It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (Especially if you are a Christmas baby) Share the joy of the season on your birthday! No matter the size of your holiday party, make this Christmas Sweet Sixteen spectacular. Celebrate the most joyous time of year by following these easy steps:
1. Deck your halls with boughs of holly – literally!
As one of the most festive and meaningful holiday decorations, holly will add the perfect seasonal touch to your Christmas Sweet 16 party. The beautiful green leaves and red berries will encompass the Christmas spirit in all your guests.
2. Add beautiful touches of red, green or blue uplighting to wash the walls of your Christmas Sweet Sixteen event in color.
Red uplighting adds a delicate touch of elegance to any venue.
Blue and green uplighting are the perfect cool tones for your Christmas holiday Sweet 16 party.
3. Add a customized holiday themed gobo to your Christmas Sweet Sixteen.
Monogram lighting, also known as gobos, put any custom text or image in lights. his is the perfect opportunity to personalize your Christmas quince by putting the princess’s name in lights. Happy birthday to the queen of the party!
4. Spoil your sweet sixteen guests with some tasty holiday treats.
Give your guests a warm, feel-good drink for the cooler winter days. Follow these easy steps to create a slow cooker candy cane white hot chocolate for your Christmas event.
Author: Sarah Olson
Serves: about 8 1/2 cups
- 1/2 gallon whole milk (8 cups)
- 2 (4-oz.) pkgs Ghiridelli white chocolate baking bars, broken up into small pieces
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or starlight candies
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- whipped cream for serving (I use Reddi-Whip)
- more crushed candy canes for garnish
- Add the milk, broken up white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and vanilla to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
- Cover, and cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours (stirring every 15 minutes).
- Serve topped with whipped cream and topped with crushed candy canes for garnish.
5. Complete your Christmas sweet 16 celebration with an interactive and fun gift exchange.
Even though its YOUR birthday, this birthday bash will still be a great opportunity to give your loved ones their Christmas gift as well. Consider a new take on the traditional holiday gift giving with a new and unique gift exchange game that all your family and friends will enjoy.
Roll For It – Start 1-3 dice around the room, depending on the number of guests. Each player rolls once, and then passes the dice. If they roll a 6, they get to pick a gift from the center pile, or they can choose to “steal” a gift from someone already holding one. The person who was stolen from can select a new gift from the center. This game continues until the last gift has been picked up from the center.
Right / Left – Read a classic Christmas story, such as “The Night Before Christmas”. Select two keywords that appear frequently in the story. Let all the guests know that one word means pass your gift to the right while the other word when spoken means to pass your gift to the left. Read through the story until the end, and then let all the guests open the present they ended up with.
Hot Potato – Have all the guests form a circle and start with a 30-second countdown timer. Start passing one or two unwrapped gifts, depending on the size of the group. Whoever ends up holding the gift with the timer dings keeps that gift and is out of the game until everyone ends up with a gift.
Musical Chairs – Set a present on each seat around the room and play a favorite Christmas song. Have all the guests circle around the room until the music ends. They can then open the gift at the seat they stopped at.
Truth Be Told – Make a set of 10-20 “If you are a…” or “If you have ever…” sayings. Pull one of the slips at random and read it aloud. Any guest that fits the description has to get up, leaving the gift at their spot, and switch places with someone else who also fit the description. You can include things like: grandparent, blond, teacher, female, visited another country, gone on a blind date, rode on a motorcycle, etc. Continue through all of the slips until the last one has been read, then have everyone open their gifts.