Unbeknownst to me, having an all out “Sweet 16 Birthday party” (more like extravaganza) was a “thing”. Huh!! People . . . it’s exhausting. ☹ When I turned 16 it was like any other birthday. It was celebrated but not on today’s level. All I cared about was getting my drivers’ license the day I turned 16 …baby. I didn’t care about the fancy decorations or the fancy cake. I just couldn’t wait to start driving.
Million Dollar Family
When our son was born, we were extremely happy. But when we were ready to have another, we prayed for a girl this time. We so wanted one of each. When we went in for the ultrasound to see what it was going to be, my husband and I prayed for a girl. Our wish came true. We were having a girl. A Girl I can dress up in pretty little dresses. Teach her how to put on makeup. (Now, she thinks she’s teaching me … sheesh!!)
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What a treasure. A million dollar family. Over the years I have planned so many kids’ birthday parties (check out my post (How To Throw a Toddler Birthday Party) for both boys and girls. Like every mom, I created a themed party for both my son and daughter. I planned themes from the likes of Shrek to Toy Story . . . from Barbies to Justin Bieber themed parties. They all ended up fantastic. The kids loved them. I love to be creative.
When planning my daughter’s Sweet 16 Birthday party, that became a whole new world for me. There were no “Sweet 16 Birthday” parties growing up. Where do I start. I knew I had to revert to what I do best … write things down, make lists, make spreadsheets.
Where To Start
- Plan a date and time frame – my daughter’s birthday always lands around the March break. A lot of people go away for March break.
- Invitations – kids these days survive through social media like snapchat or instagram or even texting. So depends how formal you want it to be
- Theme – is there a theme she wants to go with. Maybe a certain colour theme. My daughter’s favourite colour is red. So we went with a red and black with silver accents.
- Amount of People – will it be a mix of family and friends or just her friends. My daughter really just wanted “a kids only” party. That was fine. They’re growing up and they need their own fun and privacy.
- Venue – do you want to hold it in your own home or a special venue. You need to consider how many people she wants to invite. We held it my daughter’s in a private room of a restaurant. Just big enough for her close friends.
- Food and Drink – you need to plan the menu. I think a simple finger foods is the easiest like pizza, sliders, fries, etc. For drink: pop, juice or water.
- Decorations – balloons, streamers, backdrop for a photo session. If you are planning at home then you might need theme-coloured plates and napkins and plastic glasses.
- Cake – this is a special birthday so I think it should be a little more fancier then your usual grocery type cake (not that there is anything wrong with that – I used their themed cakes for every birthday). For this birthday, I found a great lady who does beautiful cakes but nothing overly fancy. My daughter is a simple girl. So we kept it very simple but elegant.
- Rentals – I was contemplating having her party at home and I looked into renting a couple of cruiser tables and black tablecloths to cover them. It’s not very expensive. Even though I did not have it at home, I still had the same effect in our private room. It was exactly as I pictured it.
- Party Supplies – these days a lot of us like to diy – I know I do. If you want to do the decorations yourself start researching ideas and see if you can do it yourself. I love being creative so I made my own decorations; from the balloon arch to the paper flower backdrop.
- Other Food – Veggie tray or fruit tray or cookies – if you are having it at home.
Write It Down
- There is so much to plan out (yes you have to make a plan)
- Let’s get organized
- Let’s face it we cannot remember everything
- If I think of something I need to write it down (I even have a pad and pen on my nightstand-just in case 🙂 )
- I always create lists and spreadsheets to keep myself organized
- There are so many events you need to organize when you have children … (first birthdays, baptisms, first communions, confirmations, christmas parties, etc.)
Lists and Spreadsheets
- I have created a couple of lists for you that would come in pretty handy when planning out your celebrations
- one list is an invitation list to plan out your guests . . . who to invite, who is coming, who cannot make it, etc.
- the other list is a spreadsheet of all the things you need for the event . . . from decor to food and drink and anything in between.
- you need a budget before you start and this list can help you with that so you can keep track of everything you buy