Sweet 16 Birthday Surprise Party Ideas for Boys


Contrary to what some people believe, "sweet 16" parties are not just for girls. Turning 16 is special for boys as well, so why not have a sweet 16 party for your son? Themes, color schemes and decorations should reflect your son and the things that interest him, as well as honor his milestone birthday.


  • Plan a "cars" birthday party for your son if he's getting his driver's license or a car for his birthday. Invitations and the cake can appear to be his driver's license. Decorations can include toy or model cars, red and green lights and large car emblem replicas. Include music, food and games, if he wants.

Night Club

  • Night club themes are great for mixed parties as they get the boys and girls in the same mind-set. Boys and girls will both want to dress to impress and show off their best dance moves if you have a DJ spinning and mixing. Karaoke is an option if your son and his friends are daring. Invitations could look like backstage passes that guests have to show to get into the club. Your home, a hotel, hall or actual night club can set the tone for this party. Narrow the theme down further to an era, such as the '50s, '80s or even a disco. Or select a theme such as a neon theme where everyone can wear white to gain better results under the neon and black lights. Serve nonalcoholic mixed drinks, such as virgin margaritas, to play into the theme.

Video Games

  • Video game parties can be co-ed or just include your son and his friends. This can be an all-night party at your home or a hotel room where the guys just hang out and have a video game marathon. Or, you can create a decorate your home so that your son and his friends can feel like they're in the game. Several TVs and game consoles may be needed for this party. Another option is to plan the party at an arcade or gaming restaurant.

Laser Tag or Paintball Party

  • Rent out a park for your son and his friends to play laser tag or have paintball wars all day for his birthday. This can be a great party idea for active boys (and girls) who might want to celebrate turning 16 without all of the grand formalities. Or, a few rounds of laser tags with his closest friends can be a distraction while you set up a surprise sweet 16 party for him later that day.


  • Sports-themed parties may work for a boy who's an athlete or loves sports. Ask guests to dress up as their favorite athletes or take your son and his friends to the game of his choice. For example, if your son loves baseball, call the stadium ahead of time to ask if they could put a personalized "happy birthday" message for him up on the big screen during the seventh inning stretch, or any other time during the game.


  • Plan an elegant gala with a royal or prince theme with your son being the prince. Ask everyone to dress as formally as possible for the party. Include a red velvet carpet to greet guests as they arrive. Get a crown for your son to wear, declaring him as the birthday prince.

Treasure or Savenger Hunt

  • Set up a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt for your son and his friends. Divide guests into presorted teams and have them scour the mall, neighborhood or the entire city for clues that will lead him to his present. This will take advanced preparation and a lot of planning, but it will pay off when the teams get together to help him figure out what his gift is; especially if it's something like his own car.

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