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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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My 16th birthday is coming up next year on the 14th of February and I'm stuck on what to do! I can't have a party at home because I live in a small flat and I can't have a party outside as I only have a little garden. I live in Newcastle and there's not a lot to do in the winter. I would roughly like to invite 12 friends. Any ideas guys?
I'm having a 16th birthday party, and I have about 35-40 people I want to invite. It can't be too expensive, less that $500/$400, but I want it to be really fun while classy at the same time, you know? I know a lot of people have themes, but I'm not really too into that. I was thinking of maybe renting out a banquet hall and to just have food and dancing, but that might be too much and I can't seem to think of anything else. Any ideas? Please help! :)
While I can't fathom the idea of spending that much money on a party, I can see wanting to have all of your friends. I suggest a backyard B.B.Q. You can jazz things up nicely with home-made or store bought Tiki torches or those decorative light strings, light some citronella candles, some music (played at a moderate level so as not to incur the wrath of your neighbors or involve the police).
You could (and probably should) buy paper plates, etc... to make the clean-up easy on your folks. There is a lot of stuff on the web about party games, etc...
As far as food goes, I'd grill up a lot of hamburgers and set up a condiment bar, complete with different cheeses, pickles, buns, maybe even fried bacon strips and those lovely, greasy French-fried onions. I'd probably offer some cold sides that could be made ahead (think coleslaw, broccoli salad, potato salad, a sweet salad like fruit salad or something with jello and fruit), and several different kinds of chips.
Borrow several coolers and set-up drink stations around the yard. Make sure you offer bottled water for the friends who don't care for corn-syrup based refreshments or are health conscious.
Do you know someone who is good with decorating cakes? You can buy a large-enough cake pan for these kind of parties at Wally world, and then you will have the pan for future use. You can find out how many cake mixes to use with a quick web-search. Or just bake 2 or 3 different flavors in 9x13 pans, and make several cakes so there is a choice, and have just the one special birthday cake decorated up, leaving the others with plain frosting of your choice.
For Ice cream, I suggest buying half gallon cartons (not buckets). The reason for this is ease of serving. You peel off the entire top and sides of the container, leaving you with a "brick" of ice cream. You cut it in half lengthwise, then slice it, and you have nice equal "slices" of ice cream served up before it all melts.
You could ask a couple of your friends to be cake and ice cream servers, and maybe a couple to help with clean-up after the party. You all are mature and responsible enough now to pitch in and help Mom and Dad a little, right?
This kind of party can be very cool... actually it's really all about attitude. Maybe you could enlist your very best friends to help you plan the deal and shop for it.That in itself could be a lot of fun!
I turn 16 in November this year. My budget is 2,500 and I'm not sure what to do. I need ideas.
I'm turning 16 in March and have no idea what to do. I have considered a bon fire or maybe going to a indoor pool, but I'm so lost. I will have about 10 other friends there at the most. I would like it to be somewhat cheap for my parent's budget.
I want it to be super fun and something I will never forget. Any ideas or suggestions? I would like to do something outside, but with the weather, I'm not sure.
By Sabrina from Mt.Vernon, MO
I personally think that it is the friends you spend the event with rather than the "stuff" you do that makes the time special. The simplest things can be the best fun. Both of your ideas sound like fun. Perhaps you could do both. I always think that spending time around a campfire, talking, roasting hotdogs, making s'mores, etc. is a wonderful time. Perhaps one of your friends knows how to play a guitar and you can have a sing-a-long. That is always fun.
I'm turning 16 and I don't know what to do for my birthday. Any ideas?
My 16th birthday is coming up. My party has to be cheap and at my house in winter. I don't know what I should do for my party. I don't even know how many people I am inviting. I'm a tomgirl so it can't be very girly. Please help me with some ideas.
