A very sweet daughter of a friend is turning 16 soon and I would like to get her something a little more special than I usually do. What
do 16 year old girls like these days? I'm open to suggestions of any dollar amount, as they may inspire me to think of other things on my
own. Thank you very much!
Mary from Albany, NY
Making their own pizzas is a good idea, but they can make them individual by splitting up the ready made pizza dough or using the tubed
rolls flattened out. Definitely have foam rollers and have them all curl each others hair or have them 'freak' each others hair by getting
tiny rubber bands and having them put multiple braids in. Next morning everyone has curly or freaked hair! They also can do each other
nails. A scary movie or 2 - actually I recommend 'Scary Movie 2', it's hilarious! (02/12/2007)
By Lily 59
My daughter is holding her 16th Birthday tomorrow night. There is an under 18's special night in the nightclub near by which I have paid
for her and 35 friends to attend. This club is 14-18's only, no alcohol, resident DJ etc. and holds 200 teens! She said it will "rock!"
I'm having my party next week. I'm having a Sunday party with sun dresses and sundaes. And I'm gonna have pink stuff all over the place.
When they walk in they will get a crown to wear the whole time. We're gonna have a scavenger hunt and have food. (09/02/2007)
My sweet sixteen is in March and I have been planning since last April. I am having a black and white masquerade party, everyone is wearing
black and white and all of the decorations are going to be black and white. The only pop of color is going to be the masks. I am debating
on whether or not my friend and I (the one I am having the party with) are going to wear colored dresses just so we can pop, but I am
pretty excited about it.
Find a local ski resort, or an ice skating rink and take her and her friends for a night out. Maybe try snow tubing and stay at a hotel,
even if it is only 10 minutes away from home! (01/25/2008)
Well I'm just having a couple friends over for my sweet 16. Thee will be lots of music, food, and dancing, but no games. People get bored
with those too easy. (02/12/2008)
My 16th birthday is on the 18th of April, I am renting a building out and hiring a DJ. I don't know what I am having for games or anything
yet, but I do want Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. I just want to have a fun party that everyone will remember and I don't want
people to get bored. Thanks again. (03/12/2008)
Have a posh dinner party for her and her friends, ask some of your friends if they will be willing to give up an evening to wait on the
table for them and cook them dinner! Make it really professional and a surprise, just tell them to dress up in dresses and high heels and
have some non-alcoholic champagne. Make it really posh! That's what I'm doing for my 16th which is soon.
If you want it to just be you and her, you could have a girly day, you could go and get your nails done, then get dressed up and go out
for a meal e.g Frankie n Bennies then go to the cinema! OR after having your nails done, something cheaper to do would to get some of her
fav films out and some popcorn and watch films in your pjs and give her pressies then! Hope it goes well! (04/02/2008)
Have a Vegas nights party! Plenty of bright lights and the teens can dress formally. Plenty of dancing and buffet foods. The cake can be in
the shape of a pair of dice! (04/11/2008)
Dress up in either themed clothes or in pretty dresses and go out for supper and then bowling.
Get some friends together for a good chick flick, do each others hair, makeup etc. It will be just like a slumber party. (05/07/2008)
I am 16 and a fun game to kick off any girl party is "mall mayhem!" You need two groups for this and the groups can be various sizes, each
team needs some sort of camera, and a mom or a super fun adult needs to make a scavenger hunt list. Now here's the tricky/fun part, the
list needs to have a theme off all different outfits for example, a poodle type skirt with a punk rocker top, you get it? Now there can be
all types of outfits on the list, but make them fun yet challenging. Each member needs to put on a crazy outfit and then another member
takes the picture. Once the whole list is completed you compare the pics and see who got the closest. Now you can decide if there's prizes,
but trust me looking at the pics for years to come is a good enough prize also you will laugh forever and every one will remember your
party game! (07/11/2008)
Another one that is a big hit is the blinded frenzy, now this game involves ice cream, two players, blind folds and spoons, oh and maybe a
couple towels, it can get messy. Now the object of this game is to have two partners sit in front of each other, but close enough to reach
over and touch one or the other partner's face. You need a bowl of (any flavor) ice cream and a spoon (seems simple enough huh?) well
there's a catch "one" partner is blind folded, the one that's blind folded gets to feed the other person, but the eater also has a handicap
in this game. Their hands need to be tied behind their back. Well I hope you get the game, trust me it's a load of fun and the pictures are
great! Oh before I forget the person that has their hands tied behind their back may need eye protection trust me the blind folded person
can have a little trouble locating the mouth! hehehe! Well have fun! (07/11/2008)
This would be entirely dependent upon how many young ladies were going to attend the party
and your budget:
Have a "Spa" afternoon for them. Contact your local Avon rep, or Mary Kay rep
and see if they would be willing to do a demo afternoon of skin care, make up, hand and feet care.
