Top 20 Sweet 16 Party Themes | Sweet 16 Party Store (2022)

Your Sweet 16 only happens once and picking the right theme is key to a memorable party! Our experts at Sweet 16 Party Store have put together the Top 20 Sweet 16 Party Themes for a birthday party you won't forget, and we've got all the supplies you need to make your favorite Sweet 16 theme happen.


1. Sweet 16 Party in Paris
Your guests will say “Oooh-la-la” when they receive their invitation to your Sweet 16 Party in Paris! Think about sending an invitation that looks like a passport or the Eiffel Tower. Use our Paris Backdrop Banner to transform any venue into a day in Paris. Go for a sophisticated look with your decorations, including an Eiffel Tower centerpiece, place settings and favor boxes in the colors of light pink, black, gold and white. Have your guests arrive to your party in berets, boas and stylish sunglasses! Consider getting photo props with French sayings to add to a photo booth so everyone can capture memories of their “fun day in Paris”. Serve your guests a variety of hors d’oeuvres such as cheese, pastry puffs, French bread, croissants, macrons, petit-fours and espresso. This party will be “Tres Magnifique”!2. Amazing Race Sweet 16 Party
Plan a glamorous girly day full of fun and adventure. Send out invitations that look like “Amazing Race Clue Envelopes” inviting your friends to dress up in tutus, tiaras and boas to look ultra-fabulous, while they participate in an Amazing Race style event! Plan a fun route for your party guests to run around the city/town doing activities and finding landmarks. Have one person (such as a family member) be the “host”. Break your guests into teams, each team is based on the color of the tutu and is equipped with a smart phone. As teams complete each task, they take a photo of themselves and text it back to the “host” to receive their next clue. The first team to finish with all the activities complete wins! What do the winners get??? How about a 100 Grand Candy Bar!! After the race, head home for your Sweet 16 celebration. Have your space decorated in yellow, black and red. Your guests will have worked up an appetite running around town, so serve cake and other snacks. Spend the rest of your day laughing and sharing photos from your fun race!

3. Wild Party Animal Sweet 16 Party

Nothing says “girly”, “diva” and “fabulous” quite like an animal print theme birthday complete with black and white decor!!! Decorate your space with zebra stripe place settings, centerpieces, balloons and party streamers to complete a fabulous place for your guests to hang out, eat and gossip!!! Have your guests dress up in their best diva and sassy outfits including tutus, tiaras and boas! Use cute zebra print gift bags for your guest’s party favors, which could include items such as zebra print candy, animal print lip balm, animal print sunglasses or animal print sleep masks! Serve a fabulous Sweet 16 birthday cake or cupcakes in animal print liners, cookies frosted with a zebra stipe look…the possibilities are endless.

4. "Survivor" 16th Birthday Party
Outwit, Outlast, Outparty!!! If you are a fan of Survivor, then this party theme might just be right up your alley!!! Send out invitations with the Survivor logo to give your guests an idea of what’s in store for them. Decorate your space with tiki torches, team flags, fishing nets and grass skirts to start putting your theme into motion. What really makes a Survivor Party are the Challenges! Break your guests into teams and give each team a colored bandana and have a few challenges set up and ready to go. Challenges could include food challenges, obstacle course, scavenger hunt or blind fold games. Set up a Survivor Candy Buffet for your guests and include items like Gummy Sharks, Salt Water Taffy, Pixie Sticks (sand), Gummy Worms, and sour candies. This party will be lots of fun for all your guests!

5. Pretty in Pink Sweet 16 Party

Nothing says girly girl like pink, pink, pink! Decorate your party space in all shades of pink, and maybe pink and white polka dots or stripes. Set up and decorate a cake and treat buffet table with a pink table cover, surrounded by pink balloons, banners and streamers. Switch out light bulbs into a pink bulb for an extra touch of pinkness. Have a fabulous pink cake and serve your snacks and treats in all shades of pink (for instance: pink jelly beans, pink lemonade, cotton candy, pink cake pops and/or pink gumballs). Have all your guests wear their favorite pink and white outfits and offer them pink and white feather boas to wear when they arrive to the party and walk the pink runway. The more creative ideas you can come up with, the more memorable the party will be for your guests.

