Sweet Sixteen Party Traditions

A Closer Look at Sweet Sixteen Party Traditions

A sweet sixteen party is the perfect time for traditions. Maybe you have some that have been passed down through your family, or maybe you are looking for new traditions to start. For a bit of history, the term sweet sixteen has been in use at least since 1597. The sweet sixteen birthday parties have been held since 1765. That is a long time for many traditions to develop.

The following is a list of traditions that can be incorporated into any sweet sixteen party ideas that you may be planning:

The Father-Daughter Dance

This tradition is also frequently performed at most weddings. Have the birthday girl choose a song that is special to her and her dad ñ maybe there is a favorite childhood memory attached and mom could tell that story and introduce them onto the dance floor.

Shoe Ceremony

This is like a Cinderella moment for the birthday girl. Sit the honoree in a chair while her grandfather, uncle, godfather, or father approaches her with high heels on a decorative pillow. Traditionally, she should be wearing flat shoes, and her father ceremoniously helps her into her new high heels. This is a symbolic transitioning from childhood into womanhood.

Tiara Ceremony

This one is similar to the Shoe Ceremony, except the father/grandfather brings a tiara instead of shoes. The tiara is placed upon her head to symbolize her becoming a woman. This tradition could be combined with the Shoe Ceremony with mom bringing high heels on a pillow and dad bringing the tiara on another pillow.

Candle-Lighting Ceremony

Choose 16 tapers to set out on a table in pretty votive cups. The birthday girl could light her first candle from one large candle that symbolizes her parents or family. The first candle is for the girl’s parents. The second candle is for brothers and sisters. If she is an only child, then this candle can represent her grandparents. Candles 3, 4, 5 and 6 are for the remaining family friends. At any time the honoree can tell a story about the individual she is lighting a candle for, or say why they are special to her. Candles 7-14 are for special friends. Candle 15 is for her best friend. The 16th candle is reserved for a significant male, such as a boyfriend or very good friend. A 17th candle could be added to represent good luck.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started on great sweet sixteen party ideas. Enjoy!