Celebrate Your Sweet 16 in Style at the Island Chateau

Staten Island is an ideal location for any event with guests coming from both New Jersey and New York. If you're looking for an easily accessible Sweet 16 venue with elegance, charm, and sophistication, the Island Chateau is an excellent choice.

Located just off the Staten Island Expressway, the Island Chateau sits in the quiet community of Grasmere. This venue only hosts one event at a time, so the Island Chateau's staff will be entirely dedicated to your daughter's celebration.

When guests walk through the arched French doors, they'll be greeted by an impressive mosaic tile design. The carpeted grand staircase leads up to a second-floor balcony that's perfect for photo opportunities.

The Island Chateau's Banquet Room can be configured to accommodate small, intimate parties of 50, large celebrations of up to 220, and everything in between. It features large, draped windows and crystal sconces all along the walls, and exquisite chandeliers overhead. The room's pale walls are perfect for uplighting and Name in Lights designs to match her color scheme.

The oversized white tile dance floor is the focal point of the room, so all eyes will be on your daughter as she does her candle ceremony or special dances. The Island Chateau can also provide a throne-style white chair trimmed with gold, so your guest of honor can truly feel like a princess.

Planning a Sweet 16? Hurricane Productions offers several all-inclusive media and entertainment packages to suit your needs. Let us help you and your daughter plan the perfect birthday celebration. Request a quote or check out our pricing page for more details.

Rylee's Sweet 16 - Razberry's Banquet Center

Rylee celebrated her Sweet 16 at Razberry's Banquet Center, an elegant Hunterdon County event venue located in Frenchtown. The ballroom was decked out in royal blue for Rylee's special night, from the table settings to the birthday girl's gorgeous gown.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment and photography services for the evening. Our photographer, Corynn Egreczky took portraits of Rylee, her family, and her court on the grounds at Razberry's Banquet Center. The venue's gazebo and water fountain provided a beautiful backdrop for outdoor shots, while the lobby served as the perfect spot for indoor photos.

During Rylee's celebration, MC Robbie Padovano entertained the crowd with giant glow sticks and a dry ice cannon. Hurricane set up intelligent spotlighting and royal blue uplighting to match the event color scheme. We also designed a personalized graphic for Rylee and displayed it on two LED TV screens on the dance floor. As an add-on service, Rylee and her guests enjoyed the use of an attended photo booth throughout the evening.

Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive media and entertainment packages for Sweet 16s, Quinceañeras, and Mitzvahs. Check out our pricing page for more details, or contact us to request a quote.

Julianna’s Beauty and the Beast Themed Sweet 16 - The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset

On the night of her Beauty and the Beast Sweet 16, Julianna looked like she stepped right out of a fairytale. Her off-the-shoulder gold ballgown, hairstyle, tiara, and red rose were perfect replicas of Belle’s ensemble. With her look complete, Julianna was ready to celebrate an enchanted evening with family and friends at The Palace at Somerset Park.  

Located in Somerset, New Jersey, The Palace features neo-Palladian white patios and columns, beautifully landscaped gardens, and opulent ballrooms, all of which provided the perfect setting for Julianna’s event. Her decor incorporated small touches from the Disney classic animated film, like roses in bell jars, a shimmering candelabra for her candle ceremony, and even a small plush Beast on the candy buffet table.

Julianna’s family opted for Hurricane Productions’ Media & Entertainment package, a suite of all-inclusive services to make any celebration even more special. Photographer David Constantini took portraits and candid shots of the birthday girl and her guests, while Markus Robinson captured the evening’s highlights on video. Nate Hawley worked the DJ booth and emcee Robert Padovano kept the crowd entertained with his signature larger-than-life personality.

To enhance the atmosphere of the Sweet 16, lighting director Nick Nittoli set up intelligent spotlighting and uplighting to match Julianna’s decor. Hurricane Productions also created a custom photo montage and animation displayed on LED TV screens, and a Name in Lights wall projection. Julianna’s guests also enjoyed using a custom-designed Snapchat geofilter and attended open air photo booth.

Learn more about Hurricane Productions’ media and entertainment packages on our Sweet 16 pricing page, or reach out to us for an event quote. If you’re looking for more Sweet 16 theme ideas, here’s what some of our past clients have done.

Anesha's Sweet 16 - The Gran Centurions

The Gran Centurions in Clark, New Jersey is known for its Colonnade Ballroom. This elegant event space features a white tiled dance floor, mirrored wall panels, and exquisite chandelier -- the perfect backdrop for Anesha's teal princess-themed Sweet 16.

