Sweet Sixteen Ideas — Plan a Great Party

Written by on September 10, 2013 in Birthdays, Party Occasions, Party Planning, Sweet Sixteen with 2 Comments

sweet sixteen ideas - cakeMy niece recently turned 16. My sister called a while ago wanting some help with sweet sixteen ideas. We had a blast talking and brainstorming. I asked if her daughter had given her any ideas. She gave me the particulars my niece had requested:

  • Colors of Purple and Silver with a touch of Hot Pink
  • Grown up party decor – no streamers or party store centerpieces
  • A tiered cake – cherry chip to be exact

So, we got to work.

Planning the Party

The first order of business were the sweet sixteen invitations. We opted for Zazzle since we could get custom invitations, fast and for a great price. Then it was on to planning the party.

We ended up with:

  • “grown up”, sparkling centerpieces
  • a two tiered cake with a jumbo cupcake on top (purple butter cream with hot pink polka dots)
  • a buffet of heavy appetizers
  • a memory board set up next to the cake table
  • a Sweet 16 Banner
  • black table cloths with decorative mesh runners
  • a candy table with polka dot take home treat bags

Making Memories

Sweet Sixteen Ideas

sweet-sixteen-ideas2We had so much fun putting the sweet sixteen party together! I ended up making the cake — first tiered cake I had every made , and maybe the last. My nerves were frayed though it turned out very nice and a lot cheaper than paying a bakery. Anything for my sister and niece!

The memory board was a lot of fun. We used scrapbooking embellishments on a piece of black foam board and then added lots of photos of my niece growing up. She was a bit embarrassed but mostly thrilled with the finished product. It’s in her room on the wall now!

For More Ideas…

For more pictures and ideas, you can visit the article I wrote here – Sweet Sixteen Ideas | Let the Party Planning Begin

Just remember, a sweet sixteen is like a right of passage from girlhood to womanhood. Most teenage girls want a more grown up feel to their party. The cartoon characters, super heroes and Barbie are a thing of the past. Elegance, bling and candles seem to make them happy.

This is one time crepe paper, streamers and mylar centerpieces from the party store just don’t work. Look around the house for centerpiece items or buy some blingy items she can use in her room after the party. She’ll thank you!

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  1. Cynthia says:

    What a fun party and the cake is beautiful! Turning 16 really is a very special birthday. So many things change and rather quickly.

    Wishing you niece a belated Happy Birthday!

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