shutterstock_28366222Sweet 16 is such a special birthday for kids … it’s often thought of as a grand time for a celebration. Has anyone seen MTV’s show My Super Sweet 16? Well, you probably don’t want to go that over the top, but a special sweet 16 masquerade ball with your teen kid’s friends would be a memorable way to celebrate.  It’s just the nature of things that this is a perfect teen girl party!

Pick your colors: The best way to start is to pick your colors for the evening. Will it be black and silver, or purple and pearly white? Once you have chosen your colors, you can buy card stock in one of them and print the sweet 16 birthday masquerade ball details in the second color (for example, silver card stock with black print). Match the type of font you use to the tone you want to set for the evening. A ball is usually very elegant.

Choose your venue: If this is going a very large party, renting out a community or church hall is strongly recommended. Blow up balloons in the colors of the evening and make a balloon arch over the entrance. As guests arrive, have the Sweet 16 birthday kid take a photo with each guest. Once inside the hall, fill it out with even more balloons.

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  1. this is a good place to go to look for ideas ^^ (excited)

    Payton said on November 29, 2007
  2. Heyy
    iam having my sweet 16….
    me and my friend sarah are sharing one
    the theme is black and white masquerade…
    got any ideas???

    Katie said on January 2, 2008
  3. A suggestion could be that you have all of you guest dress in black and white with the masks but you and your friend wear a color so that you stick out.

    Lexi said on February 6, 2008
  4. My friend and I are also doing a joint sweet 16. THe colors are black and silver for an nice touch. WE both don’t know if we want to have it fancy or casual. We are definatly having a chocolate fountain! I personally cannot wait it is going to be so much fun. What about games or anything i like the idea of doing a murder or a kidnaping that would so rock and keep the guests entertained.

    Zoe said on June 14, 2008
  5. Me and my friend bridget may be sharing a party for our 13th in march, our color theme is silver and dark purple! for our invitations we are having a dvd of pictures of us hat were going to edit with the info!! i think were getting simelar dresses, one of us in purple and one of us in silver!! *exitedd!!*

    Vickalicious said on August 6, 2008
  6. Well my best friend and i are both turning 16 with in a month of eachother and are also have a joint sweet 16. we know that we are going to have something formal and we both like this idea. but i have just one question… with the masks, do you have the guys wear masks also or just the girls??? We also are almost positive that we want it to be black and white or black and silver, and that we will be wearing the same color!

    Kaitlin said on August 21, 2008
  7. Kaitlin

    The masks should be worn by ALL the guests, including both guys and gals. It will be a lot of fun for everyone

    Your color scheme is great for this formal party.

    Have a great time.

    Lisa said on August 21, 2008
  8. hey
    My friend jennifer and i are having a joint party we are doing the masquerade ball theme and we dont really know how to get started we have a little over a year to get this done but we want to make it perfect and figure everything out. so will you please help me with it. on ideas and every please
    love
    kendra

    kendra said on November 25, 2008
  9. what’s the average cost to have a big party like a masquerade. My 16th is like a year and a week away and i wat to know around how much it will cost so i can get my parents to agree. if anyone knows respond please?

    brit said on December 30, 2008
  10. hey my brother and i are having a joint birthday party i’m turning fifteen and he eighteen. we want to have a masquerade ball our colors are black, silver, white, and bright red. were having our party in november of 2009 i’m so excited. what are some games that we could do for fun?

    deedee said on January 24, 2009
  11. hullo
    my sweet sixteen is in a little over a month and im doing a masquerade ball theme. my colors are black red and silver. unfortunately i am having the party at my house.. which isnt all that big. so im going for balloons, confetti, masks and i dont know what else. but i dont know what to make the guests wear or what i should wear. or any entertainment ideas. should i make them bring masks or should i supply them? theres really not much to do with 25 people in my small abode. any suggestions??

    Britt said on January 25, 2009
  12. my daughter is having her 16th masquerade party in a couple days. we went to the internet and went to oriental trading company, and ordered masks there. went to party city, they have numerous party items there too, and it is cheap too. we made our invitations, we cut out masks out of thick black construction paper, and put all the party info on them, decorated with feathers, and glitter glue. they turned out real good and were cheap, did take a lot of time though. then we got on line and and found candy molds shaped like masks, and are using them to go in our flower arrangements for the tables. if you go to google, and type in masquerade party ideas you will find a lot of ideas. go to your local $ store, they have plastic trays to help out too. good luck

    amy fowler said on January 28, 2009
  13. me and my friend lindz are havin a masquerade for our sweet sixteen the colors are black and silver our dresses r black my mask is pink adn silver and hers is green and silver

    sam said on February 15, 2009
  14. hey if u dnt want to have your guests be so formal make it semi-formal you can let them wear wat they want but u and your friend can wear somethin kinda the same but not like the same color and still stand out and not have to feel like your puttin pressure on your guests just a suggestion

    sam said on February 15, 2009
  15. hey kendra well first you need to find a place to have it then after that just start lookin for dresses and if you have a budget to stick to you can always make it semi-formal like me and my friend and just go from the venue with the dresses masks shoes etc. food games music etc. just plan it the way you want. have fun and good luck

    sam said on February 15, 2009
  16. it depends on your budget and how much you want to spend. make it the way you want it and if you have still make the way you want and stick with your budget.