Anesha's family hired Hurricane Productions to provide media and entertainment services for the event. DJ Nate Hawley and MC Robbie Padovano kept the birthday girl's guests on the dance floor. This dynamic duo also helped coordinate a variety of musical and dance numbers performed by Anesha and her court.

Photographer Ashley Szymczyk and videographer Tyler Ajamian captured the entire celebration and its performances. Ashley also took family and solo portraits on the beautiful grounds of The Gran Centurions. Anesha later received a feature-length video of her Sweet 16 highlighting the most important moments of the evening.

As part of their all-inclusive package, Anesha's celebration also included a personalized projection to match her theme and custom venue lighting design by Director of Operations Nick Nittoli.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment packages for any special occasion, including Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras. Check out our pricing pages or request a quote for more details on our customizing our services.

Make an Entrance to Remember With Custom Projection Mapping

The "grand entrance" is a highlight of any special event.

The DJ plays a song, often chosen by the guest of honor, while the emcee announces that person's arrival into the room. This moment serves as the official kickoff to a reception, so it's important to make it as memorable as possible.

At Olivia's Bat Mitzvah, the birthday girl certainly made an entrance her guests will never forget.

Hurricane Productions' Strato Doumanis designed and programmed a projection mapping display to run as Olivia entered the ballroom at The Addison Park in Aberdeen, NJ. The projection mapping was fully customized to work with the layout of the room, and synced up with the song "Olivia" by One Direction. In this video, you can see Olivia's custom Bat Mitzvah entrance in action:

Your event possibilities are endless with projection mapping.

Projection mapping combines cutting-edge software with digital animation skills to turn any physical space into a dazzling canvas. For a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Quinceañera, or Sweet 16, this technology allows for a completely customized experience with details that are unique to your celebration.

A projection mapping display can incorporate words, colors, icons, images, and music that are special to your guest of honor. The result is a stunning visual and audio experience that will captivate your guests and keep them talking long after the event ends.

The Hurricane Productions team is no stranger to projection mapping. Our sister brand MediaCutlet has worked on several corporate and university projects that leverage this technology, including a curved wall display for an Audi dealership, a staircase display for a Rutgers University athletic awards banquet, and a 60-foot playable Pac-Man game projected onto the wall of a library.

We are always excited for opportunities to bring our projection mapping skills to our clients' private events. If you want to make your grand entrance something truly special with a custom projection mapping display, contact us today to discuss your vision.

Hurricane Productions also offers all-inclusive media and entertainment packages for any special occasion. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details. 

Empower Your Teen to Plan Her Sweet 16 with Hurricane Productions

For many girls, there's no birthday party more special or memorable than her Sweet 16 or Quinceañera. It's a day dedicated entirely to her, with family and friends gathered to celebrate the young woman she's become.

Of course, before the big day, there's the lengthy and sometimes stressful Sweet 16 planning process. Because her parents are booking -- and paying for -- the event, the birthday girl may feel like she doesn't have as much say as she'd like in her celebration.

At the same time, planning a Sweet 16 or Quinceañera for your daughter can be overwhelming. Not only are there countless details to address, but you also have to make sure a crowd of teenagers and older family members will both have a great time.

When you book Hurricane Productions for your daughter's event, we empower her to plan her own party. She has her own vision of her birthday celebration and she knows what kind of entertainment she and her friends will enjoy. Here are just a few things we do to make it easy for you to delegate the Sweet 16 planning process to the guest of honor:

She can get insights from someone who's been through it.

It's important that your teen talks through her musical tastes and vision with her Sweet 16 DJ and MC. However, the DJ entertainment industry tends to skew male -- and while we love our guys, your daughter probably wants a fellow female perspective. Our General Manager, Chelsea Rutkowski, personally communicates with every client throughout their planning process. The birthday girl can reach out to Chelsea if she has any specific questions or just wants a second opinion about some details of her party.

She has a direct contact to her DJ and MC.

Chelsea facilitates direct connection between your daughter and her DJ and MC for her Sweet 16. At some DJ companies, you have an initial consultation with the manager, sign a contract, and don't talk with the actual DJ or MC until you finalize the playlist. We believe in having your birthday girl meet the team who will be working the DJ booth at her party.

Whether you book Robbie, Alvin, Nate, or one of our other talented entertainers, you and your teen will have a chance to speak with her DJ and MC to get a sense of their personalities and musical styles. Entertainment can make or break a party, so this direct communication helps ensure your team is a good fit for the crowd at your daughter's Sweet 16 or Quinceañera.

