Sweet 16 Party Ideas for a Memorable Event!
You only turn 16 once. These sweet 16 party ideas will give
lots of ways to make your party memorable! From decorating
to the food to serve, you'll find everything you need here.
Take your time browsing these sweet 16 party ideas. Some are for
have at home, while others are for parties you can have at other
venues. Each idea/theme has details on how to pull off the
whether you are planning it for yourself, a friend, or you are a parent
throwing this special party for your teen!
Sweet 16 Party Ideas: Parties at Home
Having the party at your home has plenty of advantages, but
there are some disadvantages too.
You will have lots of time to get the house ready and the
decorations up, and, you can take your time cleaning up afterwards.
It is also cheaper since you will save on renting the party
The disadvantages are that you will be hosting teenagers in
home, and it is a lot of work. There is a chance things will
get broken. You will have to clean your entire house.
Some venues include the party set
up and clean up, saving you the mess!
Here's some sweet 16 party ideas for your home:
A lot to teenagers love to dance. Why not create
your own dance
space? It is easy to do. Move all the furniture to
sides of the room and dim the lights. Ask around, do any of
friends have a Disco ball? You can find party dance lights like this at
many novelty stores in the mall or at party stores. Another
effect is to buy an inexpensive strobe light. They really
the look of a dance club! Buy some glow necklaces and jewelry to hand
out to your guests for the dance party. Prepare some mixed CD's or a
dance list of MP3's so you won't have to stop dancing to change the
If you want to incorporate a game, this is a fun one! You can
as outrageous as you want. Before the party, gather slips of
paper, and write down certain tasks and a time to do it during the
party (see examples listed below). Put each slip of paper
a balloon before blowing it up. Inflate the balloon, tie it
and place around the room as usual. As each guest enters,
them to pick out a balloon, pop it, read the slip of paper and do as it
says during the party. They must keep their action a secret
others. Here's some examples of tasks:
- "When we sing "Happy Birthday", sing it loudly and do your
Elvis impression, complete with hip movements!" (or Insert a favorite
singer you have).
- "Whenever someone at the party says birthday, squawk like a
- "At some point during the party, leave an anonymous
birthday message on the bathroom mirror." (provide a window crayon for
It is called Sweet 16, right? Having a candy theme just makes sense! You can decorate in pretty pastels and make
large lollipops to decorate the room.
For instance, a Candyland birthday party
would work great! Click on the link to see photos of how I threw this
type of party for my six year old. You can use some of the decoration
ideas for a Sweet 16 party too!
To make a large lollipop, wrap a sturdy paper plate in colorful
cellophane, and tie the excess at the base with a big ribbon. Add
a dowel to the base and you can place these in the yard, or near the
Have bowls of candy around at the party, and send the guests home with
a candy bar favor!
Sweet 16 Party Ideas: Parties at Venues
Here's some ideas of places to rent out to have the party.
Many of these places may even have a birthday party package
available If not, check into group rates for a discounted
admission price! Here are sweet 16 party ideas for different venues:
are fun because you can bowl a couple games with your friends, enjoy
the food at the snack counter, and play some arcade games.
Bowling alleys always have plenty of tables around so you can
enjoy cake and open presents.
Ready to pamper
your girlfriends? Call your local spa and check package prices.
Most spas offer a group rate so you can all get manis and
or maybe even a facial!
Many local pools,
whether you are a member or not, offer an admission price for
non-members. See if one is in your area and call to check
you can bring in. Some allow your own food and drink, so this
be a perfect place for a Summer party
Skating/Ice Skating Party
Do you have a rink in your area? Many offer birthday party packages
and they will handle all the details. Admission for each
skate rental, and food/drink are provided for each guest for a group
Ball/Laser Tag Party
This venue is a lot of fun for the sporty and competitive teens.
Gather a bunch of friends and grap a group rate at your local
paint ball field or indoor laser tag.
If you live near
a beach or a lake, you can plan your own party at the beach.
Arrive early to set up blankets, chairs, and a canopy.
Provide a picnic lunch, a large thermos with cold lemonade,
bring a beach ball. Perhaps you can host a sandcastle contest!
Sweet 16 Party Ideas: Food to Serve
Teens love to eat! So have plenty of teen-friendly foods
ready to serve. Here's some sweet 16 party ideas for food to serve:
The favorite? Pizza of course! Ordering it is easy and
but here's a fun snack idea too: Try making your own pizza
or pita pizzas. They are delicious, and guests will have
their own. You can provide a topping bar for them to use.
Another food to get your guests involved in the preparation is a taco
bar (or nacho bar). Set everything up in a buffet line on a
table. Include chips, soft taco shells, hard taco shells,
meat, diced chicken, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives, onions, and
different salsas. The teens will graze all night long, and
can prepare everything ahead of time.
If the money is available, you may wish to consider renting a popcorn
machine for the event. Guests can help themselves!
A chocolate fountain can be rented and they
are beautiful to
look at, and delicious! You can provide various fruits to
marshmallows, pretzels, and shortbread cookies.
Finger foods also work great, so check out my easy
page for great recipes.
Sweet 16 Party Ideas: Decorations
A beautiful look I like, for any party, is the candle lit
To do this is very simple, but it requires a little advance
preparation. Regular brown paper lunch bags can be used, or
can get fancier and buy the colored paper bags to match the theme.
Fill them will a bit of sand, gravel, or rocks, and add a
operated tea light. Line the driveway and walkway with these
candles. Your guests will love walking into your party.
At 16, friends matter greatly and lasting friendships are
At this age, having some type of guest book where guests can
leave a brithday message for the guest of honor really means a lot.
Teens have fun writing the messages and reading what others
written. And, it is priceless for the birthday teen, who will
cherish it forever. You can leave out a notebook, or place a
poster board on a wall in the party to write messages.
you decide to do, provide instructions and be clear on what to write.
Perhaps it could say "Please wish Brandon a Happy Birthday,
share a funny story or memory".
Collect favorite photos of the guest of honor, and display
them on a large board that will be displayed by the gift table.
This is easy as collecting the prints, and taping them using
some tape on the back, to a large poster board.
Now we are in the digital age, you may find that many of your
favorite photos are not printed. Don't fret! Drag
the photos to a memory card and play them on a digital photo frame.
These are so fun to display at parties! Or, you can
display a slide show from your smart TV or on a computer screen.
I hope these sweet 16 party ideas have given you some
inspiration for your party planning. We would love to hear
your ideas too! Take a moment to leave your idea below and
have fun reading other visitor's sweet 16 party ideas.
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