Planning the perfect Sweet 16 party takes a lot of work! The party experts at Sweet16PartyStore.com have come up with 101 Sweet 16 Party Ideas to help make your party planning easier! Our list has lots of fun party ideas, themes and links to all the party supplies you’ll need! Start your Sweet 16 party planning here!
1. Turning 16 Rocks!
Turn on some music and plan the hottest “Rock Star” party that will have your friends talking for weeks! Have your guests grab their wigs, microphones, crazy outfits and dress up as their favorite singer or rock star!!! Decorate the entrance to your party venue with a carpet runner so your guests can walk the “Grammy” runway and have their photos taken before entering the party. Rock Star theme décor will complete the look of your party. Music is key so choose some rockin’ tunes and allow your guests a chance to dance and maybe even sing karaoke.
2. Sweet 16 Party in Paris
Make your guests say “Oooh-la-la” when they receive their invitation to your Sweet 16 Party in Paris! Use our Paris Backdrop Banner to transform any venue into a day in Paris. Go for a sophisticated look with your decorations, including an Eiffel Tower centerpiece, place settings and favor boxes. Have your guests arrive to your party in berets, boas and stylish sunglasses and sip on espresso while snacking on croissants and petit-fours. This party will be “Tres Magnifique”!
3. Slumber Party
You can’t go wrong with a classic like a good old fashioned Slumber Party. Invite your friends over for pizza, snacks, movies and gossip!!! Stay up all night and give each other makeovers and mani/pedis. Decorate your room with Sweet 16 party streamers and balloons. Give your guests a party favor bag or box that includes a pillow case, sleep mask, nail polish pen and lip balm.
4. Disco Divas
Break out the Bee Gees, polyester, mirrored disco ball and all things sparkly and glowing for a Sweet 16 Disco Divas dance party! Decorate your party with Disco Ball Danglers, cut outs, glow sticks, streamers and balloons. Hand out favor bags to your guests that include beads, candy and glow sticks. Have guests come dressed in their favorite disco attire and have a dance contest for the best “Hustle or Bump” and award prizes.
5. Tutu & Tiara Amazing Race Sweet 16 Party
Plan a glamorous girly day full of fun and adventure. Have all of your friends dress up in tutus, tiaras and boas to look ultra-fabulous, while they participate in an Amazing Race style event! Break your guests into teams, plan a fun route for them to run around the city/town doing activities and finding city landmarks. Have them take pictures of where they are at each location or doing the activity. The first team to finish with all the activities complete wins!
6. Sweet 16 Spa Day
Treat yourself and a few friends to manicures, pedicures, massages and facials at a Spa Party! Be daring and try a new hairstyle! Use photo booth props or take before and after pictures to share with family and friends. After your day at the spa, head home for cake and snacks. Decorate your table with a nail polish cupcake stand, animal print spa napkins, Sweet 16 party balloons and streamers! Treat bags for your guests that include sleep masks, lipstick or nail polish pens, purse note pads and lip balm will be a hit!
7. Glowing Sweet 16 Party
Dim the lights, turn up the music and break out the glow sticks for a night of fun! Place a few black lights around your party space and encourage your guests to be creative and wear fluorescent clothing and glow-in-the dark accessories! Award a prize to the best outfit!!! Decorate your space with balloons, party streamers and light up your cake/snack table with a few glow sticks/bracelets! Don’t forget the glow straws for your guests! Decorate yourself with light up rings, glow bracelets, glow glasses, flashing headbands and necklaces!
8. Diamonds & Denim Sweet 16 Party
This party is a combination of dress up glamour with dress down comfort! Wear a pair of your favorite jeans and add some bling with a tiara and rhinestone sash! Go to dinner at your favorite restaurant and decorate your table or space with a Sweet 16 banner, balloons and centerpieces that sparkle and shine!! Treat your guests to party favor bags that include a light up “faux” diamond ring, party beads and tiara hair combs! The cool thing about this party theme is that everyone has a favorite pair jeans and some kind of bling or can get “faux” bling easily.
9. Party Animal Sweet 16 Diva Princess Party
Nothing says “girly”, “diva” and “fabulous” quite like an animal print theme birthday complete with pink, black and white decor!!! Decorate your space with zebra stripe place settings, centerpieces, balloons and party streamers to complete a fabulous place for your guests to hang out, eat and gossip!!! Have your guests dress up in their best diva and sassy outfits including tutus, tiaras and boas! Use cute zebra print gift bags for your guests party favors, which could include items such as zebra print candy, animal print lip balm, animal print sunglasses or animal print sleep masks!
10. Sophisticated Mocktail Party
You’re not old enough to drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Set up a mock cocktail bar and give guests fun, fruity beverages that look like real adult drinks! You can also offer instructions for each drink and let your guests make their own…don’t forget the stiletto drink stirrers!!! Serve your mocktails with fruit, cheese, crackers, and fun treats! Decorate your space with a stiletto and mocktail centerpiece and garland, balloons and party streamers. This Sweet 16 Party will be both classy and sassy!
11. 1960’s Theme Sweet 16 Party
Go back in time with a 60’s themed party! Decorate your cake table with a groovy and colorful centerpiece surrounded by tie dye napkins and peace sign confetti! Don’t forget balloons and party streamers to complete your look! Have your guests dress up in a 60’s theme and to boost creativity, let them know that there will be a prize for the best outfit!!! Spend the night dancing to music from the 60’s and gossiping with the girls!!!
