I am trying to plan my sweet 16th party for late August and I haven't got a clue. I don't have very much money and want to invite about 10 girls. There isn't a lot of places I can go with my budget and my house is really boring and my friends vary on what they find to be fun. I can't come up with anything that will be fun for all of them and that's really what I want. I just really need some suggestions.
I did a party for my granddaughter a few years ago and purchased at the dollar store something that girls my age use to want at that age. I purchased a gold comb, mirror, and brush set for each girl (plastic cheap set) and had my husband be EJ the dj. The girls had to wear bobby sox, a white men's shirt, blue jeans, and ponytails (if their hair was long enough) and I used chiffon ribbon to tie up the ponytails and we danced and had a ball. Maybe this will give you ideas. If you wanted the comb and mirror sets and couldn't find gold; use gold nail polish to coat some inexpensive ones. (06/17/2005)
Why don't you have a Make-Over Party? You can hire ladies who do this or if on a limited budget ask a few of your older girlfriends to come and help. Or just get all the girls to bring their make up and hair brushes, etc. and do each other's make up and hair and nails.
Make up a big bowl of fruit punch (Recipe idea here: http://www.dole5aday.com/CookBook/Bever_FruitPunch.jsp?topmenu=2 ) and serve up some nibbles, too.
If that doesn't suit go to the link at the end where there are lots and lots of other party ideas for you to choose from. Happy birthday to you, in August! Whatever you do I am sure it will be a birthday to remember. ( Don't forget to take lots of photos too, perhaps you will post a few to tell us how the party went?)
Rent a local dance floor and set it up fancy. Invite a few more boys set up a bar, virgin of course, and dance your heart out. (06/28/2005)
This idea has worked for me, hope you'll think of using it! Go to a website like hotels.com and look for a cheap hotel with an outdoor or indoor pool. At your party you and your girlfriends can do each other's makeup and hair. Then go to a pizza place that has a buffet that's also really cheap. Then you could go back to the hotel and swim since it's August it'll be hot. After that you could go up to your room and get on ur PJs and most hotels have movies you can rent. If you get a scary movie turn out all the lights to set the mood! Then y'all can play games, like truth or dare (singles or team style), lapstack, and other things! For 7 or more girls I recommend getting 2 conjoined rooms! At a Motel 6 or something you can get a room for like 30.00! I hope you have a happy birthday!
You could do something really cool even if you don't have a lot of money. You should try like a Survivor birthday, where you invite like 10 girls. They each bring 10 dollars and you have different tasks and whoever wins at the end gets the money.
That would be fun!
Go camping! It may seem boring, but it's not and if you have a couple of tents there will be enough room for ten girls, just have a campfire and roast marshmallows and talk! Believe me it's fun! (07/19/2006)
Scavenger Hunt at a mall. Make your list of things you can find or do in a mall. Break into groups of 3 or so. Bring a digital camera for each group. Take the list and as you complete each task, you take a picture. For ex: on the list is to find a worm and put it in your mouth. My daughter went to the candy store and found a gummy worm, put it in her mouth and took the pic. Another was to bring back a 'cute' boy to our meeting spot. Each group had an adult supervising and believe it or not one group accomplished that task. Another task was to bring back a striped shoestring and so on and so on. Then on to the next task. They set a time limit of 1 hour and the first group to return to the meeting spot with the most tasks accomplished was the winner. As a incentive you can offer a $$ pot to give the winner or some other prize. We did this for my daughter's 13th birthday and they had the best time you could imagine along with pictures to remember it by. They still talk about it today, it was a wonderful fun memory for them all. She is turning 16 in Sept. and is doing it again. After the hunt, they went to a pizza buffet and back home for a nite of talking, movies, games, and more food. (08/10/2006)
I am now 19, but I love to plan parties and if using my own birthday as an excuse to have a good time then so be it! For my 16th birthday, I invited a bunch of friends over after school for ice cream floats. I had some music videos playing, board games out, and plenty of ice cream. There is nothing wrong with having a little room for people to just kick back with their frozen treats and enjoy a little conversation. I, myself, love to talk!
Another idea is to have an outdoor grill and or pool party. You can cook anything from hot dogs and burgers to marshmallows for s'mores.
Most teens like to dance. A dance theme would be fun. Get a disco ball or other mood lights, great music from your favorite CD's (better include some slower songs if there will be guys around ladies or vice versa for the boys). (07/20/2007)
I'm gonna be 16 near the end of August. I do not want to have an expensive birthday party just one that is fun. I was thinking of having a cookout in our backyard with 10 or so of my friends. We bought all kinds of fireworks after they were on sale after the 4th of July so we can set them off later on in the night. For food my parents and I are gonna get all kinds of things to make mountain pies so everyone can have what they want, that way we really don't need a cake if we get all kinds of pie filling to make your own cakeish thing. After that I was gonna take out the TV and put it in the tent were we're sleeping to watch movies and chill while still having a little luxury.
My mom had the suggestion that after school was back in I could invite 1 or 2 of my closest friends and their moms to come with us to have a complete day of spa pleasure. (Well for me that includes a manicure, facial, and massage), but either way it sounds fun.
That way I can have a fun party with all of my friends and it is cheap and entertaining and I can still have a little bit of the feeling that my 16th birthday is a pampered matter.
I hope this gave you a couple ideas. It's not much, but to me it seems perfect. (07/31/2007)
My daughter's 16 this August. I've decided to do a surprise pool/beach theme with mocktails, fake drinks. A friend is gonna take pictures of her and friends in their swimsuits with leis on after they dance. I'm going to decorate with Chinese lanterns/patio lanterns and torches. Hope this idea helps. Have fun. Happy birthday. (07/31/2007)
I am in the process of planning my daughter's sweet 16 party. Our theme is "Cinderella: A Night to Remember". We have a budget to work with as well. This party will be formal to semi-formal. There will be dancing and entertainment. (08/05/2007)
Well, my 16th is coming up, and my friend and I are having a double-16th. This lets she and I share the cost of the party, and allows us to have a pretty good party with lots of friends. We managed to find a cheap, but awesome limo service that is going to pick both birthday girls up, as well as friends. A movie or something like glow-in-the-dark bowling might follow that, but we're unsure still.
If themes aren't for you, try a "stay at home with friends" party. (08/29/2007)
Depending on where you live there are many inexpensive things to do. One year I took my daughter and a handful of friends caving, another we all went camping up on the mountain. The caving was the best, they had so much fun.
Tye-dying shirts or pillowcases would be a fun idea too! (09/01/2007)
My daughter's sweet 16 is next week. We are doing a welcome to summer theme. The dollar store has a lot of inexpensive items. I have rented the community center and have windsocks to hang from the ceiling, streamers, hula hoops, we made our own invitations in the shape of flip flops. Michael's has paper lanterns. Think fun, summer, and inexpensive. I ordered a 6 foot party sub and the owner threw in 4 dozen cookies. In total I believe I have spent $125 including the hall and have 40 of her friends coming. You can do it on a budget. Also her cake is in the shape of a flip flop. Hope these ideas help. (05/17/2008)
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