Wednesday Planning a Sweet 16 Party!

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Creating a memorable sweet 16 party for a girl is such a lovely thing to do. The theme is all-important and here are a few ideas.

- To make your daughter the center of attention ask all the guests to wear black, white or black and white. On the day of the party, your daughter will make an entrance after guests have arrived, wearing bright red. This will make her the center of attention.

- If she's a bit more shy and retiring, perhaps a more subtle pink party is in order. Pink and white decorations, peppermint stick details, a fluffy coconut cake and place cards inscribed with silver ink will make your daughter feel like a princess!

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Sweet sixteens may be extremely formal, casual, or semi-formal; they can range from modest parties at home with close family and friends to large affairs with a hired DJ, makeup and hair stylists, yachts and hotel ballrooms.

Candle-Lighting Ceremony:
Each of the 16 candles holds a special meaning ...
* The first candle is for the girl's parents.
*The second candle is for the siblings.
(If there are no siblings, then this candle can represent the grandparents.)
* Candles 3, 4, 5 and 6 are for the rest of the family members.
* Candles 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 are for friends.
* Candle 15 is for the girl's best friend or friends.
* The 16th candle is for a significant male, such as a boyfriend or good friend.
* Some add a 17th candle which represents good luck

Shoe Ceremony:
For females the shoe ceremony is common at sweet sixteen parties. In this ceremony, the birthday girl sits down in a chair while her grandfather, uncle, godfather, or father approaches her with high heels on a decorative pillow. The girl would traditionally be wearing flat shoes, such as slippers, and the father ceremoniously helps her into her new high heels. This is symbolic of the girl transitioning into a woman.

Tiara Ceremony:
This ceremony is similar to the shoe ceremony, except the mother approaches with a tiara instead of shoes. She places it on her daughters head to symbolize her becoming a woman. Sometimes this is combined with the shoe ceremony, so that two people approach the birthday girl, one with a pillow with high heels, and the other with a pillow with a tiara.

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