There comes a time in every person’s life that they reach the age of sixteen. Depending on the country, this can mean a whole slew of things. In the United States and Canada, the age of sixteen is the minimum age for being allowed to apply for an official driver’s license with parental consent. In Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway and other countries, it is the age one can begin to apply for a learner’s driving license. In Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Portugal, sixteen is the legal drinking age. Sixteen is also the most common age of sexual consent in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For a lot of countries, sixteen is the transition to a different stage in their life, adulthood. You may also see teenage birthday invitations.
As such, different countries mark this very special occasion with a very special birthday. Such birthday parties are called the sweet sixteen birthday. A sweet sixteen birthday is a coming of age party that celebrates a teenager’s coming of age. Though this party can either be formal, casual or semi-formal, its main purpose is to celebrate the person becoming “older” and transitioning into adulthood. For many, the sweet sixteen birthday is the last big birthday party a teenager could have.
A sweet sixteen party can be celebrated in different ways. One may celebrate it intimately with close friends and family. While others celebrate it lavishly with hired DJs, make-up, hair styling, gowns and dresses and hotel ballrooms. Sweet sixteen may mostly be a girl thing, but some boys do celebrate it. But no matter what, when celebrating your sweet sixteen, you will need invitations
Embedded on this page are invitation templates for you to use. They are fully customizable but may need a few graphics skills to make the most of them. However, if you do have them, then spice up your sweet sixteen parties with them.
At a glance, invitations can be simple things. However, there are benefits in sending out written invitations rather than just relying on word of mouth. As such, though the process of creating an invitation is rather short (about five minutes), what you put on it have a very weighted purpose. To write an invitation, you:
Every sample letter states who has sent it. Writing the hosts’ identity is important to avoid confusion over who is inviting whom. It also makes sure that the invited is sure that he knows the sender and that invitation is addressed to him.
Every letter has an introduction. In an invitation letter, the name of the hosts and the type of party can serve as the said introduction. Specifying what type of party also tells the invited on what to wear, what to bring and just the overall mood of the party.
This includes the day of the week for when the party is held. Dates should be clear in a party to clarify when the party is held and so that the invited could plan accordingly. Writing the date can also help avoid conflict of sample schedules as it makes sure that the guests can plan earlier and save the date for the party.
It is important to specify in your simple invitation for when are guest expected to arrive. It is also important to specify an approximate time of the party’s duration. Like writing the date, specifying the duration of the party can help avoid scheduling conflicts for the guests
Also, write a date for when their replies are expected. Asking for an RSVP can help one plan the party ahead. With an RSVP, it would be easier to save how much things to prepare for the party like the amount of food and the number of seats needed. Alternatively, one can write “RSVP regrets only”. This implies that “if you do not reply, that will be taken as acceptance” and that guest should only reply if they will not be able to attend the party, writing a letter beginning “We regret we can no attend …” RSVP is an initialism of the French phrase Réspondez s’il vous plaît meaning “please respond”.
Although not as important for casual parties, dress codes are essential for formal parties. As a party can be casual, semi-casual or formal, specifying the dress code ensures that guests will not be overdressed or underdressed. Afterall, no one would want to be caught wearing a black tie at a beach party.
The invitation should state who is invited. Whether it is the addressee only, with guests, or with spouse and children. In the same vein as writing the RSVP, this allows for easier planning on the thing to prepare. You may also see masquerade invitation templates.
Sometimes, the invited guests are not familiar with the area the party is held. Even in the age of Google maps and GPS, including a map in the invitation is a sign of good gesture to guests to make sure they do not get lost. You may also see invitation sample templates.
Aside from the customized design, how an invitation is worded is a great way to personalize it. Different events can use a different kind of wording. For sweet sixteen birthdays and birthdays, in general, the invitation can be worked with: You may also see chalkboard birthday invitations.
Quotations can be serious, formal or silly. They can also be a good way to open or close the invitation. You may also see party invitations.
Some usable quotes about birthdays, sweet sixteens and age are:
Poems can set the mood for the invitation and in extension, the party. The details of the party can also be conveyed through the written poem. You may also see birthday party invitation samples.
Some examples are:
“We have some big news, the whole world should be told! our little princess is turning sixteen years old! you are cordially invited to Rebecca Christine’s sweet sixteen celebrations…” You may also see sample quinceanera invitations.
Jokes can also be a good idea to word an invitation as everyone enjoys having a good life from time to time. Some jokes in an invitation can be:
“What goes up and never comes down? Your age!”
“At your age, you are the least experienced driver on the road without a driving instructor in the car. You are what everyone else on the road is worried about. Congratulations on your scary new status. Happy 16th!” You may also see sample birthday invitations.
You’d be an adult in some countries in the world. With that in mind, I’m sure you’ll have no problem buying your own car, paying for your own insurance and gas, and paying to repair it. You may also see pool party invitations.
Invitations are of course meant to be sent. However, sending an invitation too early run the risk of guests forgetting about it while sending it too early can be too little time for the guest to prepare for the event. A good approximation of when to send invitations would be to send it between eight to two weeks before the event depending on whether it is formal or not. You may also see rustic invitation templates.
Invitation to formal parties should be sent earlier while casual party invitations can be sent later. When sending the invitations always consider when you will be expecting the RSVP and all the preparations such as food arrangements and seating arrangements.
Like all parties, a sweet sixteen birthday party is a special day celebrating the coming of age of people. There are, however, other coming of age birthday parties in traditionally celebrated in different countries. In Latin America, the coming of age party is called a quinceañera which is celebrated on the fifteenth birthday party instead of the sixteenth.
In the Philippines, a sweet sixteen-like party is celebrated on the eighteenth birthday for girls. As the invitation templates embedded on this page are for celebrating the same thing, the coming of age, one can customize the invitation to fit that exact need. Just brush up on your graphics editing skills and you are good to go. You may also see princess birthday invitations.