Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

In some cultures a girl's 16th birthday party is traditionally a very special occasion. This is a guide about sweet 16 birthday party ideas.

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Question: December Sweet 16 Party Ideas

I am going to be 16 in December and I want ideas for my Sweet 16 party. I am going to have all girls ages 11 to 18 There will be about 18 to 20 girls. I live in a small town so there is not a lot to do here. I want it to be big and fun. We are all dancers. Money is not a big deal seeing that my dad is paying for it. I have no clue what to do so help me. Lor

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By Nitonda T 1 1 Flag

August 4, 2015

Well since its in December you could have a winter wonder fest party. For vavors of this party you can go to pinterest.com

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Question: 16th Birthday Ideas

Okay, I'm turning 16 in November. But, having a party requires inviting the people I call friends who in the end will not show up and put my parents out a butt load of money. I want to do something with 5 or 6 people that is Halloweenish (apparently that's not a word). Haunted houses are a bore though. I have drawn a complete blank and my parents want me to figure out what I'm doing. Please help?

By Alexis C.

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By mcsllrs 2 Flag

July 25, 2013

Ooh, I just had a thought, what about a limo/bus and a driving tour of the haunted houses in your area. We are in Denver and there is a lot and then a sleepover with scary movies!

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Question: Active Sweet 16 Party Ideas

By Parkkk 1

My daughter is turning 16 and she doesn't want to have a typical Sweet 16. I understand and I want to throw her something super original. Paintball is too much of a guy party, but she wants something active so all her friends won't be sitting around. She likes to have fun, but I need help on what to do. Any suggestions?

By Parkkk from Miami, FL

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By Leata 1 5 Flag

October 27, 2009

I will never forget the fun had by all those in attendance at my triplets sweet 16. They all have momentos to help them remember as well. I bought size 2X size t-shirts for each teen, decorating the front with the statement" I went to a rockin' sweet 16 birthday party and all I got was this totally awesome sleep shirt. They decorated the back of them while eating cake and ice cream in the middle of the party. Near the end of the party, we had an unbiased person (a neighbor who had no idea what t-shirt belonged to what guest), judge the teens' art work. A prize was given for the one chosen.

Some game ideas: a ladle race-carry a softball size water balloon, filled of course, from one corner of your street to the next. If the balloon is dropped and busted, that person is out.

Say cheese-pair off and blindfold each person. slather one persons face with redi-whip. Sit each pair in chairs, facing each other, about 3 feet apart. hand the dry faced member a small mixing bowl full of cheese puffs. The players have 3 minutes to make as many puffs stick as possible. directions can be given (only by the receiving partner) such as 'more to the left', etc. puffs that fall off no longer count. a prize is given to each member of the winning team. in the rare case of a tie, a small amount of puffs are put in a bowl and the tied teams guess the number of puffs. closest without going over, wins.

One last game. Cupcake races-best played on the porch or floor. The players are seated on their knees, with their hands tied behind their backs. Overly decorated cupcakes (still in the paper cups) are placed in front of each player. First one to finish their messy treat wins the prize. (hint: it will be nearly impossible to clean the cup, decide the amount that is acceptable to be left to claim a winner)

Memory jar-each guest writes a memory they have of the birthday girl/boy. The honoree has to read each, one at a time, and guess who wrote it. I prize is given fo those who bluff him/her.

Prize suggestions:

Gift certificates for a favorite fast food hangout, a gift card for a video/music store, a movie theater ticket, gift card for a bookstore or favorite clothing store, packages of cookies, 2-liter bottles of soda. These can be placed out all together so a winner can pick the prize that fits them, eliminating the possibility of, for example, a diabetic winning cookies.

Good luck and have fun!

