For Alyssa's 16th birthday, I really wanted to do something special. When I saw a blog post about "charming" someone at Executive Homemaker, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I bought Alyssa a charm bracelet and each party guest was asked to pick out a charm that represented either a character trait, a special memory, or a wish for her future. They also had to write out the meaning of the charm on a card, which I will put in a scrapbook. What a great keepsake!
To give you an example, here's the charm I gave her (see picture below). I chose this because my prayer for her is that she would always walk in the truth (3 John 1:4).
The charms were all purchased from Colette at Charming Gifts and she did a great job of finding everything we wanted, even if it wasn't in the catalog. My only complaint is that her catalog is a printed one and isn't available on the website, which made coordinating the charms a little trickier. It was all worth it, though. Somehow we were able to keep it a secret and Alyssa was very surprised. Here's a picture of her bracelet with all her charms on it:
For the actual party, we ate pizza, played a few games, charmed Alyssa, and then I left them to play games, watch movies, and visit the rest of the evening. Most "Sweet 16" party supplies are pink, which isn't Alyssa's favorite. So we went for a more mature decor with black and white and touches of turquoise.
For the games, I resurrected a few games from past parties and we created one new one. The first repeat game was a miniature version of the Scrabble Scramble party we held a few years ago. I hid small boxes of Scrabble tiles all over the house with clues in each to the location of the next box. Once they found all the boxes, they had to unscramble the tiles to reveal the prize: Tropical Smoothie Gift Cards!
The next repeat game was a Ping Pong Paddle Relay from our Clash of the Colors party. In this game, the girls had to bounce a ping-pong ball on top of a ping-pong paddle over to a bucket and bounce the ball into the bucket. If it hit the floor, they had to start all over. This was a very competitive game (Possibly because the winning team won Starbucks gift cards!) and a lot of fun! (Sorry no pictures of that one.)
The last repeat game was the Q-Tip Corral, also from our Clash of the Colors party. In this game, one partner shoots Q-tips from a straw and the other partner tries to catch them with a bucket. I hadn't planned on doing this game but it was requested earlier in the day by Alyssa and Meghan. Fortunately, I had plenty of Q-tips on hand!
The only new game we played was a Life-Sized Board Game. Yes, we really made that board ourselves! This was a lot of fun to brainstorm and put together. We used white plastic tablecloth material for the game board and cut up some colored plastic tablecloths for the game spaces. We used black duck tape to attach the game spaces to the white cloth, which gave it a nice outline. We made the dice out of styrofoam cubes wrapped in white wrapping paper.
If 2 people landed on the same space, they had to roll a second die which told them how to resolve the conflict (rock, paper, scissors; ninja, etc.). (We nicknamed this die the "tie die." Yeah, we're just that corny.) You can see Alyssa and Meghan in an intense thumb war above.
For the party favors, I made zippered pencil bags (You can find a tutorial here.). We put candy in them and I added a charm as a zipper pull to remind them of the party theme.
This party was a lot of fun and really pretty easy to put together since so many of the games were repeats. The hardest part was keeping the "charming" secret from Alyssa.