How to throw an awesome sweet sixteen birthday party?
Today I’m gonna ride away
And feel the sun throughout my hair
Finally free to be who I wanna be
Who that is I don’t really care!
Luckily for you, in this text, we are going to provide you with basic instructions on how to make a memorable sweet sixteen party. These instructions are going to be presented in a step-by-step form, which is linked to the articles where those steps are explained in detail. So, let’s begin!
- BEFORE ALL ELSE Time management and budgeting! Those two things are two basic pillars of every successful event organization and the first two things you have to think about as well! Start planning on time, divide the organization into smaller daily tasks and give yourself a reasonable deadline for each task! Also, think of money. Be honest with yourself and put on a paper how much money are you ready/capable to spend!
Sweet sixteen party theme
The theme is the soul of every party since it is providing it with its major characteristics and all other party elements will depend on it. Is celebrant more into glamours, casual, seasonal, nature, movie, or fashion theme? Be aware that the decision about the party theme is going to make a direct influence on all other steps in this process!
Sweet sixteen party venue
Are you/your celebrant more into a home party or you would rent a space? Is it going to be an indoor or outdoor space? Would it be a casual or elegant/glamorous party venue? What is your guest’s type and number and what is the venue’s capacity? What does the venue offer? Does it have parking? Are you, celebrant, and guests more into unique venue ideas or you prefer the mainstream ones?
Sweet sixteen party decoration
Directly linked with the party theme. Pay special attention to the centerpieces for sweet sixteen and which sweet sixteen party supplies will you choose! Also, in the article linked to this step, you will find information about everything that you need to put on the sweet 16 table and how it is connected with other decoration elements!
Sweet sixteen party food
Appetizers or dinner, monsieur? Chinese, Mexican, Italian Greek, or American? And what shall we have for the dessert? How to introduce the number of guests and dietary restrictions that some of the guests might have into your decision? Are you going to hire a catering or you are going to serve guests by yourself?
Sweet sixteen party invitations
Think carefully of the words that you will put on the invitation card! Should the invitation be formal or informal? Also, be assured that your guests know that card is for them and give them a little peek of what the party is going to be like!
Sweet sixteen party favors
What to put in gift bags for sweet 16? After a good party, your guests might expect some small item as the memory! Are those favors going to be sweet 16 souvenirs or it is going to be something yummy that will give your guests a “sweet” afterparty of sweet 16?
Sweet sixteen party gifts
Finally the crown of the party! What will be the memory that the celebrant will keep forever! How to make the balance between your budget and the celebrant’s wishes? Is it going to be something practical or something meaningful? Are you going to buy a gift or it will be DIY? We are sure that when you carefully consider this step after successfully completing previous ones there is going to be a smile on the celebrant’s face for sure!
If you still can not make the decision…
Having a variety of choices is a double-edged sword. Regardless of how much it is better to have a lot of choices than none of the choices, still thinking about the best possible option is sometimes like solving the riddle. Luckily, here we would like to offer you one method used by top managers of large companies that may be easily applied to the everyday situation. That method is called SWOT analysis.
The SWOT stands as an abbreviation for strength, weakness, opportunities, and threats. This method is supposed to help you to minimalize your weaknesses and focus on the advantages and opportunities that you have.
Here is how you might apply it to pick the best option for your beloved celebrant’s sweet 16th party. If you still can not pick a single choice in any of the steps mentioned above, make your top 3 (or top 5 if decision-making is a real issue for you). Draw a square for every option and divide it into four equal parts. Each part represents one of the 4 elements of SWOT analysis. Therefore, in every quarter write what are strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for every suggestion. After you finish, you will have a complete picture in front of you, and making the decision will probably be far easier!
The sweet sixteen is one of the most popular coming-of-age events in both modern American culture and personal private life. Like quinceañera, bar/bat-mitzvah or sacrament of confirmation, it is something that has great symbolism, gained a large cultural significance expressed through pop-culture (numerous sweet 16 movies, songs, reality shows, etc.) and media reports but it is also an event that you, celebrant and your guests are going to remember for the rest of your life!
Like a unique rite of passage, it is the first step of your teenage child into the world of adults. The celebrant is probably, like the song above suggests, thinking about freedom, uniqueness, and sun throughout his/her hair, therefore it is your duty to think about how to throw an awesome sweet sixteen birthday party! How to make a party where celebrant and guests will pass through the best moments of his/her youth and make first steps into adulthood? That is the question that is most probably going through your head over and over as the 16th birthday is getting closer and closer!