16 Tips for Planning a Sweet 16
Planning a 16th birthday party is an exciting time for any teenage girl. The occasion is a big step from childhood to adulthood. To celebrate the birthday girl in a special way, our expert event planners at MGM Banquet Hall in Glendale CA share 16 tips for coordinating a sweet sixteen below. These strategies will help to ensure the birthday girl and guests have an enjoyable celebration everyone can remember forever.
- SELECTING THE RIGHT PARTY DATE
A sweet sixteen doesn’t have to be held on the honoree’s exact birthday. Check your calendars for the weekend before or after the actual birth date. Be sure there aren’t any other holidays or conflicts that would keep your closest friends and family members from missing the celebration. Try to choose the day where you’ll have the greatest turnout from loved ones.
- SOLIDIFY THE GUESTLIST EARLY
When it comes to quinceanera and sweet sixteen parties, they should be extraordinary but of epic proportions. Some families decide to limit the guest list to only family and close friends. In turn, some families believe a milestone birthday should welcome everyone in their daughter’s life. So, no matter how many guests you choose to invite, create your guest list early and stick to it. This will help you secure your ideal sweet 16 venue near me by providing an estimated headcount.
- DESIGNING SWEET 16 INVITATIONS
Before mailing out your party invitations, remember that they should mirror the party theme. Your guests will enjoy receiving invitations in the mail, so set the tone with a stunning, stylish and fun invitation. You can select modern graphics, a sweet photo collage, sophisticated calligraphy or a splash of glitter. Regardless, it’s important to celebrate the birthday girl with an invitation that most accurately represents her.
- TRENDY SWEET SIXTEEN THEMES
The theme of your sweet sixteen party is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make. That’s because all decorations, centerpieces, flowers, cake, photo booth props, and party favors should complement the chosen theme. The trending sweet sixteen party themes of 2020 include beach or mermaid, fairytale, glow-in-the-dark, pretty in pink, and intergalactic under the stars.
- SWEET 16 PARTY FARE
When planning a sweet sixteen menu, keep in mind the guest list mainly consists of teenage boys and girls. They do not typically expect or want a fine dining experience. To feed a room full of hungry teenagers, you can offer fun food stations that permit endless snacking between shuffling onto the dance floor. Party planners recommend choosing a buffet so guests can pick and choose what they want to eat. Also planning menu items around the theme of the party can be fun and really enhance the celebration. For example, fruit sorbet served in a coconut shell for a beach-theme or pink cotton candy and pink popcorn for a pretty in pink theme.
- BOOK THE RIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
As the banquet hall fills up with excited teens, it’s a safe bet to hire a DJ to pump up the crowd. This option is more appealing and appropriate for a younger crowd than selecting a live band. Moreover, good DJs usually bring party motivators, MCs, and fun items like glow sticks and sunglasses which you can customize for your sweet sixteen.
- CREATE A PARTY PLAN
The more organized you can be will greatly aid in making the day run smoothly. Generate a list of activities such as, what time the DJ will start, when you’ll cut the cake, etc . . . Be sure to factor in when the festivities end and plan to distribute your party favors too.
- RESERVING A PHOTOGRAPHER
Don’t forget to hire a professional photographer for the party. This will allow you to capture high-quality images of all your family and friends during the celebration. Since guests usually get caught up in all the fun, they often forget to pose for priceless posed pictures.
- PLANNING A SWEET 16 BIRTHDAY CAKE
First of all, be sure to select a cake large enough to feed the entire party. Whether it’s one, two or three-tiered is up to you. Think about the birthday girl’s favorite cake flavors, fillings and the style or theme of the party. Reputable local Cali bakers can create outrageous cakes that will be the highlight of the evening. The cake will be in dozens of photos and is the center of the celebration when the candles are blown out. It’s worth the splurge to get it just right.
- WHAT TO WEAR FOR A SWEET SIXTEEN
The birthday girl will have all eyes on her, so it’s important she looks her very best. Depending on her personality, that could mean a sophisticated dress, jumpsuit/romper or a stylish skirt and blouse. Comfortable shoes are a must, as she will be posing for pictures, dancing, and on her feet all evening.
- ARRIVING IN STYLE
If your budget affords it, a popular trend involves the birthday girl and crew arriving by way of limo or party bus. Rolling up to a party venue in a deluxe mode of transportation will make the birthday girl feel like a VIP.
- MAKE A GRAND ENTRANCE
When it’s time for the guest of honor to make her first appearance, have the DJ play her song of choice and announce her entrance. This will definitely be an exciting, personalized way to enter the banquet hall.
- PROVIDE ENGAGING PARTY ACTIVITIES
Just because your daughter is turning 16 doesn’t mean there shouldn’t still be fun games and activities to enjoy. Many Sweet Sixteen’s offer life-size party games such as Jenga, checkers and Connect Four. You could even opt for green screen photo booths, or t-shirt or cookie designing. Providing activities can be a great replacement to party favors and is also perfect for those who don’t want to dance.
- SWEET SIXTEEN SOUVENIRS
Much like a wedding has a guest book to sign, a Sweet Sixteen party usually does something similar. Have guests get creative and sign a poster, pillow, or t-shirt that the birthday girl can save for years to come. This small act will help her relive the memories of her special day.Weddings
- SWEET SIXTEEN PARTY FAVORS
Whether you’re turning six, sixteen or sixty, no party is complete without party favors. Trendy options include cake in a jar or cake pops. Other party favors ideas range from giving out wild socks, fuzzy pillows, filled drawstring bags, or themed-water bottles.
- AFTER THE PARTY IT’S THE AFTER PARTY
Once your time at the banquet hall comes to an end, consider a small after-party. This can be held at your house for a few close friends or even at a local hotel. This allows the girls to continue the fun and end the night in a special way. After a cozy sleepover with close friends, you can treat the girls to brunch and mocktails to end the festivities with flair.
When you’re ready to book a banquet hall for your next celebration, be sure to call the experts at MGM Banquet Hall. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have or schedule a tour of our beautiful Glendale location. Call us anytime with questions at (818) 500-0875.