How to Plan Your 13th Birthday Party

You’re finally a teenager! Since this is your first birthday as a teenager, you’ll want to make it awesome! This guide will hopefully show you how to hold the best 13th Birthday party ever.


Pick a theme. There are a huge amount of themes for 13th birthdays, including:

  • Sleepover
  • Pool Party (at your home pool or a community pool)
  • Retro Party (from the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, etc.)
  • Theme Party (Hawaiian, Hollywood, etc.)
  • Murder Mystery Party
  • Spa Party (at home or at a professional spa)
  • Makeover Party
  • A Shopping Spree party (hit the local mall with your friends)
  • A Movie Party (watch a movie at the theatre or at your house)
  • A Camp-out (in the wilderness or your backyard)
  • Game Show theme (American Idol, Survivor, Amazing Race, America’s Next Top Model, etc.)
  • Go to an Amusement Park
  • Go horseback riding
  • Have a dance party (at your house or a community center)
  • Have a beach party
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to a sports game (baseball, football, soccer, etc.)
  • Go bowling
  • Play lazer tag

Plan the date. You’ll want to pick a perfect date to have your 13th birthday party on. Ideally, it should be around your real birthday, but it’s not necessary. Try and have your birthday party on a weekend, or at least on a Friday night. You could also hold it on a day where you don’t have school. Be careful if your birthday is during summer, spring, or winter break, as some of your friends may be on vacation. Also, know who else is having a party around the same time as you. You don’t want to have your friends torn between going to your birthday or another person’s birthday if they’re on the same night.

Book your venue. Your venue is where you will host the party. It should be in the center of town, so it is accessible for all of your guests. It should be quite big, but not huge. Space for dancing, and a space to put your stereo or DJ. Make sure you book your venue in advance, so that you don’t need to worry about it being already booked on the day you want your party to be.

  • Make sure to invite your close friends. They can help you organize your party, and you can all get ready at your house beforehand.

Know who you’re inviting. Decide who you want at your party. Do you want it to be co’ed (girls and boys), all girls, or all boys? How many people do you want to invite? Do you want 5-10 of your closest friends, or everyone in your grade? Talk it over with your parents and make sure that they approve your final decision.

Send out the invitations. You can either write out the invitations by hand, email them out to your guests, or tell them in person or by calling them. You could also use free services on the internet that create invitations, such as Evite.

Get the food. Plan what you are going to need food-wise. You don’t want a bunch of hungry 13 year olds turning up to a party with no food. Chips, candy, pretzels, pop, juice, fruit, and chocolate work great for finger food. You can also have little appetizers such as sausage rolls or buffalo wings. If you’re going to have your guests stay for a real meal (lunch or dinner), either order in some pizza, sushi, or Chinese food, or take them out to a restaurant. If you’re serving them breakfast, make sure to have pancakes and/or waffles, bacon, sausage, eggs, etc. Also, don’t forget to have a dessert of some sort, whether it be a cake, cupcakes, brownies, pie, ice cream, etc.

Decorate! Decorating your party space isn’t essential. It’s more important if you’re having a theme party, but it’s always nice to have some little decorations, even if it’s only a couple balloons. Decorate as little or as much as you want (and as much as you can take financially).

Get some entertainment. You don’t want your guests to be bored, so provide some entertainment. You can keep it simple and provide some music, or maybe a movie, depending on what kind of party you’re having. You could also hire some live performers/dancers to really get the party started. If you want, hire a DJ to help out with the music. This is the best option if you’re having a dance party. You could also have some classic party games such as:

  • Twister
  • Wink Murder
  • Truth or Dare
  • Scavenger Hunt/Treasure Hunt
  • Karaoke
  • Trivia


  • Don’t over-plan the party; you don’t need a hardcore schedule to have fun! Teenagers usually just wing it anyway!
  • Go shopping and look for some gorgeous clothes to wear to your party. If you live in a small town, chances are that everyone will go to the same shops, so maybe take a trip to the city where they have different shops. Nothing is worse than having the same dress as another girl at your party. After all, it’s your party and you want to look awesome.
  • If the party is at your house, decide where is going to be off limits, as your parents won’t want a bunch of teens trekking through their bedroom.
  • Bring a camera so that you can take pictures of you and your friends having a blast!
  • Make sure your parents will not embarrass you, let them know this is your special night and you would not appreciate embarrasment.
  • Make sure to check with your guests to see if anyone’s allergic to anything; allergic reactions will definitely ruin your party.
  • Make it special for you; make it what you want!
  • Have fun!

Things You’ll Need

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Decorations (optional, but good to have)
  • Games
  • Invitations
  • Entertainment
  • A camera (optional)
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