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Planning a birthday party is fun and often challenging. The older the child gets, it seems, the more creativity we need to employ. A 17th birthday is significant as the last one before reaching the milestone 18th birthday. This is a page about 17th birthday party ideas for girls.
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October 1, 2013

I am turning 17 on October 25th and I have no idea what to do for a party. I don't want anything too expensive, but I have an unlimited budget. Ideas? The party will be boys/girls and the age range is from 16 to 20.

By Leah

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October 2, 20140 found this helpful
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Well, there is a lot you can do. You can have friends come over to your house and watch scary movies. My birthday is the 31 of October. And I am having my party the 25th and I am taking some friends bowling then back to my house to have more people over to watch scary movies and have snacks and pizza.

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October 13, 20142 found this helpful
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Omg, that's my birthday too, wow so amazing. Here are few ideas I had of my own:
1. Go skating (good ole skating just brings everyone together, you get to watch your friends and family fall and dance and eat and just enjoy themselves)

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2. Bowling
3. Go eat out at favourite restaurant (it's that one special day to eat whatever you like and also it will give you and friends to communicate and enjoy yourselves)
4. Throw a party (you can invite however many people you want and u can manage your own budget since it's your party)
5. Go to Dave and Busters (perfect place to show your fun side and win awesome prizes, also perfect to compete and have fun with friends)
6. Go to movies ( perfect opportunity to catch up on new movies, and also hang with friends)
8. Go shopping( you'll never get too old for clothes)
You can do all these with friends and under a cheap budget

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October 9, 2012

I just turned 17 Monday October 8th and I have no idea what I can do to keep my friends entertained. I'm having a slumber party with my best friend and cousin, but I have no idea what I can do to keep them from being bored.


P.S. Please don't say any kiddy things because I'm 17 not 6... :)

By desrial20

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October 10, 20120 found this helpful
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When my kids were about 17, all their friends used to hang here all weekend. They made pizza buns, fudge, and milk shakes...watched movies, played video games, and put crazy make up on the people who fell asleep.

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May 7, 2015

I'm turning 17 on June 27 and my mom decided it would be totally OK if she were to host a baby shower on the same day. A baby shower that she is not going to be here for.


I am sad and angry, but the baby shower is for someone I love a lot. I have no idea what to do. And if my mom is not going to be here for the baby shower that means she won't be here for my birthday. Do I talk to her about it or just leave it be?

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May 9, 20151 found this helpful
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You are 16 years old. Surely you have celebrated your birthday on an alternate day rather than the actual "birth" day before? If not, this is a good time to start. Talk to your mom about an alternate day for your birthday celebration.

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Since school is out, perhaps you can have a gathering of friends on a weekday. If it is your mom who is important to you on the birthday, just select a day that works for you both.

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February 3, 2015

My birthday is on March 16th and I don't know what I want to do for my birthday. Any ideas?

By Rae'Ven H

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February 5, 20150 found this helpful
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Why not a "Murder Mystery"? Search "free murder mystery plays". Have fun and have a very happy birthday!

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January 27, 2015

I turn 17 in November 2015. This my first time planning a party. I don't know what drinks I should give out, since most of my friends are drinkers. I wanted to hand out soda, but I'm stuck on this one; please help.

By katelynn myers

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January 28, 20150 found this helpful
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When you say most of your friends are drinkers, that indicates they drink alcohol. I am sure you didn't mean that. But it did give me a thought that might be fun. There are a bunch of "virgin" drink recipes out there. Here is a link to some of them.

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If your parents okay it, it might be fun to have a "mock cocktail" party. This is not to promote how cool it is to drink, before anyone gives me a lecture. But it might be a way to taste what is out there in a fun, safe way.
PBP

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December 18, 2012

Hey, I am a 17 year old girl. My birthday is on December 23rd. This has made it almost impossible to have a birthday. I have never had a birthday party before and have no idea what to do. Last year, on my sweet 16, I was all alone and sad. Please help me. I do not want to have another awful birthday. Thanks.

By CourtLynn

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December 20, 20120 found this helpful
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You don't have to have the birthday party on your birthday. Have it at a convenient time --during the holidays - say this year on the 28th or 29 - Fri or Sat night. Invite a few girlfriends over and have a spa evening or just "girl's night" pj party with movies and popcorn and birthday cake. If you want something with guys as well, get one of your friends to help you plan it.

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I don't know what sorts of things kids in your area do for a party. You might do something like have a group gather at a bowling alley, for some games, and then have cake there. What you do doesn't have to be elaborate. Or involve groups of multitudes. Even a group of 3 to 6 taking in a movie and then going to someplace like a Dairy Queen for ice cream cake (order it in advance) can be fun.

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December 26, 20120 found this helpful
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My birthday is Dec 26th. I have never felt deprived because of having this day for a birthday. I never had to go to school and usually I could get time off from work after I entered the workforce.

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When I was a child, my parents used to have a party for me in the spring! I clearly remember a May Day Party with the centerpiece of girls dancing around the Maypole. I think at your age an April Fool's Day party might be fun!

