I am trying to plan my sweet 16th party for late August and I haven't got a clue. I don't have very much money and want to invite about 10 girls. There isn't a lot of places I can go with my budget and my house is really boring and my friends vary on what they find to be fun. I can't come up with anything that will be fun for all of them and that's really what I want. I just really need some suggestions.
I did a party for my granddaughter a few years ago and purchased
at the dollar store something that girls my age use to want at
that age. I purchased a gold comb, mirror, and brush set for
each girl (plastic cheap set) and had my husband be EJ the dj.
The girls had to wear bobby sox, a white men's shirt, blue
jeans, and ponytails (if their hair was long enough) and I used
chiffon ribbon to tie up the ponytails and we danced and had a
ball. Maybe this will give you ideas. If you wanted the comb and
mirror sets and couldn't find gold; use gold nail polish to
coat some inexpensive ones. (06/17/2005)
Why don't you have a Make-Over Party? You can hire ladies
who do this or if on a limited budget ask a few of your older
girlfriends to come and help. Or just get all the girls to bring
their make up and hair brushes, etc. and do each other's
make up and hair and nails.
Make up a big bowl of fruit punch (Recipe idea here:
) and serve up some nibbles, too.
If that doesn't suit go to the link at the end where
there are lots and lots of other party ideas for you to choose
from. Happy birthday to you, in August! Whatever you do I am
sure it will be a birthday to remember. ( Don't forget to
take lots of photos too, perhaps you will post a few to tell us
how the party went?)
Rent a local dance floor and set it up fancy. Invite a few more
boys set up a bar, virgin of course, and dance your heart out.
This idea has worked for me, hope you'll think of using it!
Go to a website like hotels.com and look for a cheap hotel with
an outdoor or indoor pool. At your party you and your
girlfriends can do each other's makeup and hair. Then go to a
pizza place that has a buffet that's also really cheap. Then
you could go back to the hotel and swim since it's August
it'll be hot. After that you could go up to your room and
get on ur PJs and most hotels have movies you can rent. If you
get a scary movie turn out all the lights to set the mood! Then
y'all can play games, like truth or dare (singles or team
style), lapstack, and other things! For 7 or more girls I
recommend getting 2 conjoined rooms! At a Motel 6 or something
you can get a room for like 30.00! I hope you have a happy
You could do something really cool even if you don't have a lot
of money. You should try like a Survivor birthday, where you
invite like 10 girls. They each bring 10 dollars and you have
different tasks and whoever wins at the end gets the money.
That would be fun!
Go camping! It may seem boring, but it's not and if you have
a couple of tents there will be enough room for ten girls, just
have a campfire and roast marshmallows and talk! Believe me it's
Scavenger Hunt at a mall. Make your list of things you can find
or do in a mall. Break into groups of 3 or so. Bring a digital
camera for each group. Take the list and as you complete each
task, you take a picture. For ex: on the list is to find a worm
and put it in your mouth. My daughter went to the candy store
and found a gummy worm, put it in her mouth and took the pic.
Another was to bring back a 'cute' boy to our meeting
spot. Each group had an adult supervising and believe it or
not one group accomplished that task. Another task was to bring
back a striped shoestring and so on and so on. Then on to the
next task. They set a time limit of 1 hour and the first group
to return to the meeting spot with the most tasks accomplished
was the winner. As a incentive you can offer a $$ pot to give
the winner or some other prize. We did this for my
daughter's 13th birthday and they had the best time you
could imagine along with pictures to remember it by. They still
talk about it today, it was a wonderful fun memory for them all.
She is turning 16 in Sept. and is doing it again. After the
hunt, they went to a pizza buffet and back home for a nite of
talking, movies, games, and more food. (08/10/2006)
I am now 19, but I love to plan parties and if using my own
birthday as an excuse to have a good time then so be it! For my
16th birthday, I invited a bunch of friends over after school
for ice cream floats. I had some music videos playing, board
games out, and plenty of ice cream. There is nothing wrong with
having a little room for people to just kick back with their
frozen treats and enjoy a little conversation. I, myself, love
Another idea is to have an outdoor grill and or pool party.
You can cook anything from hot dogs and burgers to marshmallows
Most teens like to dance. A dance theme would be fun. Get a
disco ball or other mood lights, great music from your favorite
CD's (better include some slower songs if there will be guys
around ladies or vice versa for the boys). (07/20/2007)
I'm gonna be 16 near the end of August. I do not want to
have an expensive birthday party just one that is fun. I was
thinking of having a cookout in our backyard with 10 or so of my
friends. We bought all kinds of fireworks after they were on
sale after the 4th of July so we can set them off later on in
the night. For food my parents and I are gonna get all kinds of
things to make mountain pies so everyone can have what they
want, that way we really don't need a cake if we get all
kinds of pie filling to make your own cakeish thing. After that
I was gonna take out the TV and put it in the tent were
we're sleeping to watch movies and chill while still having
a little luxury.
My mom had the suggestion that after school was back in I
could invite 1 or 2 of my closest friends and their moms to come
with us to have a complete day of spa pleasure. (Well for me
that includes a manicure, facial, and massage), but either way
it sounds fun.
That way I can have a fun party with all of my friends and it
is cheap and entertaining and I can still have a little bit of
the feeling that my 16th birthday is a pampered matter.
I hope this gave you a couple ideas. It's not much, but
to me it seems perfect. (07/31/2007)
My daughter's 16 this August. I've decided to do a
surprise pool/beach theme with mocktails, fake drinks. A friend
is gonna take pictures of her and friends in their swimsuits
with leis on after they dance. I'm going to decorate with
Chinese lanterns/patio lanterns and torches. Hope this idea
helps. Have fun. Happy birthday. (07/31/2007)
I am in the process of planning my daughter's sweet 16 party. Our
theme is "Cinderella: A Night to Remember". We have a budget to
work with as well. This party will be formal to semi-formal.
There will be dancing and entertainment. (08/05/2007)
Well, my 16th is coming up, and my friend and I are having a
double-16th. This lets she and I share the cost of the
party, and allows us to have a pretty good party with lots of
friends. We managed to find a cheap, but awesome limo service
that is going to pick both birthday girls up, as well as
friends. A movie or something like glow-in-the-dark bowling
might follow that, but we're unsure still.
If themes aren't for you, try a "stay at home
with friends" party. (08/29/2007)
Depending on where you live there are many inexpensive things to
do. One year I took my daughter and a handful of friends caving,
another we all went camping up on the mountain. The caving was
the best, they had so much fun.
Tye-dying shirts or pillowcases would be a fun idea too!
My daughter's sweet 16 is next week. We are doing a welcome to
summer theme. The dollar store has a lot of inexpensive items. I
have rented the community center and have windsocks to hang from
the ceiling, streamers, hula hoops, we made our own invitations
in the shape of flip flops. Michael's has paper lanterns. Think
fun, summer, and inexpensive. I ordered a 6 foot party sub and
the owner threw in 4 dozen cookies. In total I believe I have
spent $125 including the hall and have 40 of her friends coming.
You can do it on a budget. Also her cake is in the shape of a
flip flop. Hope these ideas help. (05/17/2008)
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