She can use our online planning portal to customize her day.

Our clients love how easy it is to use our online planning portal. Your teen can log in and select the musical genres she wants played at her party, set her "must play" and "do not play" lists, and designate special songs for her Father-Daughter dance and/or candle ceremony. Meanwhile, you can use the portal to manage your contract and payments in just a few clicks.

Let Hurricane Productions help you and your teenager through the Sweet 16 planning process. Check out our all-inclusive entertainment, photography, and videography packages for Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras, or contact us directly for a quote.

Kate Spade Inspired Sweet 16, The Imperia

The playful yet sophisticated designs of the late Kate Spade are beloved by women across the world.

Many American girls even considered buying a Kate Spade handbag as a “coming-of-age ritual,” a “status symbol,” and a “token of adulthood.”

In keeping with this idea, Brianna chose to make Spade’s designs the center of her themed Sweet 16 celebration. Her friends and family gathered at The Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey for an evening of food, fun, dancing, and the inspiring ethos of Kate Spade.

Before her reception, Brianna posed for formal portraits taken by Hurricane Productions photographer Corynn Egreczky. The birthday girl wore a pastel pink embroidered ballgown, while much of her family and Court donned formal black and gray attire.

Later in the evening, Brianna changed into a gold embroidered mermaid-style dress to finish out her celebration.

Brianna and her family decked out The Imperia’s Cristal Ballroom in Spade’s classic design colors: black, white, and gold with splashes of pink. Hurricane Productions created a custom Snapchat geofilter, LED TV-displayed animations, and a Name in Lights projection – complete with a spade icon – as part of Brianna’s Photo & Entertainment package. The Name in Lights design was also used on custom t-shirts worn by Brianna’s Court.

Brianna’s Sweet 16 entertainment team included DJ Nate Hawley and emcee Robert Padovano. When guests weren’t dancing under the intelligent spotlighting, uplighting, and club-like dry ice cannon, they were using the attended open air photo booth to create memories of their own.

Want Hurricane Productions to help you celebrate your next special event?

Visit our Sweet 16 pricing page or contact us for a custom quote. Or, if you’re looking for more Sweet 16 theme ideas, check out what some of our past clients have done.

Raissa's Sweet 16 - The Gran Centurions - Clark, NJ

It was a night to remember for Raissa, her friends, and her family, some of whom traveled all the way from the Philippines to celebrate her 16th birthday.

The Colonnade Room of The Gran Centurions, an elegant Union County event venue in Clark, New Jersey, was transformed into a pastel paradise for this Sweet 16.

Raissa included her mint green and pink floral theme in all the details and decor of her celebration. Pink rose string lights and flower pom-poms adorned the tables. The birthday girl, her family, and her Court dressed to match the color scheme. There was even a tree with teardrop tea light ornaments, which Raissa later used in her unique candle lighting ceremony.

In Filipino families, young women traditionally celebrate their “debut” into adulthood at age 18.

The birthday girl performs a choreographed dance with her hand-selected Court. Then she waltzes with 18 special males in her life, each of whom gives her a single rose. Raissa and her family adapted this tradition with a rose ceremony, which included her father and grandfather.

Hurricane Productions helped set the mood for this special event with intelligent spotlighting, colored uplighting, a photo montage and custom animations displayed on LED TV screens, and a Name in Lights design projected on the wall.

Raissa also had an attended open air photo booth and custom Snapchat geofilter.

As part of our Media & Entertainment Package, Raissa’s Sweet 16 was captured in photos and video by Corynn Egreczky and Markus Robinson. DJ Nate Hawley kept the music playing while emcee Robert Padovano engaged guests on the dance floor and even posed for selfies with the crowd.

To learn more about the media and entertainment services Hurricane Productions offers for special occasions, visit our Sweet 16 pricing page or contact us for a custom quote.

Gabriela's Bilingual Sweet 16 - Costa del Sol - Union, NJ

At the elegant Costa del Sol in Union, New Jersey, Gabriela celebrated a very special birthday surrounded by many friends and family members. Her red-and-gold, bilingual Sweet 16 was filled with food, fun, and culture. Hurricane Productions was there every step of the way to make sure her evening went off without a hitch.

Gabriela came to us for an English and Spanish-speaking entertainer. She wanted someone who could make her Bolivian and Columbian relatives feel as welcome as her local friends and family. She found this in our emcee Ralphael. Gabriela's entertainment team also included DJ Alvin Gay, whose Cuban family roots and musical background made him a perfect fit for this event.