6. Coed Karaoke Sixteenth Birthday Bash

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Bring out your karaoke machine, inflatable guitar and get all your guests singing and dancing along to their favorite songs! Don’t let them be shy, everyone must participate! Send out microphone invitations and tell your guests to start practicing their favorite songs and routines!! Laughing at each other is half the fun! Take it up a notch and have guests dress up!!! Decorate your party with hot pink, white and black balloons, streamers and other fun decorations like large music note cutouts and record albums! Serve a microphone shaped cake and other snacks and treats. Have guests vote for their favorite act and award the winner with a “grammy”.Don't forget your pink microphone!

7. Black & White Glam Sweet 16

This is always a classy idea! When you theme your party celebration black and white you can easily turn an ordinary occasion into a stylish and elegant event extravaganza. Rent out a ball room and have multiple rooms set up for different activities such as dancing, karaoke and even show a black and white film in one room! Have black and white balloons, streamers, plates, cups and decorations. You can even add style with zebra stripe or polka dot balloons too! Be creative with your invitation design, but since this is a black and white party, don’t forget to suggest the attire for the evening on your invitations. Your guests will want to know how formal the party is, and also if you want them to wear black and/or white. Set up your food table with all things black and white like a black tortilla chips and white cheese dip, olives and mozzarella cheese balls, etc. A black and white cake surrounded by a black and white candy buffet including black licorice, white jelly beans, black and white M&M’s, white gumballs, black and white cake pops, black and white lollipops, white and dark chocolate covered popcorn, etc will definitely be a tasty addition for your guests.

8. Highlighter Sweet 16 Party

Set up black lights in your house for a highlighter party! Have guests dress in all white or give them a cheap white T-Shirt as they arrive. As guests arrive, give them a glow necklace and/or bracelet, glow sticks, highlighter pens and spray various colors of neon hair spray in their hair. One object of the highlighter party is to have guests write and color on as many people’s shirts during the party as possible! When decorating your space use glow sticks and balloons and streamers in colors such as yellow, bright green and pink (think neon!!!) also consider covering your walls in butcher paper and encourage guests to graffiti!!! Have a buffet available for guests to snack. Plan a mini pizza, nacho or taco bar for guests to create their own meal and offer snacks like chips and dip and other “grazing” style foods. Be sure to serve up some Mt. Dew at the party, since it will glow under black lights!!!

9. Tropical Luau Sweet 16 Party Pool Party

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Put on your grass skirt and lei because a Luau birthday party brings the sunshine inside for a fun theme everyone will enjoy! Decorate your party space with fun and festive floral and flamingo centerpieces, tableware, straws, balloons and garland. You can’t have a luau without leis, so make sure you have plenty to give guests as they arrive!!! Serve guests a variety or Hawaiian themed foods, such as Pineapple Glazed Ham, shrimp and pineapple skewers, fresh fruit and macadamia nuts, just to name a few. Festivities might include a game of Flamingo Ring Toss, hula dancing or the Limbo!! If your party is being held outside, try a game of pineapple bowling!!

10. Scavenger Hunt Sweet 16 Party

Take your friends on a wild scavenger hunt across town, mall or around your neighborhood! Set up a plan of different locations to visit and have guests do something silly or collect an item at each location. Break up guests into teams, take pictures at each location and try to beat the other teams! Award the winning team a prize!! If you want to make this scavenger hunt extreme and go around the town, you can rent a limo and the Sweet 16 party guests can explore the city without you being the driver! Make the last stop on the hunt the location of where you will be serving cake and other snacks!!! Assuming that most of your scavenger hunt party activities will take place around town, you don't need to go overboard decorating the house, just a few balloons and streamers in the area where you'll serve food should do the trick. Food ideas might include a self serve mini pizza or sandwich bar along with a Sweet 16 cake or cupcakes.

11. Glow in the Dark Sweet 16 Party

Dim the lights, turn up the music and break out the glow sticks for a night of fun! Place a few black lights around your party space and encourage your guests to be creative and wear fluorescent clothing, glow-in-the dark accessories and face paint! Award a prize to the best outfit!!! Decorate your space with balloons, party streamers and light up your cake/snack table with glow sticks/bracelets! Don’t forget the glow straws for your guests! Decorate yourself with light up rings, glow bracelets, glow glasses, flashing headbands and necklaces! Pick up some neon gel food coloring and add it to your treats and snacks to make your food table light up!!! Glow and dance the night away!!!