By Elizabethfrom NE
You could do a bonfire in your backyard! For my sweet sixteen my parents rented out 3 fire pits (which are inexpensive) and my guests could be either in my basement or outside in the winter without getting cold. Everyone loved it! There was no theme we all just hung out and had fun! A plus we got to wear whatever so that made it easy for everyone (and made the guys especially happy that they didn't have to dress up). And since I was on a budget we ordered pizza and got a variety of deserts and chips from Walmart.
As for a cake we made it ourself because it's more fun and really inexpensive! We put on the radio for music and the most expensive thing we got was a photobooth which was around $150 but definitely worth it! Not that many people have a party like this, they're usually upscale so a lot of people enjoyed it and thought it was "very unique".
Thanks for reading this! I appreciate any advice you can offer. I am not girly and not outgoing (so there won't be very many people at my party (10 at the most) and they will be all girls).
I am looking for any party ideas that are free or really cheap :) I'm not paying for it, but my parents don't have much money and so I don't want them to have to spend lots of money on a birthday party.
I don't want to have a slumber party, and I can't do anything on the weekends because of work. I know that it is really easy for people to get bored at parties if there isn't something going on at all times, and I'd hate for that to be my party.
Does anyone have any ideas? Basically: cheap, fun, and simple? Thanks!
Why not have a birthday party at your local McDonald's or Burger King? They will do it for any age, you'll get party goodies, an attendant will wait on you, and it doesn't cost much. You can check online for party games. I think your friends will have a ball!
if you don't want any thing huge just so a simple go too the mall and have goodie bags but if thats to out hand just do this have the most best time in your life go to the mall dance with your friends play pranks on people look at them weird even better buy a bunch of
mustaches and just wear them around I hope this helps you!!!!!
You could always get some balloons (either fill with helium or just use air) but before you blow them up, roll up a truth or dare card in it. It's really fun and people have to pop the balloon to get to the card.
I want to have a little party with 10 of my friends, but don't know what to do. Can you help me?
My 16th is in October and I'm really confused on what to do, I've considered a bonfire, but I don't want all my friends to get really bored and our garden isn't that big either. I'm thinking of inviting around 25 girls and guys and I don't want to spend a lot of money.
If anyone has any ideas please let me know :)
I am having a sort of dance party at my house and there will probably be about 100 people there, guys and girls mixed. I have a DJ planned for the dancing, and all my food is planned as well, but I can't think of any other activities as dancing for hours upon hours can be boring. Please help?
By cheney bird
How long do you plan on having your party last? Actually you must have a really large house and a lot of money to spend to have a party like this. When I was in high school, and we had a party in somebody's house, we played records and danced, also played board games and/or cards.
I agree with redhatterb-a large number of attendees for most homes! A DJ is a good idea but, of course, people will dance only for so long.
Your main problem is that you have so many people in one place that trying some other form of entertainment is rather difficult. You can consider a scavenger hunt but need several people to handle the arrangements, hunt items, places, etc. Other possibilities are hiring entertainers such as comedians, actors, etc., for performances.
I am turning 16 in March and I want to have a big party, but as of right now I can't think of a good theme for my party. I'm afraid anything I choose might be a disaster and I just can't decide. So if you have any good ideas I would love to hear them. Thank you.
By Caci from SC
Because it's your party, you should choose a theme that you like. Whatever you are into right now is what you should do. Are you an artist? A dog lover? Are you crazy about fashion or a particular movie or sport? What kind of music do you like? The possibilities are endless. Maybe a costume party where everyone comes as their favorite movie star, for example. When my niece had her sweet 16, she was into fairies, so her party was themed in fairies!
I always liked scavenger hunts. Make yours for charity. Divide your guests into groups. For example, Can have five groups of three or three groups of five. Give each group a 'shopping list'. They have to go to family and friends houses to find the stuff or can knock on other doors explaining what they are doing. List can be anything you might find in a grocery store, such as a can of tuna, packet of instant cereal, box of jello, nothing perishable. Tell the groups to tell the givers the food is going to your local food bank or mission. Then when get back to your house, you all can sort the items into bags. Then everyone can have cake and enjoy some music or a movie.
