Sweet 16

The MTV show My Super Sweet 16 has made this coming-of-age party look more outlandish than most people’s weddings, but don’t let that television opulence overwhelm you. When it comes to planning your own daughter’s Sweet 16, focus on her interests and her choices and don’t worry about keeping up with America’s Joneses.

If you’re stuck without a theme, consider the following: Set some boundaries by working with a budget that she’s aware of, making sure she and her friends know upfront that alcohol won’t be tolerated, and decide ahead of time when the music will have to stop in order not to make enemies of your neighbours if this party is taking place at home. But also allow freedoms, as this is the age where you start giving your daughter more independence in her decisions and helping her through the consequences of her choices. Let her select her theme, venue, cake and music options. If she wants her friend’s heavy metal band to play throughout the night, just go with it…

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Here are some fun party quotes to get you into the celebratory mood:

"You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely" ~ Ogden Nash

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional" ~ Chili Davis

"The years teach much which the days never knew" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake" ~ Unknown

"Everyone is the age of their heart" ~ Guatemalan Proverb

"We turn not older with years, but newer every day" ~ Emily Dickinson

When it comes to turning 16, we thought Hilary Duff sums it up pretty well:

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