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5 Ideas for an Awesome Sweet 16 Birthday Party!

One of our awesome PI readers recently wrote to us to express concern about an upcoming Sweet 16 party. Unable to find appropriate tips online, she worried that being a Christian and throwing a party might be harder than she originally imagined!

We know that the idea of a “party” (as a teenager or not!) can sometimes leave you thinking about a scene you wouldn’t to be involved with. But remember that it’s your birthday and your party, and you can do whatever you want! The idea is to be creative and come up with something that is uniquely you and can include the people most important to you, whether that’s just your family or a bunch of friends!

To get the ball rolling on inspiration for your next shindig, we dug up five party ideas that we hope you’ll love. We know not all of them will appeal to each of you, but we’re hoping you’ll enjoy at least one of them and can give us your own tips in the comments below!

KARAOKE PARTY

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Love music? Throwing a karaoke party is easier than you might think. You can rent the machine from local party supply stores for much less than you can purchase it, and you won’t have to worry about singing in front of strangers or shelling out for a room of your own at your local karaoke joint. You can also rent a mic and the CDs that you’ll need to do it right! Evite.com has tons of tips on throwing a proper karaoke party, like how to section off a part of your room for the singer and how to decorate to set the mood.

WEATHER-SPECIFIC PARTY

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Got a summer birthday? Throw a pool party at your own pool, the pool of one of your good friends or the local pool. It’s a fun way to entertain a lot of people, and there are often grills available for making lunch. Play music, lay out, play pool games, swim…the options are endless! Birthday during the fall or winter? Seek out local options specific to the season, like indoor or outdoor ice skating, apple picking, pumpkin festivals, tobogganing, whitewater rafting, theme parks, horseback trail rides, festivals, put-put golf, etc.!

GAME NIGHT

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Love board games? Games are a great way to get everyone together and have fun. Invite all your besties over and tell them to bring their favorite board game. If you want to make sure you don’t have 10 of the same game, ask them to tell you what they’re bringing beforehand or sign up on a shared Google doc. When everyone comes over, order some pizzas and get to gaming! You’ll be laughing and having a blast before you know it. This could also work for video games, if you’re more into that.

SCAVENGER HUNT + PICNIC

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If you’re the adventurous type, you might enjoy having a scavenger hunt in the park with your friends. Break up into two teams and have your parents or older sibling hide all of the items you’ll be looking for. Once everyone is done and back at home base, declare the winner and celebrate with everyone over a picnic. Can’t afford to buy food for everyone? Ask each of your friends to bring a homemade or store-bought treat to the lunch. You’ll have plenty of food to go around! Get tips on organizing a hunt on WikiHow.

NOSTALGIA PARTY

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Nostalgia is fun, especially when it harkens back to your carefree childhood years! Invite all of your closest girlfriends over to your house, make DIY princess crowns and adorn them with whatever you like (glitter, pins, etc.), and then wear them while you watch your favorite Disney movies or princess-inspired flicks like Ever After and Ella Enchanted. Get the how-to for felt crowns from Hello Bee.

Which idea is your favorite? What was your favorite birthday party like? Tell us your own birthday party ideas in the comments below!

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  1. im.His

    Posted by im.His on June 5, 2014 at 21:56

    I’m going to invite every girl from my class, and have a princess party! That night, we are our favorite Disney princesses and give each other makeovers, bring extra dresses etc. We’ll talk about real beauty and being princesses of the King. Then the next day, we’ll live it out and serve at a local shelter! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STEAL THIS IDEA!! HAPPY SWEET 16 TO THE SUMMER BIRTHDAY GALS!! ❤❤❤❤

  2. Christian.girl4

    Posted by Christian.girl4 on February 21, 2014 at 14:43

    Love these ideas! Even though I’m turning fourteen, I might use one!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jozi rush on January 2, 2014 at 17:28

    Love all these great ideas it was very helpful and my favorite is game night

  4. jesusfreak360

    Posted by jesusfreak360 on December 20, 2013 at 14:02

    For mine I had a outdoor party with music and bonfire. My dress was homemade and camo and my colors were orange brown n green bc I am a country girl. My closest friends came and we danced made smores and hotdogs on the fire tlked and had a blast

  5. MereMere

    Posted by MereMere on December 16, 2013 at 15:21

    For my sweet sixteen my mom n I are planning to head into the city with my two closest fiends and see Cinderella on Broadway. My friends and i like live for disney movies and princess stories so I can’t wait!!

