Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Sweet 16 only comes once in a lifetime and it calls for an unforgettable party! From choosing a theme to finding just the perfect dessert, hosting a Sweet 16 can certainly seem like an overwhelming task with endless possibilities. With a little creativity, some colorful decorations and easy-to-make tasty treats, you can make an upcoming 16th birthday one to never forget. Take a look at our gallery of our favorite Sweet 16 party ideas, and get ready to celebrate a very special birthday!


  • Pick a Super Sweet Theme

    Choose a party theme that the guest of honor will love. If the birthday boy or girl is a big movie buff, host a movie night to screen his or her favorite flick. Don't forget the popcorn and movie theater snacks, which can be displayed in decorative tins and buckets. The Birthday Glitz Fun Pail from The Popcorn Factory includes everything you need for a fun birthday movie night! 

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  • Set the Scene

    A sweet 16 party calls for eye-popping and colorful decorations. Fill balloons with confetti and decorate the walls with streamers and garland. If the party is themed, choose a suitable color scheme and select themed decorations based on the color palette.

  • Display a 'Sweet' Candy Buffet

    Everybody loves candy, and there's no better way to celebrate the sweetest birthday of your life than with a candy buffet! Offer a selection of the guest of honor’s favorite sweet treats, and display the candy in clear jars and glasses. Candy can also be a part of the decor, so pick colors that correspond with the theme! 

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  • Serve Savory Snacks

    Serve the guests mini appetizers that are easy to eat and even easier to enjoy. Make these BLT Mini Sliders for a delicious bite-sized snack that everyone will love (everyone loves bacon!). Plus, serving smaller appetizer foods, such as bite-sized grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters, will make for quick clean up so you have more time to mingle.

  • Creative Non-Cake Desserts

    These birthday cake brownie pops featured on Munchkin Munchies are the perfect treat for a special day, and steer away from the classic birthday sheet cake with frosting. We've got tons more delicious ideas like funfetti pancakes and s'mores birthday cake! Get the full scoop here.

  • Game Time

    Set up group activities that guests can participate in throughout the party. Create a simple karaoke set-up at home with a basic microphone system and instrumental tracks, load up a favorite multiplayer videogame, or place classic board games across the room. Having various activities available throughout the event will keep the guests entertained, active and social.

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