17th Birthday Party Ideas

Do you know someone that will soon be celebrating their 17th birthday? If so, you’re probably wondering where to get 17th birthday party ideas. It’s no secret that, for many 17-year-olds, it’s hard to know what they’ll want for their birthday. For any of you that have a 17-year-old in the family, you probably understand what I mean here. But, lucky for you, I’m here to tell you that there are a few things that you can do that will make the birthday celebrations fun for the soon to be 17-year-old.

17th Birthday Party Ideas-Take a Look at the Events from When They Were Born

If someone is turning 17 this year, that means they were born in 1995. Yep you read that right, 1995! For too many of us, 1995 seems like just yesterday. However, for the 17-year-old, 1995 is a lifetime ago. Which just goes to show you that time is, very much, a relative thing.

So what did the year 1995 bring us? Well it was the year that Microsoft released Windows 95. Movies released that year include; Toy Story, Batman Forever, Apollo 13, Ace Ventura, Goldeneye, Jumanji, Die Hard with a Vengeance and Braveheart. For music lovers, the following musicians were popular in 1995; Smashing Pumpkins, Rage against the Machine, Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Atlantis Morissette, Madonna, Garth Brooks and Janet Jackson.

What Should Your 17th Birthday Party Ideas Include?

At first you might think that putting together a birthday party for a 17-year-old is no small task. While you do have a point there, there are a few things that you can do to put a smile on the new 17-year-old’s face.

Some 17th birthday party ideas:

A Movie Night. You could do this in a number of ways. One idea would be to look at movies from when the 17-year-old was born (of course make sure they match what the birthday boy or girl likes). And then seem the party around the movie or movies that you’ll be showing. Another option might be to take a group of friends out for a movie night. Taking the birthday crowd out to a movie will incur some costs. But you can also check with your local movie theaters to see if there are any group discounts based on the number of people and the night of the week that you are considering. Another thing that I would recommend is that the parent not attend the birthday party. There’s nothing wrong with dropping off and picking up but it’s pretty safe to say that the 17-year-old would have a better time without mom or dad around (sorry).

A Music Event. Similar to movies from 1995 you can also make a compilation of songs from the year the birthday boy or girl was born. Maybe even take it one step further and, if there is one particular band that is enjoyed, see if there is a DVD of the concert that you can play. Asking the attendees to come in theme is also not a bad addition to the music idea.

Race Car Driving. This one, while I don’t rule girls out, might be more geared towards a 17-year-old young man. For any of you that live in and around a race track, you might want to check and see if they offer race car driving. After a few rounds of training, these new race car drivers will get a chance to go around the track in the same fashion that many of the season drivers get to enjoy. And why not make a picnic out of it and bring some snacks along for the event.

Paintball or Laser Tag. I actually went to a paintball birthday party for somebody that was in their 30s a few years back. At first I thought we might be a little old for it. But, I’m happy to tell you, that the 20 people or so that were there had a great time. What group of 17-year-olds wouldn’t enjoy an evening out doing laser tag or paintball.

Planning a birthday party for 17-year-old may seem like a daunting task. But there are many ideas for a 17th birthday party that you can easily implement without blowing the budget. Whichever idea you decide, the number one rule is that the event should be something that the birthday boy or girl has an interest in.

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