This is my time to shine
This is my place to find
All that I have inside
I never knew!
The sweet 16th is a very special day in teenage life. The celebrant may not find out that he/she is a member of royalty like in the previously mentioned cult movie theme song, but it is for sure one of the first steps towards adulthood and therefore, time to shine!
Every pearl needs its ouster! Therefore, every good sweet 16 party requires a good sweet 16 party decoration. In this article, we are going to provide you with original sweet 16 decoration ideas. Those ideas are going to be divided by items which will include everything, from centerpieces for sweet 16 and sweet 16 tables to sweet 16 party supplies.
Centerpieces for sweet 16
The centerpiece of sweet 16 decoration is the same as a tiara for the pageant queen. It is directly linked to the sweet 16 themes, thus, it should be something at the top of your imagination and organization pyramid. The key to choosing a good centerpiece is focusing on both celebrant’s and guests’ tastes. Here are some of the ideas:
Sweet 16 theme centerpiece
Let’s start with the basics. This centerpiece is the simplest, but the most effective and straightforward as well. You may buy it in any party supply store, but also there is a DIY option. First, you print numbers 1 and 6. After you print them, put them onto cardboard and cut them. Then you should cover the printed numbers with wrapping paper, add the ribbon if you like, and glue them on a plate holder so they would stand up and hold still.
Giant balloon centerpiece
Another basic but effective centerpiece is giant balloons with the number 16 on them. If you don’t want them to be sweet16-centered, you may order them in any other form that you and/or celebrant like and that will fit the venue or home space where you are celebrating the sweet 16th birthday.
Roses are red and violets are blue, Honey is sweet but not as sweet as you! The flowers are also very effective and straightforward, but also a very classic centerpiece that will always give elegant look to space! This centerpiece choice has two options: you can choose the seasonal flower or you can choose the celebrant’s favorite flower!
Since the red carpet exists, elegant feather decoration has been the essential of every glamourous Hollywood-style ball. Therefore, if you are making a formal and elegant celebration, this could be the perfect choice for you. If you are a DIY kind of person, you can make this centerpiece by using a tall thin vase and a lot of white feathers. If you want to make it more glamourous and shinier, just sprinkle it with glitter spray. Be aware that this type of centerpiece is best to combine with a white table cloth. Also, it is a perfect decoration for an all-white party.
For centuries, many wise people have compared life with the three. The roots are our past while the branches that are reaching the sky are our future. This metaphor makes this centerpiece a great choice, since the fact that when the celebrant reaches 16, she will at the crossroad of life where she will have to choose which life branch shall she take.
This centerpiece offers you a variety of options as well. You may choose seasonal tree decoration, related to the month where sweet 16 is taking place (e.g., with yellow and orange leaves if it is a fall or flowers if it is spring). Or you may choose all white/silver trees if you are making an elegant formal party. You may even choose bonsai three if you are making an Asian theme party. It is all up to your and the celebrant’s taste.
Now it is time to slightly move towards informal centerpieces. This one is both easy-to-make DIY centerpiece that will make the sweet 16 celebration even sweeter. Choose a vase and cover it with wrapping paper. At the bottom of the vase put a piece of Styrofoam and stick food-safe wood dowels into it. Then stick candies into wood dowels. Those candies may include fruit chews, soft ribbon candies, and gummies.
Tiara/crown on pillow
Remind both celebrant and guests that birthday girl is a princess/miss world on her very special day. This centerpiece is very effective and very easy to make. The basic things you need are a simple white pillow (doesn’t matter if it is the real one or the one made of plastic) and a tiara/crown. Put a tiara/crown on the pillow, write 16 on it and spill “sugar, spice and everything nice” all over it.
The heart symbolizes love and life and that is what the majority of invitees will write in their birthday wish cards. What if we tell you that you may bring some heart magic alive at the sweet 16 party by choosing the heart centerpiece! Two hearts are beating together! Let those two hearts be the heart of a sweet 16 birthday party and the heart of wishes that may come true!
Martini glass centerpiece
Another DIY idea that is both excellent for glammy parties and might be budget-friendly. All you need is one martini glass and stuff to decorate it. That stuff may be flowers, pearls, small crystals, glitter, or anything else that is going to fit the party theme.
Under the sea centerpiece
Under the sea, under the sea; Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me! As Little mermaid crab composer suggests to us, this type of informal centerpiece may raise the level of fun at sweet 16 party really high! Pick up the airy glass vase and fill it with all sea items that you can get: stones, shells, sea stars…Just have in mind that this centerpiece goes best with the sea-blue table cloth.
Popular culture centerpiece
Popular culture isn’t just the most prominent phenomenon of contemporary culture, but the inevitable part of teenage life as well. Every teenager in the world has some movie or TV show which marked a certain period of his/her life or movie/TV show character, singer, or actor/actress that was his/her role model. Thus, this could be an excellent idea if you are having an informal party in mind. The centerpiece may include photographs of the celebrant’s role model, the logo of his/her favorite TV show, or a movie ticket to his/her favorite movie!
Another phenomenon that might be a central part of teenage life is the subculture teenager belongs to. There is a variety of subcultures (hipsters, goths, emo, etc.) but all of them are specific in their visual expressions. Therefore, if you choose this informal decoration style you must find the visually most recognizable symbol of subculture celebrant belonged/belong to and use it for centerpiece decoration.
And finally, something completely informal. Is the celebrant sports fan? Likes watching games? Plays for the high school team? Plans to go to college by the athletic scholarship? Then this is a perfect choice. Use the symbol of the sport he/she is playing or the colors/logo of his/her favorite club as the dominant centerpiece decoration. This can also be applicable if the celebrant is a cheerleader. In that case, just use the cheerleader symbols/requisites instead!
Sweet 16 table
After you have chosen the centerpiece, it is time to pick other decorations for the table. Don’t forget that it has to be matched with the table centerpiece. The table decoration includes:
- plates (for food and cake, you should provide different plates for appetizers, main dish, and dessert)
- cutlery (flatware set (like with previous stuff, it should be different for every part of the lunch/dinner))
- cups and glasses
- table cloth
- table skirting
- place cards and their holders
- serving dishes
Sweet 16 party supplies
Here are some additional decoration supplies:
- happy sweet 16 birthday banner
- interior and exterior sweet 16 signage
- blowouts, whistles, and other noisemakers
- cake cutter
- cake topper (it may be classical sweet 16 cake topper or it may match with table centerpiece)
- photo garland (if you like, choose favorite photos of celebrant’s previous 16 years and make a small exhibition)
- photo booth
- photo props
I wanna know what it feels like
I need to see it from the inside
I can taste a bit of what I will find
So much more to life
With these lyrics, we would like to finish this article. We hope we managed to help you to pick the right decoration and therefore, to give your (not anymore) little angel a chance to “taste a bit of what” she will find in life and to “see it from the inside”, but most and foremost that you made a runway to fly into the future!
Before the end, we would like to remind you on few basic things that you should always have in mind:
- Think of budget! Even if you are more into the glamorous party, there is always some way to save some money! The sweet 16 party matters, but after the party end there are other life events that matter as well (college, job, wedding, etc.). Think of the moment but think of the future as well!
- Start organizing on time! The easiest way to turn any party into disaster is to start planning late!
- Finally, have fun! The organization is often not an easy task, but keep your motivation high! After all, you are doing something for the person you love but also you are doing something for yourself since you are developing and/or upgrading your organizational skills!
May your child sweet sixteen be the party that both of you will remember until the rest of your life and may all your wishes come true!