can be very creative. There are many different options, either homemade or store bought.
Brighten your tables
and make them more festive and interesting with birthday or themed centerpieces, flowers, mementos, pictures or candles.
Birthday and themed centerpieces
can be purchased at your local party store or online at
BirthdayZbyShindigZ.com has several different themed
centerpieces, including star centerpieces, rock & roll centerpieces, and
even Chinese fortune centerpieces.
Click here to see their selection and to order.
Flowers are always a great choice
for centerpieces. Order them at your local flower shop. Or, depending on the
time of year, and if you have a blooming flower garden, cut some fresh
flowers ... just make sure there are no bugs!
inexpensive vases in your theme color. Put your freshly
cut flowers in your new vases to create beautiful centerpieces!
One mother we interviewed reused the vases for other parties.
For her son’s sweet 16 she used sports memorabilia instead of flowers.
your Sweet 16 Party is in the spring or summer, look for annuals at
your local garden center. These can be cut and put in bud vases or
small flower vases. Or pot them in small pots decorated with
ribbons. You can also write different sayings or "words of wisdom" in
different colors on each one.
Our Partner site
Party4Sweet16 at Carlson Craft
sells bud vases printed with inspirational messages including "Believe",
"Dream", and "Imagine". Just click on
click here and do a search on "bud
Or you should be able to buy vases at a
department store or flower store in your area.
Candles and inexpensive candle holders can be purchased at your local
department store. Decorate the candles with coordinating ribbon or
sprinkle confetti (how about
around the candles.
Pillar candles or jar candles are more sturdy
and safer than long tapered candles. Candles in your theme colors or
your teen's favorite colors. Consider grouping 3
candles of different heights and/or colors together. For grouping,
odd numbers are always best. Candles are especially nice for an
evening or nighttime party.
Balloon bouquets make fun & festive table centerpieces.
You can use latex or Mylar balloons in your theme colors or
your teen's favorite colors.
Check out our
Balloons webpage for ideas and for suggestions on where
you can purchase birthday-themed balloons.
For one party we attended, the tables were covered with disposable
tablecloths. Pictures of the Sweet 16 were
scattered over each table and then another tablecloth in heavy, clear
plastic was draped over the pictures. Each table was different and
the pictures made great conversation pieces, especially because they included some of the party guests.
Use recent pictures of your teen or
pictures taken throughout the years. A photo retailer in your
area can help you with copies. Or go to you local copy store and
get color copies. It may be cheaper than prints.
pictures are digital, you can use an online photo developer such as
Just upload the pictures you want and order the number you need. At
you can also crop your photos and correct problems such as redeye.
Add a special touch to your tables by sprinkling confetti on them.
Sprinkle it on your dining tables, your guest book table and your
Themed or birthday confetti can be ordered online at
You may also be able to buy it at a party store in your area.
alternative to regular confetti is
& Wordfetti!!! This
fun & unique table décor features photographs of your
and fun messages mixed in
with festive confetti. Find out more at
Carry your confetti or
theme through by including it in your invitations and thank