Celebrating the “Sweet 16” birthday has become especially popular over the years. For parents, throwing a Sweet Sixteen party can quickly feel overwhelming—especially if you’ve never been through one yourself! Autumn is a great time for Sweet Sixteen parties. Here are four tips for planning a fall-themed Sweet Sixteen.
Choose a Venue (Ideally Exchange Hall!)
If fifty (or more!) screaming, excited kids running around with soda and cake in hand sounds like a strain on your home, then you should choose a venue for your event to take place. This should be one of the first steps you take, since wedding receptions, award ceremonies, and other events will be competing for locations. In choosing a venue, make sure it fits your needs—double check how long you can be there, whether they provide a DJ or you do, if there are minimum orders you need to make for food or drinks, etc. Luckily, we have experience in hosting sweet sixteens and birthday parties of most sizes!
Embrace Fall Decor
If the sight of pumpkins and colorful leaves gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling, translate that sensation into your Sweet Sixteen celebration. This can range from homemade save-the-date cards, displaying colorful pressed leaves and opting for tablecloths and table runners in vibrant shades of bordeaux and dark orange. And don’t be afraid to make Instagram-worthy seating arrangements out of hay!
Make it Interactive
Remember, this is still a party for kids, so one way to stay on theme for autumn is to incorporate fun seasonal crafts. Miniature pumpkins can be bought for a dollar each at your local grocery store—put out paints and decorating materials and you’ll have an instant DIY hit. Another easy set-up and dessert in one: put out fall-shaped sugar cookies, colored frosting, and edible candies so that teens can make their own confectionary treat.
Make it Fun With “Mock-aritas”
Sixteen-year-olds aren’t allowed to drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun planning out a virgin cocktail list. Rely on fall flavors to make alcohol-free apple cider margaritas, caramel apple spritzers, and pumpkin spice hot toddies. Serve the drinks in mason jars and sticks of cinnamon and apple slices to make a visually appealing drink that the kids will want to Instagram and Snapchat all night.
Are you planning an autumn-themed Sweet Sixteen? We’d love to hear what you have planned, and let you know how we can help. Contact Exchange Hall at 978-263-8500 for more information and assistance.