Awesome Teen Party Themes and Ideas
Kids can recreate Woodstock, time travel and even celebrate the full moon Thai rave style with these three cool concepts from a former Seventeen editor
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Thailand: Full Moon Party
Once a month on the full moon, up to 30,000 people from around the world flood onto Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan for the all-night beach rave known as the Full Moon Party. Recreate the fun at your own celebration the next time the moon is full.
Figure out the dates of the full moons over the summer, and pick one. If there's a beach nearby that allows nighttime parties, bonfires and camping, hold your event there – otherwise, a backyard works just as well. Guests should stay over if possible, since the goal of the full moon party is to dance till sunrise. Realistically, everyone will need to take a break at various points. If your party's at a house, create a chill-out room with everyone's sleeping bags and pillows, along with snacks and drinks.
On Haad Rin beach, you'd also see pros dancing and juggling with fire. You definitely don't want to imitate their daring feats with actual flames, but you can create a similar vibe with glow sticks and other neon toys, like hula hoops, poi (balls on strings that you twirl) and staffs (large batons that you spin).
Dancing all night makes you thirsty, so you'll need lots of soda, juice, and water. Serve it Koh Phangan-style: in buckets! Get a bag of large straws and go to the dollar store for the smallest plastic beach pails you can find. For food, have some Thai takeout delivered, like pad thai or curry followed by sticky rice with mango for dessert. Or simply pick up some mangos – dried or fresh – and some chili-spiced nuts (see recipe just below).
As your friends arrive, descend on them with neon orange, green and pink body paints. Apply them in tribal stripes as war paint (staying up till dawn is a battle). Then, let the dancing begin! Make a bunch of playlists and/or ask several friends to take DJ shifts throughout the night, so that the music never stops – at Full Moon, the vibe is typically dance, trance, techno and reggae.
Bonus: Thai chili lime peanuts
Toss raw peanuts with a little bit of olive oil, sugar and coarse salt; then roast on a baking sheet in a 350-degree-F oven for about half an hour, stirring every now and then. Next, dump them into a bowl and stir in two teaspoons of limejuice, a teaspoon of hot pepper sauce and some cayenne pepper. Cool and store till show time.