12. Sugary Sweet 16 Party
They do call it “SWEET” 16 after all, so go crazy with sugar! Invite your friends over and enjoy sweet treats such as cupcakes, Sweet 16 Cookies and a magnificent candy buffet. Mix and match your candy in your favorite colors. Decorate your space with fun Sweet 16 decorations like centerpieces, tableware, balloons and streamers! Give your guests favor bags so they can take candy home so that when the sugar rush starts to subside, they can keep it going!!
13. Scavenger Hunt Sweet 16 Party
Take your friends on a wild scavenger hunt across the town, mall, or around your neighborhood! Set up different locations to visit and have guests do something silly or collect something at each location. Break up guests into teams, take pictures at each location, and try to beat the other team! If you want to make this scavenger hunt extreme and go around the town, you can rent a limo and the Sweet 16 party guests can explore the city without you being the driver!
14. Hawaiian Luau/Tropical Sweet 16 Party
Put on your grass skirt and lei because a Luau birthday party brings the sunshine inside for a fun theme everyone will enjoy! Decorate your party space with fun and festive floral and flamingo centerpieces, tableware, straws, balloons and garland. You can’t have a luau without leis, so make sure you have plenty to give guests as they arrive!!! Festivities might include a game of Flamingo Ring Toss, hula dancing or the Limbo!! If your party is being held outside, try a game of pineapple bowling!!
15. Masquerade Ball Sweet 16
Dress up in fancy clothes, put on feathered masks, and dance the night away with a familiar stranger! Spend the night trying to figure out who everyone is, but remember, the unknown is sometimes more fun! Decorate your space with balloons, confetti, streamers and lanterns! Set up a photo booth to capture your friends at their finest.
16. Dinner and a Movie
Keep it classy and simple with this fun and easy Sweet 16 birthday idea. Invite a few of your closest friends and go to your favorite restaurant! After dinner, go see that popular movie you’d been dying to watch and while you’re there, splurge on popcorn and soda! To make it more fun, go for a fabulous Sweet 16 look and have everyone dress up in tutus and tiaras!!!
17. Board Game Olympics Sweet 16 Party
Bring out some of your favorite board games and spend the day/night playing games! This is a great way to “break the ice” for guests that don’t know each other well. Provide snacks, turn up the music and just have a great time! Decorate your space with fun Sweet 16 balloons and streamers. Provide snacks and cake for your guests and be sure to include cute Sweet 16 tableware!
18. Fashion/Supermodel Party
Put on your best high heels and your fanciest outfit because you are having a Supermodel Sweet 16 Party! As guests arrive, they will walk down the purple carpet runway and you will score their “runway walk.” Everyone must do their best pose while photos are being taken! Decorate your party with silver, pink and black balloons, shiny fringe curtains, swirl danglers and streamers for guests to enter through! Your friends will be talking about your stylish party for weeks!!
19. Mall Shopping Spree Party
Girls love to shop! Make credit card invitations to let guests know this is a shopping party! Bring a few friends to the mall, go into all your favorite stores; even treat yourself to something you’ve had your eye on! This is, after all, your big day! Grab something to eat at the mall, then head home for cake and ice cream! Decorate your house with pink balloons, party streamers and danglers!! Give guests mini shopping bag party favors, such as lip stick pens, lip balm, animal print purse notepads and more!
20. Sassy Sweet 16 Bowling Party
This is a classic party idea, but you can take it up a notch by having your friends dress in tutus and tiaras, because let’s face it…bowling shoes are ugly and you have to look fabulous!!! Invite your friends and break into teams to compete for the highest scores!! Have a prize ready for the winner! Decorate your space with Sweet 16 balloons! Strike or no strike, everyone will have a great time being sassy, laughing and bowling.
21. Arts & Crafts Sweet 16
Let your creativity flow! Get a roll of butcher paper and cut it to fit tables at your venue. Then, leave glitter, glue, pens, markers, stickers and more on the tables for the guests to draw on and leave a message for the birthday girl. Also, have designated areas/tables marked with Sweet 16 balloons, where guests can make their own craft projects, such as flip flops or paintings! Get creative and think of fun craft projects the party guests can make!
22. Photo Booth Party
Rent a hall or set up a room in your house. Hang a fringe curtain on the wall and danglers from the ceiling for a great backdrop. Have a box of props as hats, tiaras, sunglasses, boas, beads and leis! Offer different sized cut out frames that guests can put their faces through when having the picture taken. Get creative and see who can take the craziest photo! Set up a cake and snack table including a Sweet 16 centerpiece and tableware. Don’t forget to take a group photo so everyone will remember this night for a long time!
23. Highlighter/Black Light Sweet 16 Party
Set up black lights in your house for a highlighter party! Have guests dress in all white or give them a cheap white T-Shirt as they arrive. Hand your guests some highlighter pens. The object is to write and color on as many people’s shirts during the party as possible! When decorating your space use colors such as yellow, bright green and pink or consider covering your walls in butcher paper and encourage guests to graffiti!!!
