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5 Tips For Throwing a Cool Teen Party (+ Electric Guitar & Amp GIVEAWAY from PBteen)

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Winner update: 8/16/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenters #25 – CAROLYN HORTEN Congrats!


{HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design.} One question I get the asked all the time is: “My teen wants a party… What do I do? Help me please!” As a mom of a 16 year old, I know that planning a teen event is hard.  Let’s just say – you must AMP UP the cool factor!

I teamed up with PBteen to show you how to take items from your teen’s room and use them in your party design to throw a fabulous teen party. {Be sure to go to the end of the post for details on a cool PBteen GIVEAWAY!} When I begin to design a teen party for my clients, I always ask to see the teen’s room. You can get an idea of what style they like, what colors they love and what things they’re into to get you started on the party’s look and feel. I’ll walk you through a music theme that is one of my most popular themes & give you 5 tips for creating the look….


Here I designed the entire party around music by pulling in several instruments and using them in unexpected ways. Make sure your teen creates a playlist of all of their favorite songs ahead of time and have them playing during the party. (You can also have the playlist burned on cds to give away as party favors.)

5 tips to a cool teen party decor with a rhinestone encrusted pug


The easiest activity and teens love it! One more excuse to pull out their cell phones and begin to flick away! Provide a cool backdrop (this one which happens to be a PBteen shower curtain) and funky props and let them do the rest! As a cool momento, place a cork board close by the photo booth and have the teens take photos on this cool retro Polaroid instant camera where they can write a message and post it up on the cork board. This PBteen guitar is the perfect prop to really get cool photos of the teens “rockin’ out!”

teen party photo booth and win the guitar from pb teen

teen party photo booth prop table

teen party photo booth with a polaroid camera


The wow factor and must-have at any teen event is the infamous Sweets Bar. Fill the bar with all of your teen’s favorite sweets and decorate it with the theme in mind. Here I used the drum set from PBteen and used it as a S’mores Bar!

teen party s'mores display on a drumset
s'mores bar for a teen party

s'mores display on a drumset


Here I created a self-serve nacho bar & drink station. For the drink station, offer sodas in glass bottles for a retro vibe. How fabulous is this bulldog lamp from PBteen! This piece was the inspiration for the whole party design. I added rhinestones and created a one-of-a-kind piece! To continue with the music theme, I pulled in the seat from the drum set and the wire guitar wall art on the nacho bar. Put some cooked taco meat in one crock pot and nacho cheese in the other to stay warm and put some chips in a bowl. Budget friendly and super easy! Others options are hot dog stations, pizza bars and snack bars.

teen party drink and decorations table with a music theme

teen party nacho bar


Teens just want to hang out. Give them one or two areas to chill; set out a few video or board games, bean bags and you’re done! Also popular are beauty bars and outdoor lounge tents. PBteen has tons of lounge furniture including teen-friendly bean bags that would be perfect when creating a “hangout area”. Incorporate some music room decor items like this headphone wall art and amplifier to pull in the theme.

teen party games

As a rule of thumb: less is more! Teens don’t want to feel like their party is “kiddy” with an overdone theme. The key is to setup everything ahead of the guests arriving and then leave them to have fun!

For more design tips, click here to check out my blog “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Party Planning”.



Here’s your chance to win an electric guitar and portable amp from PBteen as shown in the top pic in this post. The giveaway retails for $288! Good luck!

To Enter:
– Post a comment below, mentioning what was your favorite creative use of a room item in the post.

– Giveaway ends Monday, August 13th at midnight PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here after they’ve been notified and accepted the prize. Good luck!



– Event Styling & Design, Photography: Soiree Event Design
– Drum set, wire guitar, bulldog lamp, headphone wall art, polaroid camera, electric guitar & amp: PBteen

POSTED BY:tonyaTONYA COLEMAN is a busy mother of 4 that ”LOVE LOVE LOVES” design & events! She has more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment business with a very successful graphic design studio & has been designing events for the past 5 years.

171 responses to “5 Tips For Throwing a Cool Teen Party (+ Electric Guitar & Amp GIVEAWAY from PBteen)”

  1. Jen N. says:

    I love the use of the drumset as a serving area.

  2. Nancy says:

    I absolutely love the use of the drums for serving platters! Super creative!!!

  3. trishacarini stephenson says:

    I love the Polaroid photo booth idea! The bulldog with the blinged out headphones is also pretty cute.

