I have a granddaughter who will be 16 this month. She wants to have her party at my house and invite 18 friends. I am desperate to get some ideas for this. Help from anyone would be appreciated.
Letha P from Prineville, OR
I gave my daughter a 16th B-day party. First off, I kept it simple and fun with the food, lots of pizza (it took 10). We also had chips and 2 liters of pop. We planned inside games, and also some outside games, (we live in the country). We also had a bonfire, and some after dark games outside. I would also suggest horse back riding. Even when we lived in the city, my daughter loved the horse back riding. She had a lot of friends over, and after all the activities, we had a sleep over, and fun breakfast planned. She got lots of nice gifts. Maybe we're old fashion, but, we had lots of fun and laughs. Got some good pics too, must have a camera, and take pics of the games as they are going on. Then scrap book the party, I started with the decorations, and then went into the games, eating, presents, funny shots, and then scrap book it, give as gift to her. (03/02/2006)
I"d try to serve a food that they can make themselves. That way it's also entertainment. For example, make your own pizza. Young people also like to make tacos and ice cream sundaes. (03/03/2006)
My daughter will be 16 on the 16th and I am planning to get a hotel room for one night on the beach, since we live in Florida and allow her to invite 4 of her friends and spend the night and the next day on the beach. It will cost $90.00 for the hotel room and the girls will bring their favorite drink and we will order pizza. (03/06/2006)
By Stacy Henkle
I planned a road rally for my daughter's 16th b-day. Her friends that came to the party some had their permits already and could drive. SO they were the designated driver's accompanied by one adult to navigate.
I picked all her favorite hang outs and places to shop and made a questionnaire that had 3 tasks they had to do at each location and we picked about 10 locations. FIrst they had to answer a question that lead them to the destination, then take a picture of something off the list provided, and then they had to obtain an item from each location from a list that was provided. Points were awarded for each task they completed. Bigger points were awarded for hard to achieve tasks on the list.
After they completed the road rally I made the LAST CLUE the destination of the party. So they didn't know where the party was going to be held until they solved all of the other clues and collected all the items and pictures from the other locations.
Then the race was on because the first team to answer the last question and figure out where the party was and arrive FIRST won!!! (prize was free dinner at later date gift certificate)
The cameras were dropped off at a hour photo and while the girls were eating pizza a parent ran up picked them up when they were done. Then we sorted each team out and added up the points for the items and pictures. The points earned them prizes on a point scale. ("i.e.- group picture in front of coffee shop was 100 pts, group picture w/ cute guy in coffee shop was 350 pts. And then if they brought back and item from the coffee shop, like a coffee cup w/logo on it, that was 100 pts. but if they brought back a cup with cute guy's phone # or autograph on it, it was worth 500 pts.) The points they earned were based on how daring and bold they were. SO my point scale started out at 500 pts.-1000 pts. (for the timid), prizes were make up or jewelry. And the large end of the scale was 3500-4500 pts. (for the bold), their prizes were Gift certificates to a spa. SO you can change the points and the prizes based on how well you think your kids will do.
The girls had such a blast and despite it was months ago, they still talk about how much fun they had and wished they could do this every year.
The cake was the shape of a driver's license for state of Ohio, and we inserted our daughter's picture so she could see what it would look like when she gets hers next summer. We stuck two checkered flags in the corners to add the road rally theme.
The goodie bags, yeah I still have little ones so I had to do some goodies bags, LOL. I took the medium size checkered flags and sealed the edges with two sided tape to make like a pocket and filled them with items like lip gloss, nail care items and gift certificates I also put key chains for those keys they will one day own, and a little candy and chocolate NASCARS and it was all good to go.
The young kids that were there at the party I put little Matchbox cars in there.
MY daughter's bag I did special. I put a wallet/purse that will hold her driver's license, a key chain that said, "my MOM is borrowing my Porsche today, so I am stuck with the family car" LOL!!! And then I put an application for driving school along with a gas card and pay as you go cell phone(for emergencies). ALL the necessities she is gonna need for the road.
It was fun and we ALL had a blast, she said it was one birthday she will remember forever and someday do for her daughter. I was touched and grateful that at her age she still appreciated the little things.
Have fun and change some of the items and prizes to fit your child. (04/19/2006)
One of my older nieces had a great party on 16th birthday party a few years back. We live in Indiana. Her mom and I rented a suite and a 15 passenger van. She invited 8 of her closest friends. We stopped by and picked up window paint. We let them decorate the windows. Then we headed to the largest city where the motel was. We took them ice skating and to the mall. Then they vegged out and played in the room's hot tub. I think they all had a blast. They still talk about it and she started college last year. Next weekend I have another niece turning 16. We are heading out Friday on a road trip. Her mom and I are driving straight through to Florida. We will spend most of the day Saturday on the Beach and drive back on Sunday. The girls are pretty excited. (10/31/2006)
By Aunt Lou
I think a Mocktail party would be a great idea for a sweet 16th.
She can have lots of friends over and get them all to dress up in pretty dresses (if its just girls). A good idea is to give all the guests feather boas or plastic crowns when they arrive. Color themes are always good too. (02/02/2007)
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