Memorable things to do on your 16th birthday

Updated March 29, 2017

Turning 16 is a milestone occasion in a teenager's life. Often the pressure can be on to throw a party that everyone will remember. However, do not fall into the trap of putting too much pressure on yourself, or you risk forgetting to have fun with the celebrations. No matter how you decide to celebrate, there are a whole host of themes and options to choose from to suit all budgets and personalities.

Masquerade Ball

Go all out and throw a masquerade event at home or in a hired bar or hall. Invite your guests to wear masks and formal attire. Serve "mocktails" or nonalcoholic cocktails to keep in line with the sophistication of the event. Hire a DJ to keep the party atmosphere alive and guests entertained. Crown a masquerade king and queen and offer awards or small prizes for the best masks.

Beach Party

For a laid-back affair, there is plenty of fun to be had at the beach. Select a beach that allows guests to barbecue so that you can cook hot dogs or burgers and toast marshmallows. Organise activities for the guests such as volleyball, water balloon battles, frisbee or even surfing instruction. Coordinate your invitations to match the beach theme and remind guests to bring suntan lotion.

Adventure Day

There is no better excuse to try a new activity than on a 16th birthday. From paintballing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting to hot-air balloon riding, skydiving or bungee jumping, there are lots of activities to choose from. Invite a close selection of friends to take part in a day of adventure. Alternatively, head to an amusement park with friends for a day of roller coasters and other rides.

Pamper Party

Spend quality time with girlfriends and organise a pamper party at home. Turn your room into a relaxing spa with face masks, candles and make-up. Create a pack of cards with a different look on each such as "glam," "boho" or "wacky." Invite each girl to pick a card and create the look on another guest, with the other girls guessing which look she was aiming to achieve. Serve pink lemonade, pink cupcakes and pink cookies to coordinate with the pamper princess theme.

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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.