Ice cream sundae bar with pots of toppings

Summer party ideas for teenagers

If you want to throw a party for teenagers that everyone will be talking about, check out these creative menu ideas including a DIY ice cream sundae bar

Do your teenagers need to let off steam after exam season? Are you in need of fun and funky party ideas for a summer fiesta they won’t forget? Read on for seasonal spreads, chilled desserts and uber cool watermelon drinks. Party on…


For the drinks bar:

For a super cool slushie, this watermelon lemonade served in the hollowed-out fruit looks incredible and is easy to make. Prepare for Instagram pictures aplenty!

For another satisfying celebratory slush, try our raspberry lemonade. Who would have thought that teenage party drinks could count towards your five-a-day?

Remember to have a couple of bowls of crushed ice, sprigs of mint and some fun straws at the ready to dress these fruity beauties.

For sharing platters:

Good for grazing, our crispy bacon nachos with cheese sauce are a great alternative to bland crisps and chips. This classic party snack is easy to rustle up and takes just 20 minutes to assemble. You can add or leave out the jalapeños depending on how hot your guests like it.

For easy mains:

These Californian-style hot dogs are the definition of summer cool and allow you to experiment with a range of interesting flavours and fillings. Whether you fancy combining steak, crispy onions and melty cheese or going for a Korean twist with kimchi and spicy mayo, there will be something to suit everybody with our five finger-licking variations:

Cheesesteak hot dogs
Korean hot dogs
Crab roll hot dogs
Tempura veg hot dogs
Blackened shrimp hot dogs

Alternatively, go Mexican with Good Food’s chicken fajitas with fresh guacamole. Cut down on prep time and let the kids build their own. Serve the chicken, peppers, onions, and tomatoes individually alongside the tortillas, soured cream and guacamole, ready for them to wrap and roll.

For a veggie option, try substituting the chicken for roasted sweet potato or smoky mushrooms.

For sweet treats:

All partygoers will love getting stuck into this DIY dessert bar that matches ice cream with a colourful selection of sprinkles, sauces and fruity toppings. With just a few clever serving tricks, you can create what is essentially a cool pop-up ice cream bar in the garden.

Arrange the ice cream tubs in buckets of ice to keep everything chilled on a hot day and serve your sauces in squeezy bottles with the spinkles alongside so the teens can customise their cones.

Feel like going the extra mile? Why not try baking a range of delicious biscuits and cookies so that guests can create their own ice cream sandwiches. Pick the perfect combos and tuck in.

Get some ice cool inspiration for revamping these classic frozen desserts in our 5 ways with ice cream sandwiches guide.


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