Just about every 15-year-old girl would love to have a sweet 16 birthday bash. Throwing a party for your daughter’s 16th birthday can be overwhelming. Parties can vary in size and setup depends on many factors such as your budget, venue and number of guests attending.

If you are wanting to know how to plan a sweet 16 party for your daughter, we can help. As your source for customizable labels for parties and other events, we at Custom Labels Depot stand ready to assist you in planning the perfect party.

Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Here are some tips to help you plan the big day.

Set a Budget

Determine the amount you can afford and make sure to leave a small cushion for any last-minute expenses. If you are unsure where to start with your budget, here is a budget calculator to help you.

Make a Guest List

Plan an initial guest list, but keep in mind as the event draws closer, this list may change several times. Sometimes you may have to add guests at the last minute or remove guests due to budget restraints.

Choose a Venue

Select a venue for the event. Think about the time of year in case you book an outdoor venue and need a tent for potential rain. Remember to ask if the venue has a preferred caterer or allows for outside caterers. You will also need to know if the venue provides chairs and tables as well as who is responsible for set-up and clean-up.


Book a Caterer

You will need to book a caterer if the venue does not provide this service, and ask for client referrals and samples of food if possible. Make sure you ask the caterer if they will set-up and clean-up for the event.

Rent Tables

You will need to rent tables and chairs, if the venue does not have them available. Remember to ask about different chair options available and any chair decorations that can tie in with your theme.


Determine what kind of entertainment you would like for the party. Options can include a DJ, band or even dancers. Make sure you plan with enough time in advance to get sample music or view performances before making your final selection.


Hire a photographer and make sure to give the photographer a list of shots you would like done. A popular option for teens is a photo booth. Some photographers can set this up for you or at least bring along props for fun pictures.

Choose a Party Theme

Make sure you include your daughter in the planning of the party. She may already have some ideas in mind and girls at this age can be very creative. The theme should match the invitations, decor and even table centerpieces.

Order a Cake

Remember to keep in mind your party theme and colors when ordering the cake. It’s always a good idea to meet with the baker and ask for cake samples of various flavors and frostings. If you are unable to chose between different cake flavors sometimes you can order two flavors of cake.

Make It Her Day

Don’t forget to help your daughter pick out an outfit for the party. Pamper her and hire a stylist to do her hair and make up for the party. She will love this option.

Let Custom Labels Depot help make your party memorable by shopping our customizable labels for your next party. We use state-of-the-art printing techniques and the highest quality products to deliver to you a product that is beautiful and cost-effective.

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