How to Plan a Menu for a Sweet Sixteen Party

Two Methods:Consider Your PreferencesConsider the Convenience

Sweet Sixteens are a rite of passage for American teens. Sweet Sixteens are meant to be enjoyable, fun parties surrounded by family and friends, but with so many parts, they can become overwhelming to those planning them. The menu can make or break a Sweet Sixteen, so read through the tips and steps below when choosing a menu for your party.

Method 1
Consider Your Preferences

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    Think about your favorite foods. Since it is your sweet sixteen, it is important for you to make sure you enjoy yourself. Don't get too overwhelmed by the demands of others, but instead focus on yourself- it is your party chiefly.
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    Decide how much you are willing to pay for food. Keep in mind that money spent on food may detract from other areas of your party. It's important to stay balanced with your budget, especially if it is limited. If you are on a tight budget, consider choosing simple dishes, like chicken nuggets and pizza, rather than expensive complicated dishes like Penne Vodka or Chicken Parmesan from a costly restaurant.
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    Keep in mind the theme of your party. If your Sweet Sixteen's theme is the outdoors, then consider choosing a menu that would resemble that of a picnic. Or, if your Sweet Sixteen's theme is beachy, you may want to serve seafood.
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    Make sure your food preferences are in line with your parents preferences, especially if your parents are funding your sweet sixteen. It's important to stay within the boundaries that your parents set for you, in terms of cost and availability.
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    Keep your guests in mind. Although you should aim to please yourself as for food options at your sweet sixteen, it's also best to keep in mind your guest;s preferences. For example, if the majority of your friends do not like seafood, do not order seafood.
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    Be very accommodating when it comes to your guests' allergies and food sensitivities. Never forget to make available food for those of your friends that need special dishes. Try to choose allergen-free dishes that are similar to your menu otherwise.

Method 2
Consider the Convenience

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    Be aware that having your dream menu may not be possible when considering the convenience and availability of your ideal menu in terms of location and budget.
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    Weigh the options in terms of budget. Understand that money spent on food is money subtracted from the rest of your budget. You should ideally choose the most cost effective menu, unless you have extra money to burn.
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    Weigh the options in terms of accessibility. How accessible is the food you are looking for? Is it served by a restaurant close to your venue of choice? If so, then this is a positive. It is even better if that restaurant caters. Make sure that the restaurant of your choice is open and prepared to take on your order well in advance so you don't have to scramble last minute. If your Sweet Sixteen's venue is serving the food, check with them what they can serve and can't.
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    Consult your party planner if you have one. A party planner can be a very helpful way to develop your sweet sixteen's theme, decide on decorations and formulate a menu. Party planners will help you make important decisions, such as on the menu of your sweet sixteen.

Tips

  • Remember that the Sweet Sixteen is yours, so don't stress too much about making everyone else around you happy. Do keep in mind food allergies and such, but don't get overwhelmed by the demands of others.
  • Make sure the menu works with the theme of your party.

Warnings

  • Keep in mind that the menu is only one part of your sweet sixteen. Don't go overboard on extravagant dishes and such, especially if it means taking money from other much needed areas of your party.

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