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There is probably no other birthday that is more important to an American girl that her sixteenth. Parties for this celebration are commonly and fondly known as Sweet Sixteen parties. For event planners, this can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parties to plan for clients. Your job as the event planner is to make sure that everything is all about the birthday girl.
***Tip: Find out from your client during your initial meeting exactly what their child loves. Questions about favorite colors, celebrities, music, foods, style, and trends will set you upon the right path to planning a successful Sweet Sixteen party.
Adolescents of all ages love sweets and your run-of-the-mill birthday cake will no longer cut it. Utilize a master baker to design a cake (such as the one pictured) that will have your client swooning. Also, work with you food and beverage staff to come up with a customized table of sweets. Since this party is for an underaged crowd, make them feel adult like with bottles sparkling beverages with tailored labels.
Balloon formations such as columns take the “kiddy” out of using them for decor. The balloon columns depicted in the photo below were designed by Unique Parties by Ayana.
Party City has fun customizable party favors and candies like lollipops, frooties and gumballs that will have your attendees smacking their lips and smiling from ear-to-ear.
Your client’s child and their guests will go absolutely nuts when you have set up an Instagram Photo Prop and Booth. They will love showing the world what an awesome time they are having at the lavishly planned sweet sixteen party.
Photography, styling and printables: Lavish Parties and Prints by Talia
3 tiered Zebra Print Cake: Sam's Club
Swirly Lollipop, Gumballs: Party City
Balloon Columns: Unique Parties by Ayana
Restaurant: Papa Vino's Italian Kitchen
Lavish Parties and Prints by Talia (formally know as Talia's Creative Printing)
Planning A Scandalous Affair
Being “Scandalous” has never been so much fun, especially when you are a huge fan of Scandal! Lavish Parties and Prints knows this, which is why we take the time to embrace our client’s vision and produce memory-worthy events.
As an event planner, planning and executing themed birthday parties can be incredibly easy since so much can be linked to the theme. The following items can be used to reflect the running theme of the party:
● Decor Color Scheme
● Food & Beverage
For example, We planned this is Scandal Themed 40th Birthday Party at
Fishbone's Rhythm Cafe in Southfield, MI.
All of the decor, food, signage, napkins, etc. tie into the theme. This is exactly what every event planner shoots for when taking on this type of event.
But first things first. Before you begin to plan any event, one must sit down with the client to discuss their vision, budget, venue, decor, and other details. The most important thing is to stick to the budget. It doesn’t matter whether the budget is great or small, you can make miracles happen with enough imagination.
It is also paramount to make sure you have a special section for your client or guest of honor. Sleek, professional signage always adds a classy touch. The client wanted a sign that displayed her birthday statistics.
As you can see from the photos, utilizing stemware with catchy themes as party favors, personalized balloons, and handmade centerpieces to further accentuate the ongoing theme are great ways to bring your client’s vision to life
The limits of your imagination and ingenuity are only limited by yourself. If you continue to draw a blank on ideas, conduct some research on your theme. You never know what juicy ideas you could be inspired to employ!
Planning themed birthday parties doesn’t have to be hard. Listen to the client’s wishes, adhere to the budget, plan, and execute with precision! By following these simple steps, you can rest assure that “It’s Handled”!
Photography, styling, Rose ball centerpieces, birthday stat sign, wine glass favors and personalized balloons: Lavish Parties and Prints by Talia
Cake and Pushpops: Brandi Peterson
Restaurant: Fishbone's Rhytm Cafe'