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Teen Birthday Party

Any suggestions as to where I can host a party for a 16 year old girl? Expect about 30 guests and that is too many for our little house. I remember the good ole days of teen arcades but it seems that nothing other than Chucky Cheese and Skating Rinks still exist. BTW this party will be within the next two weeks, it has really snuck up on us!

created by squidgereen on Nov 24, 2012 at 01:44:07 am     Entertainment     Comments: 16

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You know, I no longer even speak the same language as the average 16-year-old, let alone know what is an ideal meeting place for a party. Besides, just about every birthday party we held for our girls when they were teens (and most of the boy parties, too) wound up being drama-fests.

God bless you for having the energy and patience for this.

IMHO, Erma Bombeck said it best: "Bury your children at age 11 and dig them up at age 21." Also: “Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.”

posted by historymike on Nov 24, 2012 at 09:27:10 am     #  

I know on the south side here Mi Hacienda has a back room that we have done parties at. Just tell them apx what you want to spend, they will help with a menu and then the room is free (they ask for a deposit to hold the room, the money in the end goes towards the food). I also did a party at Capers. Told them that we had X people and would like X pizzas and fountain drinks and they gave us a price, we brought the cake and done! Just remember restaurants should NOT allow you to bring in a cake that was made at home. expect a cutting or plate fee. Other options include renting a shelter house at one of the metro parks. Most have small kitchens if needed.

posted by smbfc on Nov 24, 2012 at 09:51:48 am     #   1 person liked this

30 sixteen year old children in a single room, party atmosphere? I wouldn't go near it... but - you might try renting Alfredo's Studio of Dance; 419-536-3243.

If you haven't already, you might also consider hiring an experienced bouncer or two.

posted by madjack on Nov 24, 2012 at 06:01:56 pm     #  

I have seen parties at the REC center at UT in the past, not sure if you need to be member etc.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Nov 25, 2012 at 02:42:06 pm     #  

I don't know if these are things that your daughter and her friends will be interested in, but there are other birthday party options aside from skating rinks and Chuck E. Cheese.

When my son recently went to a laser tag birthday party, there was a group of teen girls in there for a party too. They looked like they were having a blast.

Also, there is the indoor pool at the YMCA branch on Dean Rd. They also have an indoor rock climbing wall that you can use when you rent the pool.

Will this be all girls, or a mixed gender party?

posted by mom2 on Nov 25, 2012 at 03:08:29 pm     #  

Bowling alley?

posted by Erin on Nov 25, 2012 at 08:10:28 pm     #  

Twin Oaks Lanes usually does a nice job of hosting parties. Do kids these days still go bowling?

posted by Sohio on Nov 26, 2012 at 07:24:20 am     #  

My kids went to several birthday bowling parties when they were younger (8-12 or so) but not as 16-year-olds. Having said that, many in that age group would prob. enjoy it alot more than they think. My guess is, though, the kid whose birthday it is would be embarrassed to invite friends to such a party.

posted by McCaskey on Nov 26, 2012 at 12:55:44 pm     #  

Agreed...although, I'd say by the time I was 16, I would have been embarrassed to invite my friends to any party at any place where my parents would be present. But, I am a boy...maybe it is different for girls?

posted by Sohio on Nov 26, 2012 at 01:17:34 pm     #  

Hopefully the girl hasn't see the tv show sweet 16, where parents spend 10k+ on their spoiled brats 16th birthday party.

posted by Linecrosser on Nov 26, 2012 at 08:30:59 pm     #  

My girls, at age 16, didn't want to admit they had parents period. It is nice if some teens want to get together on this special day.

posted by jackie on Nov 26, 2012 at 09:38:06 pm     #  

30 16-yr olds? You're nuts. The last time I had a party for my daughter it was for her 14th bday and it was 6 girls total. It was a nightmare then and there hasn't been a party since. Good luck, but I doubt she will be happy with whatever you choose.

posted by HickoryG on Nov 26, 2012 at 11:50:43 pm     #  

Thank you all for the comments and suggestions. We have decided that it really is just too much for any of us, it seemed much better in theory than when the reality of it started to set in. My original idea was for the skating rink but she and her friends were not too excited. It appears now that she is having just 3 of her friends over and they will probably spend the evening watching movies and texting the other 27. I am pretty sure that she will appreciate it if the wife and I go out for dinner so long as we order them a pizza first. I just hope that we stick with this plan.

posted by squidgereen on Nov 27, 2012 at 12:56:38 am     #  

I deal with 13 teenage girls every day at basketball practice......but 30...somebody grab my medicine.

posted by Hoops on Nov 27, 2012 at 08:42:04 am     #   2 people liked this

You know, right up until I read Hoops comments I'd forgotten about this - subconscious is trying to protect the Id or something - but many years ago my then-migraine du jour had a party for her 15 year old daughter involving many teens, and I was supposed to help work security.

It was one crises after another, including one silly little SOB that pulled a switch knife. He left before I had the chance to take it away from him.

posted by madjack on Nov 27, 2012 at 07:12:19 pm     #  

The more I read, the happier I am that we are NOT having a party after-all. We have had several get-togethers with no problems other than noise, some wasted food and spilled sodas, but those were younger kids and many less of them.

posted by squidgereen on Nov 27, 2012 at 08:21:01 pm     #