  4. leannepyle says:

    I agree, the drums as a serving area was a great idea. My son may not agree, as they would be his drums, but very creative!

  5. Nicole says:

    I love the use of the PS shower curtain as a photo back drop! So creative and such a fun way to get guests to interact!

  6. Amy says:

    Im ganna have to say drum set serving platters, very clever !

  7. Julie says:

    All very well done, the photo booth background is my favorite!

  8. Laura M. says:

    I LOVE actually using the drum set as a serving piece! Brilliant!

  9. Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony says:

    I’m not a teen but I would love that party set-up! I have to say, the shower curtain backdrop completely sets the scene.

  10. Jade says:

    I really love the use of the drum stool as a food stand! Very cool that the crock pots were black and silver too – went perfectly without standing out! Might have to consider for my hubs 50th b-day – I’ve been looking for a good theme!

  11. Nikki says:

    Love, love the use of all the musical instruments throughout! My 16 year old guitar-playing son might even like this! :)

  12. Debbie says:

    I love all of the guitars as decorations and the drumset as a serving station. Very cool!

  13. Carey Rehrig says:

    I love the use of the super cute dog lamp with rhinestone headphones… like he is the king of the party :)

  14. Loved the use of drums to display food and my daughter loves the dog with the headphones.

  15. Grace says:

    Love how many ways the drum set was used as serving stands/platters.

  16. Jess from Cox's Corner says:

    I’m not gonna lie, my favorite is the bulldog lamp wearing the headphones!

  17. Kieran says:

    Love, love, LOVE the drumset snackbar! Too cute!

  18. megan says:

    love the food on the musician’s stool. so smart!

  19. DarlingNikki says:

    I adore how the drum set was used as a dessert stand for the cake pops! Good idea!

  20. Julita K says:

    I love the stool for nachos!! So cute! But the shower curtain as a backdrop was close 2nd!!

  21. Tara Dawson says:

    The drum throne on the nacho bar is genius!

  22. Julianne Johnson says:

    Who doesn’t LOVE the drum set dessert bar! I also appreciate the little touches like the rhinestones on the silver chargers. Those details make all the difference.

  23. Glow With Us says:

    love the creative decors! very refreshing and unique.

  24. Bonnie says:

    Love the drum set as a sweets bar. Looking for something other than a table that’s “cool” is such a great idea!!! Will definitely use that tip.

  25. Stefani Todd says:

    I love the dog with headphones.

  26. Jennifer Maddox says:

    I love the idea of a photo booth and props! My daughter would love this kind of party!

  27. Shannon Crawford says:

    I just love the bulldog with the headphones! Not something I would have every thought to do.

  28. Carolyn Horten says:

    Loved the drums to display the food! I so need to win this :)! My son would be so stoked!

  29. Mary says:

    I am loving the drum-kit-turned-dessert-bar!

  30. Diane says:

    The dog with the headphones steals the show!

  31. Sheryl says:

    I love photo booth & how the drum set was used for the food display!!! The dog lamp is awesome!!!

  32. Super cute! Love the idea to use the drum set to display desserts or food! ;)

  33. Michelle Brown says:

    I love a few ideas! I love the photo booth idea! Also the different hangout ideas. I think that is the biggest challenge is keeping the teens busy. Especially with all the different personalities. There is a little something for every guest. And of course having the drums to display the food was great. Made me think of getting some old records and using them as plates. Thanks for all the good ideas. Even though my oldest is just turning 10 this would be a terrific idea for her.

  34. Kim Augeri says:

    I love the Polaroid camera setup with the markers!

  35. Kelly Blackstone Forrest says:

    OMG, I wish I could've had a party like this when I was a teenager!

  36. Sharon McZeal says:

    I love the use of the drums as serving pieces! Teens will just love this party! Very creative!

  37. Jennifer Julian says:

    I love the use of the PB Shower Curtain as the backdrop for the photo booth.

  38. Monica Parker Brady says:

    I love the drums being used for the sweets bar!

  39. Kelly says:

    How can I pick just one favorite thing? This is probably my favorite of all the party themes you’ve done. My favorite piece of decor is that lamp! My favorite idea is the Polaroids and having them write on them and post on a board. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  40. Amber Cristofaro says:

    Everything about this party is PERFECT! From the color scheme to the headphones wall art. The drum set to serve the food is awesome and the chair with the crock pots beside it & plates underneath…genius! My son is having Rock Star theme birthday at the end of this month and would go crazy for this set up. Please pick us to win! We’d be so thrilled. Amazing work!