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Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Sweet 16 Birthday Party ideas

Here are lots of creative DIY sweet 16 birthday party ideas on a budget, to commemorate your special day or night! Whether you are looking for sweet 16 ideas with no party attached, 16th birthday party ideas on a budget or last minute 16th birthday party ideas, here is how to celebrate your special day in style, from an occasion spent with family and friends, to sweet 16 party ideas at home. How do you celebrate a girl's 16th birthday? 

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What should I do for my Sweet 16?

1. Wear a Sweet 16 sash

Blush pink sweet 16 birthday sash ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

Baby pink 16th birthday sash ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

There is only one day in your life you get to wear a sweet 16 sash, go all out and wear it with pride in your photos!

2. Night in Paris themed party

There are so many cool DIY sweet 16 decor ideas for this, popping black and white photos in stylish frames to serve as elegant, Parisian themed decor or even make a Parisian themed centerpiece!

3. Set up a photo taking area

Sixteen birthday balloons set ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

Sixteen birthday bunting flags ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

Sweet 16 birthday backdrop balloons ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

Make a DIY photo booth by setting up a backdrop, with flower garlands, balloons and pretty props that tie in to your party theme perfectly!

4. Make some candyfloss mocktails

Edible shimmer perfect for drinks ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

They look so glamorous and are perfect for your party! Once the liquid is poured atop the candyfloss, it dissolves in to the drink. Add some edible glitter and voila!

5. Share your birthday with your pet

There is nothing better than getting your pet involved with your birthday party, especially if they are an attention seeker! Why not dress them up in a cute costume pertaining to your theme and set them a special place at the table, with pup friendly cake and treats!

6. A Gossip Girl theme

A chance to dress head to toe in tweed and feel utterly fabulous!

7. A Bridgerton theme

This is so special and unique, where guests are challenged to wear their best princess attire a la the regency period. Parties don't have to be about the shortest skirts and trying to sneak alcohol, this is perfect as a unique, special and elegant Sweet 16 party theme, or if you are looking for more conservative Sweet 16 party ideas, to accord with your faith or culture. There are so many fun ways to explore this theme, you could set up a romantic table arrangement with napkins and chandeliers, with little sealed envelopes containing special messages to guests or rules for games!

8. Throw a masquerade ball

Channel fairytale vibes with this magical Sweet 16 party idea

9. Throw a 50's themed party

And show off your lindyhop!

10. Have a water park party

If visiting a water park is out of the question, why not recreate one and ask each guest to bring their own water slides and water guns!

11. Embrace big rose gold balloons!

Big rose gold number birthday balloons ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

You only turn 16 once, it's the perfect occasion to pose with those big shiny numbers

12. Throw a gaming tournament

For the gamers! 

13. Personalised love hearts for party favours

Personalised birthday love hearts sweets ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

These are so special, affordable and make for the perfect girly party favours for your sweet 16 party!

14. A girls night sleepover party

Throw the perfect girls night with some adorable mocktails, would you rather games, pink popcorn mixed with marshmallows, old fashioned cola bottles with stripy straws and even a pillow fight!

15. Dress up your pets 


16. Arrange cupcakes to spell the numbers '16'

Try pull apart cupcakes in a giant '16' formation, they make for the perfect party centrepiece too!

17. Host a fabulous neon sign

To steal the show at every occasion! Choose a phrase that is close to your heart, then you can arrange it on your wall after the party is over, to remember the occasion by. Alternatively, a cheaper option is to rent a neon sign.

18. A Friends party theme, 'the one where I turn sixteen'


19. Have a gorgeous glittery '16' birthday cake topper

Rose gold glitter Sweet 16 birthday cake topper ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป 

To steal the show and provide the perfect table centerpiece, this will take your Sweet 16 cake to the next level!

20. Go rollerskating 

You could even throw a roller disco party!

21. Throw biodegradable or flower bomb confetti


22. Try Sweet 16 table confetti

Sweet 16 glitter table confetti ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

This will make your party table look magical!

23. Rose gold cupcake toppers

Rose gold glitter cupcake toppers ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

The perfect way to finish off a cupcakes display to make them look uniform and adhere to the theme perfectly!

24. Set up a Sweet 16 pinata

Gold custom personalised number pinata ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

No one is ever too old for a pinata! They are so much fun and sure to result in a lot of hilarity, especially when played properly with a blindfold!

25. Set up a dazzling Sweet 16 banner

Sixteen gold glitter birthday banner ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

To mark the occasion and provide a beautiful backdrop!

26. Create a large floral number '16'

Just like the flower letter idea a la Nursery Design Studio here. This is an adorable DIY decor idea for your sweet 16 party, cut the numbers from sturdy cardboard, then embellish them with flowers!

27. Flower crowns for your guests

The perfect party favours that look adorable in photos too!

28. Serve pink popcorn

There's nothing sweeter than pink popcorn on your special day! You could even add some edible glitter and serve up in these girly popcorn boxes.

Baby pink popcorn boxes ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

Baby pink striped popcorn cases ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

29. A blind 'most likely to' game


30. Make a pretty flower arch

You could make this from jumbo paper flowers and entwine it with pretty streamers and confetti balloons. So gorgeous!

31. Serve macarons with edible glitter

Edible silver star glitter ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

To make them look extremely magical!

Mini pearlescent silver star glitter ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป


32. Serve number '16' ice cubes to your guests

Number ice cubes ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

You could even add a tiny amount of food colouring to colour them pink!

33. Fortune cookie party favours

These are always so popular and fun to give away as favours at your party, plus affordable! 

34. Take tons of photos!

You can never have enough photos to remember the occasion by! Photos are truly magical, you could even dedicate a whole album or scrapbook to your Sweet 16 party to be able to remember it always. You will only have to look through it to be transported back to your 16th birthday and enjoy it all over again, the most fun!


What can I do for my Sweet 16 instead of a party?

1. Visit a cat cafe

This is such a special birthday idea

2. Visit a famous instagrammable location

3. Visit a trampoline park

4. Go for a manicure

5. Go stargazing or watch the sunrise

6. Burn a jewellery candle

7. Make a visit to a beautiful religious place if you have a faith 

8. Visit a beautiful historical location

9. Get your hair cut and styled professionally

10. Order Laduree macarons

11. Enjoy the best ever bubble bath 

12. Plant a tree

To represent your growth

13. Visit a museum or an art gallery

14. Visit a beautiful park or gardens

15. Recreate a special childhood memory 


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