24. Cheerleading Theme Sweet 16 Party
Go…Fight…Win! Decorate your venue in your school colors! Wear your cheer uniform if you want! Clear a space for a dance floor/cheer competition. Give guests pom poms and have them do their best cheer for the birthday girl! The birthday girl will decide who had the best cheer and award a prize to the winner. Offer cake and snacks for your guests! Give your guests fantastic cheer party favors too!
25. Sweet 16 Make Up Photo Shoot Party
Hire a professional makeup artist and get your friends together to learn all about how to apply makeup for the newest trends! Get all dolled up because it is time for your photo shoot! Hire a professional photographer and have fun being silly and gorgeous during a photo shoot that will give you pictures to last a lifetime and that will always bring back memories of a fun day with your friends!!!
26. Talent Show Sweet 16 Party
This is a super fun idea and everyone gets to participate! Have party guests prepare an act to perform in front of your friends. The birthday girl is the judge, decides the winner and awards a prize for the best act! This is a great way to get to know the party guests better and is fun to watch guests being silly! Create and decorate a stage or your backyard using balloons and streamers for the performances!
27. Haunted House/Halloween Theme 16th Birthday Party
Are you up for a spooky scare? A Halloween birthday party is the perfect idea! Have guests dress up in their best costume and go to a haunted house or get creative and make your own haunted house in your own home! Give guests a real scare! Once the festivities wind down, choose your favorite scary movie to end your “fright night”!
28. Bumper Cars/Bumper Boats 16th Birthday Party
You don’t need your license to drive these cars! Bump into all the birthday guests at your Sweet 16 party with bumper cars or boats! Everyone will have a great time as they try to “out drive” and crash into each other! Make a theme out of it and send bumper car invitations with a picture of the birthday girl in the driver’s seat. Serve your guests favorite food such as pizza and soda!!!
29. Go Kart 16th Birthday Party
Give your party guests a taste of what it’s like to drive! Take them to a go kart race track and practice your driving skills! Before you drive, play a game of “Who’s most likely” and have guests write down answers to questions like “who’s most likely to be a lead foot”, “who’s most likely to suffer from road rage” and so on. Most venues that offer go karts also offer a party room…set up the party room with Sweet 16 balloons and streamers. Have a race car themed cake or cupcakes and other snacks available for your guests. This will be the perfect time to go over the answers to your “Who’s most likely” game and find out who the winner is!!!
30. Laser Tag Sixteenth Birthday Party
This is good old fashioned fun! Laser Tag is an exhilarating, competitive game played in a dark arena enhanced with black lights and strobes and often has swirling fog, glowing pillars and maze-like passageways. Either individual or team play, Laser tag is always a big hit! Who can score the most points??? Most family fun centers or laser tag arenas also offer a party room for use once your game play is finished! Serve your guests pizza, soda and cupcakes that look like targets on a table decorated with glow sticks to keep to the Laser Tag theme.
31. Party at the Park Sweet 16
Fun, simple, easy, and sweet! This idea is perfect if you want a quiet, simple Sweet 16 with some of your friends. Doesn’t matter if it’s summer or not! Bring a picnic, listen to music, play Frisbee, go down the slides, and swing on the swings. Decorate the park with streamers and balloons. Bring a cake and everyone will have a relaxing day! This day is sure to be lots of fun in the sun!
32. Campfire/Bonfire Sweet 16 Bash
Head to the beach for the day! This is a relaxing, inexpensive Sweet 16 party idea! Everyone enjoys a nice day at the beach! Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day playing in the water, combing the beach and gossiping with friends. As night draws in, have a beach side BBQ and roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a campfire! Tell stories or play some campfire games such as 20 questions or truth or dare to get to know your friends even more!!!
33. Sweet 16 Camping Party
Invite a few friends to go camping! Camping is a great way to get out of the city and away from all the stress!!! If you can’t get away, then have a camping themed inspired party, complete with S’mores, bonfires, lanterns, and sleeping out under the stars or in tents in your backyard! Hang twinkle lights, Sweet 16 balloons and streamers inside your tent to make your special evening a night to remember!!! Serve your guests camping theme food such as hot dogs, “fire log cookies”, “S’mores”, chips and more!
34. Water Wars 16th Birthday Party
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a good old fashion water balloon or squirt gun fight! Divide into teams or make it one-on-one, either way, the goal is to get everyone SOAKED! Other games you could play would include placing ping pong balls on golf tees and see who can use the water gun to shoot their ball the farthest!!! Take this theme into the night by putting glow sticks inside your water balloons, fill them up and start throwing these glow bombs at each other. Serve your guests fun snacks such as cake pops, cupcakes or cookies that look like balloons or squirt guns. This is a great, fun and inexpensive Sweet 16 birthday idea!
35. Ice Skating Sweet 16
Grab your warm clothes and head to the ice skating rink! This is a great place for a Sweet 16 party because you can bond with your friends while you slip, slide and skate across the icy floor! Send out a postcard invitation with the birthday girl wearing a pair of ice skates and holding a Sweet 16 Balloon! Treat your guests to cupcakes, mitten or snowflake cookies and hot cocoa!!!
Country Line Dancing Sweet 16 Party
Learn how to line dance with your friends! This is so much fun and everyone will be laughing as everyone tries to learn the moves! Whether you are learning the Cupid Shuffle, the Wobble, Electric Slide or the Dougie, break out your dancing shoes because this night could get a little crazy! To take this party idea up a notch, have everyone dress up in a fun costume or outfit (maybe a tutu and western hat) before heading out dancing… this will make your event more fun and those birthday photos totally worth sharing.