12. Disco Divas 16th Birthday

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Break out the Bee Gees, polyester, mirrored disco ball and all things sparkly and glowing for a Sweet 16 Disco Divas dance party! Send invitations resembling a mirror disco ball to clearly show your theme. Decorate your party space with lots of glitter and sparkles in hot pink black and gold colors as well as Disco Ball Danglers, cut outs, glow sticks, streamers and balloons. Hand out favor bags to your guests that include beads, candy and glow sticks. Have guests come dressed in their favorite disco attire and have a dance contest for the best “Hustle or Bump” and award prizes.

13. Party Like a RockStar Sweet 16


Turn on some music and plan the hottest “Rock Star” party that will have your friends talking for weeks! Have your guests grab their wigs, microphones, crazy outfits and dress up as their favorite singer or rock star!!! Decorate the entrance to your party venue with a carpet runner so your guests can walk the “Grammy” runway and have their photos taken before entering the party. Rock Star theme décor such as record albums and star cutouts will complete the look of your party. Use star shaped cookie cutters on sandwiches and other snacks to keep food within the theme. Music is key so choose some rockin’ tunes and allow your guests a chance to dance and maybe even sing karaoke.

14. Sweet 16 Photo Shoot Party

Hire a professional makeup artist and get your friends together to learn all about how to apply makeup for the newest trends! Get all dressed up and dolled up because it is time for your photo shoot! Hire a professional photographer and have fun being silly and gorgeous during a photo shoot that will give you pictures to last a lifetime and that will always bring back memories of a fun day with your friends!!! Being glamorous can work up an appetite, so make sure you have a food table available with snacks and, of course, a fabulous Sweet 16 cake!!

15. Sweet 16 Spa Day

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Treat yourself and a few friends to manicures, pedicures, massages and facials at a Spa Party! Be daring and try a new hairstyle! Use photo booth props or take before and after pictures to share with family and friends. After your day at the spa, head home for cake and snacks. Decorate your table with a nail polish cupcake stand, animal print spa napkins, Sweet 16 party balloons and streamers! Treat bags for your guests that include sleep masks, lipstick or nail polish pens, purse note pads and lip balm will be a hit!

16. Sweet 16 Coed Camping Party

You can’t go wrong with a classic like a good old fashioned Slumber Party, but add the camping twist for a modern overnight adventure. Set up tents in the backyard and stay up all night telling ghost stories around the campfire and having flashlight scanvenger hunts! Decorate the tents with Sweet 16 party streamers and balloons and take lots of silly pictures or selfies. Make sure your plan includes breakfast for the morning!!

17. Diamonds & Denim Cowgirl Sweet 16

This party is a combination of dress up glamour with dress down country style comfort! Wear a pair of your favorite jeans and add some bling with a tiara and rhinestone sash! Go to dinner at your favorite restaurant and decorate your table or space with a Sweet 16 banner, balloons and centerpieces that sparkle and shine!! Treat your guests to party favor bags that include a light up “faux” diamond ring, party beads and tiara hair combs! The cool thing about this party theme is that everyone has a favorite pair jeans, a western hat and some kind of bling!

18. Coed Sweet 16 Toga Party

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Plan a Toga Party!!! Send out “scroll” invitations requesting your guests to BYOS (bring your own sheet) and show up in their Toga or Greek Theme outfits. Use white and gold decorations such as balloons and streamers and hang grapevines or ivy to complete the look. Serve foods with a “greek” theme for instance, lots of fruits (especially grapes) pita bread with hummus, veggies (definitely olives) and cheeses (don’t forget the feta). If you are looking to play some fun games, have a toga costume contest and try bobbing for grapes.