    sam said on February 15, 2009
  17. OmG!! I’m having a 16 soon… I’m scared to death!! I want to have a Masquerade ball… but I want to have it .. like a formal ball… not semi formal.. sort of like a prom… you know? What kind of music would go w this? and do u hav any ideas where i can find a mask @? I’m so nervous about wut my friends will think! Is that normal? well plzzzzz reply i need major help!! thanxxxx!

    Toria said on March 3, 2009
  18. this is such a help to me cuz im planning my sweet 16 soon and i want a mas

    morgan said on March 9, 2009
  19. Hey this is a great idea me and my friend are having a masquerade ball on Halloween. We are still trying to figure out the invitations. But we were think of the boys should wear something nice like they would wear to church and the girls can kinda ‘dress up.’ thx for your advice!!! =D

    Samantha said on March 25, 2009
  20. thats wicked!
    im having one in november too!!

    sammi said on March 29, 2009
  21. im having a masquerade ball for my 18th.
    im really excited, and i want to have the best 18th out of all my friends.
    we all pretty much have the same place booked, mine is the day b4 on of my mates at the same place. ha
    not sure which colours to use: black is one maybe purple.
    i dont want to do black and white because one of my friends is having her theme black and white!

    sammi said on March 29, 2009
  22. uhh…. i was wondering what i should have my guests wear to my sweet 16 masquerade party. its really bothering me and im odee excited cause its gonna be a mistery type thing and i cant wait!!
    if you got any ideas thanx

    bored said on May 4, 2009
  23. im having a sweet 16 next year but my mom says i need to start thinking of things i want to do. she gave me a budget of 1500 dollars. i have no clue were to start planning my masquerade ball. i need cheap resonable locations and ideas for my party i live in virginia beach so please help me please.by the way my party will proably consist of 120 people.
    need ideas thanks!!

    mackydoodle said on July 12, 2009
  24. heyy im thinking about have a masquerade ball for my 16th in may..ive got the date (cause with just my luck my bday is on a saturday)..and i’ve already started looking @ dresses and masks. i would love to dress up in a ballgown but i don’t want the entire thing to turn into a prom. i think i want to try to have it @ a local firehouse (they usually have banquet rooms right?) but im not sure if i should give out masks to everyone when they arrive, give them a blank one to decorate, or just let them buy one. i live in a small town so 100 ppl is about where im going, i like the idea of playing like a “who did it” but it seems like a lot of work and confusion for 100 people. o i was also wondering if anyone whoses not in my head thinks its a good idea to have a formal dinner party (long table, name cards, pretty place setting) for like my close friends before hand??? any thing you can say would be helpful

    Allie said on August 26, 2009
  25. If you have enough money in your budget to hand out masks, i would suggest it. That way their masks match your color theme and you will not have to worry about anyone having your mask. Yours can be over the top and you can get a bunch of less flashy ones for your friends in assorted colors and styles.

    Thes parties really range in price, depending on the cost of your dress and the venue. Check out places that you’d like to have your party and catering places in your area to get an accurate reading of how much it will cost. If you don’t have a large budget, don’t supply the masks and cut back on appetizers. Serve chicken fingers instead of shrimp. The dollar store will have a lot of great little things like feathers. Feathers and glitter sprinkled on the table could make for an excellent center peice instead of flowers.

    Be creative, it’s your day and in the end it’s about getting your friends together and having a good time. Don’t stress about the small things or what other people think. it’ll take away from the fun!

    Cassie said on December 8, 2009
  26. Hello, my friend and I are planning a masquerade tea party, we need help!We dont know how we should decorate it, or games!We are going to serve fancy food.We want people to bring their own mask and wear prom dresses, but are friends might not be able to but that kinda stuff!We are having only five people their.We both have prom dresses.Are prom dresses look a like but are different colors, mine is pink hers is gold.I think are theme color should match are dresses.We have only a few weeks to plan…. HELP!!Thanks god bless!

    Hannah said on December 27, 2009
  27. Such a great idea! I’m turning 16 in November 2010, and already started planning the guestlist, but i don’t know which colors i want to have because aquas or purple look best with me, but they don’t always go together so… But if anyone has any more suggestions on any of the party’s aspects, please tell me, I want this to be perfect.

