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16th Birthday Party Ideas

Looking for 16th birthday ideas to help plan an amazing sweet sixteen party for your child? There are lots of great ideas for sweet sixteen parties. With shows like MTV's "My Super Sweet 16," you may think you need to plan an elaborate, high end affair for your teen's birthday. However, the reality is that most teens just want a sweet 16 party that includes their friends and makes them feel special. 

Here are a few ideas for 16th birthdays that do just that:

  • Host a party: The obvious way to celebrate a sweet 16 is a with a party. Whether it's an elaborate event at a rented venue or an intimate gathering of friends at the house, you can't go wrong with a party. Seek ideas from the seasons. Planning a summer party? Make it a evening pool party complete with tiki torches, colorful lanterns, and a DJ for dancing. Planing a winter shindig? Turn your living room into a cozy ski lodge. You get the point. With teens it's all about who's there and having fun.
  • Weekend away: Another fun 16th birthday party idea is to get a group of your teen's friends together for a weekend away. It could be at a beach house, swanky hotel in the nearest city, or for a camping trip (great for guy teens). Set up your teen and their friends in one or two rooms and get yourself a room down the hall so you're present but there's still a little separation. Have a few activities planned, including a nice birthday dinner where the focus is entirely on the birthday boy or girl.
  • Experience party: If there is something that your teen has always wanted to try, such as ziplining, rock climbing, or whitewater rafting, use the sweet 16 as a reason to finally try something new. Explore options for doing the activity, find out how many friends you can bring, then alert the company that you'll be celebrating a 16th birthday. It will certainly be a memorable 16th birthday!

For additional 16th birthday ideas, seek inspiration from the activities that your teen likes to do as well as any hobbies or interests that they may have. 

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