After that, memory box time. Have them make their very own memory boxes. Young women like
to collect momentoes. I think they would love to
have their own memory boxes.
What you will need:
Flat pack file boxes with lids one for each person (can be purchased from
Business Depot/Staples/WalMart type stores).
From any Dollar Store:
You will also need:
Lastly, perhaps dinner at a local eatery. Whatever you do, have a great time.
Many Happy Birthday wishes to the Birthday Girl!
Does she have an mp3 player or iPod? Get a gift card for iTunes or whatever service she uses, then she can get lots of new music of her own
choosing. (You do want to find out if she uses iTunes or Rhapsody or another service. Some are only compatible with certain mp3 players.)
My rule of thumb in my event planning is looking for the "style" in the person who the party is for.
The 16th birthday is really special and I just finished planning a party for a client's daughter. Her party was a Retro-Rock and Roll
Party. The party was decorated retro colors, bright blue, red, yellows - sixties style. Everyone was given a tie dye shirt and love beads.
She loves old rock and roll music so I went to a thrift store and found old rock albums and used the covers for place mats on the table.
The centerpiece was the cover albums placed and glued together in a square configuration and balloons (16) were centered inside. I put the
albums themselves into picture frames and added the names of her guests to each of the frames. The cake was designed in a shape of a
guitar. Hope this helps. (09/17/2008)
A friend of mine is going to beauty school and she has groups of teenagers come in for a day/night of pampering all the time. The school
usually has 20-30 students that can do any service the girls want. Not like in a spa or salon where you have someone do nails, someone
else to do hair. Also they are usually not as busy so the girls can talk and spend time together while being pampered. The cost at a beauty
school is minimal. At this school a pedi is $12 and a mani is $8, cuts $15, and color is about $25. I wish I could do it with my
girlfriends too. (09/17/2008)
As the mother of seven, four of which are girls, I have thrown more than my share of parties. Each of my girls have very different ideas,
hobbies, and passions. So the party themes are varied as well. Please keep in mind that I do not pick a theme on short notice and I am
always looking for new and different ideas. Planning and fore thought make for the most successful parties. The longer you have to plan,
the cheaper the event.
The following ten ideas have been tried and have all been repeated by others in our area. The greatest flatter is when someone else host a
party with your original theme.
Raid the closets of your family and friends for old prom, bridesmaids, formals, and gowns. Thrift stores often have them for a few
dollars. It is best to have at least three or four per girl. Various sizes and styles make for a more exciting fashion show. You will also
need a great deal of safety pins and hundreds of bobby pins.
When the girls arrive let them go crazy trying on all the dresses. Some will require privacy to change. Once the gowns have been selected,
the hair salon opens. Let the girls do each others hair. Once the hair is in place which generally takes an hour, make up is applied. I
highly suggest that you not have heels for the girls to wear. Someone can get hurt. Plus the tennis shoes they have on, add to the look.
You could have a limo take the girls to a movie or a restaurant once the proper look has been achieved. But a limo is not needed.
Everyone looks and stares at the girls in their finery. The girls will love the attention. Wraps, boas, and old mink stoles add to the
When you arrive back home, let the girls do a fashion show to strut their stuff. Dancing is often done after the show. One year, we even
had corsages for all of them. They all had a flower to take home as a keep sake.
The girls are greeted at the door with a good-bye and thanks for attending the party. All clothes must be turned wrong side out or worn
backwards. The dining room chairs are placed on the table, and the tablecloth is on the floor under the table. The cake and plates are on
the floor. The girls eat the ice cream and cake first and then sing happy birthday. Gifts are opened next. Make sure the birthday girl
thanks each person before she opens the gift.
Games are played. Do immature younger games, but play them backwards. After games, the girls will change into their pajamas, backwards or
course. While the girls watch a movie, fix them breakfast food. Served under the table of course.
In the morning, serve chips and soda pop for breakfast. Added bonus, you do not have to deal with the sugar rush, their parents do. When
it is time to leave. Welcome the girls with a hello and how wonderful they look. Since you have not seen them in forever.
We write the invitation backwards to get the party started right.
I write on cheap rolling pins from the dollar store for the invitations. Tie ribbons on the ends for flair. I collect ugly aprons from
thrift stores and garage sales for this event. I also collect paper chef hats.
When the kids arrive, have them each make their own pizza dough. It will need time to rise. While the dough is getting ready have several
bowls of white icing ready. Let the kids use food coloring to make several different colors with the white icing. Make sure each child gets
to make a color. Have at least three cupcakes per child made before the party begins.
