A girl only turns 16 once, and it should be a day to remember.  Don't get me wrong, brand new cars wrapped in big red bows don't have to top the gift table—or break the bank.  But, a sweet 16 party is undoubtedly worth your time.

Planning the perfect party can be overwhelming to both your mind and your wallet.  Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to keep the cost low without sacrificing the good times. 

Here are a few ways to plan the perfect sweet 16.


Should you stay local

There’s plenty of things you can do. Depending on your budget, you could go the quick and easy route and take your daughter to a resort like Beaches All Inclusive, or a cruise. Or you could just do something local and make it a huge blast.

Decide on a Date

The most important part of planning is picking the date.  You don’t want to plan a party and have no one attend. Select a date about two to three months before the party.  This will make it easier to select a place to host the party.

Find a Venue

If you are planning on renting a hall or using a different venue, the first thing you need to determine is how big of a party you wish to host. And most importantly, you need to make sure you set your budget.

Knowing these two critical factors will help you find a venue suitable for the type of party you want to throw.

Now, you need to get on the phone and start calling places.  Email is convenient, but when you make a phone call, you can ask for other suggestions if the venue is booked.  When you email, you are likely only to get a “we are booked that date .” A phone call gives you the opportunity to pick people's brains.  You'd be surprised what people in the hospitality industry know about the different places to host parties.

Send out Save the Date Cards

You want to all that trouble to pick a date early and to find a venue that can accommodate the number of people you wish to invite.  Let them know in advance that your daughter’s sweet 16 party is on the horizon. This will ensure that they don’t plan anything else on that day.

Pick a Theme


This is the hard part for so many moms.  Remember, this is not your sweet 16. It’s your daughters.  That means she gets a say in things. It’s so hard to give up control when you are paying the bill. But, the party is intended to be something she will remember. So, she gets to be part of picking the theme—even if you hate it. Once you have come up with a few ideas for a theme, it’s time to do a bit of research. Make a list with items which describe the party theme. Check this website https://www.partydecorationsuk.com/, for example, to compare the prices and find exactly what you need.

Figure Out the Food


Are you going to rely on relatives to make dishes and bring food to help you out, or are you going to go all in and hire a caterer?

The most important food item for the sweet 16 is—the cake.  Are you going to go all cake boss, or are you looking for creative alternatives?  There are lots to consider when it comes to the cake, so make sure you take your time and do your homework.

Find Entertainment

The most common form of entertainment for a sweet 16 is a DJ.  It gives people the opportunity to dance and have a good time, and it gives you a platform to honor the birthday girl.

Decide on Favors

No party is complete without some trinket to serve as a reminder.  The first thing you need to decide is if you are doing an edible favor or if you are doing something that guests can keep forever.  Then, just check out Pinterest for dozens of ideas for party favors.

Find Party Supplies

Yes, a sweet 16 is something that must be remembered, but it doesn't have to be something you are reminded of every month for the next year when you look at your credit card statement.  There are plenty of places where you can get wholesale party supplies and excellent party favors to cut down on cost.


There you have it.  The process is simple.  Start with a date, then find a place to host the party.  After that, send out your save the date cards.

From there, all you have to do is work with the birthday girl to pick a theme.  Don't forget to let her be involved in this process. With an idea in mind, go out and find a DJ; then work on creating those party favors to fit the theme of choice.

Remember there are several different places you can shop online, so your sweet 16 doesn't break the bank.  So, make sure you do your homework to find the best deals to make it a day to remember.


Now that you’ve successfully thrown your kid a birthday party, celebrate by booking yourself an awesome vacation at Sandals Resorts.

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