The “Sweet 16” birthday tradition is an American standard. Be aware of these 4 tips in order to host THE best Sweet 16 birthday bashes for your clients.
Thus, it should go without saying that parents that come to you wanting to put on a Sweet 16 bash are most likely looking to go big or go home.Even those who don’t have the budget to buy new Ferrari’s and ice sculptures still want to do something special — something personal, but extravagant while still being within their means.
It’s the job of an event planner to meet within this middle, no matter what someone’s budget may be.
That’s why it’s extremely important for event planners to know of these four tips for throwing the perfect Sweet 16 bash. How many are helpful for you?
1. Know the Birthday Boy or Girl
This isn’t to say you have to interview the teen directly (though you’re free to if the parents allow it), but it’s important that you know who you’re throwing the party for.
What do they like? What are they passionate about? What is their favorite color? What foods do they hate?
Some of these questions are standard questions for any event, but make sure you know the ins and outs of the teen.
Not knowing their taste will result in a bad party.
2. Get the Right Decorations
Nothing says a downer party like decorations fit for an office get together. Teens are very in tune with what they like and/or what’s en vogue at the moment.
Tacky or out-dated decorations aren’t going to work for their big day.
The best way to prevent this is to get decorations approved as individually as possible, or ask for pictures of decorations or themes they pre-approved.
Suggest sites like Pinterest for inspiration.
3. Push for a Surprise
Again, not every parent has the cash to buy their teen a brand new vehicle or something extravagant, but push for a surprise. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive — just something the birthday boy or girl won’t be expecting.
The surprise is a big part of a Sweet 16 party.
Everyone waits for a big reveal at the end of the night, and it’s integral to the party’s climax.
4. Separate but Close
Finally, understand that teenagers turning or around 16 will want to be able to party on their own.
Simultaneously, parents will want to keep an eye on these teens in case of flirtation or mischief.
They’re also looking to have some alone time away from the ruckus — so what’s the solution?
No matter how you pull it off based on your venue layout, find a way to keep both teenage guests and their parents close but separate.
This allows parents to keep a watchful eye on their children while still giving them some of their new-found independence.
Above all, make sure that you’re throwing a party that both the teenager in question and their parents will approve of. Find a balance between what they both want and you’ll have a great party on your hands!