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Planning a Great “Sweet 16” Birthday Party in Utah

June 22, 2021

Turning 16 is a big deal. If you have a teen in your life who’s about to hit this milestone, consider hosting a themed party. Although it fell out of popularity for a time, “Sweet Sixteen” parties are back in fashion – and they’re fun for both the guest of honor and the friends or family members who get to plan them.

There are a lot of things to consider for when planning any teen party. If you want to knock your teen’s socks off and solidify your position as the coolest parent (aunt, uncle, family friend, etc.) ever, it’s going to take a little bit of planning.

Follow these simple tips to get started and, to make things super easy on yourself, consider taking advantage of birthday rentals. In Utah, let In the Event make your party something special.

Start With a Budget

Start by working out a budget for the party as early in the planning process as possible. Consider how many people will be invited and what you can comfortably afford, per-person. This makes the rest of your event planning much easier.

Choose the Right Theme

One of the cornerstones of any party is having a great theme. When choosing your theme, get input from your teen – even if you think you know what they want. Some kids prefer a very specific theme, while others might prefer something a little more general.

The time of year might influence your choice, like a Halloween, beach party or outdoor movie night theme, for example. Other popular options include fantasy themes (i.e., Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings), sci-fi, masquerade, luau, etc. Have fun, let your imagination run and don’t forget you can rent birthday themed décor to enhance the fun.

Scout Out a Location

Decide if this party is going to take inside or out – or some of both.

If you want it to be outside, you can consider a party tent rental to help provide a dedicated space. Plus, tents make the outdoors more comfortable and can be used at almost any time of the year with the right tent accessories, such as fans, heaters or sidewalls.

Establish the Guest List

This is a special party for a birthday, so listen to the guest of honor when it comes to who you invite and who you don’t. There may be some guests your teen doesn’t want at the party, including some family. You can make a guest list of your own, but be prepared to get the guest of honor’s stamp of approval before sending out the invites.

Choose the Music

Teens tend to have a lot of opinions and one thing almost all have an opinion about is music. Hire a DJ as soon as you can, or consider a sound system rental if you want to create your own playlist. The latter is almost always the most cost-effective option and will allow your teen to have only the music they really want to be played at their party.

Rent a Dance Floor

No sweet sixteen party is complete without a place to dance, so make sure to rent a dance floor. They come in many different sizes, allowing you to make it the centerpiece if you wish or tuck a small one into the corner for a more laid-back dance party.

If you need help putting together your next party, or if you need the best birthday rentals in Utah, contact the experts at In The Event today.

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