I'm turning 16 in July my prom is also in July on the 15th, so I am having a prom theme party on the 22nd everyone thinks its a really good idea as they will get more wear out of their prom outfits :) if your not how about a theme maybe a fancy dress, or a themed fancy dress? Favorite celebs, singers, actors or Disney characters?
My 16th birthday party is in the winter/fall weather so it's not hot at all. My best friend and I always have a joint birthday party because our birthdays are only 4 days apart. She's not really girly and I'm tom boyish. We would like a party that's not really expensive and that we could do at night, but we don't have many ideas beacuse of the weather and not really expensive please! Since it's our 16th birthday we still want it to be special.
I'm turning 16 in October and I want to do a few things with my friends, but I don't want to spend loads of money. I have thought about go karting and a trampoline park, but I don't live near many of those places. I don't have any ideas of what to do. Please help.
My birthday is in November which is a rubbish month for weather and I need some ideas on what to do. The option of an outdoor party is out and I don't like indoor parties. I need some help on what to do. I'm taking 5 of my friends and I have a very big family. I'm really stuck someone help please. x
I'm turning 16 on April 22. I'm having a party with boys and girls, and it's very low budget. I want to do something at a park. I don't want it to be a scavenger hunt, as some of my friends have scoliosis (curved spine, very painful), and they can't move around for an extended period of time. I'm not very girly either. My parents don't want a bunch of people over. It doesn't have to be at a park. Any ideas? Please, nothing expensive. Thank you!
What about some sort of board game contest, or card games? Are your friends into that sort of thing? You might set up a tournament or similar with games like Trivial Pursuit or card games like Hearts. Does anyone in your group play guitar? Music for a singalong always goes over well, I think. Could you do charades? I hope these suggestions give you some ideas.
Try doing maybe a cookout with hotdogs and s'mores kind of thing.
What are some ideas for a 16th birthday party?
Play triple dog. Where the birthday girl picks who goes first. The girl who is picked must pick a girl to dare them. If they fail to complete the dare they could challenge the person who dared them to complete the dare, it that person successfully completes the dare, the girl who didn't do the dare must shave her head, or something crazy.
Get dressed up with a bunch of your friends and go out to an expensive dinner, have a hang out session at your house. Just decorate everything super cute, rent out a small little house and have your party there with decorations, music, food, and a photo booth.
There's so many things you can do. 16th birthday parties don't have to be a massive thing. Get your friends together and celebrate your birthday doing what you want to do. The party isn't what makes you have a great birthday, it's the people you choose to be around that makes all the difference.
I need some frugal birthday ideas for my twins that are turning 16. A young man and a young woman. Please help!
By Deb from Cypress, CA
When my daughter turned 16, we had a hair. One of her cousins is in beauty school & came to help. The girls came with clean hair & their brush or comb, then they did each others hair. That was all they did. We gave them stuff from the dollar store-make up bag, hair towel, etc. WE provided pins, new combs, curling irons, etc. for them to use at the party.
Just after that, one of her friends had a party at the park. They did silly games and had hot dogs & such, then the cake. They had boys & girls, just kind of a hang-out thing.
Another idea is to have a pizza party. You make the dough & the kids load it up. The boys can roll out the dough (Muscle contest). Then swim or group dance or something simple.
What a great Idea! Our Church would let us use the kitchen and we could have a "cook off" Girls vs Boys...good healthy "inexpensive" fun. Maybe we can make our own cake too!
I have a problem. I'm having my 16 birthday party with about 80 people and I have zero ideas for what kind of games to play. Help me please!
I need help coming up with a birthday party theme for my 16th birthday. It's going to be a boy-girl party and I don't really know how to make it enjoyable for the guys. I've thought about doing an Alice in Wonderland theme or Clue theme, but I don't think they fit my personality. I would like it to be based on a popular movie or scene, but I'm too childish at heart for the other two. If you can help me please let me know. It needs to be fun for the guys and the girls!