With her Photo and Entertainment package, Gabriela also received a photographer, a photo booth, and lighting by Director of Operations, Nick Nittoli. As an add-on service, Hurricane Productions created a photo montage set to music, and played it live during the event.

Before the party started, the birthday girl posed for outdoor portraits with her family, taken by our photographer Jasear Thompson. Gabriela looked stunning in her rhinestone-embroidered red ballgown and diamond tiara fit for a queen. Costa del Sol's beautiful landscaping, water fountain, and rock garden provided the perfect backdrop.

Gabriela kicked off her celebration by honoring her heritage. She wowed her guests when she performed traditional Bolivian and Columbian dances with different family members. Ralphael and Alvin then welcomed guests onto the dance floor, and kept Gabriela's friends and family dancing throughout the night.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for special events. To learn more about our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages, contact us or visit our pricing page.

5 Awesome Sweet 16 Snapchat Geofilters

What do you do when you're at a special event? You take pictures and share them on social media, of course.

For teens and young adults attending Sweet 16 and Quinceañera celebrations, this often means posting pictures and videos on Snapchat throughout the evening. Now, imagine how much more personal and special those Snaps would be with a "branded" geofilter designed just for the party.

As part of our Sweet 16 Social Package and higher, Hurricane Productions creates a customized Snapchat geofilter for guests to use during the event. These filters, which are typically tailored to fit the theme and color scheme, create a fun and unique way for friends and family to share their experiences of your celebration.

Here are a few of our favorite designs from past Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras to inspire a custom Snapchat geofilter for your event.

Sparkle and Shine

Sweet 16 Snapchat geofilter

This geofilter put the "jewel" in Julianna, with her name stylized to match the stones on her tiara and gown.

Meet Me In Paris

Sweet 16 Snapchat geofilter

For Jennifer's Paris-themed Sweet 16, the Eiffel Tower and a romantic Paris street sign made the perfect filter for her guests' Snaps.

The City (and Party) That Never Sleeps

Quinceanera custom Snapchat geofilter

Sydney's Quinceañera featured a geofilter decked out with the Manhattan skyline, complete with a glowing full moon and the Statue of Liberty.

Psychadelic Snaps

Sweet 16 custom Snapchat geofilter

Guests looked pretty groovy when they used the geofilter for Catherine's sixties-themed Sweet 16.

Luxury and Elegance in a Snap

Sweet 16 custom Snapchat geofilter

Inspired by luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co., Claudia's celebration featured a Snapchat geofilter designed to mimic the company's iconic "Tiffany Blue" box with white ribbon.

Check out more of our Snapchat filters in action:

In addition to your custom Sweet 16 or Quinceañera geofilter, our Social Package also includes multi-screen displays around your dance floor, streaming live Instagram photos using your hashtag and personalized graphics created by our design team.

Visit our pricing page or contact us to learn more about our all-inclusive media and entertainment services for your special birthday celebration.

Great Sweet 16 Theme Ideas to Inspire Your Celebration

A Sweet 16 theme can transform the standard ballroom at your event venue into a magical backdrop for a unique and unforgettable celebration. It sets the tone and ambience for the evening, and can touch every element of your event, from your attire and décor to the cake and favors.

While many birthday girls choose a special color as their theme, some go all out and incorporate world cities, pop culture, or their heritage into their party. If you're looking for Sweet 16 theme inspiration, look no further than these recent Hurricane Productions events:

Masquerade Sweet 16

Masquerade balls have been popular for centuries, and have long been associated with wealth, class, elegance, and mystique. Melanie’s masquerade celebration was a modern Sweet 16 with elements of the traditional quinceañera. The classic masquerade mask, which some of the guests wore during the evening, was incorporated into the birthday girl’s custom Name in Lights display, designed by Hurricane Productions.

Beauty and the Beast Sweet 16

Sabrina Ann blowing out her Sweet 16 Candles at the Ria Mar in South River, NJ.

From her Belle-inspired ballgown, to her birthday cake topped with a Belle-and-Beast silhouette topper, Sabrina Ann's Sweet 16 at Ria Mar was all about Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." A blue and gold color scheme, red rose décor, and a Disney-style custom Name in Lights and Snapchat filter from Hurricane Productions tied Sabrina Ann's theme together.

Indian-Inspired Elephant Sweet 16

At Samantha's Sweet 16, held at The Excelsior, the birthday girl highlighted her favorite symbol of good luck and fortune: an elephant with an upward-facing trunk. Inspired by the mythology behind the elephant, Samantha celebrated Indian culture at her event with traditional sarees and henna body art. Hurricane Productions also created a custom animation based on her theme.

