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!


    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! 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.


    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.!


    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.



    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 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. 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!

    2. 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:)

    3. 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! 🙂

    4. 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?

      • 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.

      • 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 🙂

    5. 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

    6. 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.

    7. 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!

    8. 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!

    9. 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

    10. 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 😉

    11. 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!

    12. 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!!

    13. 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

    14. 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!! ❤❤❤❤

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