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While all birthday are special, some are observed more illustriously than others. 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:
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:
- Hawaiian Luau
- Mexican Fiesta
- Cheerleader Party
- 80's Party
- Beach Bash
- Black and White
- Roaring 20s
- A Night in Paris
More themes here!
If a semi-formal bash is more your teen's style, add a formal spin to a casual theme and throw an 80's prom party or a salsa/tango dance party.
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 Candles Ceremony
During the 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 toucher her life.
Sweet 16 Birthday Poems
In addition to the Sweet 16 candle ceremony, it's customary for the parents of the guest of honor to toast their daughter and 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!