16th Birthday Ideas
16th Birthday Ideas for boys and girls
for their sixteenth birthday party.
We've listed our favorite party ideas, away from home party
venues, 16th party games and more!
Fun 16th Birthday Games for teenagers
Mall Scavenger Hunts for 16 year olds
Mall Scavenger Hunts
A Mall Scavenger Hunt is a great idea for a sixteenth birthday party!
No matter what the weather is like outside, hot or cold, it's always
perfect at the Mall. Here are our favorite Mall Scavenger
Hunts for teenagers.
There are 8 choices and each one is fun and different in it's own way.
Each of the hunts has directions, set up instructions and free item lists
Most require little or no money to play.
16th Birthday Minute to Win It Games
The greatest party games for a sixteenth party are these one minute games
that are fun to play and cheap to set up! Our list includes
30 games that are our favorites and that received the highest ratings
from teenagers. Have the guests play one game at a time all
together or set up different stations where several games are going on
at one time and groups change stations after a minute. Players get scorecards
to keep track of their scores. Give away funny prizes to the
winners at the end of the games.
Minute To Win It Games
In this fun dinner game the
party guests are served
dinner after ordering from a crazy menu that only gives clues as
to what they are ordering, but they won't know what they have actually
ordered until the food arrives. It's played in 3 rounds and by the
3rd round the teenagers have probably figured out what to order to get
something they want to eat.
Guests order off of a funny menu that only describes the
food but doesn't tell them
what they will be served.
Mystery Dinner Game
A Scavenger Hunt is a great party game for a sixteenth
birthday! Our Scavenger Hunt page has many different
varieties and all are fun and inexpensive to put together. A
free item list is provided for all the Scavenger Hunts that require a
Video / Digital
Animal Shelter Helper
Nature Scavenger hunt
Hosting a sleepover for a 16th birthday party is a great way to
celebrate! Our Sleepover Guide
is full of fun games, activities, crafts, free Truth or Dare Questions, homemade spa recipes and lots
There is also a Boys Sleepover guide
for the guys.
At Home Party Ideas
It's easy to host an at
home sweet sixteenth
birthday party with these awesome ideas! Make these ideas
the party theme or look over our party theme page that has over 200
party themes to choose from and the ideas together! Start
favorite sweet 16 themes
200 party themes
to find something special.
Throw a fun backyard barbeque party complete with red and white
checkered tablecloths, hot dogs and hamburgers, and fun backyard party
If you have a pool in your backyard (or know someone that does!) have a
pool party with all your friends. Use these
pool party ideas and for games our
list of pool party games can't be
beat! (The frozen t-shirt game is one of the craziest and most talked
about pool party game. Cheap and easy and lots of fun!!)
Set up tents in the backyard and sleep under the stars.
Smores and hotdogs over a firepit can't be beat for a sweet sixteen
Hosting an Outdoor Movie party is fun and a great
way to hang out with friends. Set up a large screen outside (you
can hang a white sheet) and project a current movie or an old favorite
like Sixteen Candles onto the big screen. Have guests gather
around with sleeping bags, beach towels, lawn chairs or beanbags and
have fun under the stars. String white lights in trees
and around the party area to look like stars. Pop popcorn
and serve in small tubs or brown bags, serve movie sized boxed candies,
hotdogs, nachos and sodas.
Make It Special
A fun way to remember the 16th birthday is to have guests write fun or
sweet memories or things about the birthday girl on wooden jenga pieces
with a permanent marker. Divide the jenga pieces among the
party guests and have them write down a favorite thing or memory about
the birthday girl. Then build the tower with jenga pieces and play
the game. When a piece is removed from the tower read it aloud.
Big Letter Guest Book
Instead of having guests sign a guestbook before the party paint a large wooden letter of the birthday girls first name and
set it on a table with some permanent markers. Have everyone sign it during the party. Then she can hang it up and remember her sweet 16
long after the party is over.
Sweet 16 Time Capsule
During the party have guests write down a fun memory they have with the
birthday girl and also a prediction of what they think she will be doing
/ where she will be on her 21st birthday. Gather up the
responses without reading them to the birthday girl and place them in a
decorated time capsule (a jar or box with a lock) that she can open on
her 21st birthday.
