A Dance Party is one of the most popular themes for teen parties. This party can be held at home if you clear a large space for dancing, like the basement, garage or family room. Many teens rent a larger space for their party so they can invite more guests and still have plenty of room to dance.

Dance Party Invitations

Design your dance party invitations to look like a VIP ticket using any word processing software on your computer. Then buy heavy cardstock to print them so the invitations feel like real tickets. Or send personalized Dance Party invitations.

Dance Party Decorations

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  1. The most important area to decorate is the dance floor, so spend your time and money in this area. Hang a disco ball from the center of the ceiling, and string clear Christmas lights around the ceiling or floorboards. Hang lots of large silver stars from the ceiling. Use a fog machine to blow fog onto the dance floor.
  2. Dim the lights so the room isn’t bright, and change light bulbs in table lamps to a dark color. Add a few lava lamps if you have them. You want the space to feel like a lounge or dance club, and dim lighting is a must to create this atmosphere.
  3. Hang a fringe curtain over the doorway into the dance area. Push all the furniture to the sides of the dance floor. You’ll want some places to sit when the dancers need a break or when they’re eating.
  4. Use clusters of balloons next to the food table, near large furniture, and at the corners of the dance floor. Each cluster should have 5-7 balloons, and you can add one mylar balloon that matches the dance theme.
  5. Hand out glow necklaces as guests arrive and they should glow really well in the dim light.
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Dance Party Games

Good music is the best entertainment at your dance party. Spend some time choosing a playlist full of fun, popular dance tunes. You may be able to get a local band to play for free, or for a small fee. Or hire a DJ to handle the music and keep everyone moving on the dance floor. Be sure to ask for edited versions of the songs.

If the energy lags, and you need to get people moving again, here are some ideas:

  1. Hula hoop contest set to music – You’ll need lots of hula hoops so a big group can compete together. First have everyone begin using the hoops. Then call out different commands like stand on one foot, touch your head, or turn around. Anyone who drops their hula hoop is out. Keep playing until only one person is left and is the winner.
  2. Dance Elimination – All the guests begin dancing and the DJ stops the music and calls out a number. The guests must quickly put themselves into groups of that number, and anyone left without a group is out of the game. Continue dancing and calling out numbers until there are only two dancers left, and they both are the winners.
  3. Dance Competition – Make up your own or use a gaming system to play something like Dance, Dance, Revolution.
  4. Video game singing contest

Dance Party Food

  • Pizza
  • Nachos
  • Chicken wings
  • Egg rolls
  • Veggie platter
  • Lots of different chips and dip, pretzels and popcorn
  • Candy and cookies
  • Lots of non-alcoholic drinks like sparkling apple juice in wine glasses, virgin lemonade margaritas, virgin strawberry daiquiris, soda, and plenty of water.
  • Go with cupcakes to avoid the hassle of cutting a large cake.

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More Dance Party Themes:

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