Next time you’re planning a youth group party for your church, try using one of these fun tried-and-true themes to switch things up a big. Some are classics and others are creative, new ideas, but all are guaranteed to be a lot of fun!
Youth Group Party Theme #1
Ice Cream Party
I scream, you scream. We all scream for ice cream! There are a number of ways to do the ice cream party theme idea. If you’re on a tight budget, the best way to get the most bang for your buck is to invest in a few gallon tubs of ice cream available at your local grocery store. Then ask each member of your youth group to bring a topping – chocolate syrup, gummy bears, sprinkles, etc. Provide bowls and spoons and it’s an instant ice cream party.
If you’ve got the means to get a little fancier, try buying a few pints of ice cream from your favorite ice cream shop whether it’s Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery or your local favorite. Ice cream from these places usually tastes better and comes in a variety of flavors besides the usual chocolate and vanilla.
Youth Group Party Theme #2
There is no food that says party more than good, old pizza. And these days there are a million places to get pizza from. You can buy a few pies for pretty cheap from places like Little Cesears or Papa John’s. If you’ve got good coupons, Pizza Hut and Domino’s are always good. And then of course there are those local pizza joints that somehow always have the best-tasting pizza around. Be sure to order several varieties of pizza toppings so that everybody has something they like. Ask teens to chip in a few bucks for the pizza and soda to help cover costs and you’re set!
Youth Group Party Theme #3
Taco Bar Party
Taco bar parties are a lot of fun and offer lots of options for picky teens. For a full taco bar, you’ll need to provide seasoned taco meat, beans, rice, taco shells and flour tortillas for burritos. Then ask each of your teens to bring a different taco topping – everything from tomato and lettuce to hot sauce and lemon. Add some Mexican-themed party decorations and you’ll have a full-fledged Mexican fiesta on your hands. You can ask kids to chip in money to cover the basics so that you’re not stuck paying for everything. After all, tortillas can get spendy!
Youth Group Party Theme #4
Sushi is a pretty trendy food and it can get pricey if you were just to go to a sushi restaurant. So why not throw a sushi party at home instead? Find someone in your church (maybe a parent?) who knows how to make sushi and ask for some sushi lessons. Or better yet, ask them to be the “sushi chef” for the party. Then create all different kinds of sushi. Have your youth group kids help out in the process and they’ll enjoy the end result even more. For a sushi party, it’s definitely best just to ask everyone to chip in some money, since you’ll most likely have to go to an Asian specialty store to pick up most of your ingredients.
Youth Group Party Theme #5
Youth Group Barbecue
There is nothing more American than a good old-fashioned barbecue. And a barbecue is a perfect way to enjoy those warm, summer days! If you’re on a buget, you can serve something as basic as hot dogs, potato chips and soda. Just ask everyone to bring something. If you’ve got some funds you can spend though, try including hamburgers or even something fun like shish kabobs. Head to a nearby park with food and a cooler of soda and water and let the good times roll!