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Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Party

By kayla j 1

I'm turnning 16 on December 27. I really wanted a glow in the dark party for my sweet 16 party, but I wanted it somewhere that has some type of games in it. I wanted to decorate it myself with lights, fog, and stuff and have some music or something. I can't find anywhere around my area or hardly anywhere else that has at least some of the things I'm looking for. I want something with some type of activities in it. If I have to I will do something else, but I want it to be somewhere I could have fun and turn up with lights. Please, does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

    I'm turning 16 at the end of August and I have no idea what to do for my party. I either want just a few of my close friends or some of my guy friends as well, I'm not sure yet. I know I want a sleepover at the end of the party. (Guys have to go home of course.) I am kind of sporty and I love sweets! Any help?

    By Meg

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    By Makaykay J. 8 Flag

    September 17, 2013

    Well your theme cpuld be Candy Crush cause you like candy n crush 2 show ur sporty side.I add a link off a pic i made for u to ues on the front off your invitations. And u could have candy n cupcakes with sporty wapers on them.

    Well good luck!!!!!!

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    Question: Sweet 16 Trip

    My birthday is coming up (Novmeber 13th) and I was planning on travelling (from Florida) to NYC with a couple of friends. The thing is, I have no idea what to do while there. I was thinking of staying 5-7 days since it's a school week after all.
    Anyway, the question is: What hotel should we stay at? (Not too expensive, but not too cheap. I'd say 4-5 star hotel). What to spend my day doing? (Going shopping, dinner, spa day, etc?) Should I rent a limo to take us places?

    By Mariana F

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    By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132 Flag

    August 2, 2013

    It might be that you have tons of money, you didn't say. But if you expect to do all you described, you will need it. Here are a few reality checks for you.

    http://manhattancoach.com/rates.php that start at 79.00 for two hours.

    And I tried to find a 4 star hotel that would give me rates but I have to reserve a room, first. You have time to talk to people who have seen the city on a budget and plan ahead. Good luck!

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    Question: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

    By millie 1

    I am planning my daughter's Sweet Sixteen and trying to come up with some themes. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Millie from Gary, IN

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    By crystal wolfe 8 22 Flag

    March 15, 2009

    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.

    Prom Night

    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 glamor.

    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.

    Backwards Party

    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.

    Cooking Night

    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 cupcakes.

    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 chaperon. 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 chaperon. 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.

    Jewelry Party

    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 daughters 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.

    Art Party

    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 flyer 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 girls 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.

    70's Party

    Go to older persons 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.

    Costume Party

    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

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    Question: Park Party Ideas?

    By cassidy.bonner 1

    I am having my 16th birthday party at my local park. I looked at rooms to rent and it was way too expensive. It will be under a gazebo with some tables. I have picked out decorations and put together a candy buffet, but I am afraid that my friends will get bored. I would have it in my backyard, but I just moved and my yard isn't big enough. If anyone has any ideas to keep my friends busy that would be so helpful.

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    By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

    July 23, 2014

    What sorts of things do your friends like? I'm thinking of sports such as softball, soccer, badminton. Could you do those sorts of games? I am also a big fan of scavenger hunts; I think they can be a hoot. Divide the group into teams. You could also make up a treasure hunt, which involves set up - so it is more trouble. Groups follow clues from one place to another, solving the clue riddles, till they get to the treasure - some sort of fun treat/prize. What sorts of activities are there available in the park? Perhaps you could do some of them - eg minigolf. There are also all sorts of lawn games - bocce ball, and so on, if you have access to the equipment.

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    Question: Small Sweet 16 Party

    I will be turning 16 soon and I have no idea what to do. I want to have a great party. I'm only inviting like 8-10 friends, so it can't be too big. We are all around the same age, and I want to do something memorable for all of us. My birthday is in March so the weather should be good. Please if anyone has any good ideas, or even just a theme to base my party on? Help!
    L.H:)

    By Lileya H.

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    By Janine 1 12 Flag

    December 3, 2013

    We just had my daughter's Sweet 16 party.. it was on a larger scale. She did a "glow party" with glow sticks, necklaces, cups and anything that glowed in the dark. It was pretty cool and everyone had fun. The dollar stores usually have glow sticks... a few for a dollar. Just a suggestion.

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    Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

    By cookiesluvthat 2

    Does anyone have any ideas? My birthday is in November and I have yet to pick out every little detail! Do you have any ideas for me? I am a girl and hate the color pink.

