Number 1 – Confiscate all Cell Phones at the door. Send out an email before hand to the parents telling them this is going to happen, then have a bin where they can pick them up at the end of the night. Very, very important.
2. Have everyone bring something, girls food to share, guys drink to share. Good snacks are key to a good party.
3. Have a few different activities. Kids want to mill around, but it’s good to have at least one or two planned, structured games to get things started.
4. Take a group photo to show the parents.
5. Two words: Bon fire. ’nuff said.
No blood, no foul. It was a fun night. The key is to take the cell phones away and make them interact with each other and not text their friends who aren’t there.