37. 16th Birthday Backyard BBQ
Enjoy a backyard BBQ for your Sweet 16! Decorate your backyard with red and white gingham table coverings along with Sweet 16 Balloons. Cook hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob plus have chips, pop and any other fun BBQ treats! Want to play some games??? Set up an obstacle course in the backyard for your guests to complete, bring out the squirt guns and water balloons and drench each other or just relax and enjoy the day!
Sweet 16 Pool Party
A good classic, old fashion pool party is always a great Sweet 16 idea! Rent out your local pool and put up streamers and balloons! Bring water toys, beach balls, pool noodles and floats, and spend the day jumping off the diving board and playing in the sun! Serve fun “pool themed” snacks to your guests or have a BBQ cookout poolside! Don’t forget your sunscreen!
39. 16th Birthday Beach Party
Everyone loves to relax on the beach. This is the perfect spot for a Sweet 16 party. Play out in the sun, make sand castles, get your tan on, play beach volleyball and bring a picnic! Send out beach ball invitations to your guests so they can look forward to a day at the beach helping the birthday girl celebrate. Make your food selection match your theme (for instance a large rice crispy treat shaped like a sand castle or flip flop shaped cookies) get creative! You could even BBQ at the beach. Make this night special by having a sunset dinner there too! Either way, this day is sure to be loads fun with all of your friends!
40. Favorite Sports Team/Favorite Sport Party
Sports fanatic??? Whether you’re a fan of basketball, football, baseball or soccer, this can be a fun theme for a party. Decorate your venue with cutouts and danglers of your favorite sport! Get balloons and streamers that match the colors of your favorite team and put up posters of your favorite player(s). Serve fun foods that you could get at a game such as nachos or hot dogs or go for something a little more creative and make cake pops or cookies shaped and decorated like the ball of your favorite sport. When it comes to the food, there are endless possibilities with this theme. After eating and mingling with your guests, head outside for a friendly game of your favorite sport with your guests.
41. Book Party Sweet 16
Pick one of your favorite books and decorate your party with it! You could play trivia games about the book or read some of your favorite passages! Decorate your space with Sweet 16 balloons and streamers, set your cake on top of a pile of books to make it the focal point or centerpiece of your party. Put gummy worms into cellophane bags and tag them as “book worms” for your guests to take home as a party favor. Use pages from old books to create wreaths or garlands to dress up your space in a literary theme.
Favorite Movie Sweet 16 Party
Invite your guests to your Sweet 16 Movie Party with invitations that look like movie tickets! Decorate your party with posters, streamers, and balloons from your favorite movie!! Set up a concession stand and serve lots of popcorn, fun sized candy bars, soda and more! This party will be a huge hit for your movie fan guests! Kick back and relax as you and your guests enjoy watching all of your favorite movies on this special day!
43. 16th Birthday Fishing Party
Enjoy a relaxing day by taking the guests out on the lake and go fishing! This is a great opportunity to get to know your guests more. If the weather gets hot enough, jump in the lake for a quick swim to cool off! Then come to shore and grab some lunch! This will be a calming escape from your daily busy lives!
44. Alice in Wonderland Sweet 16 Tea Party
Plan your very own Mad Hatter Tea Party with your friends. Decorate your venue with cute “drink me” bottles, balloons, lots of flowers and other crazy unusual things! Drink out of small mismatched tea cups, serve food in small and large sizes all placed on a black and white gingham table cloth, decorate with playing cards and have an elaborate cake. The birthday girl should sit at the head of the table wearing a Mad Hatter hat while guests wear mini top hats to complete the look! Get creative and have a great time!
45. Horse Carriage Ride Sweet 16
Make this night really special by taking a few friends on a horse carriage ride through the city or up through the mountains! This is great for those winter/holiday Sweet 16 birthdays! Put on your coat and mittens, cuddle up with your friends and sip on hot chocolate as you trek through the snow and see all the beautiful lights! Take along goody bags filled with snacks in case you get hungry while on your adventure.
46. 50’s Grease Theme Sweet 16 Party
Put on your poodle skirt, neck scarf and bobby socks, and have your friends over for 1950’s theme party! Old style juke box invitations will set the stage for this fun party!! Serve your guests burgers, malts and popcorn (in retro red and white popcorn bags). Decorate your space with record albums, hot pink, black and white balloons and streamers. Before the night is over, set up a dance floor and learn to do the “hand jive” or the “cha-cha”! End the evening by watching the movie Grease!
47. Sweet 16 Costume Party
Have all your friends dress up in a costume! Encourage your guest’s participation by awarding a prize for the most creative costume. This is also a great idea if your party is close to Halloween. Serve snacks, treats and cake to your guests then head out on the town in your costumes for a scavenger hunt. Make sure to take a lot of pictures, you will definitely want to remember this day!
48. 16th Birthday CSI Party
Send out “Wanted” invitations with your friend’s pictures on them to invite them to your CSI theme party. Have a chalk body outline in the driveway on the way into the party. Decorate with yellow crime scene tape, black lights, balloons and streamers. Serve guests beverages marked “evidence” in test tubes as well as “blood splatter” cookies or cupcakes and other theme snacks. Set up clues, flashlights, foot prints, etc. that leads the party guests on a hunt to find out who the criminal is and rescue the victim! A very fun and entertaining idea for a Sweet 16 party!