Now let the kids pat out the dough, make crust, apply sauce, cheese, and toppings for their very own creation. They will use three times
the amount of cheese that is needed, so stock up or explain that less is more. While the pizza pies are cooking, have them decorate their
After the pizzas have been admired and eaten, the real fun begins. Take number 10 cans with lids, have each child measure out the cream,
sugar, and mix in a three pound coffee can with lid. Insert the three can into the ten can. Add ice, and salt. The kids will then spend the
next hour to hour and a half rolling the cans back and forth to make ice cream. Driveway or uncarpeted room is perfect for this.
The ice cream and cupcakes are the highlight of the event.
Scavenger Hunt and It Only Gets Bigger Party
We do this together as one party, but only one can prove to be as awesome as well. When the kids arrive they draw a number. We have
team 1 and team 2. Each group will need an adult chaperone. Each team starts with a pen. They go from one house to another in your
neighborhood asking for something bigger. But they can only trade up once at a single house. For example: they trade the pen for a comb,
the comb for a brush, the brush for a stuffed animal, the animal for a roll of paper towels, the towels, for a bucket, etc. The teams have
one hour to get the biggest item. It will amaze you at how much fun the neighbors have helping and what they trade for. One team brought
back an old ten speed bike and the other a two wheeled cart. The winning team must serve the losing team ice cream and cake. Let the kids
rest and open gifts.
Now it is off to the mall. Once again, teams are drawn. Each team is given a list of 50 things that they need to scavenger for. The
lists must be the same items and one paper sack to hold their items. Each team has an adult chaperone. They can ask people walking in the
mall, people working in stores, etc. Each team has an hour to collect the most items. The bags are collected and it is the perfect time to
watch a movie at the mall or go home to watch a movie. The items are counted in front of all the kids when you arrive home and a winner is
declared. The winners must make the popcorn, chips, and drinks for the losing team.
Items on the list can include a paper clip, green stamp, a milk jug lid, straight pin, gas receipt, stamp, Q-tip, etc. Make sure the
items are small and hard to find.
This party theme is a huge hit with the pre teen set. I buy any and all beads, craft jewelry, old unique jewelry for the pieces,
costume jewelry pieces, and craft sets. I only buy at thrift stores, garage sales, and the after Christmas sales for this items. Cross
stitch yarn is a must and can be bought on clearance at all fabric stores.
The girls make necklaces, bracelets, and rings for themselves and for the birthday girl. Friendship bracelets take hours to make and the
girls can watch movies while they make their unique color designs.
Spa Day Party
Collect shower caps for this event. Most hotels will give you a dozen if you ask nicely. The things you will needs on hand are: cotton
balls, nail polish in many colors, cuticle sticks, nail polish remover, cucumber, oatmeal, honey, bath salts, nail files, scented lotions,
dish soap, small bowls, and large pans for soaking feet, flip flops, and fabric strips.
Pour dish soap is small bowls for the girls to soak their fingernails in. Have them do this at the table so they can talk together as they
soak. Show them how to correct and push back their cuticles. Have them paint each others finger nails.
Cake and ice cream before you soak their feet in bath salts. The birthday girl can open gifts in front of them as they soak. Now it is
time to fill their toes with cotton balls and paint their own toe nails. Scented lotions should be applied now.
Flip flops can be purchased in September from Old Navy, Gap, Rue 21, etc. for 50 cents to a dollar. Buy most in your daughter's size and
a few larger and smaller. Have the girls make designer flip flops in their school colors. Have them cut stripes of fabric and tie knots to
make a personal pair for each to wear and show off their pretty toe nails.
Pajamas are now put on and the shower caps are dawned. Have the girls make their own facial cream. I use oatmeal and honey. As the girls
get comfortable for a movie, have them each lay down and put cucumbers on their eyes. This reduces puffy eyes and makes the girls tired.
They laugh and talk for a few minutes and by twenty minutes they are fighting not to go to sleep.
Time for them to put on their facial masks and watch a movie. Twenty to thirty minutes later, let them wash the dried mask off. They can do
each others hair as they finish the movie. In the morning, rave about how wonderful they all look.
Messy, fun, and the kids get to make their own creations. I buy ugly long sleeve men's shirts at garage sales for the kids to wear over
their clothes. Have four or five art projects ready. Sidewalk chalk gets a great mural started on your driveway and starts their creative
juices flowing. We have painted flower pots, birdhouses, wooden bins, piggy banks, and even glass vases. Whatever you can find that all
match and are not expensive. Brushes can be bought at the dollar store.
