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Showstopping 16th birthday party ideas

Kate A 22 July 2020

Birthdays are always special, regardless of the number of candles. However, a 16th birthday is an important milestone and deserves to be celebrated in the best possible way. Turning 16 is a huge deal in a young teen’s life and every big birthday deserves an even BIGGER party!

Whether you’re leaning toward a small sophisticated soiree or a grand showstopper event, we will help you celebrate this significant milestone in style and create some amazing memories at one of our large houses in the UK.

Wondering how to plan a 16th birthday party? From large, themed bashes to more intimate festivities with a handful of close friends, we have chosen seven of the best 16th birthday party ideas to give you some inspiration.

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Birthday beach party at Hawthorne House | Devon

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Hawthorne House

If you’re in charge of organising a 16th birthday party, then this idea is sure to go down as a huge hit. Choose one of our party houses on or near a beach and spend the day playing volleyball, rounders or cricket in the sunshine, building sandcastles and getting your tan on. Send out beach ball invitations to get everyone excited and rustle up delicious snacks for a picnic or even a BBQ. Why not rent some paddleboards or sign up for some surfing lessons for added fun? Party favours could consist of sunglasses, flip-flops, gummy sharks and other beach-themed items.

In an amazing location with beautiful sea views,  near Woolacombe, one of Devon’s best-loved surfing destinations, partygoers who stay at Hawthorne House can experience a wide range of water sports including kite surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and coasteering, before soaking up the sunshine on the sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde or Saunton Sands. The fun doesn’t end when you return to this coastal house either – there’s a hot tub, outdoor tennis and a games room to enjoy!

The highlights:

  • Beautiful panoramic sea views and walking distance to the popular beach of Woolacombe
  • A private hot tub overlooking the sea 
  • Trampoline and swing for younger guests

Dance the night away at Kaleidoscope House| Norfolk

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Kaleidoscope House

Dim the lights, turn up the music and throw a 16th birthday dance party that no one will forget. Some of our large party venues come with a host of added extras like dancefloors, DJ booths, disco lights and karaoke machines, so all you need to worry about are a few extra birthday decorations to set the scene – think glow sticks, streamers and balloons. Party food can consist of a self-serve buffet and an extravagant birthday cake, leaving you plenty of time to have a blast with the birthday boy/girl and their closest buddies.

There is more to this luxury Georgian house than meets the eye – Kaleidoscope House is simply made for parties: the sound-proofed den with dance floor, karaoke machine, dressing room and 50” TV with Apple TV and Netflix is the perfect setting for a 16th birthday party. Dance the night away, sing your heart out and do it with your favourite people around you. As if that’s not enough, there is also an eight-seater hot tub and beauty treatments, and catering can be arranged upon request.

The highlights:

  • Private 8-seat hot tub
  • A fun entertainment space with a karaoke machine, dressing up room, games and 50" TV
  • Beauty treatments, Reiki and Yoga can be arranged at an additional cost

Movies under the stars at The Grain Dryer | Gloucestershire

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The Grain Dryer

For the film-obsessed teen, an outdoor movie screening could make the ultimate 16th birthday party idea. Perfect for summer celebrations, you can lay out blankets, cushions and chairs on the lawn for seating, hire a big screen and projector, and play all the birthday honouree’s favourite flicks. Complement the theme with a popcorn bar filled with a variety of toppings, a drinks dispenser and a selection of sweet treats, then kick back for a magical evening under the stars. Birthday invites can also serve as tickets to the show. And not to worry if the weather isn’t on your side or you want to host the party in the winter, we have a great collection of UK party houses with indoor cinema rooms too.

Spectacularly situated in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, The Grain Dryer has plenty to offer the lucky teenager and their family. By day, relax in the hot tub on the terrace, get competitive in the games room, or fire up the Xbox in the projector room. Then when night falls, the beautiful decking area surrounded by rolling fields is the perfect spot to set up an outdoor projector, pull up a beanbag and watch your favourite film while the BBQ sizzles some delicious party food.

The highlights:

  • Private outdoor hot tub
  • Pool table and football table
  • Projector room

Snow, skiing and sledging at Taigh Na Coille, Roshven | The Highlands

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For a celebration that guests will be talking about for years to come, head for the slopes in one of our UK party houses near a ski resort and treat the birthday honouree to a magical winter wonderland themed 16th birthday party. Spend the day skiing, snowboarding and sledging in the snowy mountains before enjoying steaming hot tubs, heated swimming pools, fully kitted games rooms and home cinemas which are featured in some of these incredible venues.

Designed and built to be part of the rugged Lochailort landscape, Taigh Na Coille is enveloped by scented pine trees, towering mountains and the crashing sea. Within 30 miles of the slopes at Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, this luxury pad is a great option for a big group to celebrate that sweet 16 in style. After a thrilling day skiing, snowboarding and sledging at the Nevis Range, make the most of the soothing hot tub, enjoy a scenic walk along the shoreline, or gather around the fire pit to toast marshmallows under the stars.

The highlights:

  • A unique location on the edge of a rocky beach in the Scottish Highlands
  • A private outdoor hot tub
  • Mesmerising views from the BBQ area

An indulgent spa day at Riviere House | Cornwall

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Perfect for teens in need of a little pampering, our party houses with spa facilities provide an idyllic setting for a night of fun with friends. Featuring the likes of swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas, there is plenty to keep everyone feeling relaxed – some even provide in-house spa treatments. Enhance the ambience with calming music, candles, and fruit smoothies, and provide goody bags with a selection of make-up, sleep masks and perhaps even personalised PJ’s.

Riviere House is a charming, detached farmhouse near the vibrant seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall. Complete with a hot tub and BBQ lodge and sauna, it is a blissful retreat for a group of young friends and family to indulge in a spa experience together. With the beach just 3 miles away, you can soak up the sea air too. 

The highlights:

  • A charming BBQ hut in the garden
  • A private hot tub and sauna
  • Pool table for use indoors

Tropical pool party at Oakfield | Somerset

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Riviere House, Cornwall

Get the tropical vibes going with a fun and festive pool party. As 16th birthday party ideas go, this is a cracking one as it’s easy to plan and decorate, and there are loads of exciting games that you could incorporate into the event – every teenager loves a good game of limbo! Choose one of our party houses with swimming pools in the UK and create a splash with inflatable palm trees, flamingos and beach balls, colourful balloons and garlands, and you could even hand out leis to all the eager guests as they arrive. Be sure to get the BBQ sizzling and some laid-back island tunes playing in the background.

Boasting an outdoor heated swimming pool, chic pool house and hot tub, all with stunning views across pristine grounds, Oakfield is the perfect destination for a 16th birthday pool party. Light the poolside pizza oven and spend an afternoon getting creative with toppings, then pull up a chair in the outdoor dining area to sample your homemade efforts. If that’s not enough, there’s plenty more to keep the party entertained, with a snooker table in the games room and table tennis in the courtyard.

The highlights:

  • A five-star private swimming pool and hot tub 
  • Seven acres of gardens to enjoy 
  • A gym, games room and playroom

Do you know someone else with a big birthday around the corner? Take a look at our ultimate guide to milestone birthdays where you’ll find some great ideas for all the landmark birthdays from 1 - 100. 

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Whether you’re planning a small soiree with a few of the birthday honouree’s closest friends and family or want to go all out and organise an extravagant bash with everyone invited, we’ve got a wide selection of houses in the UK to celebrate a 16th birthday in style. Browse our collection of UK venues for a 16th birthday party and make this an event to remember.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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