When I was 26 I met a woman who was 17 years older than I was. She taught me many things. One thing was to always buy myself a gift. She said to buy myself something for birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc. That is the only way to ensure you get what you wanted!

You are in charge of your own happiness. So get busy and make some fun for yourself. I think I'd schedule a Christmas/birthday party for myself if I were you. It might include shopping or movies... You can only be limited by your imagination!

Best of luck always!
Carol in PA

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January 4, 2005

Hey guys, I'm planning a surprise party for my friends 17th birthday. It's going to be at her house and I know who is coming. Do you have any ideas as to how I could decorate her house?

I was thinking streamers in her room but I also wanted to do stuff to the rest of her house! Thanks a bunch!

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January 5, 20050 found this helpful
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I would make sure you at least do the streamer thing where she will be walking in. Then an occational decoration. (A theme you have chosen) something she likes. Hawaiian etc. Then go from there.

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May 31, 2014

My birthday date is already set and I had an idea for laser tag but I didn't realize how expensive it was. I thought about roller blading, but going around in circles over and over again gets boring. I want to do cosmic bowling, but I also want to do something else. I want an all day kind of party, but I'm dry on non expensive ideas.

By Jennifer F.

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June 1, 20141 found this helpful
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It sounds like you love activities, so why don't you take some of your friends to a local mountain for a hike. Bring some fun snacks/ lunch and enjoy each others company. Have cake and presents at your house afterwards.

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November 24, 2014

I am turning 17 on December 6th and I haven't had a birthday party since I was a little kid. I live in a really small town with nothing to do for kids my age and I'm not wanting to travel anywhere because the closest place to do anything is around 4 hours. I want something unforgettable; I love to dance. I work part-time somedays after school and will be paying for all of this myself.

By Lexi W.

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September 26, 2007

I'm turning 17 in November and I want to have a really cool party, I love skateboarding so I want it to revolve around that. I need some ideas on what to do for my 17th, if you have any let me know?

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By Laura (Guest Post)
October 1, 20070 found this helpful
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Ashleigh, Happy Birthday in advance! My nephew is your age, and is totally into boarding. Do you guys have skateparks where you could have a party there? Or, hang there half the day, then have a themed party at home afterwards? Keep us updated whatever you do, post a pic, would love to see what you do.
Laura

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December 27, 2014

So it's my birthday very soon. I left it too last minute as it is at the end of January. I am looking for something to do other than a crazy house party for between 5 and 10 people aged 16. I need it to be low budget and nothing too big for the amount of people or too childish.

By Abigail

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January 1, 20150 found this helpful
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What I did was me and a few friends I think it was about 8 of us all went to this beautiful tea shop and had afternoon tea the. Came back to mine for a sleepover. Food is always a must and if you're just having people round to make it cheap bring films and food and then have music or a wii game. And just let people chat and have a good gossip, this always works for me.

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April 3, 2014

I'm like really preppy and I love to have fun. I'm turning 17 on May 25th and I really don't know what I want to do for my birthday party. Please help!

By Tiara J.

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April 15, 20140 found this helpful
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Hi, I would suggest a costume party I am turning 17 soon too and am going to have a costume party. They can be fun and the great thing about this is that you can still have a themed party for example a 1920's themed party. Hope you have a fantastic party. :)

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March 15, 2014

I'm turning 17 on April 15, and having my party on April 19. I'm wanting the theme to be an all minions theme. I'm only having about 5-7 people come and I'm on a low budget. Please please help me ASAP! Thank you.

By Madison

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April 15, 20140 found this helpful
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Hi Madison, minion parties are really low budget and easy to produce. My sister recently went as one to her year 12 dress up day. She made blue and yellow jelly cups as we'll as some jelly babies. You could also make a cake out of blue and yellow icing start of with a circle and create two smaller circles for the glasses and the rest can be easily decorated :) I hope that helps you out.

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September 21, 2013

I'm turning 17 on October 24th and I'd like to have some sort of party. I didn't really do anything for my 15th or 16th birthday and I'd like to do something this year. I don't have a big budget at all, it's just my mom and I so we can't really afford something extravagant. She works part time as a CNA and is in college for an LPN, so money is tight.

I'm a very girly girl, also a huge Taylor Swift fan for 8 years so I'm pretty devoted! I would like to have a spa day, but it couldn't be something that is expensive and pretty much all salons are expensive. Does anyone have any ideas? Please!

By Mariegrace

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September 23, 20130 found this helpful
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Why not have a Spa Party at your house?

You can buy a bunch of nail polishes (and nail files/decals/polish remover/etc.), some nice-smelling lotions, and cheap ingredients for facials & pedicure scrubs.

Watch a quick YouTube video on how to *properly* give a facial and/or pedicure & then take turns giving them to give each other while gossiping and eating.

Speaking of eating, you can serve a *bunch* of various appetizers instead of a "meal" ~ or go with tried-and-true pizza.

Whatever you do, Have **Fun**! :-D

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