An good 16th birthday party centers on what the guest of honor wants, from paintball parties to shopping extravaganzas to movie weekends to spa days. Keep the birthday guy or gal in mind when brainstorming ideas to ensure the party is a success.
Consider planning an experience, a getaway, or a party with the honoree in mind. For girls who love to shop, take her and a few of her friends to a nearby city for a day of shopping. If pampering is more her style, host a spa day, either at home or at a local salon, for the sweet 16-er and her girls. For the girl who dreams of visiting Paris, turn the party location into the French city and give her the ultimate Parisian party. Hollywood, princess and Mardi Gras themes are also good ideas.
Guys who love movie series, such as "Star Wars" or "The Avengers," can have a weekend devoted to watching all the movies, complete with loads of pizza, wings and chips. Take the birthday boy and a few of his pals on a fishing retreat to the lake, river or ocean. For the sports fanatic, a party featuring all kinds of sports ? both as decoration ideas and games ? is a surefire hit. Other ideas include whitewater rafting, camping or visiting a driving course.