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How to Throw a Sweet 16 Party

Throw a fun and memorable sweet 16 party that everyone will be talking about.


  • Step 1: Set up a buffet table with a variety of finger foods, salads, and a few vegetarian dishes. Make the event memorable by serving your own non-alcoholic signature drink.
  • Step 2: Impress your guests with a chocolate fountain for dessert. Pineapple wedges, strawberries, pretzels, and cookies will please everyone's palate.
  • Step 3: Get a special birthday cake to top off the party, and make sure it matches with the theme. Now have a happy sweet 16 birthday bash!
  • FACT: Musician Sean Combs, known as "Diddy," bought his son Justin Dior Combs a $360,000 Silver Maybach sports car for his sweet 16 birthday.
  • TIP: Tailor the entertainment to your budget.
  • Step 4: Keep your guests engaged with music and entertainment. A DJ, a palm reader, a karaoke machine, or a band will definitely be a hit.
  • Step 5: Set the tone with creative invitations. Send the invitations by mail, or hand deliver them three to four weeks in advance.
  • TIP: Include RSVP cards with the invitations.
  • Step 6: Choose a theme for the party -- fairytale, carnival, rock star, and pool-themed parties are popular choices.
  • Step 7: Match the tablecloths, tableware, and decorations with your theme. Add a magical touch by using decorations that sparkle and shine.
  • Step 8: Decide on the location of the party. Use a banquet hall, a restaurant, or transform your backyard into a magical wonderland.

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