If your daughter’s approaching 16, you’re probably wondering how to start planning her sweet sixteen party for her and maybe on a budget.
What does her 16th birthday mean to her? Do they want a beach party or a regular home party? Do they have any preference for the theme? Once you know these things, it’s time to organize.
To make your daughter’s Sweet 16th birthday party a memorable one, decide on a budget, choose a venue, send out invites, select the cuisine, arrange for entertainment, and go all out with the decorations.
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How to Start Planning a Sweet 16 on a Budget
Unless you have an unlimited budget, you’ll have to think about cost-saving methods for the Sweet 16 celebration. However, don’t skimp on a sweet sixteen gift your daughter will love; there are other ways.
Here is our step-by-step sweet 16 planning guide to save money without spoiling the fun:
1. Plan Your Budget
Party expenditures may quickly go out of control if you don’t plan. Here are the major things you should consider during your budget planning:
- The venue of the party
- The number of people you invite
- The food
- The décor
- The entertainment
Ask your kid what’s most important to them: an extensive guest list, the location, the food, the music, or the décor, and then choose one area to spend big.
For example, you can have your party at home with many friends, or you may spend money on a gourmet meal with a small group of friends. The choice is yours.
2. Send Out Invites (or Just Email!)
Consider sending out email invitations instead of paper invitations with many inserts and an RSVP card. That way, you will save money on paper and design time, but you’ll also save a lot of money on shipping (one of those hidden expenditures that no one mentions but can mount up quickly!).
Simply list your preferred guests’ email addresses and send them an invitation email. Write something unique to your email to make it more appealing to your guests.
Also, don’t forget to include the party’s venue, time, and dress code on the invitation.
3. Don’t Rent a Venue
If you have a big enough budget, you can host the party at a local restaurant or party center. Sure, you’ll find some beautiful venues in your area, but one thing is for sure; they aren’t going to be cheap!
We suggest hosting the party in your house instead of renting a venue. If you’ve enough room inside your house, that’s great. If you don’t have that kind of room, just include the outer area of your home.
It will double the fun! Just make sure to take permission from the neighbors (or just include them in the guest list!).
4. Buy Appropriate Outfits
Your teenage daughter will most likely want to dress up for the occasion. There are many options here; it all depends on the party’s theme and style.
Don’t expect to save much here! At least buy her a lovely gown for the father-daughter dance at the party. Explore getting black tie event dresses. Look for “Sale” or “Special Offers” online to find good deals.
Don’t worry if your daughter falls in love with an outrageously costly gown. If she agrees to part with it, you may always take it to a consignment shop or sell it online after the party.
5. Hair and Makeup
Besides dresses, your daughter may want her hair and makeup done. Although most teenagers can do a fantastic job on their own, we don’t suggest doing it alone. Just invite some of her friends, and they’ll love doing it together before the real party starts.
Another way is to look for hair and makeup schools in your area. There are often pros-in-training who will do it for you cheaply.
6. Plan the Cuisine
go for a more formal sit-down lunch for friends and relatives if you plan a traditional celebration. Finger appetizers are the way to go if your daughter wants a disco party.
If you can’t afford a plated meal, have your celebration in the afternoon or after supper with a dance party. Instead of needing to provide a sit-down dinner, you may serve lighter appetizers and cinema foods that help them enjoy more!
7. Decide on DJ and Entertainment
Hiring a DJ may cost roughly $500 for the evening, which isn’t worth it. Just make a playlist with your daughter and her friends and play their favorite songs all day long using music streaming services like Spotify or Amazon Music.
Be innovative! And keep in mind that not every Sweet 16 celebration requires a dance floor. Instead, you might use a portion of the entertainment money to hire a tarot card reader, a sketch artist, or even break dancers to provide a more immersive experience.
8. Don’t Hire a Pro Photographer
Photographs are essential parts of your Sweet 16 celebrations. However, hiring a professional photographer is not necessary.
Modern smartphone cameras are enough to take some awesome Insta-ready celebrations pictures. You can also tell your guests to bring their cameras and collect the photos later. Then you may make an inexpensive picture book with your favorite images.
9. Make the Best Decorations
This is the most crucial part of a party and where most people make mistakes. For example, will it look good if you’re decorating with flowers and a pinkish vibe if your party theme is “Zombie Apocalypse?
Absolutely NO! If you have a theme for the party and everyone is dressing up for that, you should use appropriate colors and materials. Following the previous example, a “Zombie” themed party should have a dark vibe and a mix of black, red, and white fabrics.
If you’re organizing a traditional one, balloons and fresh flowers may be used to create a stunning effect. Try to keep it simple. Remember, you’re not hosting your anniversary celebration, a wedding party, or a prom night!
It’s tempting to go to the party shop and purchase a bunch of lovely decorations, but you’ll probably get a lot more bang for your buck if you take a step back and plan everything out first.
10. Prepare birthday party souvenirs
You will invite many guests to your daughter’s 16th birthday party and they will bring many birthday gifts for your precious daughter. So it is also necessary to prepare birthday party commemorative gifts. Custom hard enamel pins are a good idea. You can bulk order some enamel pins on EnamelPins with your child’s name or photo, and they will make them for you and send them to you. Give these enamel pins as return gifts to family and friends at your party, and you’re sure they’ll be delighted, too!
Conclusion: Sweet 16 Party on a Budget
It doesn’t matter how much you plan and prepares ahead; something will always go wrong when you’re trying to plan the perfect sweet sixteen for your daughter.
We wanted to provide you with a step-by-step guide to hosting and preparing that extraordinary event you’re planning. If you follow these steps (without which the party will become a mess), other things won’t be that much of an issue.
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