Sweet Sixteen Food Ideas

By Wanda Gallo ; Updated April 18, 2017

Sweet 16 parties celebrate a milestone event. Choosing the right menu helps reflect how special the occasion is by differentiating Sweet 16 parties from kids' birthday parties. Menu choices should be more sophisticated than food that would be served at a child's birthday party, while still remaining whimsical and fun.

Sweet 16 Party Drinks

Stocking up with soda and flavored sparkling water provides a wide selection of choices for hosts who prefer simple ready made drinks that are tasty and economical. Another option is making your own special drink for the party. Homemade iced tea, lemonade and non-alcoholic punch are some traditional choices for teen parties. For a more modern spin, serve an alcohol free "signature drink" in martini glasses. Like punch, these can be made by combining various soda, sparkling waters or fruit juices to create a variety of flavors and colors.

Sweet 16 BBQ

Sweet 16 parties held during warm weather months can include a barbecue. Add a touch of sophistication by swapping grilled burgers and hot dogs for turkey burgers with avocado salsa or kabobs. Salads, fresh fruit and veggies with dip pair well with food from the grill. You can also try grilling fruit such as peaches or pineapple. Grilled corn on the cob served with flavored butters, like herb or spice infused butters, is also wonderful side dish.

Sweet 16 Appetizer Menu

A meal comprised solely of appetizers is another option for a sweet 16 party. Fingers foods are simple to prepare and fun to eat. Most grocery stores sell a number of frozen appetizers to choose from that just require baking. Frozen foods such as egg rolls, mini quiche, mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers are all choices that can be found in most supermarkets. There are also a number of choices that are easy for hosts to make at home. For example, tea sandwiches that are cut into quarters can be filled with ham and cheese, egg salad, tuna salad or turkey.

Sweet 16 Party Desserts

Colorful cupcakes are a perfect addition to the end of a sweet 16 meal. They can be purchased ready made or made and decorated at home. Hosts that want to really make an impact with the menu can set up a table as a candy bar, allowing guests to choose from a large variety of sweets to savor throughout the party or take home with them.

About the Author

Wanda Gallo has been a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in several online publications and magazines such as "East of the City" and "Regina Weese Magazine." Gallo has a Bachelors of Arts in English literature.