The bank of mom and dad is not an endless supply of money. So you need to decide what you will be spending on the party and then going from there. Speak to your teen about what money there is for the party, and if they will be contributing. From there, you should involve them in the divvying out of the cash. Would they rather it be spent on a sweet venue and DJ, rather than on party favors and cake? When you talk openly together it makes it easier to say yes to some requests and no to others, as they will understand where you are coming from.
Choose The Guests
The budget, in part, can determine how many people are going to be there. If you will be having a party that costs a certain amount per person, then it can decide how many you’ll choose. If it is more open ended, such as the cost of a DJ and a church hall, then you are more flexible as it will cost the same regardless of how many people will be there. So sit down and talk about the people that will be there. Will it just be friends or opened out to family too? Your teen will tell you what is best, and for them, something smaller might even be better.
Pick Venue and Date
Picking a date can be harder than you think, as there are several factors surrounding it. Are there already national holidays or school events around the dates that you are looking at? If so, then you can presume that quite a few people won’t be able to make it. Second, look at what dates certain venues have available. If you’ve booked in enough time, then you should be fine. But it could mean shopping around for the right venue. Next, make sure that you check the plan from your venue, much like on this link here: http://www.libertygrand.com/plan.html. You want it to be clear on what you are getting for the money; all night? Two hours? Do they already provide a DJ? Ask plenty of questions to make sure you know what you’re getting from your venue.
Have you planned a sweet 16 birthday party before? What did you find worked for you? I’d love to hear what you think!