Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Is your son or daughter turning 16? Are you yourself turning 16? Looking to throw a themed party?

If so, you have a number of options to choose from. In need of some sweet 16 party ideas? Then read on because we’re going to give you 10 below. 

1. Water-Oriented Party

Whether it’s in the ocean, a lake, or a pool, everyone likes swimming. As such, why not celebrate your 16th by throwing a water-oriented party? Your guests could dance on the beach, roughhouse in the water, play volleyball, and participate in a variety of other waterside activities. 

If you wish, you could give the party a water-oriented theme. For instance, you could send invitations that look like boats. You could order a cake that’s designed to look like the beach and the ocean. 

Throw in some food and some music, and you’re sure to have a memorable experience. 

2. City-oriented Party

Are you a particularly big fan of Paris, or London, or New York, or some other city? If so, you could consider using that city as the theme for your party. 

For instance, if you choose New York City, you could order a cake that looks like Times Square or Central Park. Or, if you choose London, you could build decorations that mirror Big Ben or Westminster Abbey. 

If you wish, you could even try to incorporate clothing styles that are common in the city in question. Doing so would bring a unique flavor to your party. 

3. Black and White Party

Another fun thing to do with sweet 16 parties is to play with color schemes. While there are all types of color schemes for you to choose, one of the coolest has to be the black and white scheme. 

Decorating everything in black and white will give your party a surreal quality. It will set the perfect mood for dancing, singing, and spontaneous camaraderie. 

To take the idea to ideal heights, instruct your guests to wear black and white as well. It’s bound to blow everyone’s minds. 

sweet 16 dance

4. Highlighter Party

On the opposite end of the color spectrum is the highlighter party. This is a party wherein you shine a blacklight onto the party area and decorate each other with brightly colored paints. The blacklights really bring out the colors, creating a magnificent color scape. 

When throwing such a party, make sure that guests wear white or black clothing. And make sure that they don’t mind ruining it. It’s going to get covered in paint, and that paint will likely not wash out.

5. Candy Party

Who on this earth doesn’t like candy? Certainly not 16-year-olds, that’s for sure. So, by throwing a candy-themed party, you can score a surefire success. 

Stock jars filled with chocolates and lollipops and gummy bears and every other candy you can imagine. Decorate the party area with large replicas of the same. Make it as sugary and as sweet as possible. 

To really drive the point home, create a music playlist filled by candy-oriented songs. Think “I Want Candy” or “The Candy Man” or “Sugar, Sugar”, to name just a few. 

6. BBQ Party

Sweet 16 parties don’t necessarily have to have clever themes. Straightforward parties can be a lot of fun as well. As such, you might consider throwing a barbecue party. 

Find some people to man the grills, make a variety of different foods, throw some drinks in some buckets of ice, and have the barbecue of the year. To really give it a party atmosphere, hire a DJ and play music throughout the duration. 

7. Nostalgia Party

Maybe you’re a fan of a bygone era? If so, you should consider throwing a nostalgia party. This is a party wherein the party area is adorned in era-specific decor and wherein the guests wear era-specific clothing. 

Every era has its upsides. That said, the 80s, the 70, the 50s, and the 20s are some of the easiest decades to mimic. 

While it’s not necessary, you could really get the point across by playing music from the era. Mix it in with some modern hits and you’ll be good to go. 

8. Tea Party

Do you fancy yourself a little more sophisticated than the average 16-year-old? If so, you should think about putting on a tea party

Have everyone dress in their Sunday’s best, drape the furniture in classy tablecloths, and brew up a variety of different teas. To liven things up a bit, have some party games prepared. 

For a bit of ambiance, play light music in the background. Or . . . turn it into the craziest tea party of all-time by accompanying it with some hip-hop, metal, or electronic music. 

9. Pet Party

Maybe you’re into animals? If so, you could throw one of the most chaotic sweet 16s of all-time by having all of your guests bring their pets. 

While the animals might not necessarily get along (though they could!), the guests will almost undoubtedly enjoy being in their company. After all, everyone loves animals, don’t they?

You could also hire a DJ to play animal-themed music. You know, for a bit of atmosphere. 

pet party


10. Pajama Party

Looking to loosen things up a bit? If so, a pajama party might be just what you need. By commanding your guests to wear pajamas, you’ll create a more relaxing and laid-back atmosphere. 

If you wish, you can make it an overnight party. But if that’s not viable, the fun of wearing pajamas should be enough to carry the event. 

Need Help Bringing One of Your Sweet 16 Party Ideas to Life?

Do any of these ideas appeal to you? Need help bringing one of these sweet 16 party ideas to life? If so and if you’re in the Fresh Meadows, New York area, Supermix Entertainment can help. 

We offer everything from DJ services to MC services to photography services and more, everything you need to throw a big-time bash. Contact us now to get the ball rolling!