Food Ideas for a Sweet 16 Birthday Party

Updated February 21, 2017

Sweet 16 parties are a major milestone for young people. Make your daughter's party special by offering some of her favourite foods to her party guests. You can go with a theme or just do whatever seems appropriate depending on the number of guests, venue and time of day of the party.

Casual Fare

If the atmosphere of the party is more laid-back or perhaps outdoors, casual food will work well. Set up the grill and fix hamburgers and hot dogs, or order several pizzas along with salad and breadsticks. Side items can be chips, potato salad, pickles and corn on the cob or grilled veggies on skewers. Another idea for a simple meal is to order submarine sandwiches of different types from a local deli.

Buffet Style

Teenagers like things a certain way, so let them indulge that with a buffet-style menu. Pick a food such as baked potatoes, pasta or tacos and lay out all the items to make them. For baked potatoes, toppings like butter, sour cream, cheese and even grilled chicken or veggies are good options. A pasta bar could include several types of noodles and sauces such as marinara, pesto and alfredo. Parmesan cheese, garlic and basil could also be options. Taco lovers will enjoy making their own tacos with ground meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa.

Appetizers and Nibbles

For a party between meals or at an odd time, serve small bites to guests. Food like chips and different types of dips, finger sandwiches, raw vegetables and dipping sauces and sushi rolls are some options. A cold cut tray with different types of deli meat served alongside a cheese platter and crackers will make a lovely snack. For dessert, small items such as mini cupcakes, petits fours cakes or chocolate-dipped fruits are party foods guests will enjoy.

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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.