49. Mini Golf/Golfing Sixteenth Birthday
This activity is always fun at any age! You and your friends will enjoy trying to get hole-in-ones while you see who can get the lowest score! After the game is over, surprise your guests with golf ball inspired cake pops and balloons! Have all guests wear matching tutus to stand out and to make your photos more fun! You could even make your own backyard mini golf course!
50. Roller Skating Sweet 16 Bash
Gather up your friends and head off to your local roller skating rink! Even if you fall, this is sure to be a fun filled day for your Sweet 16! Most skate centers offer a party space that you can decorate with balloons and streamers in the birthday girl’s favorite colors and make sure to bring along a special cake!!! Take lots of pictures to share!!!
51. Fair/Carnival Sweet 16 Party
Ride the rides, play the carnival games, pet the animals and go dancing at your local fair! Fair food is great and there is always a large selection to choose from. Dress up in cowgirl hats and tutus to take your party up a notch. Not only will you and your guests look adorable, but you will be able to spot people from your party in a large crowd!! Everyone will have a great time!
52. Day in the City Sweet 16 Adventure
Play tourist in your own town/city! Do activities that you, as a native don’t normally do. This is a great way to learn more about your city and is fairly inexpensive! Spend the day getting lost in your own city, go on adventures and take selfies and other silly pictures with your guests in front of your town’s famous landmarks! After you and your guests are done exploring, gather back home for some Sweet 16 treats! This is going to be a fun filled day!
53. Under the Stars 16th Birthday Party
If it is too cold to star gaze or there are not enough stars in the sky, you can create your own star themed party! Decorate the ceiling with lots of glow-in-the-dark stars or have a light that recreates stars on the ceiling. Star gaze with your guests and find constellations, you can even have star themed music! Decorate your space with twinkle lights, blue and silver star shaped balloons and don’t forget to put up a giant moon! Use star shaped cookie cutters on sandwiches, cookies and other snacks to keep your theme going. The stars will be out just for you tonight!
54. Singing/Karaoke Sixteenth Birthday Bash
Bring out your karaoke machine, inflatable guitar and get all your guests singing and dancing along to their favorite songs! Don’t let them be shy, everyone must participate! Laughing at each other is half the fun! Decorate your party with pink and black balloons, streamers and other fun décor ideas! Serve fun treats and a microphone shaped cake.
55. Super Hero 16th Birthday Party
Pow!! Bang!! Zap!!! Have all your guests dress up as their favorite super hero! Decorate your space in bright red, blue and yellow colored balloons and streamers! Serve an amazing superhero inspired Sweet 16 cake! Give guests silly string to create Spiderman webs, set up a photo booth area to capture everyone’s great looks, watch a super hero movie or do heroic stunts with you and your superhero guests!
56. Vintage/Rustic Cowgirl Sweet 16 Party
Country Chic is rapidly becoming a very popular! Put on your cowgirl hat and head out to the farm or open field and have your Sweet 16 there! Decorate your venue with light pastel colors, lanterns and flowers! This classic country Sweet 16 is perfect for a summer day or night! Set up a tire swing, ride horses, jump into the lake or play a game of horse shoes. Put on some country music and the guests can have fun dancing and sipping on some Sweet Tea or lemonade!
57. "Survivor" 16th Birthday Party
Outwit, Outlast, Outparty!!! If you are a fan of Survivor, then this party theme might just be right up your alley!!! Decorate with tiki torches, team flags and grass skirts to start putting your theme into motion. What really makes a Survivor Party are the Challenges! Break your guests into teams and give each team a colored bandana and have a few challenges set up and ready to go. Challenges could include food challenges, obstacle course, scavenger hunt or blind fold games. This party will be lots of fun for all your guests!
58. Sweet 16 Pajama Party
You and your guests get cozy and comfortable in your cutest jammies and party it up! Eat lots of snacks and junk food, have a pillow fight, dance around to your favorite songs and watch movies. A perfect night to be comfortable, silly and just have fun!!
59. 16th Birthday Sporting Event
Are you a major sports fan? Then take your guests to see one of your favorite games! Even have your party at the stadium or arena! Serve a cake in the shape of your sport (baseball, basketball, etc.) and get dressed up with jerseys on!
60. Pretty in Pink Sweet 16 Party
Nothing says girly girl like pink, pink, pink! Decorate your party space in all shades of pink, and maybe polka dots. Set up a cake and treat buffet table with a pink table cloth, surrounded by pink balloons and streamers. Have a fabulous pink cake and serve your snacks and treats in all shades of pink (for instance: pink jelly beans, pink lemonade, pink cake pops and/or pink gumballs). Have all your guests wear their favorite pink and white outfits and dress them up with pink & white feather boas. The more creative ideas you can come up with, the more memorable the party will be for your guests.
61. Cooking Class Culinary 16th Birthday Party
Do you like baking or cooking??? Why not have your party themed around something you enjoy doing?? Find a place in your area that holds cooking classes or hire a chef to come to your home for the afternoon to teach a class on how to make your favorite dish. Want to know the best part??? After the class, you get to eat what you made! Yummmmm! Also serve a Sweet 16 cake!!! Make sure you get photos of your group wearing their aprons and chef hats!!!