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    By Makaykay J. 8 Flag

    September 17, 2013

    Hi I think that you could do a ball like party but with a touch of danger to it to get people excited. I think can help here's my facebook name Makaykay Jackson. Look me up and tell me more about how you want your party and I'll tell you some well great ideas. My blog email is MissRubyRed7 @ gmail.com and I'm not some creepy. I'm a freshman in high school and love to plan parties.

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    Question: Ideas for Inexpensive 16th Birthday Party

    I have never had a birthday party in my life and am now turning 16. My mom told me I am going to have a party, but I have to plan it and it needs to be very cheap. I have no idea of what I want to do. My birthday is in the beginning of September, but my older sister is leaving for college at the end of August and I don't want her to waste gas driving 6 hours for me. Anyone got any ideas of what I should do?

    By Taylor

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    By Caseye 34 205 Flag

    April 16, 2013

    There are TONS of ideas on the internet (Pinterest is a GREAT resource), and most are very do-able and inexpensive. You just need to narrow down the list of themes you like and pick one (western, spa day, dance party, karaoke, makin' crafts, backwards party, etc.) and then decide who you will be inviting (guys and gals or just gals). It's sweet of you to think of your sis' long drive, so plan the party before she leaves or on a weekend you know she'll be home (before Christmas, of course!). Hope you have a GREAT and memorable 16th Birthday!

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    Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

    I'm not sure what to do for my Sweet 16, in April. I'm really not a party type, but I feel like this is the only chance I'll get. (I'm more of a shy toned down type.) Around my birthday I'm going to see my cousins who are little princesses. I thought about doing a tea party and dressing up as Disney princess characters. Please help!
    Sincerley, frustrated.

    By Emma W.

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    By karenlynn 3 32 Flag

    March 4, 2013

    I gave my daughter a brunch, she invited 4-5 close friends and went to local restaurant known for its brunch buffet. She used small pewter photo frames as place cards and they were favors for her guests. If your cousins or others are young or you are dealing with more than a few people, and if you want a princess theme, why don't you have a tea? Have everyone dress up, use nice teapot and dishes and serve finger sandwiches or other special tidbits. Enjoy.

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    Question: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party Ideas

    By Gail 1

    I am praying for help planning my Christian daughter's sweet 16 party. We are 2,000 miles away from our home visiting family for the next 4 months, so none of my daughter's friends will be attending. It will only be family. There will be 60 guests. Please help!

    By Gail from Cheyenne, WY

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    By Deborah 9 30 Flag

    January 8, 2011

    I saw a great Sweet 16 party on "The Cake Boss" program on TLC channel on cable. The daughter was a Catholic girl and they were proud Italian family. Nothing Risque was important. They made a Hollywood kind of theme with spotlights, movie markers, and stuff. Old movies were being played that the daughter liked (like old beach bingo movies, Sandra Day movies, and stuff like that) and the cake, of course, was absolutely beautiful.

    My friend did more than that for her daughter on the same theme. There was dancing and musical games and other party games for the teens and for the grown ups there was a great time catching up with one another. Go to a recycled Auto Parts store and get a bunch of big van bench seats and make wooden things to hold them upright and space them out for the kids to sit on and watch the movies on a big screen TV or projector screen. There was a caterer on the TV show party, but my friend had just a home done buffet and had bought movie style popcorn boxes from Oriental Trading website and rented a big old popcorn popper and let the kids help themselves.

    The TV show party had all kinds of great sweets, but I loved the cookies the best. They made star cookies with the girl's name on them and bundled them 6 to a mesh bag and they were not only a sweet treat, but a party favor as well. Both the TV program party and the party by my friend were excellent times and it all stemmed from the daughter's love of glitz and glam of Hollywood style. Hope this helps! Have a great time and enjoy yourself, too. This is, after all, a landmark for you as well as for your daughter.