    • tigerlily1800

      Posted by tigerlily1800 on June 6, 2014 at 05:44

      Eek! This sounds amazing!! I’m a huge Disney fan too 😉 hehe
      My friend did the same thing, only she, my sister, and I all saw Phantom of the Opera!! It was amazing <33<33

  6. emrose

    Posted by emrose on December 7, 2013 at 20:09

    Love these! For my 13th b-day (it would be fun for any year) we did a progressive dinner. We picked 3 restaurants that were on the same street and walked to each:

    Burger King (1st) – salads and drinks
    Walmart (2nd) – fruit and chips/crackers
    Old Town Pizza (3rd) – Pizza

    It was so much fun! The 4th course was back to my house for cake and ice cream. You can walk or drive, but we had fun walking. In the past, I’ve also done a mystery dinner, where you name every menu item a wacky name (ex. cheese pizza – round moo, Sprite soda – bubbly stream, salad dressing – pants & shirts). My friends had no clue what they were ordering, and one person got 3 diff. sodas the first time around! I loved both of these. Hope people will use these!

  7. LyndiMT

    Posted by LyndiMT on December 6, 2013 at 11:03

    All of these ideas are great! For my last birthday party I did a mystery party with one of those mystery party kits and it was super fun cuz not all of my guests knew each other, and the mystery game involved everyone getting to know everyone else! My birthday is in January, and for my sweet 16 I want to do my party at a nearby hotel that has an indoor swimming pool and have a swim party with all my friends! I haven’t turned 15 yet though soooo it’s gonna be awhile 😉

  8. BFFofGOD4EVER

    Posted by BFFofGOD4EVER on December 4, 2013 at 13:58

    For my sweet 16, my mom made the COOLEST scavenger hunt for the mall! She put together riddles, and we had to follow the clues. We even did the chicken dance in front of Chik-fil-a! It was most definitely the best birthday party ever, and one I won’t ever forget! <3

  9. All4Godsluv

    Posted by All4Godsluv on December 1, 2013 at 14:23

    For my 16th I want to go Ziplining into a lake (no harness jump into the water at a specific point).

  10. HaleyEG

    Posted by HaleyEG on December 1, 2013 at 12:50

    For my Sweet 16, I invited 5 of my closest girl-friends to go out to dinner with me. We dressed up in our Sunday best and my parents, who pretended our SUV was a limo, drove us to an Italian restaurant. We girls got a table all to ourselves and had a blast eating, talking, and laughing! Later, the waiter brought out a beautiful cake with candles, and everyone–including other people in the restaurant–sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me! It was the perfect Sweet 16 party!

  11. Musician4Life

    Posted by Musician4Life on December 1, 2013 at 11:41

    I didn’t have a sweet sixteen party, instead my parents took me to a weekend mini-convention for my favorite music artists. Sometimes it makes me sad thinking I didnt have a sweet 16 party but then I remember getting to hang out with my favorite singer ever and I’m way happier!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by hollyjolly on December 1, 2013 at 09:22

    I didn’t want to have a big party, so I just decided to go without that year. After school I went to my best friend’s house. She got me a few cute things, and flowers! She’s the best! We then went to meet my family at a restaurant for dinner. As we were exiting the car, I told her to leave the flowers in the car because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. She just smiled and took them anyway. When I got inside, all my friends were there and it was a huge surprise party! So much for not drawing attention to us… 😉 I’m so blessed to have such great family and friends.

  13. reyhane

    Posted by reyhane on November 30, 2013 at 04:11

    thanks dear
    🙂

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by jd20goblue on November 29, 2013 at 07:09

    I’m surprised none of these are what I’m gonna do for mine xD
    I’m gonna have a sleepover with one or maybe two of my friends and it’s gonna be completely Sherlock-related because the new season comes out the day before my birthday xD Sherlock cake, Moriar-tea, random jars of jam, etc xD oh, and candy petri dishes

    • tigerlily1800

      Posted by tigerlily1800 on June 6, 2014 at 05:46

      AAH!! This is brilliant!!! Love. It.

    • BFFofGOD4EVER

      Posted by BFFofGOD4EVER on December 4, 2013 at 14:01

      I LOVE IT! Such a genius theme! I’m going to have to throw my older brother’s 18th birthday, and use your ideas! 🙂

    • Musician4Life

      Posted by Musician4Life on December 1, 2013 at 11:42

      Oh my gosh that’s amazing! Can I come too? Hahaha I’m probably going to do something like that with some friends JST for funsies :3

  15. Queen E

    Posted by Queen E on November 28, 2013 at 22:29

    What should I do for my 15th b-day party? It’s in the winter, though I do live in southern CA, USA however, it still is cold and I don’t like the beach. I have lots of people who do not know each other too well, and a few people who will only know one other person at the party besides me. How do I integrate them?

