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Academy Awards Sweet Sixteen Party Ideas


Roll out the red carpet and create a buzz with an Academy Awards party.  Your sweet sixteen will love feeling like a celebrity for a day, with all the lights, cameras and action of this Hollywood-inspired celebration.


Fashion some director's boards or movie tickets out of cardboard as your invitations and ask the guests to come dressed as their favourite movie star.  You can even make tickets that must be torn by an usher as guests arrive to the party.  Try the following wording:

You've made the A-List!
Join us at the premiere screening of
"[name's] Birthday"
The hottest new release in Hollywood!
The spotlight will be on [date] and [time]
Join us for an evening of
Hollywood glitz and glamour
RSVP to my Hollywood agent on [phone number]

Party costumes

Ask your guests to come to the party dressed as their favourite actors or film characters.  The night can be even more fun if you tailor the costumes to a film genre such as film noir, action films, horror or science fiction. 

Decorating and styling

Hollywood is all about illusions and make-believe, so let your imagination run wild!  Roll out the red carpet at the front door and have as many of your own friends as you can muster all bring cameras along and act as paparazzi as your guests arrive.  If you feel really inspired, make your own Hollywood Walk of Fame by decorating the pathway to your door with large stars featuring the names of each guest.  Other Hollywood decorations to consider include movie posters, the famous Hollywood sign or a director's chair.  Pink Frosting also has a range of Hollywood-inspired party decorations to get the party started!

Set your table with a ‘red carpet' table runner.  Cut out large silver and gold stars from shiny paper and use as a place setting to mark each guest's place at the table.  Or set the table with Pink Frosting's range of Lights, Camera, Action tableware: plates, cups, napkins and table runner.


Divide your guests into groups and ask each group write, direct, act in and film a movie of their own. Create a stage for your actors in the backyard complete with tiered seating. Then, show the films one at a time and present Oscars for the best screenplay, actor, actress, director and movie.  At the end of the party, send your guests home with a DVD copy of their film - it's simple and quick to do if you have a home computer and a teenager in the house! 

Other party games may include cinema charades (ask guests to mime the titles of films) or read out classic quotes from films and ask everyone to guess what film they appear in. 

Menus, catering and cocktails

Serve cinema food such as popcorn in red-and-white striped boxes, hotdogs on sticks and hot chips.  And serve elegant mocktails to make your guests feel like sophisticated celebrities.  Set up a table with a lavish lolly buffet.  Provide bags and boxes for the guests to fill with their choice of sweet treats. 

Favours and thank yous

Don't let your guests leave empty handed.  Mini gumball machines are sure to have the sweet sixteen and their friends oohing and ahhing with delight!  And thank your guests for joining the party girl or boy on the red carpet!  Print off copies of the best paparazzi shots of each guest and make these into thank you cards.  Your guests will love the permanent reminder of the night they were all superstars!

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