13th Teen Birthday Party Ideas

Cheryl Cirelli
teen girl

Coming up with 13th birthday party ideas for your new teen may seem like an insurmountable task. Kids on the cusp of the teenage years can have a wide range of maturity levels and interests, so it is important to involve your child in the planning and preparation of his birthday party.

Fun 13th Birthday Party Ideas

To get ideas for your soon-to-be teen's birthday party, the best place to start is with him or her. Ask what kinds of things he would enjoy doing for his birthday. Talk about various suggestions, and let your teen know you will get back to him with a final decision on what you will be doing.

The best ideas are often those that involve an activity your child and his friends are interested in. This keeps them engaged and busy, so any of the common awkwardness of this age is left behind. Consider doing the following party ideas:

Friday the 13th

If Friday the 13th falls near your teen's birthday, use that as a theme. You can expand on the 13 theme and turn the party into a Friday the 13th event. You can decorate with black streamers and balloons to give the room a creepy feel. Use the number 13 in your decorations. You can hang the numbers from a banner or streamers. Halloween decorations can also be used to add an element of spookiness to the party. If you have a teen who likes scary movies, have Friday the 13th playing on a TV. Be sure that the cake reflects the theme. In addition to the number being displayed on the cake, have accents done in black and colors such as green and orange.


Slumber Party Supplies

Sleepovers are popular among teens of all ages. Making a 13th birthday celebration a sleepover is an ideal option to consider for your teen's party. To add some fun elements to the party, rent movies and a mix of video games. The teens can spend the night dancing to favorite music and playing games. Order pizza and serve snacks such as chips and dip, fresh vegetables and cupcakes.

You can let the teens make their own sundaes as part of the party. Set up an area and have ice cream and a mix of toppings for each to choose from.

Spa Party

Most teen girls will love a night filled with pampering. A spa party can be held in conjunction with a sleepover or as its own theme. Thirteen year olds will enjoy giving each other makeovers and manicures. Make a playlist of fun music for them to listen to while they are being pampered.

For an at-home spa party you will need a bunch of cool hair accessories, makeup and nail polish. Make up goodie bags for each girl to use and take home.

Serve fun finger foods for the teens to eat while they are enjoying their spa treatments. Some items to serve include:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Pizza bites
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Sparkling water with fresh lemon

If you prefer to take the teens out to get pampered, call the spa in advance and check if you can bring decorations such as balloons and a cake with you for the girls to enjoy.


If you have an active teen who loves the outdoors, a hiking party is a must. Invite between five and seven children along with you for a day of hiking in the local state park or a nature trail. You can request that those invited wear appropriate clothing and a pair of hiking shoes or boots. Bring along sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit, cell phone and a large picnic lunch for celebrating. Do not forget a camera to capture the fun.

Swim Party

Before planning a pool party bash, check with your teenager first. Both boys and girls can feel shy about their bodies at this age, so make sure it is something he/she would want to do. If you do not have a pool in your backyard, most community pools and country clubs offer their facilities for a small fee.

Keep the food simple so the teens can grab a bite and continue having fun. Pizza, pop and birthday cake are all great options for this type of celebration.

Sporting Event

Check out the local minor leagues for an inexpensive but fun party. Hockey, basketball, and baseball minor league teams often offer packages for group outings. Included in the package is usually food, drink, and tickets into the game. A special party box or area may be included in the package as well. Call the team's ticketing office for more information on their packages.

Holiday Attractions

If your child's birthday falls near a holiday, ask him if he would like to incorporate that into his birthday party plans. Go to a haunted house as an October birthday party idea; plan a tour of holiday lights at Christmas; or host a fireworks and fun birthday celebration for kids with birthdays at the beginning of July.

Coed Dance Parties

Girls with balloons

Many parents plan a coed dance party for their child's 13th birthday. While this theme may not appeal to all 13 year olds, there are others who embrace the idea. Those who are shy or not a maturity level where they are interested in the opposite sex may not feel comfortable with a dance party. Those who have gone on group dates or have an interest in the opposite sex will enjoy dancing the night away.

If you decide to host a dance party for your child, make sure you have plenty of party food available such as:

  • Pizza
  • Chips
  • Pop
  • Cookies

Have your child make mix of their favorite dance songs so no one is left manning the music. Let your child know that you or your spouse will be checking into the party periodically.

It is also a good idea to have a back-up plan in case the dance portion of the party flops. You can have several movies rented and make it a movie-night. Be open to suggestions of what your teen wants to do as well, if it does not work out.

Simple and Sweet

13 bday cake

Just because your child is turning 13 does not mean she is ready for a huge party. Maybe you do not have the money right now, and would rather spend it on a larger 16th birthday party, or maybe he is experiencing difficulties with friends. Sometimes family and friend obligations can get in the way of celebrations.

In those cases, you do not have to forgo the party entirely. Invite family and close friends over for dinner and make it a simple and sweet affair. Give your teen a choice of his favorite meal, have a birthday cake, and give him a few simple presents.

Keep It Fun

As long as you follow the cues your child is giving you, you will be sure to give her the party she feels comfortable with. Be assured that as long as you keep your child's wishes in mind, the party will be a success.

13th Teen Birthday Party Ideas