19. Scary Zombie Apocalypse 16th Birthday Party

With all the movies and shows out now about Zombies, who wouldn't want to celebrate the undead. If shuffling around the night looking for “brains” is your forte, this might just be the party theme for you! Send out grave marker/headstone invitations letting your guests know that they should come dresses as zombies!!! Decorate your space with black balloons and streamers as well as caution tape streamers, Styrofoam headstones and use red paint to make a “blood splattered” tablecloth. Serve your guests some brain food or other zombie themed foods such as, cake pop eyeballs, gelatin brains, hot dogs that look like fingers and so forth. Have a zombie costume contest and award a prize to the winner!!! Looking for a fun game??? Try the “Legless Zombie”!!! Place a fake brain or body part at the finish line and have your guests lie on their stomachs at the starting point. Guests scoot and wiggle to the finish line without using their legs, just their arms and stomach. The first to arrive to the finish line gets to "feast."

20. Sassy Sweet 16 Glow Bowling Party

This is a classic party idea, but you can take it up a notch by having your friends dress in tutus and tiaras, because let’s face it…bowling shoes are ugly and you have to look fabulous!!! Invite your friends and break into teams to compete for the highest scores!! Have a prize ready for the winner! Decorate your space with Sweet 16 balloons!!! Serve guests popcorn, cake pops resembling bowling balls and bowling pin decorated cookies!!! Strike or no strike, everyone will have a great time being sassy, laughing and bowling.

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Top 20 Sweet 16 Party Themes | Sweet 16 Party Store? ›

Top 20 Sweet 16 Party Themes
  1. Sweet 16 Party in Paris. ...
  2. Amazing Race Sweet 16 Party. ...
  3. Wild Party Animal Sweet 16 Party. ...
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  5. Pretty in Pink Sweet 16 Party. ...
  6. Coed Karaoke Sixteenth Birthday Bash. ...
  7. Black & White Glam Sweet 16. ...
  8. Highlighter Sweet 16 Party.

What are good sweet 16 themes? ›

What are the colors for Sweet 16? ›

Color scheme: Build the birthday theme around a color scheme, such as black and white, pretty in pink, red white & blue, school colors, or the whole rainbow. Make everything match the colors—from the balloons to the food.

What is done at Sweet 16 parties? ›

Sweet sixteens can range from modest parties at home with close family to large parties with a hired DJ, makeup, hair styling, expensive gowns and dresses, and hotel ballrooms. Even if it is a small party, the main purpose of the party is to celebrate the person's earliest stage of adulthood.

How many hours should a Sweet 16 party last? ›

If planning a full, sit down meal plan for three to four hours to allow all guests to eat and enjoy the party. If you're going for snacks and light refreshments, two hours should suffice. Family Traditions Want to bring some of your family's Greek heritage into the evening?

How do you throw a glow in the dark sweet 16? ›

For your table setting, use glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets anywhere you can. Place glow necklaces around the paper plates and glow bracelets around the bottom of the cups. You can also use glow cups and glow silverware in your place settings. Use light-up centerpieces to add extra light.

How do you throw a sweet 16 party on a budget? ›

You could get away with just desserts and punch at a nighttime party. And borrow plates, cups, utensils and serving platters from friends instead of buying them. Also, forgo the elaborate cake from the expensive bakery and make your own cake or cupcakes. Ask relatives for donations to the party fund instead of gifts.

What are sweet 16 traditions? ›

While both young men and young women celebrate their Sweet 16 today, sweet 16 traditions such as the candle ceremony, father-daughter dance, passing of heirlooms and the shoe ceremony are typically reserved for young women.

How do you plan a sweet sixteen party? ›

Planning the Event
  1. Pick a Theme. Take time to talk to the birthday girl/boy about the theme that they want for their event. ...
  2. Set the Date and Time. Depending on the chosen theme, set the date and time of the event. ...
  3. Choose the Venue. ...
  4. Create a Guest List. ...
  5. Send Invitations. ...
  6. Choose a Menu. ...
  7. Plan the Entertainment.
Sep 9, 2021

What is a euphoria party? ›

If you are wondering, “ What is Euphoria themed party?” The Euphoria themed party trend is based on the fun neon party scenes in the hit HBO show Euphoria. It's a lights-off party with LED lights, disco balls, and glow-in-the-dark balloons.

How much does a sweet 16 cost? ›

A Sweet Sixteen party can range in cost from $300 all the way up to $25,000. Sweet Sixteen parties can be formal, casual, or semi-formal; they can range from modest parties at home with family and friends to large affairs with a DJ, makeup and hair stylists, and hotel ballrooms.

