Sweet 16 Ideas
By Kennedy Parry
This article is for all of the sophomores who are about to turn 16, or for anybody who’s planning a party. These tips and ideas are sure to help you plan your next birthday party. Here is compiled a list of themes, places, DIYs, decorations, food, games, and things to do for the perfect sweet 16 birthday party!
#16- It may seem a bit straightforward but a sweet 16 birthday party based around the number 16 is a fun idea! You could host this party anywhere you want, but a party at home can be enjoyable! You can decorate any designated room in your house with the number 16, 16 balloons, a wall of 16 favorite memories (pictures) and other fun things that have to do with the number 16. For food, you can have different plates filled with 16 of your favorite foods. Invite your friends over and watch 16 candles and have them fill out a questionnaire of 16 questions to see who knows you the best.
Fancy- A lot of people would enjoy a fancy sweet 16. You could dress up and go to an elegant place, like a ballroom, hotel, venue, or restaurant. You can also have a fun theme to go with your luxurious party. It could be the Great Gatsby or a murder mystery. You could drink your favorite soda out of wine glasses and eat lots of extravagant foods. Like what was said before, you could do a murder mystery or you can play your favorite fancy music and have dancing!
Take a trip- For your sweet 16, you don’t even need to have a party! Lots of people would prefer to go on a fun trip instead of having a birthday party. You can go on a big trip to New York or Disneyland or even go out of the country. You can also go on a staycation with some of your friends, which is where you stay in a hotel somewhere close to home. For this idea, you wouldn’t need any DIYs or decorations. One could go shopping and eat good food with the people they love.
Dance Party- This idea is probably the most popular one. With all of the right entertainment, this party has the potential to be fun. Think about the school dances you’ve been to and remember how much fun you had at them! If you find a Dj that specializes in sweet 16’s, then they’ll have everything covered from lights and music to games. You won’t have to worry about much when planning your party. The right DJ can keep the party going all night.
Guitar Hero- Why don’t you take the games you play with your friends and turn it into a party? Set up a screen with some speakers and have a video game championship. You can even have brackets and prizes. A guitar hero party is sure to be a blast.
Outdoor movie- If the weather is nice, an outdoor party can be enjoyable for you and your friends. You can get a big movie screen and set it up in your backyard or put it by a pool so you can swim while watching your movie. You can also add some games and party favors to make the party more interesting. Everything can go along with the theme of the movie. For example, if you watch Spiderman then the food and party favors can all have something to do with Marvel. Big blow up screens are often less than $200, so if the price seems worth it then definitely go for it.
Pool party- A pool party is another fun idea for if the weather is nice. A day in the water can be an excellent rty is another fun idea for a day when the way for you and your friends to have fun and relax. You can hire a DJ so you have some nice bops to keep the party going. You can get some cool inflatables and a volleyball net. You can also get a basketball hoop to put by the pool for some fun games.
Roller/Ice skating- This idea gives the party an activity for everyone to focus on throughout the night. You may like this idea if you don’t like being the center of attention. If you go with this idea, it will be easy for everyone to have fun. A cool sweet 16 birthday cake can make this kind of party a big hit. There are also lots of cool themes that can go with ice or roller skating party.
Camp-out- If you live by a lake or campground, you can have an enjoyable party that lasts all weekend. You can rent equipment like boats or jet skis to use on a lake. You can also mix it up a bit and have a dance party at a campout party. Water trampolines are something that can make your party a big hit.
There you have it! These ideas are sure to make your sweet 16 a hit. Planning parties can be stressful, so remember to enjoy planning your next party. The process can be enjoyable! Happy planning and happy birthday!