Sweet Sixteen Venues
Picking the right venue for your sweet sixteen can make all the difference between the best birthday party of your life or the worst party of your life! Finding the right venue doesn’t have to be hard
When picking a venue there are a few factors that you have to balance in finding the perfect fit:
- What are the most important aspects of your venue? Full service, lowest cost possible, the best or nothing, DIY, just need a space?
- How many guests are you expecting?
- How close is the venue to the majority of your guests?
- Is the room already decorated or do you need to transform your venue?
- Does the venue provide catering or do you have to take care of food and drinks?
- What date will you have your party? Are the venues you are considering open for that date?
- What’s your total party budget? Will you still have room in your budget for music, decorations, favors, invitations, transportation, hotel, etc after spending money on the venue?
In finding the right venue you want to make sure you still have room in your budget for all of the other elements of the party. In planning the perfect party you need to find the balance between all the elements of your sweet sixteen party.
What types of venue would be good for my party?
There are generally a few different types of venues available in any location you might consider for your party. Some locations you might be more limited in choices but here are the main venues and types of venues that might be a good fit for your party.
This is generally the cheapest option and is good for smaller parties or if your house has a large open space like a basement. Backyards can be a good fit as well but you should always consider a serious backup option in case it rains. Nothing will kill a party quicker than the biggest rainstorm of the year in a space that is exposed to the elements. Even the best tents will leak and water will flow under the panels of a tent.
Community Center / Clubhouse / YMCA / Jaycee Center / Gym / Church Hall
These spaces are built to handle parties day in and day out and are generally cheaper than spaces that are more refined. These types of spaces benefit greatly from more decorations. One of the most cost effective decorations is renting event lighting. There are great DIY lighting options that are really affordable for getting a high end look.
Bowling Alley / Laser Tag / Movie Theater / Ice Rink / Roller Skating / Equine Center / Driving Range
These spaces work well because they are built for a specific purpose and the activity is built into the space. This makes it easy to keep your guests entertained and do something that you enjoy doing. They often include many of the other features that would normally cost extra including sound, lighting, chairs, tables, etc. They can usually recommend vendors for your party that would be a good fit as well.
Lake / Whitewater Rafting
A lake can be an awesome way to spend the day relaxing on the water, having fun with your friends, and going tubing or water skiing. Pontoon boats can easily be rented on most lakes and are a fantastic way to bring the entire party with you wherever you go. Enjoy your time on the water, make your own fun, and meet up with other friends on the water on their boats.
Ropes courses are an amazing way to spend the day. Learn about your friends and build your friendships literally as you navigate your way through obstacles, challenges, and working together as a team to get through a course. You’ll work together to come up with ways to solve problems and have fun at the same time. Many ropes courses have zip lines which are a thrilling way to spend your birthday party.
Country Club / Restaurant / Catering Hall
A country club or a restaurant is a great space to hold a sweet sixteen party because they handle many aspects of the party including food, drinks, and clean up. This allows you, your family, and friends a chance to enjoy the party more and worry less about all the details. They also are setup to handle parking and can handle making sure that everyone is checked in.
State / County / City Parks / Government Event Venues
These are the hidden gems of sweet sixteen birthday parties because they are a great mix of value/cost, unique space, built specifically for special events, used to working with teen events, and usually have kitchens, refrigerators and extended timelines for event setup. The best place to start looking is your local city or county parks and recreation website. From there they can guide you to local venues and spaces that might be available for your event.
Club / Bar / Concert Venue
Many local bars and clubs will open up early for special events and sweet sixteen parties. These can be perfect spaces for sweet sixteen parties because they can handle food, drinks, checkin, and oftentimes have a dancefloor, sound and lights built into the venue. This saves a ton of money on entertainment and it’s ready to go for the ultimate dance party. Parking is taken care of and the bouncers come with the space to handle security issues. You could bring in your favorite musician to come in and play for all of your friends.
Hotels are a great all around space to host your sweet sixteen party. Guests can stay at the hotel, ballrooms come with everything you need for the party, food and drinks are taken care of, and they are usually centrally located in most cities and towns making them accessible. Depending on the hotel will determine the overall cost and they can range quite considerably whether you have your party at the holiday inn, a hilton, or a four seasons hotels are perfect venues to have a sweet sixteen party. They usually have an onsite party planner that makes it easy to plan all the details of your party together with them.
Private Space Rental
There are some truly unique and magnificent venues that are spectacular for sweet sixteen parties. Manor houses, castles, mansions, and special event venues can create the ultimate sweet sixteen party. Many are setup for great photos, great movement throughout the venue, and some can be rented for entire weekends. A great place to find these venues is on sites like weddingwire.com. Many are used for weddings but are perfect for sweet sixteen birthday parties. Generally during the winter these venues are readily available for parties.
Many sports venues have rental spaces available that can be rented out. Major league baseball, minor league baseball, basketball, college basketball, football, tennis, racetracks all have spaces available for rent. You could time it for a game or have it on the off season for a lower price and have a one of a kind unique venue. They can often take care of food and all of the details for you so you just have to worry about having a great time.
Renting a theme party can be a great way to host hundreds of people. Many will let you rent the park out after hours or before the park opens which can be a one of a kind experience. Imagine having the entire park available to just you and your friends. Parks often have special packages available to be able to rent the park and they can create a truly one of a kind experience.
Review Your Party Venue Online
Finding a sweet sixteen birthday party venue can be easy once you know the type of venue and the location. Searching on google maps can help you quickly find places in your area. Then it’s a good idea to research your venue to see what other people thought of that specific party venue. You can find good reviews on:
- Google Local
Many review sites and venues are tailored towards weddings because weddings are some of the biggest social events they host but oftentimes they can apply for sweet sixteen parties as well.
Final Venue Tips
When finding a venue for your sweet sixteen party make sure that you are working with a venue that is accommodating of your wishes and is excited at the opportunity to work with you! If the venue or the contacts you are working with aren’t excited at the chance to help you and your friends have the time of your life chances are it won’t get any better as you go along the planning process.
Once you find a venue make sure you get everything set in writing. Make sure the contract includes the total price of the venue, what the rental includes, and what happens if you have to cancel for whatever reason, or if you don’t make a specific number of guests. These should all be detailed in the contract and always get it in writing.
Once you have the perfect venue then you are well on your way to having the perfect sweet sixteen party!
Find a Sweet Sixteen Party Location and Venue Near You
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- New York
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