Planning the perfect event to celebrate turning 17 years of age can be a challenge. Although not exactly a child, a 17-year-old is certainly not an adult yet. However, with a little creativity it is possible to arrange a sweet 17 that your son or daughter will remember for many years to come. From a pamper party to mini-prom there are a range of options to suit even the most hard to please teen.
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For teenage girls who love to indulge in a little pampering, a spa-themed slumber party is the way to go. Create party packs for each girl containing a face mask, nail varnish and lip gloss. The girls can spend the night pampering themselves and experimenting with new makeup looks and hairstyle ideas. Make some healthy snacks and provide a selection of age-appropriate movies. A pamper party is informal way for her to relax and celebrate with her best friends on her birthday.
For teens that prefer a little more adventure, arrange a campout. From camping in a national park to your own backyard garden, the opportunity to spend some time outdoors with friends is an exciting one. Plan a group scavenger hunt in the evening for a spooky feel, or toast marshmallows and play a quiz around the campfire. Most 17-year-olds crave independence, so arrange the campout for the garden to give your teen the space he needs without being too far from an adult should he need one.
Arrange a mini-prom for teens who would like the opportunity to dress up and celebrate formally with friends and family. A mini-prom could take place at home or a hired venue such as a private bar. Include all the elements that would be featured at a real prom, such as selecting a theme and crowning a prom king and queen. Send out formal invites and ask your guests to dress accordingly.
If your teen is celebrating her birthday during the summer vacation, a pool party is a relaxed way to honor the occasion. Music, sun, barbecue and a pool are all the ingredients required for a successful summer sweet 17th birthday. Friends and family alike will enjoy an outdoor party with a laid-back, carefree appeal. Give the party a luau theme and match the food, drinks and party games accordingly.