Great Gatsby Sweet 16

New York in the 1920s was all about glitz and glamour, and what better way to celebrate that era's opulence than with a "Great Gatsby"-themed Sweet 16? For Nicolette's celebration, Brooklyn's Gargiulo's Restaurant was decked out in black, silver, and gold, while the birthday girl stood out in her gorgeous red ballgown. With a sophisticated cake and custom animation to match the color scheme, Nicolette's evening truly brought this classic American novel to life.

Princess-Themed Sweet 16

If you can't choose just one favorite princess, why not celebrate with them all? Juliana's Sweet 16 at Bridgewater Manor celebrated all of the birthday girl's favorite fictional royalty, from her Cinderella-carriage centerpieces and castle-topped cake, to her Tinkerbell-inspired ballgown and shoes. Aside from her castle-and-tiara custom animation, the most magical part of Juliana's event was an outdoor paper lantern send-off.

You can check out some more incredible themed celebrations we've been a part of over the years in our Sweet 16 portfolio. Popular themes include ParisArabian Nights, and Nightclub, but there are plenty of unique ones, like Winter in MoscowVictoria's Secret, and Caribbean.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for all special occasions, including Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras. Visit our pricing page or contact us to learn more about our all-inclusive packages for your special birthday celebration.

Princess Themed Sweet 16 at River View Banquet Center – Berkeley Heights, NJ

Many little girls dream of being a princess when they grow up.  Ashley Bausch got to live the royal fantasy at her princess-themed Sweet 16 celebration.

Ashley's family and friends gathered at the River View Banquet Center, an elegant venue in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey that boasts a "rustic ambiance and charm." The birthday girl wore a rhinestoned, corset-back, baby blue ballgown, while her family and court were dressed in varying shades of blue. Ashley’s two-tiered, blue-and-white birthday cake perfectly complemented her color scheme and featured a Cinderella-style shoe as the topper.

Hurricane Productions' director of operations, Nick Nittoli, helped transform the River View Banquet Center's ballroom into one fit for a modern princess. As part of our Media & Entertainment Package, Ashley's event included Twin Totem lighting, colored uplighting, a photo montage, custom animation displayed on a 42" LED TV screen, an open-air photo booth, and even a personalized Snapchat geofilter for guests to use throughout the night.

With the atmosphere set, DJ Nate Hawley provided the evening's entertainment, while MC Robbie Padovano kept the crowd engaged. Photographer Jasear Thompson and videographer Tyler Ajamian captured all the highlights of Ashley's big night, providing her and her family with lasting digital memories of this special celebration.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for all special occasions, including Sweet 16s. Visit our pricing page to learn more about our all-inclusive packages, or contact us for a quote to customize your event.

Central New Jersey Sweet 16 Venues

For many families in the tri-state area, hosting a big, memorable celebration for their daughter's 16th birthday is a rite of passage. It's her night to feel like royalty – she's dressed in a ballgown and tiara, surrounded by family and friends who are there to celebrate the incredible young woman she's become.

Your little girl only turns 16 once, and it's important to find a venue that can create the event she's envisioned. Hurricane Productions has been a part of hundreds of New Jersey Sweet 16 celebrations over the years, and we've discovered some event spaces that pull out all the stops for this very special birthday.

In alphabetical order, here are six Central Jersey Sweet 16 venues we love working at.

Bridgewater Manor (Bridgewater)

Bridgewater Manor aims to provide high-end service for its social events, small or large. Each event is assigned a personal party manager to oversee every detail, including white-glove table service, special décor, tent setup for outdoor parties, and even group activities. The Manor's Sweet 16 Party Package includes a 30-minute hors d'oeuvres cocktail reception, your choice of display stations, and a sundae bar plus tiered birthday cake. Mocktails and a chocolate fountain can be added to your package for an extra-special touch.

The Imperia (Somerset)

Your guests are sure to be impressed when they walk in and see The Imperia's signature double staircase welcoming them to your daughter's Sweet 16. Each of this venue's three gorgeously decorated ballrooms can be divided into separate areas to create the perfect layout and room size for your party. In addition to excellent service and ambience, The Imperia also offers phenomenal outdoor backdrops for family portraits, including its private stone patio, waterfall garden, marble gazebo, and benches.

