Party Ideas for a Sweet 16

by Emma W.R. on August 26, 2015


What better way than to celebrate a ‘Sweet 16’ than with a huge blowout including all your friends and family! There are some great themed party ideas to get the party started.

Tropical Luau anyone! You can do so much for a luau themed party starting with the invitations, to dressing for the occasion, to decorations and ending with luau food and drinks. Your friends will feel they have been transported to Hawaii.

Musical Sweet would definitely cause a stir. Your invitations can resemble an entrance ticket to a concert. The centerpieces can be shaped as disks. Encourage your guests to dress for the theme and make sure there is plenty of room for dancing.      Hand out glow in the dark necklaces and wands and maybe even some blow up instruments to bring out their inner musicians.

Mardis Gras and Masquerade sends the party message very clearly. Have feathered masks and colorful beads for all your guests as they enter. Urge them to wear costumes or purple, black and green, the colors of Mardis Gras. You can scatter gold chocolate coins on the table. Another great touch is to plate pralines and beignets on the tables for dessert.

Another fun idea for your ‘Sweet 16’ party can include a photo booth so you and your guests can laugh and be rewarded with photo souvenirs immediately. Dance music is a must to keep the rhythm flowing, but you can also add excitement if you reserve some time in between the dancing for Karaoke. A popular tradition at ‘Sweet 16’ parties is the candle lighting ceremony.   At this time, the birthday girl invites the people who have made an impact on her life up to light a candle while she says some appreciative things about them.

What kid doesn’t like chocolate and candy? I love the idea of a chocolate fountain beside the themed cake. You can provide strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, brownies, etc. for dipping. One party I attended had a candy bar as the favors. The host provides a tin or decorative bag and have large bowls filled with your favorite candies so each guest can make their own personalized goody bag. Yummy!

Whatever theme you choose, always remember to be consistent. Follow your theme through from the very first invitation to the very last dessert. Most importantly, though, is to relax and have the time of your life. You only turn 16 once.

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Sarah May 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

I had a 50’s themed sweet sixteen party. Everyone had a blast!


Myriam December 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

I miss the days when girls would do sweet 16 parties. It just doesn’t happen anymore. I know they are expensive though


Victoria October 7, 2015 at 11:33 am

I love Broadway so that became the theme for my sweet! My invitations were a playbill for a play entitled “My Sweet 16!” (shocker I know). It was adorable! Each table was a different Broadway musical with homemade centerpieces, and my cake had a picture of the NYC skyline decorated on it. The most important thing is that the theme fits who they are!


Tiff October 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

Yes, photo booths are all the rage at every event these days. If you don’t want to spend thousands you can definitely make your own by hanging up some wrapping paper and cutting out your own props!


Tone O October 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

These are great ideas, my nieces birthday are next week and I think imam give this a chance.


Rebekah September 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

It’s always good to plan these things early, because otherwise, you blink, your kid has turned 16, and you are at a complete loss of what to do! Thanks for the ideas! They’re great!!


Ava September 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

PHOTO BOOTH! Great addition to any party.


Kaya L September 15, 2015 at 10:09 am

My daughter just turned 14 and there’s already talk among her friends about what they want to do for their sweet 16s. These are some neat ideas that don’t even look like they need 2 years of planning 😉


Janet September 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

I once went to a fifties themed Sweet 16 birthday party. What a great time we had; they even had a record player playing vinyl records.


diana September 9, 2015 at 10:44 am

fancy looking cake! these are some great theme ideas. thanks for the tips.


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