What Are Ideas For a Sweet 16 Birthday Party?
What are some unique or non-traditional ideas for a sweet 16 birthday party?
My daughter turns 16 in June and we are doing a '50s party. We are going to a fifties style diner and all of the kids will come dressed in time period clothing. Trying to get cars lined up right now so she can ride to her party in style, in a fifties model car.
One of her friends had her sweet 16 party a few months back and had a masquerade party. Again, everyone was encouraged to dress in period style clothing. Since they didn't have a lot of time due to the birthday girls very full schedule, the entire party met and went on gondola rides. Lots of fun!
Another great idea that we kicked around for my daughter's party was a Mad Hatter party. I have been to one before and they can be an absolute blast.
For boys - a couple of years ago my son had a paint ball party. Everyone had a great time despite the extremely hot weather.
Pick a color theme...my daughter did neon green and black..she asked all her friends to wear black...she wore a red & gold Jovani ballerina dress. Invitations were inside chocolate fortune cookies...then placed inside black Chinese food boxes which were filled with neon green Easter grass. Got a DJ, had cotton candy, slushies, candy bar, The best part was she went and changed her outfit, .....I took a black hoodie, and tank top to a guy that airbrushed her Name with a star design.....it glowed under a black light ....she wore her black Uggs and a black, and a neon green tutu. I had all her friends line up across from each other....then she danced down the middle in the dark ...with only the black lights to show off her name...All of her friends were wearing neon green glow necklaces.....we had flip book fotos so that each guest for to do a flipbook then that was what they got to take home. for pictures check out my Facebook at Mary Susan Forbes McCloskey.....look for Keeleys sweet Sixteen......I will be happy to help anyone with ideas!
We had a luau!! We had a hula contest (with hula hoops), food from the local Hawaiian place, sodas, games, and music. It was SO FUN!!
For my daughters Sweet 16 party we did a spa party. Her and three of her friends got to go to the local spa and have their hair done, manicures, pedicures, facial and makeup application.
Have a co-ed party and do all sorts of fun things:
*DJ music for dancing
*Have fun glasses & hats to dress up in & take some awesome shots of the kids act'n silly
*Have a palm reader - read teens palms
*And pizza &/or better yet make a big campfire to toast hotdogs over the open flame & make smores, too
and drinks for everyone ...
*FUN, Fun, fun till the night is done!!! :D
I'm planning a Father/Daughter dance. Their birthdays are so close together, I thought it would be meaningful to host this for her and her friends. We are planning to gift her with a purity ring based on discussions we've all had together. see www.purityringsonline.com for ideas.
This is a great opportunity for her friends to make a similar commitment. I think there was a movement in the US that started this, I'm just using a good idea.
We had a "carnival" theme for my daughter's Sweet 16 and converted our garage to a carnival with traditional carnival games. We had a traditional popcorn and cotton candy machine and chocolate fountain. We all dressed up as circus characters, she being the Ring Master. We had a professional DJ come in for dancing in our living room and had a "glow room" in the basement. It was pretty cool!
We had a Photo Shoot/Modeling party. WOW! It was awesome! I called around and found a photographer that would charge me a flat rate for two hours....then a flat rate to buy the CD's/photograph rights. She just gave me all the CD's of the raw photos. We had the girls wear an outfit of choice, then the photographer had a friend that owned a boutique and we were able to BORROW long fancy gowns and sparkly jewelry (costume) to use in the photo shoot. The photographer finished the shoot with my daughter's friends all kneeling down in front of my daughter with their cellphone cameras or big cameras taking pictures of her (pretending) and my daughter acting like a movie star and they were the paparazzi. It was too cute. The photographer had a room we decorated and had non messy snacks then afterward, had cake and ice cream. Best party EVER! For gifts for the girls, I edited a few of the best photos of each girl, and burned them on to a CD for each family. (along with all the unedited photos too) This was in January and they STILL are talking about it.)
My daughter will be 16 this summer. She wants a candy themed party. Each table will have a different candy centerpiece, which will be edible. Every guest will get a bag to fill with the candy on the tables as a favor. Her invitations are swirl lollypops that will be hand delivered.
We had a modern Japanese theme party. We bought sushi from the grocery store and had cupcakes made to look like sushi. You can also make ham sandwich rolled and cut to look like sushi.
The table was covered in a pink and white gingham table cloth to the floor. On top of that I had a lime green with white polka dots table cloth. Then the plates and take out boxes only were zebra print. I made purple cupcake holders for each girl. Above the table I hung purple and lime green Japanese lanterns. It really was cute. You can find photos on my fb page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Women-Tea-Parties/172768052811
Wii dance party gets everyone up and moving...then give prizes for funny, made up catagories...flashiest dancer, jumpiest dancer, princess dancer, diva dancer, smiliest dancer...
let the girls vote for winners in each catagory. you could even have them all wear old prom or homecoming dresses. Girls seem to have a lot of laughs with dance party.
