their wishes in a more practical way.

Let them take control:

Ask your kids what would they want the menu to look like. While some excesses may be allowed on their special day, try to add some sensible options to what they suggest. If your children say they would want to have burgers as the entree, don't say no. Just say, mummy is going to add a barbecue corn-on-the-cob instead of fries to make it less predictable. If they say they want aerated drinks, tell them it's a party for a special reason and doing special lemons or watermelon crushes may be a better idea. Your little guest's parent's will thank you for being so thoughtful.

The decorations:

Instead of buying a plethora of buntings and plastic decorations that will eventually lead to wastage encourage your kids to create crafts out of waste for their big day. Used papers can be painted in solid colours and decorated with glitter to be put up on wall. You can even get the buntings made out of leftover art and craftwork from your kid's hobby classes.

The performances:

If your kids suggest an expensive party game how about you get them to play a game of monopoly instead. Instead of hiring a magician how about holding a story telling session where every kid who comes picks an object from a jar and builds an impromptu story from there. The most imaginative story teller takes home a prize.

Aug. 18, 2017, 7:41 a.m.