Inspiration and Ideas for an Amazing Christmas Sweet 16

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!

The Wild Geese . Irish

The Wild Geese . Irish

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.

Cater Source Arising Images

Cater Source Arising Images



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.

Real House Moms

Real House Moms

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


  1. Add the milk, broken up white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and vanilla to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours (stirring every 15 minutes).
  3. 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.

A Moms Take

A Mom’s Take

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.


Sweet 16 Trend Alert! DIY PIPE & DRAPE BACKDROPS


Its easy to get excited about new Do-It-Yourself Pipe & Drape Backdrops! The latest trend for Sweet Sixteen Parties is pipe and drape. Drapery adds elegance to any kind of event and with the option to set them up yourself, you can stay on a budget while creating a beautiful look for any size venue. If the walls of a room are dull, adding pipe & drape will convert the room into an alluring venue. This affordable option for is the first of its kind to provide DIY setup and nationwide rental options.  You can now transform any sweet 16 from drab to fab in a matter of minutes.  This versatile and convenient system makes it the perfect choice for cake tables, head tables, trade show booths, or even an entire room.

The best part about it is that there is no need to hire professional setup staff because set up can easily be done by a first-time host, planner, parents, etc.  DIY Pipe & Drape Backdrops make event decor and setup possible for anyone.


Our featured vendor: Rent My Wedding, a nationwide event rental company, just launched their new DIY Pipe and Drape rentals! They will be offering a variety of options to completely transform your sweet sixteen into the event of a lifetime. Product highlights for their Pipe and Drape rentals include:

  • no experience required
  • adjustable width & height
  • light weight and sturdy
  • affordable price
  • free shipping nationwide

The pipe and drape backdrop kits are available for rent nationwide, starting at a price of $89 per kit with free shipping both ways.  Each kit includes a frame and drapes to create a backdrop that measures 12 feet wide by 10 feet high.  The pipe & drape kits can also be used to create wedding canopies, chuppahs, photobooth enclosures, and more.  For more details, visit or call 1-800-465-8020.


Sweet 16 Party Themes

Welcome to Sweet Sixteen Ideas! This blog will be all about ideas and awesome theme inspirations for your 16th birthday celebration. Whether you want your Sweet 16 to be big or small, extravagant or budget friendly, classic or as creative as can be, this blog will feature every single thing you can imagine for how to organize, plan, and decorate the perfect DIY Sweet 16 celebration!

Organized by theme, each new blog post will contain several ideas to plan and create an awesome Sweet Sixteen experience for yourself or your daughter. Taking into consideration every detail, each themed post provides tips and suggestions to inspire every one of your friends and family for your “My Super Sweet 16” style party (without all the drama). Feel free to mix and match or take suggestions to make them your own. We hope to inspire you with all different kinds of ideas for one of the most important moments in your life, your coming of age party. We hope this blog will help everyone from do-it-yourselfers to professional party planners and event coordinators plan an amazing Sweet 16 party!

Some of the theme ideas we will feature include:

Beach Theme

Under the Stars Theme

Vegas Theme

Winter Wonderland Theme

Hollywood Theme

Masquerade Theme

Great Gatsby Theme

Paris Theme

Disney Fairytale Theme

Halloween Theme

Valentine’s Day Theme

Christmas Theme

Alice in Wonderland Theme

Mardi Gras Theme

Egyptian Theme

Vintage Theme

Superheroes Theme

Sports Theme

Video Games Theme

Carnival Theme

Rustic Theme

60s Theme, 80s Theme, 20s Theme, all the eras!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theme

New York Theme

Flower Garden Theme

Broadway Theme

Phantom of the Opera Theme

Rock and Roll Theme

Hawaiian Luau Theme

Shanghai Nights Theme

Medieval Renaissance Theme

Space Galactic Theme

Western Cowboy Theme

…and more!