In April you can find plain sweatshirts for a dollar at Wal-Mart. Buy them in various sizes and try to get them all the same color. Iron
double sided instant hem on the back of a floral fabric that matches the sweatshirt before the party. Letter stencils will help the girls
draw and cut out their own names in the fabric. After you have ironed their names on the sweatshirts, have the girls use puff paint to
outline the letters. Hint: the girls must use the puff paint on the shirts in a place where the shirts will not be moved till in the
morning. It takes several hours for the puff paint to dry.
Buy flat sheets at garage sales. They become perfect canvases for the kids to paint on.
Finger painting is also fun.
Buy face paint at costume shops and mass merchandisers after Halloween. After the girls have painted their own portrait for the birthday
girl as a keep sake, have them go crazy painting their own faces, and each others. They will laugh till they cry.
Make the World a Better Place Party
When the kids arrive have them draw numbers for two different teams. Explain to them that they are going to make the world a better
place in the next few hours. Ask each one to think of one way that they could make the world a better place. Have them write it down on a
piece of paper and collect them. Explain that helping others can be fun and make them feel better about themselves. To prove it, they are
going to see which team can collect the most canned goods to feed those less fortunate. The winning team will get a prize.
As the teams are getting ready to leave with a chaperone, that has an empty trunk for all the food they collect, dare them to take it a
step further. Tell them that you are not sure if they can do two things at once. Show them a single plastic shopping bag and ask them if
they know what it is made out of. Some will be surprised to find out it is made of plastic or oil and even both sometimes. Explain to them
that those bags that their groceries come home in, are filling up our dumps and hurting the environment. Dare them to see which team can
collect the most bags as well.
Find a local food bank ahead of time that the kids can give the food to. Set up a time for them to meet you. Have them praise the kids
and tell them how many people they will feed with the food they collected. If your party starts at 2. The kids should collect from 2:30 to
3:30. Set up a 4 o'clock appointment for the kids to help deliver the food. The arrange for the kids to take all the plastic bags to a
recycling center. If one is not available or open at that time. Have them take then to a not-for-profit resale shop to be reused.
Be sure that the kids know the name of the food bank they are collecting for. You can even print a small flier with the name of the food
bank on it and ask for people to help their cause. You can get 10 on a single piece of paper for them to hand out at the door.
After the teams have collected and delivered their good deeds it is back to the birthday girl's house. They will all be hungry and tired.
After cake and food, read the ways they can help the world, that they wrote when they arrived. Tell them how proud you are of them and all
that they have done.
We have made fleece blankets for nursing homes with the knot ties, drawn get well cards for those at the hospital, letters to soldiers
over seas, and once we collected money for a local child with cancer. They raised over a hundred dollars going door to door in an hour. You
would have though it was a million by the look of pride on their faces.
Go to older person's garage sales and old thrift stores for the clothes. The uglier the better. It is disco time. You can not have
enough polyester. Large wigs are a great hit.
Have them watch John Travolta shake his stuff in Saturday Night Fever. Teach them how to do the hustle. Dance to the Bee Gees and Donna
Summers. It is a laid back theme that the kids love.
Have the kids come in costume, no matter what time of the year. Each one has a sports uniform, old Halloween costume, dance recital
costume, or parents old clothes to wear. When they arrive have each one state exactly whom they are in costume of. It cannot be just a foot
ball player, it must be a specific player. The other kids must call them by their characters name from that point on, plus they must talk,
act, and do what their character would do at all times.
Then take them out for a fun evening. Go out to dinner, a movie, miniature golf, etc. They must stay in character the whole evening.
Accents are a perfect addition to the charade. The kids will get tons of attention where ever they go. It is a winner every time.
These ideas can be done easily and cheaply if planned in advance. My children must have their theme by their half birthdays each year.
It is their day and it should be celebrated. To make it more memorable, take tons of pictures. Plus, make sure all siblings are not a part
of the event. A sitter or grandparent can take them during the party. Make your child feel like the only person in the world that day. Give
them all of your attention. That is the best gift of all. Don't worry if it is not perfect. Accidents will happen, something will break,
and your carpet is going to get stained. Just smile at your child and remember that they are what is important. The other things can be
replaced, but your child can not. Now, let's party!
By Crystal from Branson, MO
It honestly depends on the girl. I've been brainstorming for some friends and came up with a lot of semi-creative ideas. I'll list them by
each friend and hope they don't see this
There's one who loves to write for her the plan is:
Handmade Greeting Cards
Another well... she needs to relax so the plan is:
Next theres a friend who loves hanging out and joining me on random adventures for her I'll:
Finally there's the traveler:
Those are some of my more creative ideas if you want something more generic, maybe buy some movie or concert tickets, an iTunes card for
music, iPod, or gift cards.
Sorry it's so long, but I figure too many ideas is better than not enough.
A car. (01/06/2009)
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