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Food Ideas for Sweet 16 Party

Sweet 16 Food Ideas That Give You a Reason to Party Even Harder

As the 16th birthday party is unique and special, the food or menu for the party should be equally exotic. Here are some food ideas for sixteenth birthday party that will be helpful to you.
Madhura Pandit
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2018
The sixteenth birthday is definitely one of the most important milestone in a girl's life. It is a time when the girl transforms into a young lady and hence, the sixteenth birthday is known as the sweet 16 birthday. As it is one of the most important milestone in a girl's life, she would definitely wish to make it special. If you are a friend or parent, you must be looking for a unique birthday party theme or idea. Similar to the birthday party theme, the food or menu for the party is also important.
Planning Sweet 16 Party Menu
As a parent, one thing you must have realized is that teenagers are hard to please. Their idea of fun and enjoyment is definitely different from yours and their concept of a good party and good food also differs from yours. Therefore, when planning a teenage party, i.e., a sweet sixteen party, one of the most helpful tips will be to involve the birthday girl or some of her teenage friends in it.
Now, when planning the food for the party, make sure that it is according to the theme of the party. If you have a beach themed party, you can have fruit smoothies, pina colada, hotdogs, etc. On the other hand, foods like roasted or grilled chicken and vegetables, lamb chops, etc., can be made for a semi formal or formal birthday party.
Sandwiches and pizzas top the list of birthday party foods. There is hardly any teenager who does not like pizza. You can order different pizzas or offer different toppings like pepperoni, veggies, ham, chicken, etc. and ask the guests to make their own toppings. Appetizers like finger sandwiches and burgers can also be made using different combination.
A traditional chocolate, black forest or pineapple cake follows the main course. On the other hand, if you are looking for unique party food ideas for a birthday, then you can even have something as distinct as tortilla de patatas or Spanish omelet slices. Desserts like crème caramel or crème brulee will go with this.
Birthday Party Foods
Note that there are some teenagers who still enjoy eating foods that they loved as children, like egg puffs. On the other hand, you can also plan the party food such that teenagers will get introduced to fine dining. So, the following are birthday party food ideas for a teenage party.
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Hotdogs
  • Cheese bites
  • Mini burgers
  • Stuffed eggs
  • Chicken wings
  • Mini tuna melts
  • Cheese wontons
  • Crostini
  • Fried macaroni balls
  • Mini frittatas
  • Egg puffs
  • Dumplings/ momos
  • Chicken skewers
  • Chicken kebab/ tikka
  • Shrimp bruschetta
  • Chicken/ fish satay
  • Meatballs
  • Smoked salmon canapes
  • Roast beef canapes
  • Potstickers
  • Cream cheese stuffed jalapenos
  • Mini quiches
  • Antipasti
  • Crab cakes
  • Chicken fingers
  • Mini quiches
  • Pork cutlets
  • Pasta chicken alfredo
  • Tuna casserole
  • Mexican tortilla
  • Lamb chops
  • Pizzas
  • Tacos
  • Grilled food
If you are having a buffet or a sit down dinner, you can use a combination of the aforementioned foods. The following is a list of desserts that you can have. In most cases, you may not require a dessert, if you have a huge decorative cake.
  • Mini chocolate chip cookies
  • Chocolate fondue
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Chocolate cheese balls
  • Rum balls
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Peanut butter balls
  • Cheesecake
  • Pineapple upside-down cake
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Cake pops
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Mini-financiers
  • Chocolate dipped biscotti
  • Tarte tatin
  • Chocolate cream puffs
  • Chocolate meringues
  • Fruit truffle
  • Fruit gelee
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Fruit parfait
  • Chocolate soufflé
  • Crème brulee
Lastly, as one of the most important tips, note that teenagers have a huge appetite, and it is always better to have an assortment of the appetizers, toppings, etc. so that everyone gets what he likes. Good luck!
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