    • tigerlily1800

      Posted by tigerlily1800 on June 6, 2014 at 05:52

      Picking an activity that doesn’t require knowing people all that well could b another Orion 😛 I had a bowling party with 2 teams + it kind of allowed me to “make rounds” + talk to everyone, but they could talk to each other, too.
      One other thing you could do is just take your closest (of a few of you closest) friend(s) and do something special. I honestly wish I’d abandoned the idea of a big bday celebration for my sweet 16 and done something more along these lines. One of my closest friends took my sister and I to NYC with her to see Phantom, and this summer, for my sister’s sweet 16, we’re all going up to visit the same friend + spend a few days with her on the beach <33
      So yeah 🙂 I guess it depends on what kind of person you are, too 🙂

    • emrose

      Posted by emrose on December 7, 2013 at 20:12

      Play some get to know you games, or do what I did in my comment about a progressive dinner (go to different restaurants for different courses in the meal and end up @ your house for cake and ice cream). Only 2 people @ my party knew each other, but everyone became really good friends after walking everywhere with them.

  16. ktuck22

    Posted by ktuck22 on November 28, 2013 at 12:54

    I would love to do some of these, but I don’t have the land or resources to do some of them. But I have a friend whose birthday is the day before mine, so maybe we could combine resources and ideas and have a joint party! 🙂

  17. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on November 28, 2013 at 11:44

    I turned 16 a month ago (I can’t believe it :P) but we just had a regular party with our huge family XD

  18. Jesusstolemyheart98

    Posted by Jesusstolemyheart98 on November 26, 2013 at 18:32

    Those all sound fun!!!! I have already started thinking about my sweet 16 (I just turned 15 this past June)! Never too early right?

    • BFFofGOD4EVER

      Posted by BFFofGOD4EVER on December 4, 2013 at 14:03

      It’s most definitely never too early! My sweet 16 was in February, and I didn’t start planning till the middle of January! :/ Thank God for a wonderful mom like mine! 🙂

  19. kk22

    Posted by kk22 on November 24, 2013 at 09:14

    Those are some great ideas! Maybe I’ll do one of those for my party.

  20. iam_priceless

    Posted by iam_priceless on November 24, 2013 at 08:51

    A friend of mine lives on a farm. For her party she played Ghost in the Grave Yard and Sardines. She had a bonfire and I believe she did a scavenger hunt as well. It was such a blast!!! You can do it in town as well! I hope this gave inspiration to someone:)

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheGoodLife on November 24, 2013 at 06:57

    I did 16 Random Acts of Kindness around my town with 3 of my friends. 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by hollyjolly on December 1, 2013 at 17:38

      That is amazing! I’m so jealous! You are an amazing Daughter of God.

  22. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on November 24, 2013 at 01:46

    Great ideas!! I turned 16 a month ago and I invited some friends over and we played a lot of board games!:)

  23. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on November 23, 2013 at 18:08

    Those sound really fun! I just had a party with my family. 🙂

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by on November 23, 2013 at 15:54

    I want to do a scavenger hunt next year. 😀

  25. livelovetheatre

    Posted by livelovetheatre on November 23, 2013 at 15:46

    sadly, mine was a month ago and I didn’t end up doing anything. but these things sound fun

  26. HorsecrazyMGirl

    Posted by HorsecrazyMGirl on November 23, 2013 at 15:29

    I love all of these ideas! I’m already past my sweet 16, but maybe for my 18th!

  27. belladoesntsuck

    Posted by belladoesntsuck on November 23, 2013 at 14:30

    I’m only 12, but I’ve been wanting to have a Gatsby-inspired party for my Sweet 16. He’s got a rep for being a bootlegger, etc. But mine would be no-alcohol (obviously), clean music, etcetera. I love The Great Gatsby, one of my favourite books!

  28. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on November 23, 2013 at 14:22

    PINTEREST PARTY is another if you like baking and crafting! I’m 19, and my sweet 16 was spent at a concert with a few close friends!

  29. gracedgirl

    Posted by gracedgirl on November 23, 2013 at 12:54

    These are really cute ideas; I like the scavenger hunt + picnic idea a lot! 🙂