Knob Hill Golf Club (Manalapan)

At Knob Hill Golf Club, your guests will enjoy a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with a fantastic view of its sprawling golf course. Its beautiful ballroom can accommodate up to 175 guests, and the menu options are seemingly limitless. Knob Hill's affordable Sweet 16 Package (less than $40 per person) includes butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, a plated salad, a choice of three entrees and a side, and a sundae bar or custom cake.

Pines Manor (Edison)

If you're hosting a large celebration for your daughter's 16th birthday, Pines Manor is a great choice. This conveniently located, exquisitely decorated venue can effortlessly accommodate up to 1,500 guests, offering a customizable menu and impeccable service. Add sophisticated "finishing touches" such as ice sculptures, fruit carvings, floral arrangements, imported silk wall coverings, and damask linens.

Sterling Gardens (Matawan)

Sterling Gardens is perfectly picturesque before you even step foot inside with its newly renovated gardens, stone pathways, water fountain, and white pergola. When you pass through the elegant double French doors to the ballroom, you'll find a tiled dance floor with an enormous, sparkling chandelier above it. The Sterling Gardens Sweet 16 package includes custom colored uplighting, your choice of up to five delectable food stations, a customized tiered cake, and your choice of two additional dessert stations.

Windsor Ballroom (East Windsor)

Located in the Holiday Inn East Windsor, the elegant Windsor Ballroom offers endless options to personalize your event. The "Sweet Teen" package includes LED Hollywood lighting in your choice of color, a pre-party hors d'oeuvres reception, specialty fare stations, and a custom sheet cake and sundae bar for dessert. Add a Signature Mocktail, personalized printed menu cards, fitted modern chair covers, and more. Discounted hotel accommodations for guests are available.

Of course, the venue is just one element of your daughter's big day. To make her Sweet 16 unforgettable, you need a top-notch media and entertainment team to keep the party going and capture every moment of the celebration.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of event services for all special occasions, including Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras. In addition to providing a DJ/MC, photographer, videographer and lighting, we can also create personalized graphics, integrate Instagram and Snapchat features, and set up a photo booth to take your event to the next level.  

Contact us or visit our pricing page to learn more about our all-inclusive service packages.

Christina's Sweet 16 Celebration - Edison, NJ - The Pines Manor

The ballroom at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey, was decked out in teal, purple and blue to celebrate Christina Raspa's Sweet 16. The birthday girl, dressed in a gorgeous turquoise ballgown, was surrounded by her friends and family for an evening of food, fun and great times, and Hurricane Productions was there to help them celebrate.

Christina's family opted for Hurricane's Lighting Package, which included full ballroom uplighting and Twin Totem lighting to match the color scheme, as well as full sound system entertainment for the evening. Lighting director Nick Nittoli set up two UV cannon lights to create a club-like atmosphere.

DJ Nate Hawley kept the music playing, while MC Robert Padovano engaged with the crowd. Robert made sure everyone was having a great time, and even took some fun selfie videos out on the dance floor.

When Christina's guests weren't dancing the night away, they were having a blast in the enclosed photo booth provided by Hurricane Productions. Guests donned hats, glasses, signs and other silly props for truly memorable photo keepsakes from Christina's big night.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for special events. To learn more about our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages, visit our pricing page.

Hurricane Productions Nate Hawley - Official Rutgers Football and Wrestling DJ

If you know anything about Hurricane Productions, you know that we have a longstanding relationship with Rutgers University. Many of our staff, including founders Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis, are alumni, and our team frequently works with the university to provide media and entertainment services for its sporting and student events.

What you may not know is that our go-to DJ for many of these events is also a Scarlet Knight himself. In 2014, Nathan "Nate Tunes" Hawley was a sophomore studying Information Technology and Informatics at the State University when he began working for Hurricane Productions as a student DJ. Today, he is known across campus for spinning tunes at a variety of Rutgers Athletic events, including football games (he's the "Official DJ of Rutgers Football"), wrestling matches, and gymnastics meets.

But Nate isn't just a sports DJ – this talented young web developer and electronic musician also knows how to start a party. Raised on classic house vinyl, Nate has brought his multi-genre musical knowledge to many Rutgers Student Affairs events, as well as the annual Rutgers University Dance Marathon and Club Alex events. On the weekends, Nate frequently teams up with Emcee Robert Padovano to DJ many Hurricane Productions private events.

Learn more about Nate Hawley and the rest of the Hurricane Productions team here.

Keerthana's Sweet 16 - Royce Brook Golf Club - Hillsborough Township, NJ

Singing. Dancing. Comedic skits. It's not a variety show; it was Keerthana's Sweet 16!

It was a spectacular celebration of family, music, and culture for Keerthana's birthday at the prestigious Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough Township, NJ.

