Planning a Sweet 16 Party with a Photo Booth

February 13, 2017

Planning a Sweet 16 party

(including renting a photo booth as entertainment and party favors!)


A party to celebrate a teen girl’s passage to early adulthood is called a Sweet Sixteen Party. Parties vary in style, depth, and budget. Often a formal event, it is held to usher the girl into another stage of maturity in her life.

For many girls, their Sweet 16 is an important milestone in the transition into adulthood, and is second only to her wedding. Planning a Sweet Sixteen birthday party is something that should not be taken lightly, as it is much more than a typical birthday party.


Parents Sweet 16 Party Task List!

At least 2 to 3 months before the sweet 16 party

Planning a Sweet Sixteen party can take a lot of time depending on how detailed and elaborate you want the party to be. A minimum of 2 to 3 months will be needed, but always try to plan earlier. You will find venue and services vendor availability to be much better by planning early!

Decide on a date.

The date doesn’t have to fall exactly on the day of the birthday. It can be after, but usually not before. Make sure you consider the holidays and plan accordingly. You don’t want an empty birthday party due to overlooked key dates.

Select your venue.

Picking the right location for such a big event can be a tough task. You need to consider how many guests are expected along with your budget. Ideally a ballroom, hotel facility, or party hall offer the best space and accommodations, however you can use a local park pavilion or a community center if you are on a tight budget.

Who will be attending?

Some girls will want a small intimate party with just close friends and family while others will want a big, elaborate party. Be sure to plan out in advance the guest list and just how big of a crowd will be at the Sweet 16 party.

You may want to send save the dates cards.

Since the Sweet Sixteen party is months away, it’s a good idea to send a save the date card first so the guests will be reminded to not plan anything on that date. For that extra special touch, some folks have magnet cards printed with a photo of the upcoming Sweet 16 guest of honor.

Order Sweet 16 invitations.

Once you finalize the venue, date, and guest list it’s time to order your sweet sixteen invitations. For a personal touch, some folks purchase “do it yourself” aka DIY kits to print using their home PC and printer.

In the next step of the party planning you’ll be taking care of the important details of the event. You many need some help so don’t hesitate to ask for some. Spouses and siblings should all be involved!

Choose the Sweet 16 Theme.

Pick out a sweet 16 party theme that will make the day unforgettable for the birthday girl as well as the guests. Be sure to take into consideration the guest of honor’s likes and dislikes, favorite colors, etc… She might already have something in mind and with a little creative detective work you should be able to find out.

Arrangements for the Food.

For the more formal parties, you can have the event catered. Check with your venue for catering suggestions. For less formal parties, you could even have a home-cooked buffet or covered dish. If the event is at a restaurant, then be sure to check the menu ahead of time. Don’t forget to order the sweet 16 birthday cake!

Booking Entertainment.

A sweet 16 party is not complete without a night of fun that honors the birthday girl. You may want to plan out a few games to entertain all the guests. Hire a DJ to keep the evening charged with music and dancing. If you are on a limited budget, use a portable sound system to provide music. Often siblings or friends of the Sweet 16 guest of honor can assist with this. This will give everyone a chance to dance and have a good time. There is one additional item of entertainment to consider – we will touch on that in a moment since it combines a few of the needed aspects of entertainment and party favors.

Don’t forget the party favors.

Sweet 16 Photo Booth in New OrleansAlyssa's Sweet 16 PartyPhoto strip from a Sweet 16 Birthday Party in the InstaPics New Orleans Photo Booth

A good party host and hostess will never let the guests go home without a sweet 16 party favor. Party favor options are endless so be sure to match the favors to the style and personality of the birthday girl. One of the best options is something that will leave your guests with lasting memories. We mentioned one item to consider that will combine both entertainment and party favors. You can cover both areas with this one item, something your budget will thank you for! Imagine your guests smiling, laughing, and having fun all night while also receiving wonderful photos of themselves as keepsakes. Ignite the entertainment with the fun of a photo booth rental! Everyone loves a photo booth! The smiles, the screams of crazy laughter, and the really cool photo strip that prints out for every guest in the photo; all of these and more is what a photo booth brings to your sweet 16 party. Affordable entertainment combined with a keepsake folks will proudly display. InstaPics Photo Booth can show you just how easy and affordable this terrific addition to your event can be. Consider it strongly… your guests will love it!


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