Ideas for a Fairy Tale Sweet Sixteen Theme


A sweet sixteen party should be a magical night for the birthday girl. There are many themes that can make the event feel special, but a fairy tale theme is an ideal way to create an enchanting and memorable party. For inspiration, remember her favorite fairy tales from childhood and find creative ways to bring them to life at the party.


  • For a fairy tale look, twinkling lights are a must. At the entrance, wrap artificial vines or flowers around an archway. Accent the plants with strings of white lights so guests have the feeling of entering an enchanted forest. Place other artificial trees decorated with twinkling lights throughout the venue to heighten the effect. At party supply stores, you may find cardboard cutouts that fit a fairy tale theme, such as a castle or pumpkin coach, which may be placed behind the table where the guest of honor is seated. For each guest table, choose a different fairy tale theme, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty or Hansel and Gretel. Find artwork for each story online or in an expensive storybook and make enlarged copies. Mount them on cardboard cut-outs and insert them in traditional floral centerpieces for a fun look.


  • A fairy tale sweet sixteen should have a more formal air than other themed parties. Instead of casual party food such as hot dogs, hamburgers or macaroni and cheese, opt for more formal items that still appeal to teenagers. A pasta dish such as pasta primavera or baked ziti paired with lemon chicken or chicken Parmesan can serve as a tasty basic menu. In addition to the birthday cake, an assortment of gourmet pastries served on doilies can add a touch of elegance to the desert course.


  • While a traditional DJ and dance floor may still be a hit at a fairy tale themed party, a little more romance and glamour can make the event more special. To make the birthday girl and her friends feel like Cinderella and Prince Charming at the ball, hire a ballroom dancing instructor to teach a few basic dances. For a more dramatic option, hire a horse-drawn carriage to take guests for a ride around the neighborhood.


  • To keep up the fairy tale theme when it comes to favors, crystal votive holders featuring an enchanted castle or carriage design is an ideal option. You may even be able to find a replica of Cinderella's famous glass slipper. For an edible party favor option, have custom molded chocolate lollipops made in the shape of various fairy tale characters or castles and carriages.

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