    Phoebe said on January 23, 2010
  28. Well Shindigz.com has alot of stuff but its more mardigraz then masquerade but if you search you will find some awesome stuff. I find it better to make your own decorations its way cheaper & you can do it the way you want ! oh & if you tell the guest that they should make their own it will be fun to see all the crazy masks & what not ! you could have a competion ! im having like a smallish party with a local singer/gutairish bc my party will have family friends that are older & i dont think the older crowd will approve of my friends dancing ahhaha

    Tori said on May 3, 2010
  29. hi..!! I’m going to have my birthday party this june 2010. I was planning of a masquerrade party too and a black and white theme. But i don’t know where to start. iM thinking if all my guests would be using a mask too or just only me..pls help me on what to do..i wanted my party to be awesome :)

    ingrid said on June 2, 2010
  30. or if you could suggest a better color theme for my birthday..i want it to be a masquerade party but i don’t how and if i will supply my guests mask or let them bring their own mask..pls help. need your suggestions. Any suggestions from you guys would be really appreciated :)

    ingrid said on June 2, 2010
  31. hey! im having a masquerade ball for my sweet 16 but i was wondering what kind of music woud be good for the dancing…… slow or up beat?

    Natalie said on July 8, 2010
  32. hey im going to have my masquerade soon and do you have any idea for what color i should have? im so scared for it and excited!!! so what color should be the theme good for it/

    Ruby said on July 30, 2010
  33. Ruby,
    I’m having a party this halloween for my sweet 16, nd im feeling the same way haha. but silver nd red, purple, or blue is really pretty. Some other ideas, if you’d like to have a fancy ball type gown. ebay has some costume dresses that are just gorgeous. nd an idea for invitations that would be really cool is a scroll sealed with wax. i hope your party turns out great. GOOD LUCK!!! :)

    Catherine said on July 31, 2010
  34. Well, I’m 13 and planning my sweet sixteen now at least the gist of it.So My advice is go really elegant and formal.

    colors: they must be deep and rich. Add white silver or gold for a more romantic look.

    venue: a church or country club or maybe like a historical house

    decor: use color scheme. round tables, namecards, masks, roses, feathers, dance floor,soft lighting.

    dresscode: i thought that the best way to go would be choose colors for guests to wear(for me: black,silver,gold,white, royal blue) then dress in a long red gown.

    Hope this helps! Best wishes!
    Abby

    Abby said on August 31, 2010
  35. hey im having my 15 in 2 years but were already planning. but i need to knw where can i get the cheap masks but that dosent look crappy.

    maddy said on November 7, 2010
  36. i am having a sweet 16 masquerade and the colors are red purple and silver. i dont know what do do for decor. and i am on a tigh budget. any ideas?

    shaniece f. said on January 3, 2011
  37. haha im have a sixteen in well 3 yrs but im planing still not sure if i should do masquerade or casino haha

    mickey said on January 28, 2011
  38. make the decor by hand

    mickey said on January 28, 2011
  39. My sweet sixteen will be this first of October and I simply cannot decide the colors! My favorite types of colors are like purple, pink, and blue. Plus, I don’t know if everyone will dress up. Does anyone know how to decorate a garaje to look really nice for this? Plus how do you find really cute dresses(colors don’t matter) that are like $30 at most? Please help me! Thanks in advance!

    Constance said on February 6, 2011
  40. Hi there,
    I am after some advise about organising a masquerdae ball, it is for hair and beauty people, I am not sure wether we should go for more girly night or a more elegant night, i am also wondering what we should do about invitations. Thanks.

    Bryony said on March 25, 2011
  41. hello,
    my friend and i are having a joint sweet 16 party since our birthdays are a day apart. we have the venue and our color scheme is deep red and dark purple. however, we can not seem to find a price for a masquerade cake. we estimate the guest list to be bout 60 people.

    laura said on April 3, 2011
  42. im thinking of this theme for my sweet sixteen, and i was wondering do you think ruby red and silver or pearly white would go good with this theme??

    stephy said on April 28, 2011
  43. For my sweet sixteen i decided to do a masquerade ball but i cant decide if i want the guests to make masks there and i pick the best one or have them make them and wear them to the party. I wasnt sure if they would do it on there own.

    kourtni said on August 29, 2011
  44. Hi! I am having a sweet sixteen in 2012 and i realized it is so much work.. My colors are either aqua and silver or turqoise, silver, and black.. I know i want the guest to be formal but idk if i should have it be a black tie affair or just let them where what they want.. I think i have an idea about the center pieces have roses colored my main color crystals and feathers around the center piece. I want it to be an elegant but fun night. I want my sweet sixteen to be better then all of my friends. I am having a court, and a father/daughter dance.. Im also doing the sixteen candles… If you can help me make sure this event is the best event ever please reply……

    Daniellia said on December 16, 2011

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