You want to do something special for your teenage daughter's birthday, but teenagers can be surly and uncommunicative. So think about things she normally likes to do such as hanging out with her girlfriends or spending hours in front of the mirror perfecting her appearance and give them a special twist for her birthday.
Throw a slumber party for your teenager's birthday. That way she can hang out with her friends all night long. Instruct your guests to bring sleeping bags and pillows. Set up the sleeping/party area in a family room or finished basement where the girls have plenty of room to play games, giggle and sleep. Supply a takeout dinner, such as pizza, as well as a variety of snacks like chips, pretzels, crackers and popcorn. Don't forget the birthday cake. Rent a bunch of chick flicks or scary movies for the kids to watch or let the girls play "Guitar Hero" or Wii games. Play classic slumber party games such as "Truth or Dare" or "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board." In the morning, have a breakfast of bagels or cold cereal for the girls.
Mall Scavenger Hunt
If your teenage daughter spends all her free time at the mall, arrange a mall scavenger hunt for her birthday. Divide your daughter and her friends into groups of partners. Make a list of information or items the kids must gather. Examples include: "Get the signature of a mall security guard," "Take a picture with a store mannequin that's wearing a green shirt," or "Find the funniest birthday card in the Hallmark store." If you expect the kids to buy items or take pictures, arm each team with money and a camera. The first group to complete all the tasks on the list wins. Give out a gift card to one of the mall stores as a prize. (See Reference 2.)
Most teenage girls love make-up and looking pretty. Hold a makeover party for your daughter and her friends. You can throw this type of party three different ways. Invest in a bunch of facial masks, make-up samples, nail polish and hair products and let the girls give each other makeovers in your own home. Make an appointment at a salon to have professionals give the girls manicures and pedicures, style their hair and do their make-up for them. Or you can hire a hair stylist and make-up artist to come to your home to teach the girls about the correct way to apply make-up as they give the girls makeovers. Once everyone looks gorgeous go out for dinner and cake. (See Reference 1.)
Day at the Beach
Let your teenage daughter spend her birthday at the beach with her friends. Pack a cooler full of cold beverages, sandwiches and snacks. Bring plenty of sunscreen, towels, beach chairs and umbrellas. The kids can swim, sunbathe, build sandcastles, bury each other in the sand, play frisbee or volleyball and hang out with their friends --- not a bad way to spend a birthday. If your teen's birthday falls during the winter months, bring the beach indoors. Crank up the heat, have everyone wear their swimsuits and decorate with blow-up pool toys. Kids can hang out, listen to music, play video games or watch beach movies.