The traditional sweet sixteen or quinceanera parties have taken a huge turn!
If you are mom or dad you might be thinking about the traditional ball and your son or daughter might be thinking about a beach party. You may be already rehearsing the waltz in your head while he or she is thinking rave or no music. Or even worse, neither of you can make up your mind or have no idea whatsoever.
That is why it is a good idea to hire a planner to help you set your goals.
First things first. You will need to give them a budget to work with. This is very important because you set the base and limit of what you can have at the party. Also important is an approx. guest list and age range. If you have an idea of what you want, you can bring in pictures, videos an inspirational piece to the first consultation, but in case you have no clue of what you want, have a prior phone interview so the planner can help you figure out what you are about, likes and dislikes. Sometimes it just takes a little push in the right direction for a wonderful party. Some planners even have a form or RFP that will help you understand the direction that the party will take.
Here are some popular ideas for Sweet Sixteen Themes and some key points for each:
THE FORMAL BALL.
A formal Ball can also have many twists…
Do you want to be the princess of the night or make your guests feel like royalty? This is the theme for you.
A formal Ball can also have many twists…
Have the set up resemble an enchanted garden or a set on Paris, China or some exotic location. Or you might prefer a masquerade ball with a mardigrass carnival and all. Make sure that whatever the theme you need to let your guests know so they have the right attire.
Always remember that you should include music theme related and for all ages! Yes that also means some that mom or dad can dance to and enjoy!
This is a cool version of a formal ball. Provide your guests with masquerade masks or ask them to create one themselves for your party, you may have a parade or carnival. In the middle of the ball the unexpected may happen and your guests can be involved on solving a mystery disappearance…
Would love to experience what it would have been like if you had been born in another era?
How about a Back to the Future at your party? Go to the fiftees, the 80’s, 70’s, 20’s the gangster era…
This is your special day, make it fun!
PROPS and appropriate lightning and music are a must for this themes. It is all about the details!
Love movies and cinematography? Why not recreate an Oscar / award night with red carpet, trophies and papparazzis?
If you just want a few guests and family, you can have a karaoke night or enjoy one or two of your favorite movies. Make it special for them too by giving some awards at the climax of the party. Some idea categories are: best dressed, best hair, best smile, best dancer, best singer…
You can make a grand entrance arriving with a limo to the party, have posters made of your favorite movies and substitute their faces with your friends.
VAMPIRE OR GOTHIC NIGHT
If you are into goth , why not celebrate your party in a total different setting.
Invitations must set the mood for your guests so be creative!
How about sending your invitations on a mailable coffin box. Recreate a cemetery at your party with props and black roses for center pieces. Oh yes, Fog is a must!
AMAZING RACE, SCAVENGER HUNT
What about a scavenger hunt with Hummer limos driving you and your friends around, You have two or three teams with a team leader on each. They will be given identical lists with objects to collect doing assignments and riddles driving from point to point.
A WESTERN NIGHT
Who said no Cowboys at this party?
Bring in the horses and the mechanichal bull because we are ready to square dance our night out!
MY FAVORITE MOVIE OR TV SHOW
Resemble one of your favorite movies or TV Shows and have the set up for your party décor create the mood. Some popular movies, Alice in Wonderland, Moulin Rouge, Old West movies, AVATAR, The Vampire Diaries. Anything is possible, remember this is a night you and your friends will always remember.
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