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Old 05-27-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Do boys have 16th birthday parties?

DS will be turning 16 later this year and we were discussing what he wants to do for his birthday. He mentioned having a big blowout party, which I am all for as I love to throw parties. But I am just wondering will it be strange for a boy to have a 16th party? Is that really just for girls with the whole sweet 16 thing? Should I encourage him just to pick a few friends and go somewhere instead?

Have you thrown a 16th party for your son?
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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With out 16 how do we turn 17


I would throw him a party but under no terms call it sweet.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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With out 16 how do we turn 17

I would throw him a party but under no terms call it sweet.
LOL!!

Oh definitely no sweet. We were thinking rent our local community center which is two rooms (one is the kitchen area where the food would be served)...have music and dancing for the girls in one room and have projectors with video game consoles in the other room. Kids could go back and forth between the two.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:59 AM   #4
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I can't speak for everyone, but last year my son had a small party..
No hall rental or that. He had some of his buddies over with football, and we had that theme. Pizza, wings, sandwiches, chips, etc..

They did take the entire basement, BOYS can EAT!
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:22 AM   #5
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DS will be turning 16 later this year and we were discussing what he wants to do for his birthday. He mentioned having a big blowout party, which I am all for as I love to throw parties. But I am just wondering will it be strange for a boy to have a 16th party? Is that really just for girls with the whole sweet 16 thing? Should I encourage him just to pick a few friends and go somewhere instead?

Have you thrown a 16th party for your son?
My DS turns 16 next year. He's already told me no party. He's never been a party type of kid though. He never wanted birthday parties growing up either.
So we're taking a family vacation to Hawaii instead.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #6
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My son turns 16 next year. He has 2 younger sisters.

We're setting the precedent with him: we're doing a big trip to WDW.

Around here, Sweet 16 parties are out of control-- in halls with a DJ and favors. In many parts of the country, a typical wedding isn't as opulent. And my chief concern, other than finances, is the number of stories I've heard of kids sneaking booze in.

Nope, not going there. He can have a few of the guys over, or something of that scale, but no big party.

So we're doing a WDW trip, and his sisters can expect the same when they turn 16.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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I have a DS19. Neither he, nor any of his friends, had a big 16th party.

That is for girls only around here (DD21 had one as did all of her friends)
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:10 PM   #8
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Just asked my hubby and he said he hasn't had an "official" birthday party since he was in elementary school. When he was a teen, he'd invited a few close friends over for movies/videogames/pizza/cake. DH and our close guy friends all have birthdays in May so next weekend we are doing the exact same thing to celebrate.. and they are all in their mid 20s.

But, he is kind of a party pooper.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:17 PM   #9
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My oldest had a small party at our house. Family and a few friends, bbq and the pool. And my youngest just turned 16 back in March. All he wanted (actually for the last couple of years) was to go out to eat. 14yrs he wanted just the four of us to go to Red Robin. Last year was Dave & Busters but this time his girlfriend tagged along. This year, Smokey Bones.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #10
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Most 16 year old boys prefer activities that don't include parents.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:50 PM   #11
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:41 PM   #13
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Some do, some don't. But not a huge expensive thing like girls have at that age.

Older Ds had a big group over, had a bon fire and music and lots of food. Younger ds had a bunch of friends over at the pool and they made hamburgers on the grill.
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Tex Jr. didn't, and neither did any of his friends. That would be roughly 17 years ago, so things may have changed.
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