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  • 3 Months Before
    • Determine your budget.
    • Tour various restaurants and hotels for possible locations.
    • Check your personal calendar as well as the school’s.
    • Pick the date and location.
  • 6 Weeks Before
    • Start collecting memorabilia and assembling scrapbook or boards.
    • Call or stop by a rental company to see all the fun stuff for rent.
    • If you are having your party at home, order your tables, chairs and tents.
    • Call caterers or local restaurants for bids.
    • Decide on a theme.
    • Call for entertainment prices.
    • Order or start making invitations.
    • Determine number of guests to invite.
    • Select caterer.
    • Order water bottles (or labels) with your Sweet 16 photo on them.
    • Buy paper plates, napkins, silverware, glasses, etc.
    • Buy decorations.
    • Order beverages.
    • Mail invitations 4 weeks before the party.
    • Buy party favors for your Sweet 16 guests.
    • Finish scrapbook or board.
  • The Week of the Party
    • Pick up food & beverages.
    • If you are having your party outside of your home go to the location to determine table placement and seating chart.
    • Buy extra film and batteries and charge video batteries.
    • Follow up with guests who have not replied to the invitation.
    • Wrap gifts for Sweet 16 and guests.
    • Set up tent on the day before the party.
    • Review guest list.
    • Confirm delivery of rental equipment and plan to be there for a quick inspection.
    • Choose party attire.
    • Find a dress.
    • Schedule appointment for salon for morning of party for hair/makeup.
  • The Day of the Party
    • Sleep as late as you can.
    • Sweep the front entryway, driveway and garage (if you are using it).
    • Pick up balloons and put up yard signs and directional signs.
    • Meet with your helpers, give them detailed instructions.
    • Set tables, serving tables and beverages.
    • Set out non-perishable food early.
    • Set out perishable food at the last minute.
    • Let the Sweet 16 celebration begin!

Sweet 16 Party Checklist
  Jake R Brady

on January 2, 2012

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