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    Question: Sweet 16 Ideas

    By Jenna G. 1

    My birthday is in less than 4 months. I am inviting no more than 7 people (4 at least). I'm a girly girl, but my tom-boy side peaks out every now and then. I really want to do a fancy dinner in Highland Park, Texas, and everybody has to dress up, like dress and heels. At the same time, I want it to be really funny, messy, and memorable party.

    I'm having a cousin fly in from Miami, so it has to be special! If you can think of an idea between those please tell me. I thought of just renting a lake house for a weekend with 3 people and staying out of hotel, but I don't see the fun. So, the most fun I can see is at my house. I want a glow in the dark theme, but you can't get really good pictures. No 80's or Hawaiian theme. I'm intrigued with the winter wonderland, dress to impress, Fire and Ice, and Glamour. I don't want something over the top like renting out a club, just nice and classy and casual (eeeaaakkkk). Those don't go together really well.

    Thanks.

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      By Holly805 5 Flag

      October 24, 2015

      If I had a winter birthday I'd definitely make the best of the season! You could pull off winter wonderland themed decor with fire and ice. A few ideas:

      1. Use clear/crystal glass beads in a garland with white Christmas lights

      2. You can also fill vases with the lights

      3. http://www.candle-night.org/en/cand ... /ice-candles-shedding-the-light.html

      Combine fire and ice for a glow-in-the-dark walkway. I imagine you could make mini-versions of these ice candles with coffee cans and your freezer. They should last for a few hours outside if you use tealights or votives, depending on how big you make them.

      4. In addition to asking for semi-formal dress, make your invitations look formal and tied in with whatever theme you choose so your guests remember to dress up.

      5. My mom and I once frosted our windows with fake snow spray and paper cutouts. Easy cleanup too! You should be able to find spray cans at the craft stores come November. If not, it's available online from Joanne's and Amazon.

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      Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

      By AKB99 1

      I will be doing my sweet 16 on a yacht. There will be around 15 to 16 girls and boys, but we won't be doing any swimming. It's just that I'm worried they will get bored or something, so I want a few interesting and fun things to do. Any suggestions?

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        By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

        October 17, 2015

        Bored on a yacht?

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        Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

        By Nitonda T 1 1

        So I turn 16 in October; that's in two months. I kinda don't want a Halloween party, I'm thinking about a Hollywood theme, or pink zebra print. I don't know, I'm really confused. BTW it's on a boat.

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          By Donna 309 325 Flag

          August 16, 2015

          Wow...on a boat huh? Nice!

          I know you said no Halloween theme BUT if you wanted a Hollywood theme...how about a Costume party where the guests have to dress up as a Hollywood actors or as character from a movie? Might be fun!!

          Or you can theme it Birthday Love Boat...and take photo's of everyone as couples, play love songs, use hearts all around, maybe having a kissing booth, hahaha...

          Enjoy your birthday!

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          Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

          I turn 16 in May and 3 of my girl friends and I are going to stay at my aunt's house overnight by the pool, but I'm not sure of activities we could do. Also, there isn't anwhere we could go close by and on my family's very small budget being my little brothers birthday is a month after. I know I don't wanna do a scavenger hunt, but we need something to do when we aren't swimming, talking, playing with my baby cousin, and watching TV. Please help, it's very appreciated. Thanks!

          By Destiny

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          March 7, 2015

          Here are a few ideas off the top of my head - borrow some movies from the library for a movie night (no charge from a library, usually), board games - something new or classics from when you were kids, like Monoploy or Clue, card games. You can sometimes borrow board games from a library as well. Have a spa time. Give each other mani/pedis &/or facials.

          You can find recipes for different spa treatments and masks online for recipes that can be made out of household ingredients such as oatmeal or mashed cucumber, which would be lower cost than things you might purchase at the drug store. You might also do some cooking together -- home made pizza with assorted toppings, for instance.

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          Question: 16th Birthday Ideas

          So I'm turning sixteen in two weeks. I had in mind something active and something that will keep them moving (so there isn't a lot of awkwardness as is the usual for teens) and off their phones! All my guy and girl friends like outdoor/crazy stuff, but it's super cold and skiing isn't exactly great right now. Any good active indoor ideas that don't involve soccer either?

