There are some truly unforgettable, pivotal experiences of the teenage years. While the one that often first comes to mind is prom, for many young people the Sweet 16 party is one of the biggest. Sweet 16 parties can range in scope and complexity from modest to elaborate, but no matter what, they require a lot of planning and preparation. It can be a little overwhelming how much planning goes into a sweet 16 party, but with these five tips, the process will hopefully be a bit easier.
Involve Your Teen
The most important thing to keep in mind is that this party is for your son or daughter. You need to start with a conversation about what they want and desire from the party. This is also a good time to make sure they have reasonable expectations and boundaries. Discuss the budget with them, especially if they don’t have a real good grasp of how much things cost. From there, let them set the tone and make the major decisions, with your guidance.
Decide On A Theme
The theme is a way for your teen to personalize their party, so this should be totally their decision. The theme will guide most of the other decisions about the party, from the decorations to the food to the music. The theme could be their favorite movie or book or even their favorite hobby. Whatever it is, the theme should be unique and specific to their interests and personality. This will make the difference between a party that is fun and a party that is truly memorable.
Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute
There is a lot of planning that goes into this type of party, and many vendors book up several months in advance. If you wait till the last minute to start consulting DJs or caterers, you may find that your options are severely limited.
Save The Dates
Much like a wedding, you should send save-the-dates for the party. People’s schedules book far in advance these days, so it is important to get on their calendars early. If there are people that your teen really wants there, they need time to plan.
Hire A DJ
Music can make or break a party. It may be tempting to make a playlist and set-it-and-forget-it, but the right DJ provides a unique and customizable entertainment experience. This way the party guests can request songs that are important to them and to your teen. This also means that you don’t have to spend time trying to keep track of what songs are popular and will get people dancing – your professional DJ has you covered.
Call Raptor Productions!
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