Set up a fun candy buffet for party guests. There are many
ways to set up a candy buffet - pick 16 of the birthday girls favorite
candies and place them in different dishes and containers, or choose just
one, two or three colors and choose candies that go with those colors.
Or simply choose colorful candies or all types for a colorful set up.
Provide scoops and spoons and small boxes or bags that guests can fill up
with their favorites and take home as a party favor after the party.
Choose a fun destination or Venue for the sweet 16 party.
Here are over 30 of the best places to celebrate a sweet sixteen party:
Spend the day at Six Flags or Disneyland (or your
hometown amusement park) for a full day of fun!
If the 16 year old is an animal lover then let them give back by helping
the animals at their local Animal Shelter.
With our fun
ideas on an Animal Shelter Helper
party theme and a free Animal Shelter Helper Scavenger Hunt List guests can collect items for the local animal shelter
and then drop them off and help take care of the animals.
Animal Shelter Helper
Most large cities have a big aquarium that is fun to explore with
friends for your 16th birthday!
Spend a few hours at a grown up arcade (like Dave and Buster's) and have
Bowling is fun and when you have all your friends together it can't be
beat. For more fun see our Bowling party
ideas page for fun games to play while you are bowling.
Come up with fun awards for different categories like highest score,
lowest score, most creative, most entertaining etc. and hand them out at
Ride through downtown in a horse drawn carriage for an extra special
sweet 16 memory.
If the circus is in town treat your friends to fun under the big top!
Day at the Mall
Spend the day at the mall with your friends. Make it extra
special and fun with a fun Mall Scavenger Hunt game.
Choose from 8 different scavenger hunts - all have free lists to print
out and most don't require any money to be spent.
Day on the Lake
A day filled with boating, jet skiing, water skiing or sunning.
Bring along a picnic lunch for everyone to enjoy.
Spend some time with 7 - 10 friends solving clues on how to escape from
a locked room.
Rent golf carts and play a round of golf with friend
Rent out a gymnastics gym and let everyone tumble on the mats, use the
trampolines and jump into the foam pits.
If the sweet 16 party is during the fall find a local hayride for the
Go on a horseback ride to celebrate the 16th birthday in style.
There are many stables that have 1, 2, or 3 hours rides available for
Spend the night with friends in a local hotel and swim in the pool or
have a fun Mall Scavenger Hunt if it's located adjacent to the hotel.
Relax with a movie and room service and then have breakfast the next
morning in the hotel.
There are many indoor skydiving venues that are great for parties.
Fun for everyone!
Rent a limo and have the party guests driven around town all night.
Go for ice cream, dinner, and a fun party venue in style!
Give out funny awards or prizes for the lowest and highest scores, most
creative and most entertaining golfers.
Gather together at the movie theater for a special movie or new release.
Is there a major movie coming out with a midnight showing?
Even better! Then have a sleepover after the movie.
Paint ball is a fun and active way to celebrate your
Paint a picture with your friends at a local painting party class.
Play / Musical
Enjoy a favorite Play or Musical that is in town for your birthday.
Spend the day floating down a lazy river on innertubes and floats.
Bring a picnic or stop in a local lunch spot.
Indoor or outdoor rock climbing is fun for everyone.
Sign up your friends for a challenging ropes course and see who is the
bravest! Great fun and will bond your friendships forever.
Sledding or Skiing
If you are close to a skiing resort or have a large hill around your
town meet your friends for skiing or sledding and then have hot cocoa to
finish off the party.
Relax with spa treatments, facials, pedicures, manicures or facials with
Invite friends to join you at a special restaurant for dinner and a fun
time with friends.
Attend a game of your favorite sports team and enjoy with friends.
Gather friends for a fun party at a trampoline park.
Everyone loves trampolines!
Spend all day at a nearby water park. Most have places and picnic
tables to meet up for lunch and have birthday cake.
Invite friends to join you on a weekend adventure to a beach or lake
house, a cabin in the mountains, or a fun small town worth exploring.
Explore your local zoo with friends. Most zoos have special tours
that give groups a chance to see behind the scenes and feed some of the
Bucket List Venue
Make the sweet 16 party truly memorable with one of these fun ideas to
check off your bucket list.
White Water Rafting
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Sweet 16 themes