          By Bethany

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          By the best101 7 Flag

          December 6, 2014

          I think you should do golf cart riding then dinner or movie.

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          Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

          By hannahw. 1

          In December I celebrate my 16th birthday. I 'm going to invite 10 to 15 friends to come to a party in the garden. Now the question is, what can we do? I have thought for a few days but come up only with rather boring ideas.
          Can anyone help ? I would prefer to do things that you can do with a whole (mixed ) group.
          Thank you!

          By Hannah W. from Beerse, Belgium

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          By the best101 7 Flag

          December 6, 2014

          I think you should have a Hollywood party and have a red carpet. You can have best dress and take pictures. You could play the best star and at the end each get a picture of them.

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          Question: Sweet 16 Party Games

          My birthday is at the end of August and I'm moving so I will probably have the party at my new house or whatever. My party is music themed with a lot of music note themed decorations. I've found a few ideas, but I don't know what games or things to do instead of just playing music and watching most of the people sit around the whole party.

          By Kiara B. from Phoenix, AZ

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          By crystal wolfe 8 22 Flag

          July 7, 2014

          A girl looking through birthday balloons.

          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.

          Prom Night

          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 glamor.

          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.

          Backwards Party

          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.

          Cooking Night

          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 cupcakes.

          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 chaperon. 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 chaperon. 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.

          Jewelry Party

          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 daughters 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.

          Art Party

          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 flyer 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 girls 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.

          70's Party

          Go to older persons 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.

          Costume Party

          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

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          Question: Sweet Sixteen Party Ideas

          I am turning 16 in early March. I am having the party in the basement of my house. I invited about 15-20 people. I am gonna have Spotify playing with some music and eat pizza and wings. Other than that I have no idea what to do. I don't want it to turn dirty, not in my house haha. I went to a christian school for the past three years and just started back at public school so there is gonna be a little mix of people. I don't want people just sitting around either. Help!

          By Anna Joy

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          By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

          February 21, 2014

          Would your friends like a tournament of board games or card games? Clue or monopoly or something like that? What about that Twister game? That is hilarious without being off-colour. Charades? Maybe discuss ideas with one or two of your girlfriends. Your arrangements sound good so far.

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          Question: 16th Birthday Party Ideas

          I'm having a sixteenth birthday party in three weeks and I don't have a lot of money. I'm nervous because I want a party to remember in a good way of course, lol. I live in a really small town and there's not a lot of places at all where I could have it. I don't know if I want it at my house either though. So I'm a lil stuck. Ideas would be great and remember it's in December so I can't really do anything summery. Please answer back.

          By Brina from PA

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          By coville123 326 89 Flag

          November 25, 2013

          Have a spa day using cheap stuff you already have do pedicures facials and face masks. Have sandwiches and some snacks. Then do each others make up. You could also do a craft for Christmas. Like jar snow globes you only need a few supplies.

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          Question: 16th Birthday Ideas

          My 16th birthday is 3 days after Christmas, so the budget has always been low, especially this year with the fall in the economy. However, my 16th means loads to me and I'm very fussy. I can't have it in my house; it's too small. Outside is impossible due to Ireland's unpredictable weather. I have a lot of friends I feel would have to come (including boys). Cancelling the list as low as possible it would be to about 40 people. A disco party kind of thing, won't work either because my parents are very hung up about underage drinking and that leading to fights. The age group doesn't range much, it's from 14-16. I'm completely stuck and really want a party that's different and that no one has done before. I understand it's very particular, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you:DxXx

          By Laura from Tipperary

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          By Caseye 34 205 Flag

          November 11, 2013

          Do you have similar facilities like we do in the States: bowling alleys, indoor swimming facilities, wall climbing adventures, miniature golf, etc.? In lieu of bringing gifts, each attendee could pay their own fee (if money is an issue for your folks).

