Games for teen parties?

This is where I seek your advice…

This weekend we are hosting a farewell party for our Danish daughter/ foreign exchange student.

So here’s my question for you… Should we plan organized games? Which ones?

Or should we just set up a volleyball net, set out the Bocce balls and leave it up to them to have fun?

Opinions and game ideas welcome… Please do tell and share this post!! (I’m counting on you, my bloggy friends!!)

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday because I’m curious: What works for you?

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  • ‘Becca

    In any group of teenagers, there are usually a few who are more quiet and don’t like athletic games. Have some kind of a tabletop game or jigsaw puzzle available, over to one side. Treehouse and Fluxx are fun and easy to learn.
    .-= ‘Becca´s last blog ..Washing Plastic Bags =-.

  • terryaretta

    Ive planned many teen parties for my daughter. Things can get ugly quickly, so you don’t want ot leave them to themselves too much. Someone’s feelings will get hurt or else they’ll do something stupid and break something (or someone!) My girls love hide-n-seek, especially in the dark. We also do a variation where “it” goes to hide and the others find and hide with her. We also will often do some sort of project so they’ll have something to take home. Fabric markers on tshirts or pillowcases, magnets for their lockers, jewelry, etc. They also could make their own pizza, brownies, ice cream sundaes, or whatever. Have fun, and good luck!

  • Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side

    Yep. Just leave the games lying around and they’ll find them. I was going to also suggest the beanbag toss game (also known in these parts as corn hole). We’re doing that for my daughter’s graduation party next week.
    .-= Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side´s last blog ..Our Favorite Children’s Books =-.

  • Weezy

    As a teen myself, there’s nothing more I like then just being left to play around by ourselves – the volleyball is a great idea, as well as lots of different types of balls!
    Oh and ditto on the frisbees and water guns, these can be used by anyone for all sorts of games or just fun! And maybe something like Twister or Outdoor Jenga (if you can borrow it from a neighbor) which can involve as many or as little people as possible!
    As long as you have plenty of space, they’ll make their own fun (:

  • Julie Bagamary

    Setting up the games you have is great. Having ice cream and toppings for making your own Sundae works for us too. Enjoy!

  • Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads

    I vote for just setting up the volleyball net and other “sports”. I do like the idea of having the squirt guns, frisbees, bubbles… Don’t forget a nice water balloon fight is always fun. ;)
    .-= Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads´s last blog ..What’s on My Nightstand? May Edition =-.

  • Diane {}

    depends on the teen, but you’d be surprised how much they all like Twister and scavenger hunts!
    .-= Diane {}´s last blog ..Swag Bag =-.

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  • Liz@HoosierHomemade

    While chatting about a graduation party on BlogFrog recently, some bloggers suggested just putting out some fun toys…like squirt guns, bubbles, frisbees, etc. And you can get those at the Dollar Store ;-)
    Even though they are teens…they love that stuff!
    Hope you have a great party!
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Weekly Menu Plan~Goulash & Italian Biscuits =-.

  • Amy @ Finer Things

    Volleyball and bocce ball sound like the best plan. Teens don’t so much go for organized games.