A Puzzle Game Birthday Party for Teenagers

Four teenage girls enjoying confetti at birthday party
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Teenagers just may be the toughest group to please when throwing a birthday party. They're too old for princess and superhero theme parties and too young for a cocktail party. So how does one throw a memorable event that's neither babyish nor breaking any laws?

Recently, Jacci Howard Bear, Desktop Publishing expert, shared with me her party plan for a fabulous birthday party that she hosted for her 20-year-old daughter.

This party was full of high-spirited fun and, even without drinking and dancing and with parents in charge, it didn't feel like a little kid party.

Thank you Jacci for sharing this great teenage party plan with our readers!

Let the Games Begin!

According to Jacci, she and her daughter spent weeks coming up with games for the party. It was like a variety of different game shows mixed together. Some of the games were related to how well the guests know the "birthday girl".

Jacci and her daughter were the hosts and judges. They selected team captains ahead of time to keep everyone involved and engaged without putting anyone 'in the limelight' whom they knew wouldn't be comfortable in a leadership role. Then the captains drew names to build the three teams. Name tags were distributed to be sure they all knew one another's name.

When the games were completed, everyone received a prize in the form of gift boxes full of fun dollar store items and lots and lots of candy.

There was a special silly gift for the person voted as MVP on each team.

There were six stages to the games at this party. All of the teams began with a Pop Quiz and when they achieved a certain number of points, they would move on to the next stage including:

  • Acting Up!
  • Birthday Mathematics
  • Crack the Cryptic Clues
  • Name Game Jumble
  • Puzzling Pictures
  • Trivia Questions

Sample Acting Out Challenges

Instructions: Choose three people from your team to act out the puzzles -“The Actors”.

IMPORTANT: In order to complete this part of the game you must do your charades in the presence of one of the party hosts. Go to their location and tell them you are about to start a round of charades. She will give the sealed clue envelope to the actors for your team. The charades must begin within 2 to 3 minutes of opening the envelope. Upon successfully guessing the correct answers, the party host will give your team the next envelope. Watching other teams will not help you. Each team has a different set of charades. Partial or “close enough” guesses will be accepted at the discretion of the party host.

Tell your team the theme. Silently act out each of these party games, in the order shown. One actor is the primary for each clue, but the actor can get assistance from the other two actors:

  • PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY
  • BREAK THE PINATA
  • BOBBING FOR APPLES
  • MILKING A COW
  • GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
  • DOG PADDLE
  • TRICK OR TREAT
  • CUPID
  • TRIMMING THE CHRISTMAS TREE