I am turning 16 in less than 2 months, and I have no idea on what to do. I would really like to do something unique, but my birthday is in December. I really don't like most winter themed parties, and I am fairly athletic. Not many of my friends are as well, but I would to do something active. None of us are really girly. And I am planning on maybe 5 or 6 people at the most.
I turn 16 at the end of January and I have no idea what I want to do. I don't have enough close girlfriends to have it be just us, so I want to do a mixed group. I just can't seem to find anything good to do. Other Sweet 16s that I have been to have had pool tables, ping pong, poker, arcade games, etc. I'm just worried that it will be completely boring. One girl in my class had a party during the summer, but it was wildly inappropriate and I'm worried that if I have a dance party, everyone will think it's a complete bore compared to hers. What should I do?
By Charlotte W.
Consider a scavenger hunt. Ideas here:
Also, this website is interesting-scroll down to Best Teen Party Ideas:
My bday is this month (January). I want a party, but I don't if you know the feeling. It's going to be all girls. I want something that is cheap and easy to do. Any possible ideas?
Do a scavenger hunt! Those are always really fun. Another idea is if your party is in the winter, maybe going ice skating then to dinner and/or a movie would be fun as well. Lastly, just a fun sleepover with your bffs is a blast, even though it is simple.
I'm turning 16 on the 9th of February and I have absolutely no idea what to do. I want something fun and enjoyable but not something huge like a party as I don't have many friends and am not really into parties.
I wouldn't mind spending a day out with my boyfriend, but my birthday is on a school day which doesn't help. I really need some ideas as I've searched everywhere and I can't find anything that I like or am interested in.
By Fatemeh Z.
Some ideas may be the thrifty date: you and your friends/boyfriend go to the 2nd hand store with a small budget ($5-20) each buy the tackiest outfit you can for that amount. do fashion show while you are there and just have fun putting the most hideous outfit tougher.
You then follow this up with going out to your birthday dinner (in the outfits of tacky) i recommend something like McDonalds. bring a table cloth and candle for the meal and just have a grand time. Its cheep its fun and can be done with as many or few people as you wish. Just have a good time.
I want to have a dress up theme for my party, and I don't know what would be good and semi easy for a group of 15-16 year olds.
A few good ideas if you want to have a dress up theme would be a masquerade which sounds a lot more expensive and hard than it is. All you need to do is decorate your venue fancy and then have someone play music and get a dress and mask or a tux for guys, then there is your party.
You could also do a red carpet themed party, where you just hang with friends and talk and dance in fancy outfits, but obviously the red carpet itself is essential. There are many more things you could do so suggest researching this more, and good luck to you!
My birthday is in less than 2 months and I still have no idea what to do! I don't want to have a big party... just three girls and myself. I was thinking of a spa day but it's just so expensive, and my parents don't want to spend that much money on the party. Plus the venue can't be too far away because we don't have a car at the moment. Please help!
Just do a cute at home sleep over if you have nail polish buy some cucumbers and some face wipes and your ready to go also go with four really small cakes and put there first letter of there name on the cake its really easy to pipe I would also suggest bethany mota on youtube look up her diy and she has this one with her friends it was so cute!!!!!
My 16th birthday is this month. I wanted to get a massage done with one of my friends, but since you have to be 18 and older to do it without a parent in the room, I decided not to. Are there any other ideas that are fun and not a party at a house with alcoholic with one friend.
I think y'all should go to a club or teen, then ride the rest of the night out.
I'm turning 16 on September 18th and I live in Florida. I'm not sure what to do and how many friends to invite. It will be all girls because I don't think any guys would come. Any suggestions?
