party lights


Create a dance party scene that teens love, with party police lights. Put them on tables, near the DJ, or at the corners of the dance floor. If your teen's party is held at home, place one in each corner to form a square set off just for dancing.

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disco party


You can upgrade your dance party to nightclub status with a disco ball. Many disco ball sets can be placed on any tabletop or flat surface to create an awesome party atmosphere.

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Half-Baked Gourmet: Party Food


Teens love finger foods that they can eat while they move around and socialize. It's easy to make substantial, sophisticated appetizers that teen guys and girls will love.

Half-Baked Gourmet: Party Food features simple hors d'oeuvres recipes, dips, and finger foods, including Spicy Citrus Wings, Brie en Croute, and Greek Tomato Pizza.

Here's an easy and sure-to-please recipe from this book:


Marinated Bocconcini (Mini mozzarella balls)

Makes about 16

½ lb. mini mozzarella balls
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp. hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
Dash freshly ground pepper

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Toss until cheese is well coated.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. (Note: Can be made ahead, covered, and refrigerated up to 2 days; best prepared at least 24 hours in advance.)
  4. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  5. Serve with toothpicks. (Check out these great party picks from Talisman Designs.)

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