Several of Keerthana's family and friends prepared musical numbers and choreographed dances to entertain guests throughout the evening. The lineup included contemporary pop songs, traditional Bollywood-style dances, a father-daughter musical duet, and a routine by Keerthana and her court. It's easy to see where Keerthana, who represented New Jersey in the National American Miss pageant, inherited her talents.

Keerthana herself also gave a special solo performance of Adele's "When We Were Young."

Hurricane Productions set up gorgeous lighting effects to match Keerthana's pink and purple theme setting the stage for the songs and dances. MC Robert Padovano set the pace for the event, introducing important individuals and performances, while Nate Hawley provided additional entertainment as the evening's DJ.

Later in the night, one of the performers, Swarali, even taught the crowd a few dance moves!

Photographer Corynn Egresczky and videographer Markus Robinson were there to document and preserve the event for the Family. Corynn took portraits of the birthday girl with her family and friends with Royce Brook's gorgeous grounds as the backdrop, snapped photos of Keerthana's elegant décor, and captured incredible motion shots of the live performances.

Markus recorded highlights from the evening – including the performances, touching speeches from Keerthana's family, and the candle ceremony – and edited them together into a two-hour digital keepsake.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for special events.

To learn more about our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages and pricing, click here.

Rachel's Sweet 16 - Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, NJ

This NJ Sweet 16 transformed The Old Tappan Manor into a pink and gold paradise as Rachel's family and friends gathered in honor of the birthday girl.

Rachel and her family had a clear vision for their event.

They wanted an elegant look with an over the top party atmosphere. Rachel, her court and her family wowed guests with several choreographed dances throughout the evening.

By choosing a package that included Spotlighting and Dance floor lighting, Director of Operations, Nick Nittoli was able to bring the ballroom to life and added a professional feel to her performance. The package also included a custom "Name in Lights" display, and personalized animations displayed on two screens to add ambiance to the room.

Rachel and her family also chose to have a videographer and photographer to capture the whole event. Hurricane Productions media professionals were there throughout the event to capture portraits, candid shots, and video of Rachel's party taking advantage of the Old Tappan Manor's gorgeous grounds and incorporated the facility's gazebo, landscaping, and rock waterfall into the backdrop of Rachel's photos.

When they weren't playing music for the impressive routines, DJ Nate Hawley and MC Robert Padovano had everyone up and on the dance floor giving the family the party atmosphere the family wanted.

 

 

Lantern Send off at The Bridgewater Manor

Juliana celebrated her Sweet 16 like royalty at the Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Most little girls dream of being a princess – and sometimes, they grow up to become one, even if just for a night at their Sweet 16.

To bring her Disney princess theme to life, Hurricane Productions and other vendors provided personalized elements.

  • Cinderella Coach Centerpieces
  • Gorgeous Castle-topped Cake
  • Candle holder Juliana's name written in Disney lettering
  • Tinkerbell-inspired Ballgown and Shoes
  • Custom Graphics and Lighting Design by Hurricane Productions

Hurricane Productions helped bring Juliana's celebration to life with entertainment, lightingphotography, and videography. Director of Operations, Nick Nittoli set the ballroom aglow with cyan uplighting, twin totem lighting, and animated screen graphics to match the princess theme on large LED TVs.

MC Robert Padovano kept Juliana's friends and family on the dance floor, while Hurricane's media team captured portraits, candid shots and filmed moments throughout the night.

What made Juliana's Sweet 16 particularly magical was the lantern send-off at the end of the night.

The birthday girl and her guests went outside to light paper lanterns and released them into the night sky.

Great Gatsby Themed Sweet 16 - Gargiulo's Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY

Although "The Great Gatsby" took place on Long Island, Nicolette Torani and her family brought F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel to life in Brooklyn, New York.

On a warm summer evening, Nicolette celebrated her Great Gatsby-themed Sweet 16 at Garguilo's Restaurant with the help of Hurricane Productions.

From the décor and dress to the cake, this event was all about classic 1920s flair but with a modern twist. Hurricane photographers captured portraits of Nicolette, her family, and her court – who were dressed in sleek, era-appropriate black, gold, and silver outfits – as well as solo shots of the birthday girl under Garguilo's gorgeous outdoor gazebo.

MC Robert Padovano lead the entertainment team, keeping her friends and family on the dance floor throughout the night. To match Nicolette's elegant red ballgown, lighting tech Nick Nittoli set up red and amber full ballroom uplighting, as well as twin totem uplighting and two 42" screens displaying a custom animation based on the event's theme.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of entertainment and media services for special events. To learn more about our Sweet 16 packages, visit our pricing page or request a quote.

