The day our daughter’s turn sixteen marks a momentous moment in their lives, the glimpse into adulthood, the step away from childhood, and, of course, the legal age to drive a car (yikes!). They deserve a Sweet 16 Birthday Party that celebrates their vivacity, sparkle, and joy.
Create an invitation by folding cardstock (in your chosen theme color) in half. Write in black glitter “Sweet! You’re invited!” Decorate around the words with stamped stars and then embossed with silver embossing powder. Write your party details on the inside and, before sealing, include a sprinkle of star confetti. There are also some snazzy premade invites you can purchase, as well as some matching party supplies like tableware, streamers, and decorations.
Prior to the party, collect gift certificates to various teen venues (fast food restaurants, chocolate shops, nail salons, etc) and any other teen-friendly items you can use for gifts and awards. Your activities can be as simple or elaborate as you wish:
– Treasure hunt. Create two puzzles out of a photo of your daughter, take it apart, and place in a drawstring bag to hide. On index cards, write elaborate clues that lead to more elaborate clues until eventually, your two teams find the hidden puzzle bag. The team that finds their puzzle bag and puts it together first wins!
– Trivia Game: include questions about your daughter, popular movies about sweet 16, hit songs, etc.
– Hide prizes inside sparkly balloons and at the end of the party, hand one to each guest. Instruct them to pop the balloon to see what they won.
Make the meal a nice sit-down for the guests with classy entrees. You can use your daughter’s favorite foods or create a simple menu theme such as Italian, Chinese, seasonal, etc. For example, if you choose Italian, serve hot garlic rolls, Penne Pasta with a Red Tomato Sauce, Mixed Greens, and a Sweet Ricotta with Chocolate for dessert. Instead of a cake, offer a glorious array of cupcakes! Mmmm!
Hopefully these ideas get you rolling for a fantastic Sweet 16 Birthday Party. Remember, your sweet daughter deserves to sparkle and shine …