What Are Ideas For a Sweet 16 Birthday Party?

What are some unique or non-traditional ideas for a sweet 16 birthday party?

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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You could also contact a local Mary Kay or Avon rep. They love to do "make-overs", etc.

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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!!

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What kind of games did you do

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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

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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.

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Was there a parent/adult at the hotel with them? Were they co-ed events?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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I would love to hear of ideas for a sixteenth party, for boys and girls. I have twins and their birthday is new years eve. Any ideas????

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Okay I'm not a mom but I made an account so I could hopefully find some advice on my current situation, because currently I am at a complete loss. I am turning 16 in June and this is actually the first time I am celebrating my birthday with a small group of friends, I've never had much luck when came it to making friends but that is besides the point. I really want this party to be special for my friends as well as myself, so I was thinking maybe I could try a party theme that was somewhat like something that you would see in a ballroom from a movie. However I'm not sure how that might work out, I would really appreciate any advice and ideas about what I could do.

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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

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If you like duck dynasty lots of camo there have them dress up as their favorite charactor off there or a costome ball as their favorite animal

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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!

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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.

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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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Tea party! If it's a small party this can be super cute!

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thought a riverside birthday party in the woods with dj know one will be desterbed

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im not a mom but im 15 turning 16 in june im just wondering if u guys could help me out im the oldest of 5 my family is on a tight budget .... so i dont know what to do but i just really want my night to be one to remember can anyone help me please!?and thanks for listening

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My madison will be 16 in may 2, we are having here party on the 3ed, but she keeps flipping on what she wants. .. she has no idea what she wants, so, am just having a Hawaii them it will be great.... or family is so small, and she doesn't have many friends, so we are well coming all our friends from church, and family we do have, so I hope it's a great day for her...cuz autism(asburgers).is hard, so it's time for fun, any ldeas help please! thank you.

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This is my youngest of 5. Have done several sweet 16 but want this last one to be different. She is home school so not alot friends.? I plan to do everything with number 16 in mind... any ideas

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Pregnancy themed

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You have to be joking right

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My daughter is turning 16 and we are trying to plan her Sweet 16. She loves vintage, lace, gerbera daisies, movies, and music. I want to plan something awesome for her and also allow for family and friends to share words of wisdom as she is no longer a little girl but a young lady. But I can't think of anything to do. I don't want it to be cheezy. Any thoughts?

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See if there is a theatre in town. You could decorate it to look old-fashioned and ask everyone to dress in a vintage glam kind of style. You could even screen a black and white film or put together a slideshow of photos or video for the birthday girl!

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I just went to my nieces sweet 16 party, she did her school colors for her theme, she had black back drop walls with glow in the dark stars all over the room, then she took Christmas lights and hung them along the wall, most of the people came in blue and black the school colors, she then had a father daughter dance followed by a 16 roses dance where 16 boys that wanted to dance with her would give her a rose before they danced with her the 16th rose or 17th rose was given to her by her boyfriend or closest male friend. for good luck. it was very interesting. she also had a back drop where she could pose with her friends and family to take memorable pictures,

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I just made an account to post to this thread. I turn sixteen in six days and thought it would be helpful if I shared my plans. My family doesn't have much money to spend on it. For one of my presents I'm getting my nose pierced because it is half off on birthdays. If your daughter wants to get a piercing checking around and seeing if there are any places that offer birthday discounts is a good idea. Afterwards I will go and get some sushi with my friends, possibly check out some stores as well. Im undecided as to whether I will sleep over at my friends house or hang out at home. On Sunday (my birthday is on Saturday) I'll be going out with my aunt to get lunch a fancy cupcake and have my nails done. I'm not very high maintenance and just being able to eat sushi is good enough for me! If you're on a tight budget as well then try ordering your daughter's favourite meal or letting her and her friends go to her favourite restaurant. I should also mention that it will be a very small gathering with only me and my three closest friends. I simply don't understand why anybody would want 200 people, most they don't even talk to at their party instead of their closest friends.

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Very sweet

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My daughter turns 16 in march (always around spring break) .she wants to do a western theme I have some ideas. Use mason jars with tealight candles (the fake ones) as centerpeices and silk flowers as well.she wants the colors blue and brown.thought bar b que as the meal.put a dance floor down with sawdust on it with white lights along for lighing. And everyone comes dressed up in their best boots and hats! And party til the cows come home

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I have twin daughters that will be turning 16 in January. They have been asking for a Sweet Sixteen party. I have a couple of problems, the first one is we live in Maine and their birthday is in the winter and neither one of them enjoy the outdoors. And my second problem is one is a true girly girl and the other is a Tomboy. Please help any and all ideas are welcomed.

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What about a ying-yang party? Something that reflects the opposites. Such as black and white, spicy foods and sweet foods, etc.

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Lots of ideas here my daughter would love anything popstar related (one direction..) or an outdoor adventure?

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Ok honestly I'm not a mom I just made an account so I could look at ideas. My sweet 16 is coming up but idk what to do. I like one direction though and thought I could offer some help. :D 1D stuff is easy to get, however when buying in large quantity, it can be pricey. Not to mention that most merch is made for younger girls. There is an actual One direction store but there are only a couple in the U.S(assuming that's where you live) It would be cool to turn your daughter and a couple friends loose in the store, but you'd probably be bankrupt by the time you left. The same goes for concert tix. What I really want to do(and here's my idea) is to have my mom buy me a ticket to the show. My BFF will get one as well because naturally we both adore them. Then, we will make hotel reservations in the city that the concert is in(obviously make the reservations months in advance) the couple of days before the concert, stalk around and see when the boys will be arriving in the city. Make your reservations to correspond with that time. Usually, when they stop somewhere, they go walk around the city. So if you're there when they are, you might get lucky and spot them. Also, you won't have to get up early to drive to the venue or anything because you're already there. The girls can then take as long as they want to get ready and after the concert they can stick around and hope for an encounter with the band. It's also a good idea to get there around the time of soundcheck because you can usually meet them then. Personally I'm the type of girl that's perfectly happy with a small get together or just hanging out with my friends. Idk if that is something your daughter would be happy with or not. I don't even know of this was any help, probably not but maybe this will spark an idea. Good luck!

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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 ?

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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!

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Yeah. I made this account so I could look at ideas for my own sweet 16 that's coming up. Tiffany & Co. Sounds pricey. However, there are lots of stuff online you could find to decorate with to go with that. My friend had a party and she had a "build your own phone case" station. We all have I phones so she got some plain, cheap hard cases and lots of charms and things for us to glue on them and bedazzle them. Maybe you could try this idea out with charm bracelets or something else from the company? And it's easy enough to find a good D.J and some strobe lights. Fairy lights are also a good option if you're going for a more sophisticated feel.

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What about a Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber party? Here is a link that will give you more ideas.

http://www.mybirthdaysupplies.com/girls-birthday-party-ideas.php

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(again child from my moms account) NO WAY. 16 years old? Hannah Montana is soooo out. And Justin bieber understandable to love him to death, but not a theme party, plus not all kids like him.

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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.

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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

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When is the birthday?

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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

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my dd wants to go on a family trip instead. hoorah!

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