62. 16th Birthday Fiesta
Break out the sombreros and maracas because your Fiesta themed Sweet 16 party is going to be “loco”!!! Decorate your space in bright colored balloons and streamers, hanging lanterns and cactus. Serve guests enchiladas, tacos, chips and salsa as well as a Sweet 16 cake. Guests will enjoy swinging at a piñata and dancing to mariachi music.
63. 16th Birthday Punk Party
A punk party is always fun because you can be edgy, cool and free spirited. Decorate your party space with vintage posters of punk idols like Blondie, The Ramones, The Clash, and Patti Smith, but keeping in the theme, you can also hang black streamers and balloons. Wear black clothes with lots of chains, studded/spikey jewelry and spike up your hair, put it into a mohawk or wear a wig! You can’t have a punk party without punk music, so before the party, download lots of punk songs to play continuously throughout your event.
64. Mock Rodeo Sweet 16 Party
Put your cowgirl hat and boots on and create a mock rodeo party where guests can learn to ride a mechanical bull. Set up your venue outside and surround the place with bales of hay, wagon wheels, red bandanas and balloons. Play country music, sing, dance and show down on some great country inspired food and just have a great time with you friends.
65. White Water River Rafting 16th Birthday
Do something crazy and exhilarating! Get your friends together and go on an adventure of white water river rafting! You and your friends will enjoy rushing down the rapids in an inflatable raft! Pack along some snacks and beverages for a riverside lunch or picnic! You will have loads of fun and this will definitely be a memory you and your guests keep forever!
66. Indoor Sky Diving 16th Birthday Party
Bring out your inner dare devil as you take a leap of faith into the next phase of your life! This activity is for the more adventurous Sweet 16 girl, but a definite must if you are looking for a little adrenaline rush! Fun and daring, this experience will not soon be forgotten especially if you can capture the event by photo or video!
67. Snow Skiing/Sledding 16th Birthday Party
This is a great activity for a winter Sweet 16 party! Take your friends up to the mountains to go skiing, snowboarding or tubing on fresh powered snow! It may be chilly outside, but this party is sure to be hot! Reserve a table or two in the lodge for your actual Sweet 16 party and decorate your tables with balloons! This will give guests a place to be together and enjoy hot chocolate, cake and snacks!
68. Water Park Sixteenth Birthday Bash
Invite your Sweet 16 party guests to a water park! This is always a lot of fun and it gives everyone a chance to do their own thing! Maybe some guests want to just lie out and “catch some rays” while others want to go on every slide available or just hang out on the “lazy river”. A day at the water park if fun for everyone!
69. Paint Ball Sixteenth Birthday
Get splattered! This is a really fun activity and it gives your guests a chance to get down, dirty and messy! Get splashed with multiple colors while you battle your friends and defend your team! If your paintball venue offers a party room, decorate the space with splashes of color and enjoy snacks while you recount the events of your play day! All your guests are sure to have a blast at this party!
70. Disney Sweet 16 Party
Sweet 16 is a milestone birthday, so head into your new year with a bang! Take the birthday girl to Disneyland or Disney World! Go on all the rides, meet the Disney characters and end the night watching the magical Disney Parade! Everyone will have a great time on the “happiest place on earth!”
71. Get Wild at the Amusement Park Sweet 16
Grab a few close friends and go have some fun at the amusement park for your Sweet 16! Guests can go on rides together or venture off and do their own thing! After a day of rides and fun, head home to your decorated Sweet 16 Party for snacks that would be in the Amusement park theme, like pizza, corn dogs, nachos, popcorn, soft pretzels and ice slushy drinks.
72. Hot Air Balloon 16th Birthday Ride
Few experiences can match the tranquility and beauty of floating above the treetops and a hot air balloon ride is one of the most fascinating adventures you will ever embark upon. It might be scary at first, but it is definitely worth it! See your town from way up high as you soar over the city! Before you go up, plan a picnic and have snacks and treats ready for your return to earth.
73. Rock Climbing 16th Birthday Adventure
Invite some of your closest friends and embark on a rock wall climbing adventure! Scale a rock wall and see who can reach the top first! You will love the experience and want to climb it again, or try the real thing! Tell guests to dress comfortably and bring good shoes because this party might get a little rocky!
74. Weekend Getaway 16th Birthday
Take your family and a few friends on a special weekend getaway! Anywhere will do! You could try a cabin in the mountains and go hiking, a beach house for walks on the beach, or your favorite vacation spot! Enjoy playing, being silly and escaping your everyday activities for an entire weekend! This is a special day, so make it something you will remember forever!
75. Yachting 16th Birthday Party
Spend the day out on the lake in a boat! There are countless fun water activities to do! Go water skiing, play on jet skis, swimming, go inner tubing or simply enjoy feeling the warm wind blowing through your hair on the boat! Bring along snacks and treats for your guests. This party will be lots of fun in the sun and a day your Sweet 16 year old won’t forget!
76. Sail Boating Sweet 16 Bash
Hoist the sails and head out on the water for a fun day sailing! This is a great experience and your guests will love it! Send out sail boat invites and have beach theme party décor, including leis, anchors and shells. Decorate with fun colors to match the boat’s sail! Make sure you pack up some snacks and treats for your guests.