Who lights the candles at a sweet 16? ›

The Sweet 16 Birthday girl will light each of the candles on the cake. Another option is to have the person or people being honored in the ceremony light their candle.

What do you call a Sweet Sixteen for a girl? ›

Obviously, the biggest one is age – a quinceanera is a celebration for a girl who is turning 15, while a sweet 16 party is simply a huge birthday bash for a young lady turning 16.

How far in advance do you send Sweet 16 invites? ›

Invite Your Guests

Once the guest list is created, send invitations at least six weeks before the event. This timeline will give friends (and their parents) time to lock the party in their calendars.

What is the order of a Sweet 16? ›

The first candle is usually for parents, the second for siblings or grandparents, candles three to six usually stand for family members, candles seven through 14 are friends, candle 15 is a best friend, and the last candle is a boyfriend or a best friend.

When should you start planning your Sweet 16? ›

We recommend starting planning for a sweet 16 around 6-8 months before the date of the party. This will give you plenty of time to start budgeting and making reservations for venues, caterers, entertainers, and other important features.

What is a black light party? ›

They are a Party that uses Black Lights to light up anything that is reactive to the light.

What color glows in the dark? ›

What colors glow in the dark? Most neon colors will glow in the dark underneath black lights. The most common colors to use are fluorescent orange, green, yellow and pink. White glows in a blueish looking color underneath black lights.

What do you get a girl for her 16th birthday? ›

  • Chocolate Pizzas.
  • Jewellery & Trinket Boxes.
  • Bracelets.
  • Necklaces.
  • Framed Prints.
  • Sweet Jars.
  • Notebooks.
  • Mugs.

Do Sweet 16 have Chambelanes? ›

Quinceañeras are also known for having a court of damas and chambelanes, representing fourteen years of the girl's life. Sweet Sixteen's also have a set of traditions including a candle lighting ceremony, where a loved one lights fifteen candles.

Do Sweet 16 have courts? ›

The idea of a Sweet 16 court is to recognize some of your closest friends as you celebrate a big milestone birthday.

What should I get my daughter for her 16th? ›

The following sweet 16 gift ideas make excellent gifts for a teenage niece, no matter her interests or style.
  • Personalized Candles.
  • Travel Mug.
  • Customized Journal or Notebook.
  • Custom iPhone (or Android) Case.
  • Keepsake Box.
  • Personalized Laptop Case.
  • Custom Keychain with Surprise.
  • Pencil Case Gift Holder.
Feb 25, 2022

Are Sweet Sixteens still a thing? ›

Sweet Sixteens have been around since the 1970s, when they began to replace debutante balls in many areas, but they've had a resurgence in recent years. Most American teenagers are familiar with the Sweet Sixteen party, or at least some version of it.

Who do you invite to a sweet 16 party? ›

You should invite whoever you want to be there on your special day. Remember, it's not about the amount of people, but about how much the people mean to you and the reasons you want them there. Is 40 people too big for a sweet sixteen party? No, that sounds like a great amount of people!

What aesthetic is Euphoria? ›

Internet aesthetic trends, like Euphoria, function as a kind of highly stylized form of self-expression.

What theme is Euphoria? ›

“Euphoria” is ultimately a tragic story about love and loss, involving themes that reflect the modern world.

Why do they call it sweet 16? ›

In Latin America, families mark a girl's 15th birthday, called Quinceañera, to denote that a girl is transitioning into womanhood. In the UK, US and Canada, girls go all out to celebrate their 16th birthday, calling it 'Sweet Sixteen'.

Why is 16 a special birthday? ›

For many American youths, 16 is probably the most important birthday they'll celebrate before they reach legal adulthood. At 16, a young person can get a driver's license and a job—and, more importantly, they can enjoy the freedom and be expected to cope with the responsibilities that come with both.

What is 17th birthday called? ›

Do you like to wonder why the 17th birthday is often called 'sweet seventeen'? This age is unique, and many are willing to hold a massive party to celebrate their 17th birthday. It turns out that the 17th birthday is remarkable not only in Indonesia but also in almost every country.

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