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Party Ideas for a Sweet 16

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:21 pm | Updated: 1:22 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

Gina Dean, Couture Floral & Rentals...

It’s got to be fun! I have adorable chandelier centerpieces for rental in clear, pink and black. We also have pomander or kissing balls in all different colors. You could hang them from the ceiling in all different heights, over the tables or buffet.

For a Sweet 16, the entertainment is crucial. Whether it’s a DJ or a band, make sure they can play the type of music you want.

Rob Schaefer, Coronado Ballroom...

The biggest trend this year has been due to the royal wedding. We have the quintessential ‘Cinderella ballroom’ here, but it’s a very sophisticated, William and Kate look—regal touches with contemporary elements mixed in. Use chic, modern flowers paired with traditional damasks and silver sets, with gold flatware and platters. For the food, you can have everything from sushi to cake pops or a made-to-order crepe station.

To go along with the royal theme, we see girls wearing little chic dresses, with the fascinator hats and gloves. It’s been fun to see these young women try to outdo each other with the hats!

Brian Blasingame, Butler’s Pantry...

A great Sweet 16 theme would be a spa or makeover party. For the menu, you can do light cuisine like sushi or things you would get in a spa. Another great route would be a Hollywood theme—you could either pick your favorite movie and take foods from that, or else have things you might find at the movie theater like hot dogs and popcorn.

Katie Fogerty, Envy Events...

Invitations set the tone for the party, and for teenagers it’s always who has the coolest thing or the next biggest thing. Once, we printed the invitations on a poster and rolled it up then mailed it in a poster tube. You could also record a video on a CD and create a custom cover, or send digital invites out on thumb drives.

For the food, keep it simple. Use foods they would normally eat but do it in a classy way, like French Fries in a shooter glass with ketchup at the bottom, or mini grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters. You could also do a s’mores bar—set up burners with graham crackers, chocolate and flavored marshmallows.

Once we did an Alice in Wonderland themed party, with one room as the Queen’s Lounge where everything was made out of playing cards. Another room was the Tea Party Lounge, so the tables were covered in Astroturf with glass on the top for the centerpiece, and everything was served out of teacups.

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