Want to make your daughter’s sweet sixteen truly memorable? It’s time to think outside the box! Here are 5 sweet 16 party ideas she’ll love.
Check out our list of surefire sweet 16 party ideas guaranteed to please the guests and birthday girl!
5 Amazing Sweet 16 Party Ideas for Girls
Pamper Her with a Spa Party
What 16-year-old doesn’t love to be pampered with a mani-pedi and facial? There are a few ways to host one of these classic sweet 16 party ideas. If money is no object, treat the birthday girl and her besties to an afternoon at the spa or the salon.
Working with a budget? Not to worry! You can pull this party off at home, too. Supply fluffy robes and slippers, or ask participants to bring their own. Collect a variety of nail polishes and manicure supplies, as well as some facial scrubs and peel-off masks, from a dollar store or beauty supply shop. The girls will have fun doing each other’s nails.
Whisk Her to Paris
Any girl who yearns to visit the City of Light would be thrilled with a Paris-themed party. Eiffel tower decorations are easy to find, and you can string up Christmas lights to create an outdoor cafe ambiance. Play Edith Piaf tunes or romantic French accordion music.
For refreshments, think patisserie treats: macarons, croissants, madeleines. Perrier and Orangina will quench partiers’ thirst. Offer baguettes, a charcuterie platter and a selection of cheese (don’t forget the Brie!) for savory sustenance.
Throw a Festive Tiki Party
A tiki-themed celebration is one of the best outdoor sweet 16 party ideas. Light up the night in your backyard with tiki torches and colorful paper luau lanterns. Provide leis for the guests, or set up a lei-making station to encourage their creativity.
Serve virgin cocktails — daiquiris or Blue Hawaiians — from coconut shell cups or tiki mugs. For food, how about grilled shrimp skewers, some roast pork, and a big platter of tropical fruit?
Celebrate Your Girl’s Geekiness
Is your sweet 16 proud to let her geek flag fly? If she’s a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, or Doctor Who, it will be very easy to plan and execute a themed party. Or maybe she can’t get enough of superheroes and comic books? Encourage guests to come dressed as their favorite female superhero.
Of course, the invitations to this one should look like a page out of a comic book. As for food, call up your local sub shop and order a giant “hero” sandwich!
Roll Out the Red Carpet
Movie buffs will love the idea of a Hollywood-themed bash. The girls can get all glammed up in their finest party attire, and strut their stuff on a rented red carpet while you act as paparazzi.
Plan a movie marathon of classic romances like Casablanca, Roman Holiday, Some Like It Hot. Or hit the RedBox for recent hits. Refreshments should include lots of buttered popcorn and candy, or maybe some elegant finger food and sparkling juice.
No matter which of these sweet 16 party ideas you decide on, balloons are a must. You can even order customized balloons to reflect the party theme!
Have you been to any unusual or unique sweet 16 parties? Tell us all about it in the comments!