Another thing is that it is my sons 16th birthday soon and I was just wondering if anyone had any original ideas for a party that are quite cheap (pricewise).
From James from Sheffield
I recently had a scavenger hunt for my grandson's 16th birthday. I invited 8 boys and 8 girls. Each team was a boy and girl. Their mission was to bring back 16 items. 16-1988 pennies, 16-pieces of fruit or vegetable, 16 front pages of the newspaper, 16-empty pop cans, etc. The kids had so much fun. The girls helped push the boys into doing it since girls are braver than boys at that age. (08/06/2004)
My first thought was a go-kart place and let them loose for a few spins but that could run up the money.
We had my nephews party at a park and the kids rode around on rollerblades and had a blast. That way you have cake outside and snacks and NO MESS in your house. (08/06/2004)
You could take him bowling, but that might rack up some money. Same with the movies. You could go to a beach area and have a party there or have it at your house and have a movie party where you all go to a movie store and everyone picks out a favorite movie. Pick out about 5 and watch those and have a few snacks and it would be better if you had a swimming pool you could swim in that while people are watching the movies (08/19/2004)
We are also planning a party for a 16 year old. We are renting one of those jolly jumps. It's one that blows up like a boxing ring and it comes equipped with boxing gloves. It's quite safe because the gloves are inflated. Hot dogs and hamburgers will do the trick. Most kids are picky anyway so don't waste money on good food that won't be eaten! Good luck. (09/20/2004)
I have done a party based on the TV show surviver. I used play money and fasten it to popsicle sticks and placed them in the ground like money flags we live across from the school so I used the school yard. the idea is to collect as many money flags as they could in a certain length of time to be able to purchase drinks, food, sleeping bags etc. you can divide the kids into teams. I sent them out about 5 or 6 times but each time they came back I had a challenge for them to do. example: blindfold a team mate and the others have to tell them how to get thew a maze that you have made while they were gone. I buried real money coins and gave them a metal detector an the team that found it first won. lots of things you can do use your imagination and have fun (02/01/2005)
We threw a party like this last year and it was a huge success and it has been replicated all around the military base we live on. Set up a card table at the focal point of the room and clear out the rest of the furniture. Keep seating around the edges. THis party is best outdoors, but works inside to. Most people have Home computers now, but if you don't borrow one from a family member or friend. Set it up on the table. There are some inexpensive programs you can buy to make your own albums (records for us older generations) and for mixing tracks. Ask everyone that comes to the party to bring 1 or 2 of their favorite CDs. Make sure they label them with their names so no one gets confused. Then starting with the birthday guest, you become rotating MC's. They snatch up a couple of Cds they like and go to town with their best Eminem or dance club imitation. When they're done they name the next MC. People were lining up to get their turn and everyone was dancing and laughing at the goof ups. We just had simple BBQ food, which no one cared about because they were to busy dancing and spinning on their turn. We actually had to kick people out at 4am! The neighbor threatened to call the cops if we didn't break up the party. Hope this helps. It's inexpensive and lots of fun. (03/02/2005)
By Suzanne S.
For my son's 16th birthday we are planning on having a scavenger hunt, something like the skateboarder Bam had. (Only no illegal items on the list!) We are going to break up the kids into two teams and give them each a video camera to tape "proof" that they have completed the items on the list. The list contains items that they have to collect, but also things they have to do like sing a Christmas carol to a stranger, ask someone for a glass of water, etc. Each thing on the list is worth a certain number of points, more difficult things worth more points. When the time limit is up, they all have to return to home base and laugh at the video, allotting points and choosing the winner. We want to have two vehicles (driven by adults so we can keep an eye on them) but my son wants more freedom and is willing to walk around to complete the list. (09/05/2005)
My son is having his 16th Bday party at an indoor paintball place, he picked it so hopefully it will be fun. Mom and Dad are going to join his friends so that should be fun. Dinner later on with family at the Mandarin. (02/16/2006)
My sons 16th is in April. What I am doing (if you have the money) renting a hummer limo and sending him and 12 friends to a restaurant on the water then the movies. This way they have the night to themselves, great food and a movie of their choice. Good way to start to feel like an adult and treated like one. Just an idea, but again can be very costly, you have to plan right and shop around. (03/08/2006)
We had a great time last year, we went to the park and cooked out ham & hot dogs. We had cooler full of gatorade, water and some soda, chips, a birthday cake and we had played awesome game of football! It was dads against sons, they had so much fun and got to spend great quality time together. The moms stood by and took pictures and video taped it. Hope this helps. (05/10/2006)
By Sherrie in VA
For my sons 16th birthday party he wants a cookout and tents to sleep in. We also are going to swim. He wants hot dogs they will cook over the fire, smores, pasta salad and nachos and cheese. Cheap enough party when your on a budget. (06/05/2006)
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