Sweet 16! What kind of party will you have? Theme possibilities for Sweet 16 celebrations are overwhelmingly endless in a world of ideas a mouse-click away. You can narrow the dilemma with a list that defines your priorities for this once-in-a-lifetime event. What will say the biggest “Happy Birthday!” to the guest of honor? Would she enjoy an exclusively-girls spa night? Would he give a thumbs-up to a guys-only gathering? Or is a mixed-group get-together a great idea? Work with your teen to pinpoint what matters most to him or her, and go for impact with one or two top wishes, like a life-size photo cutout or a dance party DJ, and rein in the budget in other areas.
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Stay in control of spending with ideas that give you a lot of bang for every buck. Strands or curtains of lights turn any location into a party venue, and nothing says, “Birthday!” louder than balloons. Stretch your inner party planner with fresh ideas, too. Cover a large section of wall with sturdy paper and supply crayons or markers to encourage guests to write messages and add colorful birthday doodles. For a more controlled design, choose paper in a color that supports your theme and attach large white dots as the designated spaces for birthday greetings and embellishments. Surround the wall gallery with balloons or streamers or lights, and use it as a backdrop for fun photos. Props-on-a-stick, like silly glasses, mustaches, and hats, loosen up the crowd to create fun memories for the scrapbook!
Very little decorating is needed in some settings, like a poolside or bonfire Sweet 16 Party, freeing up more of your budget to cover refreshments. Finger foods are a great choice for any teen togetherness. A bonfire menu nearly writes itself, but you can change up the s’mores by supplying chocolate-peanut butter cups and chocolate-covered mint patties along with the traditional chocolate bar squares. For a pool or bowling or dance party, serve a variety of savory bites and highlight the Sweet 16 cake, cupcakes, or candy buffet with a banner and balloons. A great playlist costs only the time it takes to put it together and keeps the party atmosphere vibrating!
Remember that friends are happy to pitch in. If you go this route, ask each guest to bring a specific item like chips or hot dog buns. Your master list should include phone numbers, or create an email group, so you can easily follow up a day or two before the party to make sure the menu is intact.
Whether your Sweet 16 guy or girl opts for a picnic at the park or a formal dinner, the best party will reflect their personality and preferences and celebrate who they are, who they are becoming. Sweet 16 only comes once, but the memories last forever!