Sweet 16 Party Ideas

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One birthday that definitely needs to be celebrated in style is your teenager’s sixteenth.

Pulling together some great sweet 16 party ideas can make for a very special occasion. And Party Themes are the way to go!

Sweet 16 Party Ideas for an Amazing Celebration

The teenage years can often be a difficult time for your child, they may be feeling awkward and unsure of the changes they are going through. Arranging for a unique and unforgettable sweet 16 party will help your teenager feel as though they are successfully moving away from childhood and toward adulthood.

We have some great tips on throwing a sweet 16 party, stress free!   

That being said, you should plan with fun party theme ideas. The most popular ones are decade themes and nothing is more fun than a 1950's Rock n Roll party!

for a sixteen year old, look for ideas for a more “grown-up” theme. Avoid teen birthday party games or activities your teen may find childish. Your teen will love these great party games and so will you! 

One of the most important aspects of a sweet 16 party like this is assembling the perfect guest list. Avoid the temptation to invite a lot of adults or small children. Fill out the guest list mainly with your teenagers friends. The fewer adults there are, the more the party guests will feel at ease and be able to enjoy themselves.

For a sweet 16 party, it's fun to come up with personalized party invitation ideas to send to all the guests. There are a number of software applications you can use for this. Or, if the guest list is small enough, you may even hand write the invitations on fancy paper or letterhead. You can use paper embossed with the logo of your teen’s favorite sports team or movie characters. Use your imagination and keep the invitations unique and interesting.

Make sure the theme will appeal to the teen’s crowd and is consistent with what is currently popular. You may need to consult with some of his/her friends or other teens to get a good grip on this. What we enjoyed on our sweet 16 party may not fit for your teen today.

Some popular party themes are movies and Hollywood, rock, rap or rhythm & blues music, and decade parties. Boys will enjoy a sports theme while girls may prefer a fashion theme. A slumber party may work as a sweet 16 party for girls but probably not so much for the boys.

No sweet 16 party is complete without decorations that include fun party supplies and favors and a great spread of food.

Arrange a menu of your teen’s favorites. Don’t be concerned too much with the healthiness of the food today. Let the guests load up on pizza, burgers, fries, sandwiches, cake and ice cream. Don’t forget to provide an assortment of cold beverages such as soda, energy drinks and juices. 

While party game ideas may have been the staple of birthday parties in the pre-teen years, most teens won’t be too excited by lining up for pin-the-tail on the donkey or hitting a pinata.

But they do like fun party favors so pick up some that you think the guests would like, and they don't have to break the bank.

The teens may be more interested in simply socializing with their friends or dancing to their favorite music. However, some good ideas that might interest them are a game of limbo, egg toss or apple relays. Up the ante by offering some great prizes such as CD's, DVD's or gift certificates.

Another fun but seldom used sweet 16 party idea is an outing to the local movie theater to take in the latest “hot” movie. Teenagers love movies and love seeing them in a big group.

Try to plan for an early matinee or “twilight” movie to save on the high price of tickets. Recruit a family member or another parent to help with transportation. Don’t forget to get there early so you can get a whole row of seats and everyone can sit together!

An enjoyable and memorable sweet 16 party can ease the discomfort of being a teenager and give them a great send off into adulthood. Use these or other sweet 16 party ideas to plan everything out in advance and you’ll minimize the stress and pull off a great event.

by Cheri Brennan

Cheri Brennan is an avid party planning enthusiast. She has planned many parties for friends, family and corporate settings.

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