77. Paddle Boarding 16th Birthday
Invite some very special guests for a fun day of play on the water. Rent paddle boards, sign up for lessons and take to the water. You can paddle ocean surf, placid lakes and even rivers. When everyone is done paddle boarding for the day, you can just lie around in the sun on your boards and chat about the day’s events. Include a picnic for your guests and bring lots of food! This will be a great way for an active Sweet 16 girl to spend her special day!
78. Ziplining/Rope Course Sixteenth Birthday Challenge
Gather your friends and take on the adventure of a rope challenge course! Break into teams and compete to see who completes the course first. Make guests special shirts and hats that they can wear while taking on the challenge. Guests will love zip lining, cargo net climbing, rope bridges, giant swinging logs and other fun obstacles these courses have to offer! This is also a great team building exercise and is definitely for the adventurous at heart!
79. Snorkeling Underwater Sweet 16
Buy or rent some snorkel gear (and wetsuits if needed) and explore the beach, lake or river! Search for fish, shells, algae and rock formations. When you are done with your snorkeling adventure, head home and party in an underwater decorated area including lots of balloons to give the feeling of being surrounded by bubbles!!! Invitations shaped as snorkeling masks would be a cute way to invite your guests to this fun Sweet 16 party that will have them talking for weeks!
80. Float Trip Sweet 16
Grab your friends and some inner tubes and float the river or lake on a hot summer day! This is a great summer Sweet 16 party idea! Not only is this a perfect way to cool off, but it’s an inexpensive way to have a good time! Pack a cooler of your favorite snacks and treats that relate to a day of sun and fun (i.e. licorice as pool noodles, donuts as inner tubes for instance) and be sure to include your favorite mocktail drink. Link arms with your friends or tie your tubes together and have a fun and silly day as you float your cares away!!!
Surfing Lessons Sweet 16 Party
Sign up for surfing lessons for you and your friends!!! An afternoon of surf lessons, beachside fun and great food is a perfect way to celebrate your Sweet 16 birthday! This is a great experience and your guests will not want to leave the beach! This is such a fun idea and once your friends need a break from the water, come to shore and have a picnic on the beach featuring food in a surfing theme (cupcakes with blue frosting to look like waves, surf board or flip flop shaped cookies and gummy sharks). Give your guests a party favor bag filled with a lei, sunglasses and other fun beachy themed items.
82. 5K or Fun Run Party
Sign up to do a local 5K or Fun Run!!! Get your girls together, put on some tutus and sneakers and either run or walk in an event that also helps a local charity!!! Not only will you get your heart pumping, but you will be burning off those cake calories before you even eat it!!! Dressing up for an event like this not only makes it more fun, but your silly and adorable pictures will make the day more memorable. After the event, head home to celebrate your day with cake and other treats, share your photos and just spend time chatting with your girls!
83. Dance the Night Away 16th Birthday
Take your girls out dancing! Don’t know how to dance? Sign up you and your guests for salsa, tango or hip hop lessons! When the big day arrives, you will all be able to rock the party with your perfect dance moves! Before you head out dancing, be sure to celebrate the birthday girl with cake and snacks. Give your guests party favor bags with glow stick bracelets and other glow items to wear on the dance floor!!!
84. Circus Sweet 16 Under the Big Top
Invite a few close friends and head to the “big top” to experience the circus! Get wowed by the amazing acts and animals! Before you head to the circus, have your guests over for a little party with animal decorations, blue, red and yellow party streamers and balloons! Serve circus themed food like popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs and, of course, a fabulous circus themed Sweet 16 cake. Your guests will feel like a kid again and everyone will have a great time!
85. Zoo Sweet 16 Adventure
Who doesn’t love the zoo??? Get some of your closest friends together and head to the zoo! Create a photo scavenger hunt and see who can get their picture with all the animals on your list!!! Give extra credit for creative photos and award a prize to the winner!!! Before you and your guests head off for a day at the zoo, celebrate at home with a zoo themed party. Decorate your space with zebra striped or cheetah print balloons and streamers. Give your guests party favor bags including some Sweet 16 candy and animal print sunglasses. Serve zoo themed snacks and treats. Your guests will have fun and feel like a kid again!
86. Sixteenth Birthday at the Aquarium
This is a great Sweet 16 party idea! Invite some close friends and go explore the aquarium! This is a great chance to learn about all the different variations of sea life! Guests will love seeing all the animals and even touching some of the sea life! Before you go to the aquarium, have your guests over for an underwater theme inspired party including sea decorations, fish, and everything blue with bubbles! Fill cellophane or Ziploc bags with gummy sharks for your guests to snack on while touring the aquarium!!!
87. Horseback Riding Equestrian Sweet 16 Party
Every little girl always dreams of having a horse or going horseback riding. Today is the day to make those dreams come true! Take the birthday girl and her guest’s horseback riding through the country! After “horsing around”, celebrate the birthday girl with a party including a cake and snacks.
88. Wild Thing Jungle Party
If you love animals, then get a little wild with your Sweet 16 party! Decorate with lots of animal print and have an animal print cake! You can even get someone to bring in live animals, do exotic dancing, and! Send out a classy animal print invitation!!! Zebra stripe and cheetah print decorations including plates, napkins and cups along with green streamers or vines hanging all around your party space will complete the look for this wild party. Give away animal print sunglasses and animal print lip balm as party favors!
