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Tips for Planning a Sweet 16 Birthday Party



Although it is common that sweet sixteens are mostly celebrated by girls, they can also be celebrated by boys. Sweet sixteens can range from modest parties at home with close family to large affairs with a hired DJ, makeup, hair styling, expensive gowns and dresses, and hotel ballrooms. Even if it is a small party, the main purpose of the party is to celebrate the person becoming “older” and entering a different stage of their life. Typically this is the last big birthday party a teenager would have.

The sixteenth birthday party is the American version of a Quinceanera. Planning the Sweet 16 party is not something that should be done at the last minute. Most girls are looking forward to the party well before their birthdays. Proper planning can make the Sweet 16 party memorable for the girl and less stressful for the parents.


Planning the Sweet 16 Party

Tip #1 Pick a Theme

The theme of the party will set the tone for the location, invitations and food. A theme will make the party more memorable and special for the birthday girl. Be creative, request the guest wear a theme-appropriate outfit.



   1. Masquerade Ball

   2. Hawaiian Party

   3. Fiesta

   4. Movie Night

   5. Spa Day

   6. Tea Party

Tip #2 Decide on the Date and Time

Depending on the date of the 16th birthday scheduling the party can be a challenge. Is the birthday around any holidays or other events that would keep friends and family from attending the party. Choosing the weekend before or after the actual birthday can allow for more flexibility with the time of the party.

Tip #3 Finding a Venue

This party is a large event in a girl’s life. You should try to be creative when it comes to picking a location for the sweet sixteen parties. Consider using your home and yard, a  hall, a local park, a beach, or any outdoor or indoor place. You can also call for furniture rental for the largest selection of party furniture, lightings and accessories rentals for sweet 16




Tip #4 How many to Invite

How many people to invite will depend on the birthday girl. An outgoing girl will enjoy more people at a party than a shy girl who would be happy with a few close friends and family. 


Tip #5 Invitations You need to purchase or make invitations. Making the invitations is something the birthday girl should do unless it is a surprise party. You don’t have to be an artist to make quality invitations, just do something that suits the girl’s personality. Make sure you request RSVP’s as soon as possible.


Tip #6 Food

Almost anything is acceptable from a seated formal event to a buffet or finger foods. You just need to be sure the kind and style of food served, and the way it is served flows well with the party.