          Ask someone to take photos of each person doing the activity, then share them with everyone afterwards, maybe while eating pizza and having cake or cupcakes. Candy "awards" could be given for "Most Skilled", "Goofiest Technique", "Highest Score", etc. The main thing is to plan something fun for everyone to do, but always remember they want to be with you and celebrate you! Have fun!

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          Question: Ideas For A Sweet 16

          By Stacia Taylor 1

          I am just clueless right now. I want to have a hotel party, but I also want to go out of town. I don't want to spend a lot of money. I just need some ideas because my birthday is coming up on Dec. 10th. I want to have a special day. Any suggestions?

          By Stacia

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          By Joan 21 301 Flag

          November 4, 2013

          I don't see how you can go out of town and have a hotel party without spending a LOT of money. Maybe it's time to re-think your "wants". Happy birthday!

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          Question: Sweet 16 Ideas

          By emilykwoods 1

          I have about 3 months till my sweet sixteen. Honestly I have no party planning experience. I was thinking of something along the lines of a glow-in-the-dark or some other neutral theme for both boys and girls. Entertainment and activities are definitely something I am having trouble with. The party will most likely be at my house. My budget is under $200 and the guest list will probably be about 20 people. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

          By Emily

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          By Deniseburke66 1 Flag

          January 31, 2015

          Have an Luau party and save by ordering decorations on line at oriental trading company or parties supply store.

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          Question: Sweet 16 Party Ideas

          My mom wants me to plan my 16th already even though it is in March. I don't know what to do for it at all. My mom won't let me have it at the house and we can't spend a lot of $, but we have like $200. I want to have it like an open invitation to all the people in my school, or at least all the freshmen to juniors. I don't think I want the older ones. I just need to know what to do because I am lost. Please help.

          By Marlena from Jacksonville, FL

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          By robertmatheka 2 Flag

          September 28, 2013

          Sixteen birthday party can be exciting.Throwing a birthday party is the in thing. But what is important is to know your tastes, likes and dislikes so as you plan the party. You should start thinking of what theme you would like.Then start working on it according to your budget. Happy birthday and planning.

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          Question: Where to Go for Sweet 16

          I'm going to be turning 16 at the beginning of January (about 3 months away) and my parents are fine (in fact, encouraging) with making this really big and special. My ideas so far are one of the following:

          • a cruise (to who knows where and back)
          • trip to Europe (to Germany, and stay at my uncle's military base for a few weeks)
          • trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (I've always wanted to go to SDCC, but when I saw how much more you had to do to get your tickets than regular cons, I got iffy.

          Those are my only ideas. I do not have to have my party during the few weeks around my birthday, because, well, school and Christmas are basically squishing it. I love foreign places such as South Korea and Japan, (not for their famous animes and dramas). I love their cultures, and would probably spend each minute on the streets eating all sorts of everything and going to cute stores.)

          I need ideas for where to go, but other than that I could use ideas on like themes and such. I believe I can think of on my own, but your suggestions are more than welcome!  Thank you in advance!

          By Jess P.

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          By redhatterb 1 672 Flag

          September 23, 2013

          So are your folks going to pay for this extravagant trip?

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          Question: Sweet 16 Party Ideas

          By Cassieu 2

          I'm turning 16 on Halloween. I've always had a sleepover type party in the past so I want something kinda different. I love history, books, and music. I would love to have like a mini ball, but I'm open to anything.

          By CU

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          By Makaykay J. 8 Flag

          September 17, 2013

          Your idea of a mini ball would be great you could have something like a Masquerade Ball and it could have a history like touch to it.

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          Question: September Pool and Dance 16th Birthday Ideas

          I'm trying to plan my sweet 16, but am having trouble deciding how to make it fun for everyone. I also haven't decided if I want to go with a theme or not. I like the luau idea, but it's gonna be from like 7-11 and idk if that is a day time theme or not? I'm going to rent a DJ and the pool is pretty big and we also have a spa. Also, I plan on renting a photo booth, but this is why I'm having trouble finding a theme. I will have 40-50 people coming, boys and girls. If there's any advice you could give me to help that would be awesome.