89. Fancy Restaurant Glam Sweet 16
Make reservations at a special, fancy restaurant that you’ve only dreamed of going to. Have your best girlfriends get all dressed up in beautiful floor length gowns and bring them along to help you celebrate your special day! Take it up a notch and show up in style to this restaurant in a limo! Have the restaurant decorate your table with Sweet 16 balloons. Take a lot of pictures and enjoy this time with your friends, this is your night to shine!
90. Juicy Sweet 16 Bash
Juicy Couture is a very popular Sweet 16 idea, girls love Juicy! Decorate a venue with everything Juicy Couture! Pink and black balloons, pink and black streamers, pink and black flowers and hang high heel danglers as decorations! Have the girls get dressed up and have a style room at the party where guests can put on Juicy lipstick, nail polish, try different purse styles, and even try on Juicy jewelry. Even have Juicy chocolates! Guests can leave with samples of Juicy in their goody bags!
91. Princess Party/ Fairytale theme Sweet 16
Get dressed up in a pretty fairytale ball gown and wow your guests as you make your entrance! Rent a ball room and decorate the venue with princess themed decorations, streamers and balloons! Don’t forget your princess tiara, the most important part! Play your favorite music and dance the night away! Your birthday girl will feel like royalty with this Sweet 16 ball, and will be the fairytale she has dreamed of!
92. Yacht Cruise Sweet 16
Wow your guests by taking them on a cruise! Okay, not a full, week-long cruise, but a day cruise around the harbor! This is great for guests because they can experience being out on the water for a day! If you want to make this day even more special, make this cruise a night tour with dinner and all! Your guests will love eating out under the stars and feeling the warm, salty air!
93. Casino Night 16th Birthday Party
Create a mock casino for your Sweet 16! The colors that work best are red, black, green and white. You can also rent out a large hall and rent slot machines and poker tables (all mock of course). Have guests dress like they are going to a casino. Offer Mocktails for guests while they gamble. Winners get prizes! Some examples could be an iTunes card or a Starbucks card. Decorate your venue with balloons, streamers, and danglers! You can even have the cake in the shape of a deck of cards or dice and invitations could be poker chips! Have fun pretending to be 21!
94. DJ 16th Birthday Dance Party
Decide on a banquet hall room and rent it out for the night. Have guests dress up in their best attire. Hire a band or DJ and dance the night away to their music! It will be like a mini concert! Even have them play a special song for the birthday girl! Decorate your venue with balloons, streamers, centerpieces, flowers and more with her favorite colors! Offer dinner in the form of a self-serve buffet and serve an extravagant cake!
95. Hollywood Theme 16th Birthday Party
Rent a party hall and decorate it with twinkle lights, spot lights and all things Hollywood. Dress up as your favorite Hollywood movie star and walk down a purple carpet runway into your party venue! Have all your guests dress up as their favorite actor or actress, and this will be the hottest Hollywood party ever! Wear some of our cool movie star glasses and feather boas! Serve dinner or a buffet, have an amazing cake and mingle with your guests, while the paparazzi take your pictures.
96. Black & White Ball Glam Sweet 16
This is always a classy idea! When you theme your party celebration black and white you can easily turn an ordinary occasion into a stylish and elegant event extravaganza. Rent out a ball room and have multiple rooms set up for different activities such as dancing, karaoke and even show a black and white film in one room! Have black and white balloons, streamers, plates, cups and decorations. You can even add style and get zebra striped or polka dot balloons too! Be creative with your invitation design, but since this is a black and white party, don’t forget to suggest the attire for the evening on your invitations. Your guests will want to know how formal the party is, and also if you want them to wear black and/or white.
97. NYC Theme Sixteenth Birthday Party
Have you ever dreamed of going to New York? Bring all the glamour and excitement of New York without ever having to buy an airplane ticket or pay for a hotel. Turn Sweet 16 in the big city! Rent out a hall, hire a DJ and decorate your venue with all things New York, such as City Scapes, Statue of Liberty centerpieces, taxi cab cut outs or a Brooklyn Bridge arch that guests walk through when they enter the party. When the birthday girl arrives, have a sign that says “Live from New York!” Have guests dress up and dance the night away under a Central Park sky!
98. Trampoline/Gymnastics Party
Rent out a trampoline/gymnastics building for your Sweet 16. Tell guests to dress appropriately for tumbling, jumping on trampolines and into sponge pits and more! When they need a break, set up lunch with finger foods and beverages! Don’t forget the special cake decorated with gymnastic theme! Your party guests will have a great time and won’t want to leave!
99. Holiday-time 16th Birthday Dinner Party
Thinking about a Sweet 16 Holiday Party? This is a great idea! Have guests get all dressed up and go to a nice restaurant in the city. Then, take everyone to go see a Holiday play! Everyone loves the Nutcracker and it will bring back childhood memories! If you don’t feel like going to a nice restaurant, make a fancy dinner at home and then go see the play!
100. Winter Wonderland Sweet 16 Party
This is a great Sweet 16 birthday idea! Rent out a party hall and have a live DJ or band! Guests can dress up nicely and then change into comfortable clothes to go play out in the snow. Decorate your venue with twinkle lights, snowflakes and with colors of silver, blue and white! Serve a fabulous cake along with other snacks and don’t forget the hot cocoa!! Go play in the snow or walk around the town to complete this wonderful day!
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