Messy Birthday Party Games for Teens


For a real blowout, you'll want to treat teen party-goers to games and activities with no holds barred. Be sure to advise guests to bring an extra change of clothes before joining in any of these activities. Whether you're hosting a party indoors or out, adding a few wild and messy games will take the party's energy up a few notches. Just remember to lay out drop cloths and remove any fine furnishings from the area.

In the Kitchen

  • Many teens enjoy cooking, baking or decorating cakes and cookies. For an unusual and festive cookery game, let guests decorate mini cupcakes or cookies to resemble chess figures, Xs and Os or varied faces for a "guess who?"--style game. Let the decorators and bakers go wild, mixing different colored frostings and selecting from different candies and toppings. Be prepared for a thorough kitchen cleanup after the bash. Once the cookies are decorated, guests can play a game of chess, tic-tac-toe or "Guess who?," in which one player identifies which face the other player is thinking of through "yes" or "no" questions. After playing awhile, guests can devour their game pieces.

Outdoors Events

  • For truly messy games, plan to hold the festivities outdoors. A classic pie-toss works well as a stand-alone game or as the "punishment" for those who lose at another game. After an active outdoors competition, such as a dance-off, a game of Simon Says or a relay race, let the winning team "pie" the losers. Set out more than enough whipped cream--filled pie plates, just in case the proceedings devolve into gleeful anarchy. A doughnut-eating competition makes another tasty and messy contest. Hang a variety of doughnuts from a string at just around eye level and challenge guests to eat the doughnuts without using their hands or letting anything fall to the ground. For a particularly sloppy challenge, include a couple of jelly-filled donuts.

Creative Crafts

  • For artistically minded teens, plan a fashion design--themed party. Provide a number of simple handbags, dresses, shirts, jackets or skirts, or let guests bring their own. Cover a large table with fabric paints, sequins, ribbons, decorative appliqués, zippers and buttons. If you have sewing expertise, set up a sewing machine and oversee more thorough design work. For a slightly more structured activity, hire a professional seamstress to teach the guests how to make a simple garment from the fabrics of their choice. Ideally, hold the activity in a room with a tiled or wooden floor that's easy to sweep. Carpet or area rugs will hide countless bits of thread, fabric, sequins and even prickly pins and needles.

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