With your son’s sweet 16 coming up, it can be quite a hassle figuring out what to do. Bake a nice cake? He wouldn’t like that. Go GoKart racing? Too old for that. While deciding what to do is near impossible for your quickly changing teenage son, there are a few fundamental aspects that create a great sweet 16 the once in a lifetime opportunity is was meant to be.
The first-and probably the hardest-thing to do in order to throw a good party is talk to your son. From personal experience, I understand how awkward this can become, depending on the topic. However, in this case, simply make sure you know the kind of person your son is. For the most part, you might think he’s really into baseball or a different sport, but he might have some hobbies that you were unaware of. To go in depth, a good way to approach your son would be at the dinner table. A birthday party is a very casual subject, so it is not something that should necessarily be avoided at the dinner table. Just let your son direct the conversation by letting him talk about what he wants to do for his birthday party. With this information, you will later be able to further understand what kind of theme to use for a birthday party.
Secondly, do not be afraid to talk to your son about the kind of people he will be inviting. In today’s world, teens are greatly influenced by the impressions of their peers, so it is important to throw a birthday party that will not only please your son, but also the guest that he plans on inviting. A good way to learn a little more about the friends of your son is to politely ask if you can view his Facebook in front of him. This way, you can go on to the profile of a friend to see what things he has liked, and then plan the party accordingly. Another way to learn about the friends of your son is through paying attention to the friends he hangs out with before his birthday. This can be a week before, or even 3 months before his birthday party. For example, if your son asks you to drive him to a laser tag facility to hang out with friends, it can be good information as to the fact that your son’s friends share the common interest of laser tag. With this in mind, you are ready to figure out the theme of the party.
In order to figure out the theme of a party, think about the one thing that your son likes above everything else. After you’ve talked to your son, you probably have a decent idea of what this is. A theme is the key to a great sweet 16, as it brings the whole party together, despite every one of your son’s friends not being at the same place at the same time. For a theme, it is key to consider everything that will be presented at the party. For example, never forget to make party hats match the theme, and don’t forget about about the goody bags either. Let’s say your son is extremely interested in baseball. A good birthday cake would be one with a famous player’s picture on top. From a personal study I conducted within my neighborhood with a sample of almost 20 families, 95% of them said their son had been very to extremely pleased by the themed birthday party they had thrown for his sweet 16. Now, going back to baseball, if all of his friends were interested in the sport, it would be a spectacular idea to a nearby field or batting cages to allow them to all enjoy.
I hope I’ve made it slightly clearer on how to plan a perfect sweet 16 for your son. Hopefully you do not have any doubt for what to do when this landmark quickly approaches. Remember to have that talk with your son, but above all, let your son and his guests have fun.