In the last couple of years we’ve seen a complete transformation of the word “party”. Conventional birthdays are no longer in trend. Whether we’re talking about kids, teens or grownups, one thing is for sure – everyone wants to have a memorable birthday party. For that to happen it is important to think outside the box and consider a themed bash. It’s tough to be the parent of a 16-year old teenager. He/she will want to have the coolest party, and since we mentioned that conventional is outdated, think of suggesting that the party be a masquerade ball. They’ll love the idea. Here are some guidelines you might want take into account:
Decide on a theme
There are tons of suggestions on the web you can consider for a masquerade birthday party. Considering your son/daughter is 16, you have to make sure your ideas are in trend. The vampire theme for example, will definitely be successful. Most teens are crazy about vampire movies and TV series like “The Vampire Diaries”. Have all guests wear masks and vampire teeth, and choose a dominant color for the wardrobe. Red and black are excellent color combos for a vampire-themed sweet 16.
Another great idea is a Venetian ball. For this kind of party you may have to prepare yourself financially. The costumes, the masks, the décor, and even the gourmet food have to be assembled perfectly. Parents would do anything for their kids, including spend a fortune on a bash. Because your children only become teens once, it is important to throw them a sweet 16 they can remember for a lifetime.
A Venetian-inspired masquerade event is all about opulent 16th and 17th century costumes. The masks should be inspired from the Venetian carnival. Get your inspiration from the web where you’ll stumble upon a wealth of types in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The bolder the mask the better, so be sure to opt for a type with lots of interesting feathers and rhinestones.
After you’ve decided on a masquerade party theme, it’s time to decorate. Use your creativity and generate an ambiance. For example, for the vampire theme you could purchase red juices and snacks shaped like eyeballs or skulls. Since you want everyone to have fun, you should play them the right music (we all know what kind of music teens love), and last but not least, allow them to have the most delicious sweets. Ice-cream and sweet popcorn are a must.
It’s equally important to select the right venue for your child’s sweet 16. You can’t throw him/her a party at home. First, check the weather conditions. In the warm season, make sure to pick an outside location. It will be better for taking pictures, not to mention that everyone will enjoy the fresh air. Next, you should have a beautiful table arrangement. Go for flowers and linens that match with the masquerade theme. For the vampire-inspired idea, red should be dominant. Red roses, red linens on the tables and red carpets will create the most entertaining mood.
Another amazing theme for a sweet 16 masquerade party is “the carnival”. Get your inspiration from the Venetian carnival and have everyone dress in fancy costumes. As a parent and lead organizer, you’ll be in charge of the décor too. Everything has to look extravagant. Don’t forget about the masks. Everyone has to wear them, and the birthday boy/girl will have to wear the coolest and most special disguise of them all. Let the party begin! Be ready to adorn a chosen venue with a lot of color. The vintage-inspired costumes, the feather masks, and the ambiance are aspects that will make the party amazing.
Even if you can’t afford to invite Justin Bieber to sing at your kid’s party, this doesn’t mean you should give up. Hire a DJ and an MC to entertain the guests and make sure everyone’s having the best time. It is also important to have good sound and a stage. If your budget is vast, you can include other performances to wow the guests, including the birthday boy/girl. A magician for example, fits beautifully with the vampire-themed party. Make sure it’s a good one; you don’t want to make your son/daughter feel embarrassed.
As you can see, there are lots of ideas you can take into account for a masquerade birthday party. Whether you want to throw your son/daughter a classic party (Venetian-inspired bash) or you’d like to keep things more modern (vampire-inspired theme), it’s really all about making an impression on the guests, and on course of your teen who is soon to become an adult.
Every parent wants to be the best parent in the world for his kid. Are you ready to be one of those parents? Settle on a budget and prepare him/her the coolest and most outrageous sweet 16 birthday party.
Author Bio: Jason Phillips is a fashion blogger and loves sharing his views on latest fashion trends. He works for a site http://www.justposhmasks.com/ offering a huge selection of Venetian masks and masquerade masks. You can also find him at Twitter and Facebook.