When I think back to my childhood, the things I remember most vividly are the times we did things I loved that were in someway unusual or outdoors: campfires, cooking breakfast on the open moors; picnics, camping, beach days and lazy river days.
Times have obviously moved on a pace from then, but looking at my list , my most memorable experiences have all been simple and low-cost. It got me thinking - are we missing a trick here- thinking that we always have to provide something new, novel, exciting and costly?
Certainly for teenagers - it may be the time to get back to basics with a few ideas thrown in. Why not pack your teens up with a surprise picnic/party hamper and take them to an idyllic beach, park/spot for a couple of hours? Part of the excitement would be in opening the picnic/party hamper and viewing its contents. Apart from great food, birthday cake and drinks you could use your imagination and add:
- some cool ice breaker party games instructions
- a treasure/scavenger hunt
- a quiz about the party girl/boy
- party poppers, balloons etc.
- games stuff - bat, ball, soft ball, frisbee, cricket bat etc.
- And anything else that you can think of!
Then leave them to it for a couple of hours and arrange to pick them up at a set time. Always keep in phone contact in case of emergencies. This is all about giving them a memorable experience and a bit of independence for a short while.
There is a massive amount of trust involved here, so keep the party small and manageable and don't forget to lay down a few guidelines too such as:
- No rubbish to be dropped
- Everything to be packed back into the bags at pick-up time
- Always stay together
- No wandering off
- Behave in a mature and responsible way
You can find great party ideas from this author at ice-breaker-games.com