One of the most prodigious moments of a teenager’s life is finally reaching the coveted 16th birthday. You only turn 16 once so you might as well celebrate this momentous occasion in style! There are many over-the-top sweet 16 birthday party trends to incorporate into your party while planning the exciting day. With our help you’ll be able to throw an MTV-style party filled with memories to last a lifetime!

Sweet 16 Party Themes

Sweet 16 Theme #1: Vegas
Decorate your event venue like a glitzy casino straight off of the Las Vegas strip. You can hire staff to run different games or you can save yourself some money by recruiting friends and family, dressing them in bow ties and visors and having them run the game stations instead. Create the gaming tables by covering regular tables with green felt, sheets or towels. You will want to pick simple games that most of your guests will already know how to play, such as poker and blackjack. Reward the guests with fake money that can be turned in at the end of the night for various prizes. While the guests are enjoying the casino games, provide a Vegas-style buffet and play music associated with Sin City, such as Wayne Newton and Celine Dion, mixed in with some current, popular music of course!

Sweet 16 Theme #2: Mardi Gras
Create an entire carnival atmosphere for your sweet 16 celebration! Turn the venue into Bourbon Street by covering the walls and tables in greens, purples and golds and providing plenty of Mardi Gras beads, masks, boas, and fleurs de lis. A fun idea is to set up a photo booth near the venue entry so that guests can show off their festive outfits. You can even provide a Mardi Gras jester cutout for guests to use as a fun prop. A costume contest is a must—crown the best-dressed guy and girl as the king and queen of the birthday party! As always, a band or DJ makes a great addition to the Sweet 16 beaded bash!

Sweet 16 Theme #3: Red Carpet Affair
Nothing says glitz and glamor quite like a walk down the red carpet! Hire local photographers to be paparazzi for the night and literally roll out the red carpet for guests. Definitely hire a DJ or live band and designate an area of the venue to be the VIP lounge for guests to relax and maybe even view one of the birthday boy or girl’s favorite Oscar films. Set a dress code to ensure that everybody comes dressed to impress.

Location

Once you have chosen the theme for the sweet 16 party, you can start brainstorming the perfect place that goes along with whatever atmosphere you are trying to pull off. Is the party for a theatre lover? Hold it in the lobby of a local theatre. Is it for a music lover? Rent a dance club for the night. The vast array of possible party locations is limitless. Some other great party locations include hotels (many have fabulous ballrooms), a tent (if your yard is big enough), a museum, a mansion, a barn (great for a western theme), and even a sports stadium. There are also numerous unique party venues that are hidden all across the city. All you need to know is how to find them, through Snappening’s venue search!

Invitations

If you’re shooting for an over-the-top Sweet 16 birthday party, no ordinary invitations will suffice. Get creative with inviting your lucky guests. The invitations set the tone for the entire party, so they need to be phenomenal! Send out invitations that make music, have a personalized recording or light up when opened. Make a DVD invitation that your guests have to view to get the details. Send a box with an invitation and a treat of your choosing. Or even go around in a limousine and personally invite the VIP guests. The possibilities are endless!Planning an over-the-top sweet 16 birthday party is no easy task. Consider hiring an event planner to save yourself lots of time and money. And if you still haven’t found a venue, head over to our extensive venue search.

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