Boy birthday party ideas, especially in the winter are hard! I think you’ll enjoy my ideas as I planned for my 13 yr olds birthday party with many being DIY.
I was dreading planning My 13 yr olds Birthday Party! Thanks to simple foods, a few things ordered off Etsy, the Game Truck, and screen printing our own t-shirts, this party was a hit! And it didn’t wear me out just planning it. I’m sharing ALL the details, so keep reading!
Teen boy birthday party ideas are hard to come by, and birthdays for boys can be so hard to plan, but this one is pretty simple. This Neon Birthday Party for Teens is another great idea!
Planning My 13 yr olds Birthday Party!
Young teen birthday party ideas for boys is no picnic, but planning 13th birthday party ideas for boys in winter months is ridiculous!
Winter birthdays in the Pacific NW can be tricky! Like many 13 yr old boys, he and his friends are into gaming. Video gaming. They all play together either in our basement or online via the Xbox. I love that he can play with his cousins in Utah whenever he wants. The Game Truck was PERFECT to wrangle his friends for a couple of hours. These trucks have 4 large screen TVs and all game systems and games any kid would want. The kids stay IN THE TRUCK for 2 hours. That’s the part I love! Who needs a dozen 13 yr olds running around your house?
Birthday Ideas for Teen Boys
I HAD to make this party festive somehow. I had to promise that I wouldn’t decorate with streamers, banners, balloons, a fancy cake or cupcakes …….that didn’t leave too much wiggle room for party planning fun. I found a few goodies on Etsy for Modern Warfare that suddenly made my son stand up straight! Let the theme planning begin!!!! These invites were so cool, even the boys thought so.
My 13 yr olds Birthday Party Video Game Theme
Pick a theme! Planning a birthday party is so much easier when you choose a theme to follow. This gives you direction and it always keeps it simple.
All of the following centered around this common video game theme.
- Birthday Cake – I found a Call of Duty birthday cake topper that worked with a store-bought sheet cake. They have so many options. Just search your specific theme, or choose custom and upload your own design. They also have them for round layered cakes or cupcakes.
- Water Bottle Wrapper – I made my own with a video-themed image. (If you’re interested in how to easily make printables for home use, you’ll love my printable course.)
- T-Shirts -See details below.
- Party accessories – I found these small buttons with popular Call of Duty sayings. You can find so many ideas when you search Gamer Gifts too.
Call of Duty Birthday Party
Everything I did centered around this common theme.
My son and friends were really into the Modern Warfare Call of Duty video game. I searched Etsy for invitations and found plenty to choose from. They thought they were SUPER cool.
We found this image of a grenade, that I guess they use for the game. You can right click and Save As if you want to use it too.
I called my friend who could get me some t-shirts for a good price and decided to use my Simply Screen Silk Screen kit I received a few months ago. I was able to knock out 16 t-shirts in 30 min. I wasn’t sure if the boys would like them…..so you can imagine how thrilled I was when they all put them on.
If you don’t have a silk screen kit, you can create a template using Freezer paper and fabric paint.
I tried hard to make the table look like an afterthought………because party tables are not cool when you’re 13. I rolled each t-shirt, placed the modern warfare pin on it and tied with some twine. The pins were also ordered off Etsy. There were a few sayings from the game like “no noobs” “pwned” “game on”…….
My 13 yr olds Birthday Party Food | Birthday Party Food for Teens
My son was turning 13, and I knew that they would require more than the typical pizza and I knew I needed something that didn’t require silverware because I knew they wouldn’t use them anyway. I heated up a bunch of frozen finger foods because we all know teen boys are not picky.
- Boneless chicken wings or nuggets
- Pizza Bites or Pizza
- Mini Tacos – You can also order taco packs from Taco Bell.
I served all in a buffet style so they could come and go. My pasta bar is great for parties too, but maybe not for young teens.
Let’s just say they were gone in about 3 min. After inhaling the food and since it wasn’t raining, they headed outside for a little basketball.
I had to practically threaten to not feed them anymore to get a few group shots. As you can see…….it was like herding cats.
Apparently, my son’s elbow is pretty tasty.
After holding a piece of pizza up, they gave me this shot.
Birthday Party Activities | My 13 yr olds Birthday Party
As you can see they had a bit of outdoor play before the Game Truck showed up. This is such a great option. They come directly to your home just in time when they start to get a little rambunctious.
Thank goodness the Game Truck arrived and it was time for me to watch a movie and for them to be locked inside playing games for 2 hours. (they really weren’t locked in, but I pretended they were)
And just so you know……13 yr olds don’t want a party table, but they do want their candles lit for birthdays….. and to have their friends sing Happy Birthday.
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