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These 9 Sweet 16 Themes are What Teenage Dreams are Made Of

photographer: Domino Arts Photography | décor: Bambini Soiree | venue: The Temple House

by Amanda Greenberg, Marketing Coordinator

These incredible milestone birthday bashes put the “sweet” in sweet 16. From retro-chic pop to high fashion and fabulous, we love how each distinct event represents the unique teen being celebrated. With creative sweet 16 themes, inventive décor, delectable fare, and Instagram-worthy activities, we can’t get enough of these 9 perfect parties.

Southern Social

Southern hospitality meets chic pink perfection at this backyard birthday. Pamela Einarsen Photography captured every detail — from untouched tablescapes topped with pink and ivory florals to the after-dinner gelato bar and convenient passed candy station. Ruth Ridgeway Designs ensured the birthday girl felt special with personalized signage throughout the space — after all, what would a modern Sweet 16 be without a custom hashtag and polaroid station?  Marcia Selden Catering & Events enhanced the affair with delicious cuisine on stylized plating, with fare that was almost too pretty to eat.

Storybook Soirée

A Cinderella story indeed – this evening took guests on a journey out of Manhattan and straight into a Disney fairytale. Valery Shpak’s timeless photos illustrate the iconic Plaza Hotel’s ballroom transformed by delicate projection lighting and magnificent floral arrangements. We love the grand entrance that Ruth Ridgeway Designs crafted, with mystical iron gates framed by stunning pastel bouquets – and it doesn’t get more princess-chic than elegant gold tables surrounded by pink satin bow and tulle covered chairs. From mini carriages filled with pastel petals to the birthday girl’s Cinderella ball gown, this celebration would surely be fairy godmother approved.

Fashion-Forward Fabulousness

Sweet 16 themes don’t get more fab than this Chanel-inspired affair – at which guests were led under a custom Vogue-inspired entrance, through a “Chanel” store, and then into an astounding celebration space at The Temple House. Bambini Soiree ensured no detail was left unturned, with a Chanel logo-ed dance floor, DJ Booth, bar, and more. A glossy white runway ran through the event space, and Event Effectschic tufted furniture and classic black and white striped elements perfectly represented the designer brand’s signature look. Thierry Isambert’s Culinary and Event Design provided indulgent catering stations – our mouths are watering at Domino Arts Photography’s photos of the nitrogen ice cream bar alone.

Retro Pop Party

Bright, bold, youthful, and fun – this sweet 16 was certainly super. Every moment was spectacular beginning with guests entering through an inventive (and sweet) LED cotton-candy tunnel. MusikFest Café was a pop-art paradise for the night thanks to Revolution Event Design and Production filling the space with bright graphics and custom signage at every turn. Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events planned “pop” related activities, even incorporating a “pop” bar for young attendees to indulge in, while Snap Entertainment provided plenty of on-theme games to entertain young guests when they weren’t on the dance floor. We can’t get enough of Rodney Bailey Photography’s vibrant photos of every element – including the hot chocolate bar with walls of custom to-go mugs from which attendees could help themselves to on their way out

City Celebration

A unique twist on a feminine birthday – this urban-inspired sweet 16 used a vibrant pink and blue décor palette. Low Res Studio was transformed into a young city girl’s dreams with suspended industrial light bulbs, an oversized wood speaker unit, and of course, chic graffiti covered walls. We love how A Perfect Event swapped typical table adorning candles for mini street lanterns, and lined rustic shelves with colorful La Croix for guests to enjoy throughout the night — turning the refreshment into a décor element. Gerber + Scarpelli photography ensured every element was captured, from DJ. D Jones’ LED-lit booth to the transformative hot pink lighting that filled the venue.

Let’s Hear it for the Boy

We had to save a little love for the boys. This super cool sixteen was out of this world with galaxy-inspired décor galore. Nicole Ha transformed the space-ious Casino M8trix venue into the perfect birthday celebration setting with a dramatic entrance, custom signage, and deep blue lighting from Enhanced Lighting & Audio Visual. Amazae Events planned an unforgettable evening as captured by Mauricio Arias, and guests absolutely loved the galactic dessert bar with on-theme cake pops and a beautifully designed cake.

Global Gala

Talk about incredible sweet 16 themes – this celebration took guests on a trip around the globe with stops in Brazil, Japan, Australia and more. Cipriani 42nd Street was filled with diverse cultures and distinct environments – all brought to life by Eggsotic Events’ creative designs. Ice blue-lit LED table blocks, royal blue lighting, ice sculptures, and an igloo-inspired tent were a cool change of pace at one end of the party, while tropical palms and oriental décor brought the heat at another end. We wish we could dig into the region specific buffets – one way ticket to this party please!

Pink Perfection

Jerry Rose Floral & Event Design combined florals, linens, and balloons to create a perfectly pink birthday party. Sheer balloon ribbons hovered just above watercolor-inspired lilies and roses, creating a unique and youthful high and low centerpiece. Simoudis Photography captured the decadent dessert table, which continued the feminine color palette with plenty of pink treats surrounded by cherry blossom florals and hot pink ribbons – and we love how the birthday guest of honor’s initials were beautifully frosted onto confections for a personal touch.

Beautiful Boho

Bring on festival season – this Coachella-chic sweet 16 had every guest living a teenage dream. Each young attendee got to make her own flower crown out of gorgeous fresh flowers, and City Farmhouse’s event space provided the perfect floral mural backdrop for Instagram worthy shots, which were beautifully captured by Mandy Liz Photography. Evergreen Events tied the space together with greenery stemmed balloons, and we adore how Events by Goldman ensured no guest left without a festive party favor.

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