Years ago, a sixteenth birthday party typically consisted of a few close family members and friends gathering for pizza, cake and ice cream served at the honoree’s home. Nowadays, parties are becoming much more elaborate and the meaning behind the sweet sixteen is more about the transformation from a little girl to a mature woman in society…we’ve all seen the show “Sweet 16” on MTV, right?!
What better way to celebrate her entering adulthood than throwing a sweet 16th birthday party? From the venue, to the theme, budget and invitations, there is so much planning to do in so little time.
The first place to start when planning a Sweet 16 party is deciding on the appropriate date, time and theme. Depending on when the birthday girl’s actual birth date is, you may want to have the party the weekend before or after her birthday. Be mindful of holidays or other guest’s events that may prevent your guests from attending. Pick a time that works for everyone, (i.e. the caterers/restaurant, parents, relatives and guest of honor).
When choosing a theme, take time to discuss with your daughter what type of party she wants to have. Keep her personality in mind and be creative. Some teens will want to celebrate with a formal affair – possibly a black tie or cocktail party. Other teens may not want such a lavish party, and will prefer a BBQ or sleepover with close friends. Whatever type of party your daughter chooses, make sure it is a party that she will cherish and remember for years to come. The theme of the party is one of the things that will make the night most memorable and more fun. Be innovative, original and imaginative – request a specific colored clothing or attire; the possibilities are endless.
Below are a few theme suggestions to help jump start your party planning:
My Brand New Car
DJ & Karaoke
Luau Sweet 16
Diamonds are Forever
Beachy Sweet 16
After deciding on a theme, the next two steps in your party planning go hand-in-hand: budget and venue. Figure out a desired budget before you pick a venue and discuss details about the event. Create your budget with the birthday girl and decide together how much money you would like to spend, and where it should be divided up. This will help the birthday girl appreciate the time and effort you are putting into the party and give you perspective toward which parts of the event are more important to her than others.
The type of venue you choose will mainly depend upon the theme of your party, and the budget you have allotted. For those on a limited budget, you may want to hold the party in a family member’s back yard and rent a tent, or simply rent a hall for the evening, which is fairly inexpensive. If you have money to spare, perhaps renting out a night club, restaurant or mansion for the evening would be ideal. Remember to also keep in mind how many people you will be inviting, so that you pick a venue that will easily accommodate your guests.
After choosing the date, time, theme and venue, you’re more than half way there to creating the party of a lifetime to honor this special time in your daughter’s life.
Stay tuned for more information on invitations, party details, food, dancing and more…