I love party and my girls will celebrate a party. When I was planning my 45th Birthday party (yes, I planned my own, what better way to have the party of your dreams?), I had a thought. If you host a party, often times you have no time to socialize with your guests for more than a minute or two because of the ongoing party prepping. Here’s what I did. I have a friend who is a photographer, it’s his hobby. I dressed in the same outfit I had planned on wearing the day of the party. For young ladies, the sixteenth birthday marks a “coming of age,” calling for a festive celebration. Each Sweet Sixteen party has its own unique style, ranging from extremely formal galas held at banquet halls to casual, backyard bashes. This year, if you’re planning a sweet sixteen party for a special young lady in your life.
The parties you remember probably had a very cohesive theme to them, or felt like a good fit for the person having the party. Your party should be personal representing you, your likes, and the things that are the most important to you.
Rock Band, DDR or Guitar Hero Party: Why not take the games you play with your friends to the next level? Setup a screen, lighting, speakers and have a real rock championship to determine the best Rock Band, Guitar Hero, or DDR players. Setting up a tournament with brackets and themed prizes can make your sweet sixteen party a blast!
Dance Party:This is by far the most popular party. It’s the most popular for a reason, if you find the right entertainment it can be the most fun of all the different party types. Think about your school dances, many schools only have two per year of which you may only be allowed to attend one! But everywhere you look you see other people having dances on TV or in movies. Dances allow you to throw your own party just like an adult where you can have a blast with all of your closest friends. If you find a DJ who specializes in sweet sixteen’s with lights, games and contests you (or your parents) don’t have to worry about anything except showing up, picking out the right music and having a blast with all of your friends! The right DJ should be able to keep the party going all night.
The photographer took pictures of me and we picked one to enlarge into a life size photo of me from just above my waist. He mounted the picture on cardboard, hard stock paper and cut out my image. We had two of these. When the time came for the party, I put one of me (cardboard picture) on a dress manikin I had in the garage and one of me on a stick so it could be held. I, of course, was dressed just the same as in the cutout pictures, hair, clothes, everything.
Roller Skating/Ice Skating Party: Having an activity to focus on throughout the night is important if you don’t like being the center of attention the whole night. It makes it easy for everyone to have a great time from your really outgoing guests, to friends who need a little help getting into the party. Having a really cool looking sweet sixteen cake can also help kick these parties up a notch. Having a roller or ice skating party can be a great theme option. Many rinks have a lot of creative ways to enhance your party. Having a local band or a DJ can also be a great way to kick up a party to the next level.
Pool Party: Pools are a great way for your friends to relax and hang out in the pool. Hiring a DJ to keep the music going and to incorporate the pool into the evening with contests and games can be a really great party during the summer. You can setup a giant inflatable movie screen next to the pool to show the movies on, or have a volleyball net or basketball hoop if you don’t already have one for the pool.
Outdoor Movie Party: Having your party outdoors can be awesome for you and your friends to take in the great summer weather and watch a movie together. You can rent all the equipment you need to have a massive screen in your backyard or by the pool so you can all watch a movie together or make a movie night out of it. Having games and party favors within the theme can help turn it into an awesome party. Big blow up screens can oftentimes cost less than $200 and can be used with standard projectors.
Throughout the party, it was really hilarious…I have so many great pictures of my friends and family with me (?) and my two other me’s! Some look so good you actually don’t know if it’s the real me or the copy. I even have a picture with my friends who are identical twins and the real me and a cutout. Very funny picture. Yes, a simple idea like this can make you the host of the party everywhere and great memories through pictures afterwards. The guests had a great time taking pictures, silly and serious, and I was with all of them for more time that usual.
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