          By Julia J.

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          By Makaykay J. 8 Flag

          September 17, 2013

          Just go with thing like (Summer Fun, Lula Lula). Sorry that's all I can think of but good luck!

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          Question: Inexpensive, Barely Girly Sweet 16 Party Ideas

          So I am not super girly. I play hockey and love superheros. I want to have a really cool sweet 16, but I am lost on themes. My birthday is in July so if I want to have more than 10 people there (and I do), ice skating is out of the question. I want boys there too so I don't want it to be too girly. Our budget is not super low, but it is an issue. Please help me! If possible I'd like food ideas too. :)

          By Emily

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          By Makaykay J. 8 Flag

          September 17, 2013

          Hi ya Emily I'm only 15 but I've planned many great partys for people older then me but your choice to not like what I've got. Ok, your theme can be "Calling All Heroes" and can decorate the place your having it at with female/male pictures of super heros and you can have a photo booth with a box fulling with capes and stuff for people to wear in the picture. Then for food you can have superhero cupcakes and Barbque foods! If you any question on what else you can do, here's my email that I use for my blog (MissRubyRed7 AT gmail.com)

          Oh and good luck Emily

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          Question: Ideas for 16th Birthday Tea Party

          I am throwing a summer tea party for my 16th birthday, but I'm not quite sure what to even do for it. I don't want people to get bored and there will be an almost even amount of boys and girls there. I am just looking for general ideas.

          By Melanie

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          By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132 Flag

          August 8, 2013

          Have a different kind of tea. Have a "Tee Party" and have everyone bring a tee shirt they like. Then swap them back and forth and whoever gets to keep the one they end up with.

          Have Tea, for sure, but also Ice Tea, Soda's, and such.

          Make build-your-own sandwiches so the guys can go big and the gals can go small or vs.vs. Pick a video both might like or have music going.

          You are all a bit old for games, but something like "That 80's game" where you all get photos of things from the 80's or even the 70's and who ever names it first wins.

          Make cupcakes and have a variety of flavors so no one gets bored.

          And like booze parties where everyone checks their keys, maybe have them check their cells. Nothing screams "I am bored and don't want to be here" like texting while they are suppose to be having fun with you.

          Happy Birthday when it comes!

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          Question: Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

          How do I plan a sweet 16 birthday party for my daughter in the back yard?

          By Annibel

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          By Makaykay J. 8 Flag

          September 17, 2013

          Omg you are like the first person I'ved seen that wants to do that. Well this is how you do it. If big backyard you could setup a tent and get 5 seated tables and put them around with the color favorite of the birthday girl. Then you can decorate with ballons or lanterns and streams and a banner with her name on it.

          If small backyard you can do the same thing but no tent and tables. For food you could have to tables 1 filled with foods like barbque foods like (grilled chicken, shrimp, hamburgers, salad, fruits, mac n cheese, coleslaw) - 2 table filled with treats and drinks (pop, lemonade, cupcakes, chips, cookies, candy) - You can make all of these look cute with just the right decorations.

          Good Luck!

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          Question: December Sweet 16

          By Camri 1

          Well I'm turning 16 in December on a Saturday. I have ideas and it's going to be about 50 - 70 people ( I hope). I want a big party, but I'm not sure it's going to happen. I have no decorations or arrangements set yet.

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          Question: Sweet 16 Help!

          I'm turning 16 in only 17 days, but the days I want to have a party are either in 21 or 22 days, so that gives me a little more time. I don't have much money to spend on this so I want to keep the cost somewhat low.

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          I'm going to be turning 16 at the end of February and I have no idea what to do! I want it to be a sweet sixteen and I was thinking of maybe 2 of my closest friends & I could go for makeovers after school in a limo, then go pick the other 8 girls up and come back to my house. That's where I'm stuck.

          I don't have a theme and I don't want it to be a big party. Just something sweet and memorable! I could really use some tips in the next week because I need to have it planned by the beginning week of February.

