7 summer high-school-movie themed parties

Erin Thorburn, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertaining

Summer marks a time for many high school graduation parties. But there’s nothing that says freshman, sophomores and juniors can’t have their own slice of celebration, too. After all, don’t some of our cinematic and streaming series favorites depict the singing, dancing and teen angst worthy of jubilation? Pick one of these seven movie/TV-themed ideas to praise the perfectly imperfect stage your teen happens to be in, whether it’s graduation, moving up a grade or getting ready to begin their high school journey.

“Answer the question, Claire.” (“The Breakfast Club”)

Unarguably one of the most iconic high school movies of the '80s, “The Breakfast Club” has one of the most memorable closing scenes set to Simple Minds' “Don't You (Forget About Me).”

While this generation of teens has a host of online outlets to remain connected and help them reflect, you can help create an even more memorable catalog of their high school years. Create a collection of printouts asking your graduate’s friends their favorite things about your offspring and each other. As an example, ask what the most memorable group event was; the funniest friend moment; what they love most about each other; etc. Once forms are complete, take a picture of each on your phone. Compile them into a digital file and send them to each person as a takeaway memento for the next part of their journey (or be very old school and print them into booklets).

“...Can you ever just be, like, whelmed?” (“10 Things I Hate About You”)

Making its debut in 1999, the modern adaptation of Shakespeare's “The Taming of the Shrew,” “10 Things I Hate About You” has hung around as a lasting hit. Among its more memorable moments are the spicy paintball scene between Heath Ledger’s and Julia Stiles’ characters (be still our hearts), Patrick’s bleacher serenade to Kat and who can forget the prom — where Joey “eat me” Donner gets punched in the face?


Re-create any these moments for your post-school soiree. Organize a paintball session; hold a mini-prom do-over or even a karaoke event.

“You've got the vocabulary of a baked potato.” (“Riverdale”)

From wildly strange murders and live role-playing games gone terribly wrong (Gryphons and Gargoyles) to faked deaths and teen-organ harvesting (the Farm), there are no shortages of entertaining moments in "Riverdale."

For your “Riverdale” fan’s summer party, however, you may want to explore some of the lighter sides of the show, such as decor featuring the Riverdale River Vixens, Southside Serpents and Pop’s diner. Display favorite portraits of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Cheryl and other characters from the show and have partygoers vote for their favorite. Or invite guests to vote which high-schooler’s personality most resembles specific "Riverdale" characters. Winners get a prize pack filled with “Riverdale” merch (you can get a $4.95 Sticker/Craft combo on Amazon.com).


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