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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.
Planning the food for a birthday party is dependent of several factors, such as the age of the guests, number of guests, location of the party, and of course budget. This is a guide about food ideas for a 16th birthday party.
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My 16th birthday is coming up in early December (it's summer where I live). I want to have a big party like you see in the movies, but I know my mum won't approve and I won't have enough people to invite.
16th Birthday Ideas:
You don't need a lot of people to attend your party to have a great time.
You can have a movie night and slumber party at your house. As far as decorations, you still have time and can check Pinterest. Right now the trendy ones are backdrops where you take photos (like the floral ones) that'll be fun to do a Photo Booth because selfies are in right now!
You can do each others hair, nails while watching a movie.
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.
My 16th birthday will be at the end of August. My parents are not against me having a larger sized party, but they would like it to be affordable. I am wanting the theme to be elegant and mature, but not cheesy. I plan on inviting both boys and girls and as stated previously, it will be a larger party. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
If you have a house you could turn that into a fancy place with some cheap decorations. You could also have a fancy invite and have everyone dress up fancy.
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.
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 agree with the previous post - have a BBQ! You could set up a "Sundae Bar" for the ice cream with all kinds of toppings - YUM! And a burger bar with toppings. Set up some activities for your friends, like volleyball or even a sprinkler - you know, even if you are 16, people of all ages enjoy "letting go" a little. Maybe have a theme - Mad Men, Hawaii, 70's tie dye, whatever is cool to you and your friends - ask some of them what they'd like. Most of all, make sure you have fun! Hey, how about karaoke?! Yeah, it's old, but it's still fun.
Also - here's something that's really cool: If you really don't need presents, ask your friends to bring donations for your local animal shelter instead of gifts. ;)
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 Elizabeth heskettfrom 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".
I'm turning 16 soon and my parents don't exactly have a lot of money to spend for my birthday because my little brother's birthday is a week after mine. What should I do that is inexpensive and yet something fun I can actually get to enjoy and remember?
By Katelyn P.
A birthstone ring?
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 have 2 kids whose birthdays are in Oct. so we've had a lot of parties.
Or if you are adventurous, would you consider a costume party since it's October anyway? That could really be fun!
Perhaps if you asked your friends to help you create a Haunted House or Haunted Yard and invited the public to come as your friends all dress up to 'entertain' visitors? If you have a local church or library or even school who might want support, you could even use their facility and let them help promote it. You could charge a small admission and give the collection to your favorite charity! That way your birthday would really be memorable and fun and you would have done something good for your community as well!
Have a great birthday!
hi, my birthday is in October aswell and I was just coming to get ideas off here but last year I had the same amount and we went shopping out of town and then we caught the bus home and when we got home got dressed up in heels and dresses and went out for dinner then we watched movies until we fell asleep. The day after that we went to a local show and the weekend was a blast!
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 birthday is on November 4. I'm turning 16 and I still don't know what to do. I only have like 7 friends. What things can I do with my friends on my birthday?
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 at the end of this month and idk what to do. It's my first party where I can invite guys, but that can only happen if the party isn't at my house. My mom doesn't trust guys so she wants to do something that's cheap, but fun, where she doesn't have to clean up afterwards.
I was thinking a pizza place with games singing, etc., or going to Santa Monica, bowling, or ice skating. I need help please and thank you.
I am turning 16 May 24th and I was going to have a bonfire, but my mom said no, so now I am only having my 2 best friends over Kyle and Ashley and I have no idea what to do. We were planning to go to Seattle, but now we might go to Portland. Except I do not know what there even is to do over there. I need help and fast!