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 www.RentMyWedding.com/Backdrop-Rentals or call 1-800-465-8020.


Under the Sea Themed Sweet 16

Take the traditional Under the Sea theme to the next level and create a wondrous deep-sea adventure for your guests. A combination of contrasting colors on the walls and beautiful detailed additions for centerpieces will make your Sweet Sixteen a night to remember. Here are some great tips and suggestions to host the perfect Underwater Themed Sweet 16.

1) Uplighting is perfect for transforming a venue into a dramatic and magical underwater extravaganza!

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Place blue and green uplights 5-10 feet apart around the perimeter of the room to wash the walls in color.  Add depth to the room by incorporating different shades of blues and greens.  You’ll just love how awesome you Under the Sea Themed Sweet 16 will look if you add splashes of fuchsia uplighting for contrast!

2) Gobo monogram lighting is also a great way to create an Under the Sea look.

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Use pattern gobos to create bubbles on the walls or ceiling.  It looks especially perfect when paired with aqua blue uplighting! Starfish or seashell patterns look fantastic on the dance floor. Don’t forget you can customize the design to put the name of this Sweet 16 princess in lights!

3) Tall glass centerpieces with white tulips tie in the ocean look together perfectly.

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Tall pieces of coral and seashells make great alternatives to flower centerpieces. Fill glass vases with shells, water, and floating candles to incorporate a few ocean elements.

4) Highlight your centerpieces with pinspot lights to make the small details stand out!

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Pin spots traditionally add a beautiful glow to your centerpieces or cake. Combined with bright orange coral in your centerpieces, this contrasting look will transport your guests to the deep wonders of the sea. Elegant white chair covers ensure the tables for your Under Water Themed Sweet Sixteen look perfect.