Personalized Snapchat Geofilter for your Sweet 16 or Quinceñera

When you celebrate your Sweet 16 or Quinceañera, your event should be as unique and special as you are. You already know your friends will be sending Snaps from the dance floor all night, and with a personalized Snapchat geofilter by Hurricane Productions, everyone will know that your party is the place to be.

When you book an entertainment package with us for your Sweet 16 or Quinceañera, Hurricane will design and deploy a custom-made filter during your celebration. Whether you want to incorporate your name, your colors, an elegant border or a themed icon, we'll work with you to create the perfect frame for Snapchat photos and videos taken at your party. The result? A filter that instantly enhances and brands your guests' Snaps, and highlights your event on social media in a fun and unique way.

Here are just a few ideas of what we can do for your Snap filter:

A custom Snapchat geofilter is included in your price when you book our Social Package or higher. Visit our pricing pages to view our full list of Sweet 16 and Quince packages.

Ariyana's Sweet 16 Cruise on The Cornucopia Destiny in Hoboken, NJ

Ariyana's family chartered Cornucopia Cruise Line's Destiny yacht and invited her friends and relatives to set sail from Hoboken's 14th Street Pier and celebrate her special day.

Blue was the color of the evening, as Ariyana's two elegant dresses, cake, décor accents, and full ballroom uplighting all reflected the hues in the water. Hurricane Productions videographer Markus Robinson filmed the highlights of Ariyana's cruise, while photographers captured fun candids on the dance floor, as well as formal shots with the breathtaking New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop.

DJ Nate Hawley and MC Robert Padovano got the party started and provided entertainment throughout the entire event. Guests of all ages danced the night away to the favorite tunes of Ariyana and her family. Hurricane's lighting director Nick Nittoli arranged for Twin Totem lighting, uplighting, and a "Name in Lights" display to set the tone for the celebration, while a custom photo montage of the guest of honor played during dinner. Ariyana's friends and family were also able to enjoy a fun open-air photo booth to create some memories of their own.

Visit our pricing page for more details on our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages. To check Hurricane's availability for your day, please send us this short form.

Samantha's Indian-Inspired Elephant Sweet 16 at Excelsior in Saddlebrook, NJ

The Excelsior in Saddlebrook, NJ was transformed into an Indian-inspired wonderland for Samantha's celebration.

Samantha donned an elegant red and gold saree and beautiful henna body art for her special day. The ladies in her court, who also wore traditional sarees, were dressed in gold, blue and purple, while the rest of Samantha's guests wore black, creating a visually stunning color contrast on the dance floor.

In ancient folklore and Indian mythology, an elephant with its trunk facing up signifies good luck and fortune. This symbolic elephant, a favorite of high schooler Samantha Demayo, became the focal point of the décor when she celebrated her Sweet 16.

Hurricane Productions made sure that every aspect of the evening went off without a hitch. DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robert Padovano kept everyone on their feet, while Hurricane photographers captured portraits and candid shots of the guest of honor with her friends and family.

The red full ballroom uplighting and twin totem lights perfectly complemented Samantha's red, white and gold color scheme. Samantha also opted for a custom animation based on her theme, which was displayed on 42" TV screens for her guests to enjoy.

Need media and entertainment services for your daughter's Sweet 16? Visit our pricing page for package details, or request a quote for custom pricing.

Sabrina's Beauty and the Beast Sweet 16 - Ria Mar in South River, NJ

It was a tale as old as time: Sabrina Ann celebrated her Sweet 16 with a magical celebration, surrounded by her family and closest friends.

Hosted by the Ria Mar in South River, NJ, Sabrina Ann's Beauty and the Beast-themed affair featured Entertainment, Lighting, Social Media Integration and Photography provided by Hurricane Productions. Lighting director Nick Nittoli set the mood with spotlighting and beautiful blue full-ballroom uplighting, which perfectly complemented the blue and gold color scheme.

Sabrina Ann's court gathered under her Disney-style name in lights for professional photos by Mike Slagter, while her guests enjoyed their own photo fun with a customized Snapchat filter and an open-air, white backdrop photo booth. Two 42"-screen TVs prominently displayed Sabrina Ann's custom name design on the dance floor, where MC Robert Padovano and DJ Nate Hawley kept the birthday girl's guests dancing through the evening.

Get more details and pricing for Sweet 16s.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, request a quote or call 888-393-7066.

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