By Nicole L.
if you like the beach and if you have a some cash in your pocket well all you have to go is go to the beach have a tiki party with drinks and little hand foods or rent jet ski's I know how you fell girl I too live in a really hot place its called Florida lol so I would do and thing not so hot lol
My 16th birthday is in a few weeks (July 2) and I still haven't planned anything. I would like to have many friends over (boys and girls), but I also want to do something that is inexpensive. Please help!
By Kristen A.
Scavenger hunt for fun things around town or at a mall or just within your property!
My 16th birthday party is coming up and I need a few ideas on what to do. There's only going to be a few people and it's mainly girls, but a couple of guys are coming as well. I was thinking an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant, renting out a house that you can decorate it however you want, bring food, play games, dance, play, music etc. However, my dad is building up my backyard to have a fire pit and I don't want to hurt his feelings and not use it when he made it his goal to finish it before my birthday so that we could hang out back there. Anyone have any ideas of what I should do?
By Katelynn O.
You could have a house party with all your friends and family. Plan a lot of games that any age can play.
I turn 16 August 1st and I am unsure of what to do for my birthday, any ideas?
By Emily H
It depends on what you would like to do and how many people you are planning to invite! Is it all girls or a mixture? Do you want to spend a lot of money or have a decent but inexpensive party? Details would be nice!
I was born in America, but grew up in Ireland. Everyone thinks that seeing as I'm kind of a yank and turning 16 is huge over there I should do something biggish for my 16th in March. It is 6 months away, I'm just not sure what to do. Having sleepovers, going to town for the day, going to the cinema, or going to discos are always done for everyone's birthday every year. I'd love to do something different, something new. There would be 10 people including me (all girls). I would really appreciate any ideas, because I really can't think of anything! And if possible, the less it costs the better.
By Bláthnaid F.
How about a spa pampering party? You can assemble the materials ahead of time. Google for DIY facial recipes, etc. Then do each others makeup and hair and pose for your own Glamour Shots!
I'm turning 16 in about 2 weeks. I have no money to spend, but I'm trying to make it fun. I'm having about 25 girls over and I want it to be just a fun hang out kind of thing, but don't want it be boring. I was thinking some games we could play would be fun, but I don't know any games to play. Any ideas?
By Koki F.
How about a costume contest? Or have your friends bring clothes that can be cut up and make zombie outfits and practice for halloween. Add popcorn and scary movies and outdoor christmas lights! The 18 year old next door did this and it was the best party ever!
My oldest daughter is turning 16 in a week and she wants to have a party. We don't have a very big house and also don't have a lot of money. She has a list of about 17 people, boys and girls. Any ideas?
By Carlene V from Coeur d'Alene, ID
Get the guests to come early with their make-up bags and they can all do each other's hair and make-up as a warm up to the party. Then just provide loud music and plenty of pizza and burgers. Maybe have a fashion show where they can strut their stuff up and down the room.
My friend and I are both turning 16 and want to have a joint party. We are on a very limited budget and can only invite 20-30 people. I was thinking about like, a scavenger hunt in two teams each with a different birthday girl and we end up meeting in the same place, but I'm not sure she would go for it. I think she wants a more elegant dinner type thing, but I'm not sure that we can afford it. Help!
By Tia xx
This sounds like a very nice idea. There is no reason you could not end with something elegant. I'd suggest, however, something less formal, as 16 year old boys are not into "elegant". I am sure they would much prefer burgers. You could do sliders (tiny makes it elegant), and how about birthday cupcakes arranged on tiered plates, with iced tea in lovely glasses.
I'm having my sweet 16 in two months and I still need to come up with ideas. The main theme is Murder Mystery. I want to have a nice dinner that ends up in us having to solve a mystery. It doesn't have to be a murder mystery, but a mystery of some sort. I'd like to keep it cheap.
You could use a boxed game set, ($20 on Amazon, as low $3 on ebay). You could try your local book store or Goodwill for these as well. Make your invitations, ask people to dress as their character, instant party. Do you have a favorite mystery you've read? That could work also.