Since he is a boy and the big 1-6 that means cars! So a car theme would be good. Go to a party supply store or dollar store to see if there are any racing type flags, like the checkered flag etc. Cut out cars he may like from car magazines etc. See if someone can make a cake with a car theme. Hope things go well and wish him a happy 16th from us! (09/22/2005)
By Carol Ann from Iowa
I have two thoughts. One, if he's into any particular band/sport team etc., the best way to go about it is to set up the whole area in those colors/themes. For example, my brother's 16th was all about Metallica. My mom had black crepe paper streamers with silver plastic beads and red ribbons everywhere and she rented a strobe light. She cleared the basement (you could rent a place cheap sometimes, or do it in the yard) and had music, a guitar shaped cake and a huge cork board on the wall with markers, different colored paper, etc. for people to put up their "autographs". She also had a ton of posters from the bargain bins at Wal-mart of Metallica. If it were a sports team, think like a pep rally theme.
My second thought comes from my aunt. Her son was a 'cool kid' on campus. So, she played a really good trick on him. She set up this big ol' party with cheapy dollar store balloons, 'sweet 16' plates, the works, all the way mortifying. She hung posters that said "our little boy!" with blown up naked baby pics, everything. She waited for everyone to arrive, did the whole jump out and say surprise thing, then waited for the moment when he was about to burst into tears, then brought out his present. Then she gave him and his 6 friends movie tickets and directions to the restaurant they were going to eat. They sent him and the guests with one of the guest's parents to have their fun night out and enjoyed the 'time warp' sweet 16 party with all of their adult friends! A party for both generations.
Also, 16 year olds have the most difficult time of keeping their mouths shut. If you don't want your son to find out, better to have the guests' parents tell their kids that they'll be busy that night and not say why until after school that day, then keep them away from the phones. Parents can tell their kids they're heading to grandma's or whatever, but there's nothing worse than going through the effort of planning a surprise party only to have it ruined by a guest who told him the week before. (09/22/2005)
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