Sweet 16 Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Sweet 16 event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


The Sweet 16 party is what every American teenager dreams about, and that includes the music. Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. The Sweet 16 celebration is supposed to be huge with lots of party supplies, a huge cake, and lots of dancing. Some teens start planning this party the day they turn 13. It is almost like a girl planning for her wedding at the age of 6. You will need a lot of space, food, cake, decorations, a DJ, and a great song list.

The Song list may seem overwhelming, but it is very simple. Teens love anything on the Top 40. This is the music they blare in the cars with their friends, and dance to in their rooms. Some examples of Top 40 songs include:
Born This Way- Lady Gaga
Forget You- Cee Lo Green
Just Can’t Get Enough- Black Eyed Peas
Grenade- Bruno Mars
Coming Home- Diddy
Not Afraid- Eminem
OMG- Usher
Raise Your Glass- Pink
Firework- Katy Perry
Hold It Against Me- Britney Spears
These are a few of the current Top 40 songs. The Billboard charts can help you come up with a playlist, and your teenagers IPod can also help you come up with the music they like. This is one party where it comes down to the music mor than the decorations and cake. More often than not, most hosts will find that having a variety of songs and tunes will keep the celebration going for quite some time. Inspirational idea: Have the appetizers ready to go when the majority of the guests have arrived, in the meantime a few various game options should be ready to play. Use unscented candles at a dinner, because the fragrance from the candle may not mix well with the aroma of the food. Get creative by using poster board and LED lights to make your own light up banner or message.

Preparing and planning a Sweet 16 party using homemade party supplies can take a great deal of time and organization. Celebrating a special event with outstanding event adornments, designs and materials are always a great addition to a festive celebration and fun designs that are perfect for guests of all ages will boost up the event and make the guests feel very special. More often than not, these colorful embellishments will add an excessive amount of attention to the celebration. Homemade party goods and party supplies, such as handmade tissue paper flowers can add a great deal to this fantastic occasion. Many times, these handmade flowers for this party will compare to previously owned paper flowers. Therefore, making these paper tissue flowers the ideal addition to any Sweet 16 party.

Some people will compare Sweet 16 homemade tissue paper flowers to simple paper flowers, but there is no comparison. Making a tissue paper flower is very easy to do and the bright colors will light up a room.

First of all, to make homemade tissue paper flowers for a Sweet 16 party, take a pipe cleaner and approximately six to eight sheets of tissue paper of various colors(placed one on top of the other). Then fold the tissue paper like an accordion and then place the pipe cleaner in the middle of the tissue paper and twist it together. Once this has been done, taking scissors round the ends and pull the petals (one layer of the paper) out of the flowers to form the flower itself. These homemade paper flowers can then be hung or placed in vases throughout the room to create the perfect handmade party supplies that compare to no other for your Sweet 16 celebration.


A Sweet 16 party is a special time in the life of most young ladies and therefore a special cake is in order. Great tasting delicous desserts and other tasty finger type treats are always a great addition to a special celebration. These extraordinary tasty desserts along with other treats that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event. Turning sixteen only happens once in a lifetime and what a better time for a pink or red velvet Sweet 16 cake. This handmade delicacy is perfect for this party and absolutely no comparison can be made between a homemade pink velvet Sweet 16 cake with butter cream icing and other items. For that reason, an assortment of red or pink velvet recipes should be consulted prior to preparing this pink velvet Sweet 16 cake.

Before making a homemade pink velvet Sweet 16 cake, find a suitable recipe and then take a quick analysis of the ingredients that will be needed. More often than not, this Sweet 16 cake will taste as delicious as it looks and the addition of pink party supplies should only add to the occasion. This cake will be a welcomed addition to the Sweet 16 party.

Additionally, most people will enjoy the white chocolate flavor that is found in this delicious pink velvet homemade delicacy. Once the cake has been allowed to cool, it should be covered with butter cream icing and then daintily decorated with a variety of colorful sprinkles, flowers and jelly bean treats. This small addition to the Sweet 16 cake will add a great deal of taste and flavor to the pink velvet cake. Furthermore, most of the guests will enjoy this Sweet 16 cake and be in awe of the decorations.

The sweet 16 party is starting to regain a lot of popularity and importance in our society, especially with the popular Sweet 16 television show on MTV that showcases fantastically large and opulent parties for the sweet 16th birthday. It’s no small wonder your child is after you for an equally great and cool party. There are ways to make this happen, even on the cheap. Most moms and dads will find it very beneficial to plan the event in advance. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration.

One of the best ways to create a fun party atmosphere is through themed parties and one of the easiest themed parties to put together is a decade theme. The kids will enjoy getting their groove on with a 70's party, and encourage all the guests to arrive in costume to help set the time frame. You can hand out some fun headbands for the party favors and these are inexpensive when purchased in bulk. If the seventies is the wrong decade a 60s party is even groovier and lets you use psychedelic colors in your decoration.

This theme even gives you an opening to add glowsticks to the party, since kids like dancing in a ‘club’ kind of atmosphere you can turn down the lights or replace the light bulbs with black lights and hand out glowsticks for the kids to dance with and wave around. Besides giving out glowsticks you can use them in decoration at the party. The glow ropes and necklaces easily connect together and you can string them along tables, armchairs and stair rails. This adds decorative atmosphere and extra light to a party.

Sweet 16 parties also give kids a chance to dress up. If your child’s sweet 16 is going to involve dresses and tuxedos than you can save a little cash by decorating the party area yourself. Look for anything that sparkles and shines. Metallic dangles to hang from the ceiling will catch any light in the room and send it reflecting back down on the dancers below. You can even blow up a bunch of clear balloons and leave them on the floor to add that extra magical touch to the party.

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Sweet 16 History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Sweet 16 theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Throughout history, a girl’s 16th birthday has been a time of great celebration. The tradition dates back to a young woman coming of age. They are old enough to be married and have children. The parties were designed to celebrate the passage and to announce that their daughter was now on the marriage block. While we no longer feel that 16 years old makes a child old enough to marry, the tradition of large party still exists. Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration.

Today, unlike historical times, the sweet 16 birthday party celebrates passing into young adulthood. The girl is now able to drive and work. She is old enough to enter into the beginning stages of adult life. Still too young to be out on her own, she is able to begin taking on more responsibility and making her own decisions. The girl celebrates leaving childhood behind her and embarking on her pathway to full adulthood.

Parities vary significantly. Some are lavish events while others are somewhat moderate. Some choose to take a trip instead of having a party. The ways to celebrate are varied and usually dictated by family traditions. It is a fact that, in the US, more money is spent on a female’s 16th birthday party than any of the other milestone birthdays. At this age, the birthday girl is capable of assisting to plan, execute and host her party.

There is no shortage of party supplies and ideas to celebrate a sweet 16 party. Budget is usually the biggest constraint as to the scale and grandeur of the party. It is an interesting fact the 16th birthday is celebrated across the world regardless of religion or country. Pick durable items that will last longer and laminate paper ones to reuse at future gatherings. Use fragrance to set a mood by burning scented candles and even incense. Pick durable items that will last longer and laminate paper ones to reuse at future gatherings. The history of Sweet 16 has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Sweet 16 to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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