          Country girl 101 from Canada

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          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          Congrats on your Sweet 16! When my daughter turned 16, she borrowed a karaoke machine and CDs, and everybody had a great time. Since you will be made up, you might want to set up a photo studio at your house, and take glamor shots of each girl. Have fun!
          (01/30/2008)

          By Nance

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          I would nix the limo idea...costs WAY too much and you can use the $$$ for a nice party! How about cashing in on the Valentine thing and have a few kids over for food, drinks (pop), and have the girls stay overnight. Parents will be on hand to keep things in control and just have lots of cool music, good food, and fun. Maybe make it semi-formal with dressy dresses and suits. (01/30/2008)

          By Glenn'sMom

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          We did a dance theme. Bought some black lights and screwed them into regular lamps. Made posters with markers that really showed off the black light..disco ball.. music.. and 16 kinds of each food, 16 different drinks, 16 posters, with games based on 16. The dancing took up almost all the time, and really fun! (01/30/2008)

          By Debbie

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          Hey. I understand your struggles. I'm having a sweet 16 in March and am wondering the same thing. I think that the limo idea is good and as for the theme...you should ask your friends what they like to do because along with having a memorable sweet 16 for you, you also want your friends to remember it too. If you all enjoy dancing, then have a dance theme. Keep your friends entertained as well as yourself because that's all that matters when it comes to your day. Have fun and happy birthday! (02/02/2008)

          By Samantha

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          This may sound corny, but how about a "Grease" the movie theme. Have a sleepover and watch both Grease 1 and 2. Then write love letters to your favorite boys like they do in the first movie and sing the songs in karaoke...Maybe I'll do that for my 36th! LOL, Happy Birthday. (02/06/2008)

          By Mary

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          I'm having a sweet 16 in September and I think it would be great if I went and picked up my 10 closest friends and we went to a skating rink. Then after that, we would go out to eat and go shopping. I would finish the night off with a sleep over at my house or a hotel with a pool. (03/27/2008)

          By nelly

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          I'm having the exact same dilemma. I want to go to The Arboretum with my three-five closest friends but one of them nixed the idea before I even said that it was for my 16th. I wanted to do a fun and quirky photo shoot type of thing (some black and white photos too!). My grandma has a pool and I want my friends to stay over. I'm sure if you packed the day with makeovers, showing OFF your makeovers to the world at the mall or just taking a walk at a busy place, and then a sleepover (with specially made foods by you and your friends), everyone would be happy :)! (05/10/2008)

          RE: Planning a Small Sweet 16 Birthday

          For my daughter we did a fairy tale theme, but not really like the kid (Disney) fairy tale. Little bit more elegant and with only a few of her good friends. We added some nice elegant touches. Here is where we got some favors from - http://www.favoraffair.com/sweet16-quinceanera.html - and then we ordered a castle cake from a local bakery. (03/05/2009)

          By kasullivan

          Archive: Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas

          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.

          Archive: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party Ideas

          My friend and I are planning to have a "Sweet 16" party together and are looking for any ideas on invitations, themes, and entertainment. Does anyone have any ideas to share?

          By Anrich from Pretoria, South Africa

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          RE: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party Ideas

          I did my sweet sixteen last year, so I could help you out. Now for your invitations just make it original. Use your two favorite colors and a beautiful designed that stands out like a flower designed or a you could just put a picture of your self as the background.

          Your theme should be something you love like a butterfly theme, Christmas theme, candy theme, hip-hop theme, or anything. The entertainment is easy, you can choose to have any of your favorite bands/group, or a singer that you like. But if you don't have the money to do that than you can always go for the DJ or both of you can always be the entertainment by doing a big dance of hip-hop or something like that. (05/02/2010)

          By Chula7

          RE: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party Ideas

          We had a sweet 16 party and it was a huge success. We had it out in our yard with a fire in a pit and put straw around it for seating. We had a DJ and the kids just came dressed casual. Had hot dogs, chips and soft drinks plus the cake and also some candy and cookies. The kids had so much fun they ask for another one. Invitations we just made up our self. (05/04/2010)

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