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My daughter just turned 16 and we invited a few friends and went to the beach for a few days - no boys/hubby or brothers. We went to the boardwalk, out for ice cream at 2 am .....had a great time.
Parties she has gone to: picked up in a LIMO and drove them to a hotel (swim, movies, stay up all night - parents left a huge tip for the housekeeper); another party the mom had everyone meet at her house - they dressed up in prom type clothes, she had someone come do hair, makeup and nails - LIMO picked them up and took them to a restaurant where they cook in front of you, then to the movies and LIMO came back and took them back to spend the night. Yep lots of limo rides for a 16 yo.
My daughter wants hers to be pink and paris. Not sure what we are doing but could use some ideas. I need to keep it nice but inexpensive.
My daughter just turned 16. We gave her a Jersey Shore night club party. All of her friends wore neon colors that would glow in the black lights. The DJ did a wonderful job with the lighting and music. To say my daughter is hard to please would be an understatement, but this party blew her away. She was thrilled to be with her friends & family and just dance the night away.
okay so im a kid posting on my moms thing. i will be 16 in december but i want a warm party i think imma either have a zombie ball or a camo party or a animal print party and just have food , cake, drinks, and a bon fire , music to dance to and have like a couple friends can stay the night and camp out with me
My daughter is 16 in two weeks and i have bought cheap props IE: crazy hats, stick moustaches, lips, glasses and ties feather boas and put up a black velvert curtain for backdrop for a photo booth. No need to print photos just post to individual attendees facebook. She is having an open fire in the back yard, finger foods such as buffalo wings, party pies, sausage rolls, sushi, mini spring rolls and chocolate fountain with strawberries and marshmellows also used for fire, cup cakes soft drinks, water and hot chocolate as it is winter here in Australia. All the attendees are musical so a few are also bringing guitars for a sigalong around the fire. The TV will be on with no sound as there is a big AFL game on that the boys will want to keep an eye on. Music is off all ipods/iphones through a docking station. A few fairy lights and balloons for decoration. hope this helps. I have some feedback from 2 girls attending saying the photo props will be a blast!
How about hosting a fashion party? Nothing would impress the young ladies more than a party that will give them loads of opportunities to dress up, behave, and being treated as a pop diva. 16 year olds are sure to love this idea. Depending on your budget, either host this party at home or rent out a place where you can easily design a ramp. Ask the youngsters to dress-up like models. Create a red carpet entry for them to treat them like celebrities. Set up makeup stations where they get their makeover. Later, host a ramp walk for them. Capture lots of pictures and give them away as favors. Serve low-fat finger food and plan a couple of other activities to keep them busy throughout the party. What do you say ?
Planning a Sweet 16 for my daughter and her Theme is Tiffany & Co. does anyone have any suggestions but i need it to be nice but inexpensive! I would like to do it by the end of the month if not after Valentine's Day THE Lastest! She wants dancing!
Hi, I'm a child, posting from my moms account. Ive already had a sweet sixteen and mine was fantastic we had a cookout with al my friends and family, we had cake, and ice cream ....along with a fire pit and roasting marshmallows. We played manhunt(hide n go seek outside in the dark) it was a suprise party and I was very happy, take it fromme, a kid, we don't wan childish themes, we want a get together, with friends chill out, chat, dance , blasting music . But something to remember.
What about a Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber party? Here is a link that will give you more ideas.
Tea party! If it's a small party this can be super cute!
I rented a ropes challenge course, had screen printed t-shirts that had a Superman logo on the front and my dd name on the back w Sweet Sixteen and the date. Made a big pot of chili and had cake
They all loved the zip line's, giant swing and other obstacle / team building activities. Now I am struggling w dd #2 wanting the same, except she is January - not September.
I borrowed the hall at my church and hired a wizard rock band, her favorite music and it wasn't gutter rock. The youth pastor and I made up a light dinner, Miracle had a wonderful time
When is the birthday?
I have 5 children, the eldest of which will be 16 after Christmas. With 2 other birthdays in January as well I have said he's not having a party. This seems to be a new idea in Britain, in our family once you go to senior school parties end. At 13 they go to the cinema and get a McDonald's with just their friends, then at 18 they will get a big party. It might sound mean but let's face it 16 is not a big milestone age in the UK, at least in America they get a driving licence, here there is very little they are able to do extra to when they turn 15
my dd wants to go on a family trip instead. hoorah!
My daughter is turning 16 just after Christmas and has no idea what she wants. I suggested she could have a Cocktail Party (mocktail though) and they could all dress up and have music, fancy drinks and canapes or similar fancy nibbles. Most teen girls love the opportunity to dress up and where we live they only have a school ball in the final year of high school.