Updated on: Nov 17, 2023
Turning 15 can be a huge turning point in a teenager's life. Now regarded as young adults, teenagers no longer identify with child-like activities, therefore their 15th birthday party ideas will change. Birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese or the local bowling alley may not pique your 15-year-old's interest. Instead, just spending time with friends and listening to music could make your teenager's 15th bday party extra special. In this article, we've outlined some awesome birthday party ideas for teens. We will show you how to create an age-appropriate party that celebrates your 15-year-old's transition into young adulthood.
Top 15th Birthday Party Ideas
1. Slumber Party
What you need: Fairy Lights, Throw Pillows, Matching Robes, Snacks, Drinks
No matter what age you are, slumber parties are always a great way to have fun and keep the party going all night! But, you can take your party to the next level by decorating the bedroom with fairy lights, elegant throw pillows, and an abundance of blankets. This setup will make the room feel more inviting, warm, and stylish—something your teen will greatly appreciate. Also, buying each party-goer a matching robe is a fun touch that can double as a party favor!
2. Photo Booths
Location: Home or Venue
What You Need: Large Area For Booth, Photo Booth Props, Printer
Photo booths are possibly the best part of every birthday party. Cramming yourself into this little box to take photos with your closest friends is always a memorable experience. Teenage boys and girls deeply cherish those photos, hanging them around their rooms and picking a particular prop. Adding a photo booth to any party will bring your event to the next level and every party-goer will be excited to bring home a visual memento from your birthday party.
3. Party Bus
Location: City or Venue
What You Need: Props, Drinks, Guests!
If your teen appreciates a party away from home, a party bus can be a great option! Party buses combine music, dancing, and socializing into one perfect little package. Your teen will enjoy having the freedom to do different things and talk to different people. Here's a tip: ask your teen to create a music playlist beforehand.
4. Karaoke Party
Location: Home or Venue
What You Need: Karaoke Machine, Microphones, TV To View Lyrics
Music is an extremely important aspect of a teenager's life. If your teen loves to sing or listen to music, a karaoke party can be a great party option. Even those who do not want to sing will enjoy listening to some good music and spending time with friends. Make some cool microphone-themed cake pops and set out a drink table. This is one of the best teen party ideas because it combines the two things teens love to do, listen to music and hang out with their friends.
5. Spa-Themed Birthday Party
What You Need: Face Masks, Face Steamer, Nail Polish, Head Bands, Cucumbers
Everyone needs some pampering once in a while. Most 15-year-olds are receiving an abundance of homework and stress on an everyday basis. Self-care and relaxation may not be their number one priority, this can help kick start a regular self-care routine as well. Creating a serene oasis for your teen may be exactly what they need! Play some quiet spa music and lay out a variety of face masks for a truly relaxing experience.
6. Fondue Party
What You Need: Fondue Machine, Chocolates, Fondue Sticks, Things To Dip (Strawberries, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Pound Cake)
Warm chocolate, fresh strawberries, and soft marshmallows are always fun and delicious. More meal-type foods like chicken, meat, and other proteins along with vegetables can be cooked in a fondue pot of oil or broth. A fondue party is a great idea for those who want to have a party later in the evening. It would be smart to accompany fondue night with a movie or game. Also, if your teen doesn't like cake this is a sweet alternative!
7. Chill Hangout
What You Need: Food, Drink, Cake
Some teens do not want or need anything particularly spectacular to have a great birthday party. Some teens just want some good food, time with their close friends, and a birthday cake. Instead of curating an elaborate get-together, set out some food and let your teen enjoy the night.
What You Need: Transportation, Reservation, Head-Count
Going out to your teen's favorite restaurant can be a perfect way to spend their birthday. Make sure to book your reservation and get a semi-accurate headcount beforehand—this will make the whole activity a lot easier and stress-free. If with or without a parent it can give your teen the feeling of young adulthood.
9. Mocktails and Ice-Cream Bar
What You Need: Ice Cream, Toppings, Drink Glasses, Mini Umbrellas
Serving mocktails with mini umbrellas can make any teen feel more grown-up. But, if you do not want to serve these non-alcoholic beverages, an ice cream or milkshake bar could serve as a great alternative. Make sure to check if anyone has any specific allergies—specifically nut allergies—before buying your ice cream toppings.
10. Make Your Own Pizza Night
What You Need: Pizza Dough, Toppings, Pizza Sauce, Cheese
Making pizza is a simple yet fun activity for people of all ages to do. It requires very little prep and outside resources as well. Though it can be messy, every kid will have fun personalizing their very own pizzas. Fresh pizza dough can be bought at almost any pizzeria to enhance your kid's pizza-making experience. It is a skill that your children and their guests can take with them throughout their entire lives because of its simplicity.
Outdoor 15th Birthday Party Ideas
11. Outdoor Movie
What You Need: Projector, Screen, Blankets, Throw Pillows, Snacks, and Slushies
Going to a movie theater and watching a movie indoors is fun but not unique. Instead, set up a projector and decorate the lawn with blankets, and throw pillows. You can hang fairy lights around the perimeters of the lawn or stick tiki torches into the ground. Serve popcorn from a popcorn machine and make slushies to enhance the movie-going experience. In the COVID world, we live in now this is the perfect way for kids to hang out while maintaining the necessary pandemic precautions.
12. Backyard Beach Party
What You Need: Beach Decorations (Blow-Up Palm Trees, Towels, Mini Umbrellas, Drinks, Cake)
Beach-themed parties are perfect for any teen who likes the sun, sand, and bright colors. Amazon has a plethora of blow-up palm trees, mini umbrellas, and unique beach towels. Here's a tip if you want an awesome underwater-themed drink: mix Sprite and Hawaiian Punch Polar Blast, and place Swedish fish at the bottom of a beverage dispenser. If you are interested in making your cake, crushing graham crackers can serve as fake sand for your beach-themed cake!
What You Need: Transportation, Passports, Luggage
While traveling is not for everyone, a trip is always an amazing experience for the entire family. Whether it is renting a hotel in a nearby city or traveling out of the country, making birthday memories away from home is always fun. Do not forget to bring your passport if you are traveling out of the country. If you need gift ideas, a new passport cover and luggage sets are great and practical gifts for your son or daughter.
What You Need: Transportation
Going to places with friends, such as an amusement park, bowling alley, concert, movie theater, or ice-skating rink, are great options for those who do not want a party at home. These experiences can be memorable and exciting if you prepare well. For example, buy three tickets to see your teen’s favorite artist and reach out to their best friend beforehand. P.S. keeping these activities a secret can add to the excitement. Teenager birthday party games are also fun activities. For example, games like cards against humanity or, if done in the summer, balloon blow or balloon pops are always fun games to play.
15. Pool Party
Location: Home or YMCA/Venue
What You Need: Pool Floaties/Noodles, Towels, Beach Balls
If you have access to a pool, a pool party can be a great idea. If you do not have a pool, most YMCAs allow people to rent their pool spaces for personal parties. All you need is towels, beach balls, and some pool floaties to make this party a success. There is an endless number of games the kids can play in the pool, even for your too-cool-for-school 15-year-old!
These are a few 15th birthday party ideas on how to turn your 15-year-old’s birthday party into something memorable and exciting. Whether your son or daughter likes a more personal get-together or an extravagant party with lots of decorations and activities, this article gives you options on both ends of the spectrum. Creating a space that makes your teen feel comfortable in their skin is the most important aspect of any party!
Written by Arianna Morales; Contributor: Rachel Clifton