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Showstopping 16th birthday party ideas

Kate A 13 November 2019

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 towards 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 and Europe.

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.

Birthday beach party

Birthday beach party

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.

Venue idea:

Hawthorne House | Woolacombe, Devon

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In an amazing location with beautiful sea views,  near Woolacombe, one of Devon’s best-loved surfing destinations, partygoers who stay here 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!

 

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Dance the night away

Dance the night away

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.

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Kaleidoscope House| Snettisham, Norfolk

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There is more to this luxury Georgian house than meets the eye – it’s 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 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.

 

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Movies under the stars

Movies under the stars

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 party houses with indoor cinema rooms too.

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Villa Skiathos | Skiathos, Greece 

Villa Skiathos, Greece

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Spectacularly situated right on the seafront, this gorgeous Greek villa has plenty to offer the lucky teenager and their family. By day, relax beside the private infinity swimming pool, which overlooks the stunning bay below, before pulling up a beanbag and watching your favourite film on the outdoor home cinema when night falls. A private chef, luxury yacht charters and massage and beauty treatments are also available on request for added indulgence.

 

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Snow, skiing and sledging

Snow, skiing and sledging

For a celebration that guests will be talking about for years to come, head for the slopes in one of our party houses near a ski resort. From Highland retreats near ski centres in Scotland to our luxury ski chalets in France, 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 après ski hot tubs, heated swimming pools, fully kitted games rooms and home cinemas which are featured in some of these incredible venues.

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Chamonix Chalet | Chamonix Valley, France

Chamonix Chalet

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This complex of four luxury chalets in the village of Argentière has views of Mont Blanc and is within driving distance of the slopes of Chamonix – as well as being close to the local pistes. It’s a great option for a big group to celebrate that sweet 16 in style. After a thrilling day on the slopes, make the most of the heated swimming pool, four hot tubs, sauna, hammam, cinema room, disco room, gym and games room – there’s even the option for catering for a truly luxurious birthday celebration.

 

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An indulgent spa day

An indulgent spa day

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, gyms, 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.

Venue idea:

The Lodge House | Nant Ddu, Brecon Beacons

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This fabulous lodge is set in the grounds of Brecon beacons spa and it is a blissful retreat for a group of young friends and family to indulge in a spa experience together. A communal swimming pool, sauna and steam room provide plenty of opportunity for rest and relaxation, amongst the tranquil countryside.

 
 

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Tropical pool party

Tropical pool party

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! Whether you choose one of our party houses with swimming pools in the UK or opt for one of our large villas abroad, you can 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.

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Tropicana | Las Palmas, Lanzarote

Tropicana, Lanzarote

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Boasting not one but two heated outdoor swimming pools surrounded by swaying palm trees, both with sparkling views down to Arrieta Bay, this chic villa in Lanzarote is the perfect destination for a 16th birthday pool party. With a bubbling hot tub, three gazebos with double day beds and a games area, you’ll find plenty to keep the party entertained.

 

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A glamorous ball

A glamorous ball

Choose one of our large party houses with a ballroom and you can easily turn a 16th birthday party into a stylish and elegant extravaganza. Pick a theme, such as a timeless masquerade ball or a sleek black and white ball, find décor to match and be creative with your invitation design – don’t forget to suggest the attire for the party on the invitations. Hiring a DJ will make the celebrations go with a bang, and you could even give out prizes for the best dressed.

Venue idea:

Innes House| Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland

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Featuring an opulent ballroom to dance and dine the evening away, this grand country manor in Scotland is a superb choice for a lavish event. Set within 3000 acres of formal parkland, there are endless opportunities for beautiful photos to capture the celebrations, and during the summer wedding seasons, an additional marquee can be found in the grounds.

 

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16th birthday party venues

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 party houses in the UK and Europe to celebrate a 16th birthday in style. Browse our collection of venues for a 16th birthday party and make this an event to remember.

 

For extra birthday party inspiration, you could take a look at our ultimate guide to milestone birthdays where you’ll find more top tips, covering everything from decoration ideas to menu themes.

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