No longer a child and not yet an adult, a birthday girl celebrating her sweet sixteen is at a point in her life she'll never forget. While sixteenth birthday parties are portrayed on reality shows as extravagant or formal "coming out" parties, all you need to throw a memorable event is a little insight on your guest of honour. For a fun-loving, creative, energetic girl with a super sweet tooth, a '90s sweetshop theme will make her day.
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Candy shops in the 1990s typically featured bold, bright colours to attract young passersby. Use retro candies like Airheads, Fun Dip, Pop Rocks and Sour Patch Kids for colour ideas. Use shades of yellow, green, orange and pink for your colour scheme. Incorporate these colours and candy wrappers in the invitations, decorations and food for maximum impact. Invite guests to be a part of the spectacle by encouraging them to wear their brightest clown trousers and biggest floppy hats inspired by '90s television shows like "Saved by the Bell" and "The Fresh Price of Bel Air."
Sweet-shop themed decorations are all about vibrant colours that give you a sugar high just looking at them. Instead of linens, use felt as table drapes for a softer look. Fill the ceiling with candyfloss pink helium balloons and curl long metallic strings at different lengths. Hang sunny yellow material from the wall and make a collage with candy wrappers. Tie oversized bows to the back of chairs and let your candy double as decorations by pouring it into funky-shaped glass bowls. Add a grown-up twist by hanging art on the walls, including a close-up portrait of a chocolate bar and photographs of your daughter enjoying her favourite '90s candy as a child.
While it may be tempting to skip real food and fill the buffet with different kinds of candy, including a few edible options that aren't loaded with processed sugar will help fend off sugar crashes. Set out a buffet table with healthy alternatives so guests can graze throughout the night. Fruit salad with strawberries, blue berries, bananas and other colourful fruits will complement the theme. Make a tricoloured pasta salad and set out a variety of miniature sandwiches including peanut butter and jelly, hummus and cucumber, and cheese and avocado.
No '90s themed party is complete without a playlist featuring pop songs like "Jump Around," "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Mambo #5" and "Good Vibrations." Put your daughter in charge of making the playlist on an MP3 player or computer so you can simply press play at party time. A few casual games to play include candy and '90s pop trivia competitions and good old-fashioned dance-offs.
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