How to Throw a Rave Party for Teenagers

Updated on September 17, 2019
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Jaynie has extensive experience with party and event planning. She has planned events for groups of 20 to 600 people.

Rave Party Ideas

If you're looking for a fun theme for your teen's next party, consider throwing a rave. These parties are fairly inexpensive and lots of fun. We hosted a rave a few years ago, and it was a huge hit with all the kids that attended. There isn't much planning involved because teenagers prefer to make their own fun. Once you've got details such as the venue, music, and decorations down, you can simply sit back and let the fun happen.

Invitation to a Teen Rave

Kids are big into social networking, so invitations can be sent out over text or social media for free. If you prefer to get creative (or want to include anyone who doesn't have a phone or a Facebook account), you can create inexpensive and fun invites using black construction paper or cardstock and neon gel pens in colors such as green, yellow, orange and pink. Using these basic supplies you'll be able to make visually stunning invitations. You can even attach a thin glow stick or pixie stick to your invite for added flare.


I prefer larger venues which allow guests to move about freely, but not so overwhelming that the intimacy of the gathering is lost. We held our rave in our back yard in a 20 by 20 foot tent with side walls. It was the perfect space for the roughly 25 guests. We lined one wall with two 8 foot tables and chairs.

Food and Beverages

A table at the back of the tent was lined with finger foods including lollipops and pixie sticks, which are traditional rave treats. A small, dorm-sized fridge was under the table and stocked with soda cans and water. Mocktails were available in pitchers and included virgin strawberry margaritas and pina coladas.

Lighting and Favors

Since lighting is crucial to creating a fun, festive rave atmosphere, we strung white lights around the perimeter of the tent, added strobe lighting from a very small, inexpensive strobe light, and provided countless glow sticks in a variety of colors for the guests. Glowsticking is a traditional rave party activity. This created an incredibly colorful display that was reminiscent of an authentic rave club scene and kept the teens entertained for hours. Black lighting is another festive element that adds much to the ambience of your party. It is especially effective indoors or smaller spaces. If you are using black lighting, suggest that guests dress in solid, light colors and wear white shoes that will really pop under the lighting.

Music and Dancing

Of course it's easier to dance on a wooden dance floor, but we didn't have one and the guests didn't seem to mind. If you have a wooden deck available or if you rent a dance floor that's great. I don't think it's critical. Many kids will dance, but as with all teen parties, there will be more sitting around talking, chasing each other around and general goofing off, so the dance floor really becomes a luxury rather than a necessity.

The music is the key to a successful rave. There is a lot of excellent rave music available through iTunes. Some of our favorite selections are included below.

Playlist for a Teen Rave Party

  • Yves Deruyter: Back to Earth (Rave Mix)
  • Moby: Go (Radio Edit)
  • Fatboy Slim: The Rockafeller Skank; Praise You
  • The Lovedoctor: Rave Slammer
  • Benny Benassi & The Biz: Put Your Hands Up; Satisfaction; Time
  • Benassi Bros.: I Love My Sex
  • New Order: Blue Monday; Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Thievery Corporation: Lebanese Blonde
  • Aleister Einstein: Creep
  • Yaz: Don't Go; Situation
  • Tony Moran: The Promise (Radio Edit)
  • Cheb Mami & Sting: Desert Rose (Club Mix)
  • Dance Conspiracy: Dub War (Chapter One)
  • Daft Punk: Da Funk
  • Der Fancy Boys Featuring Luci D: Don't Fear The Reaper (Club Mix)

There are also rave CDs available on Amazon that will provide hours of danceable tunes.

The general idea is just to let the party happen. Once you've supplied the treats, venue, favors and music, just sit back and let the party happen. Have a great time!

© 2011 Jaynie2000


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    • Jaynie2000 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Our party was in August of 2008.

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      6 years ago

      when was this party

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      7 years ago

      I also would like to suggest to give the kids glow in the dark necklaces when they enter the party. This way everybody wears something that glows whether they have a glow stick or not. More on this: Good luck everyone with organizing your next party!

    • Jaynie2000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Oh it will. Who doesn't love dancing to excellent music and beautiful neon? Have a GREAT time!

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      8 years ago

      Looking forward to my party!!! I hope it all works out!


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