Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Sweet 16 Party Ideas - while all birthdays are special, some are observed more illustriously than others.

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For young ladies, the sixteenth birthday marks a "coming of age", calling for a festive celebration. Each Sweet Sixteen party has its own unique style, ranging from extremely formal galas held at banquet halls to casual, backyard bashes. This year, if you're planning a sweet sixteen party for a special young lady in your life, here are a few suggestions to help you pull off the celebration in style:

Sweet 16 Party Themes

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To ensure that your teen gets the sweet 16 party of her dreams, consider letting her decide what the theme will be, or choose from one of these tried and true options:

For more formal sweet 16 party ideas, consider these sweet 16 party themes:

If a semi-formal bash is more your teen's style, add a formal spin to a casual theme and throw an 80s prom party or a salsa/tango dance party.

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Regardless of whether you'll be hosting a formal, semi-formal, or casual affair, be sure to include a few traditional ceremonies into your celebration to enhance the event's special meaning. Some of the most popular Sweet Sixteen traditions include:

Sweet 16 Party Ideas - Candle Ceremony

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During th sweet 16 candles ritual, the guest of honor lights 17 candles, each bearing its own special significance:

  • Candles 1 & 2: Parents
  • Candles 3 - 6: Family
  • Candles 7 - 14: Friends
  • Candle 15: Best friend
  • Candle 16: Special male friend
  • Candle 17: The last candle is lit for luck or inspiration

As each candle is lit, the guest of honor states the name of the person she's lighting the candle for, and shares a statement about how each person has touched her life.

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Sweet 16 Birthday Poems

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In addition to the sweet 16 candle ceremony, it's customary for the parents of the guest of honor to toast their daughter and to share a speech or Sweet 16 birthday poem. While each poem is unique, its meaning should reminisce fondly about the past and look forward to the future with bright anticipation.

With careful planning and creativity, your Sweet 16 celebration will be sure to foster lifetime memories. Be sure to relax, have fun, and enjoy sharing this special day with your daughter. Before you know it, you'll be planning a wedding!

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