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.

Unforgettable Sweet 16 Themes

Choosing a theme for a Sweet 16 is critical to the overall feel for the party. It can be a stressful experience.

Do you go for something original and creativity or draw your theme from pop culture? Or do you try something more traditional? These are common questions that families encounter when planning a Sweet 16.

Check out these unique Sweet 16 themes 

Paris Theme

To create a truly authentic Paris, France experience at your Sweet 16 it all comes down to the details.

Everything from the music during dinner to lighting decor should create ambience and reinforce the Paris theme.

Great Gatsby Theme

From room décor to dress design, this event was all about the classic 1920s. Even the cake was Gatsby themed. Gold accents, an art deco motif, and centerpieces adorned with faux crystals and feathers completed the theme.

Sweet 16 at Palace at Somerset Park, The - Somerset, NJ

Sarah and her family celebrated her Great Gatsby themed Sweet 16 at The Palace at Somerset Park.

Victoria's Secret Theme

Many girls dream of being a professional model. Briel truly felt like one on the day of her Sweet 16.

By incorporating Victoria's Secret brand elements we were able to easily make Marissa's vision a reality.

Pink lighting, custom graphics, and name in lights with the Victoria's Secret font, all supported the theme.

Mariss'as family even bought Victoria's Secret gift bags from stores around the state for guest party favors.

Masquerade Theme

Melanie's Masquerade Sweet 16 at Hilton Pearl River was a night to remember. She wanted a modern sweet 16 with a hint of a traditional quinceañera due to her family's cultural background.

Ornate masks were provided for all her guests. The masks were arranged on each table for guests to enjoy.

Hurricane Productions provided custom masquerade theme graphics and Snapchat geofilter.

New York City Theme

Brianna brought all the bright lights and energy of the city to her party.

Custom graphics, including Brianna's name displayed on billboards in Times Square's, along with a skyline 'name in lights' created the big city atmosphere Brianna was hoping for.

Tropical Beach Theme

Sofia celebrated her Beach themed Sweet 16 at Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan.

Hurricane Productions provided blue and green accent lighting as well as beach themed graphics to display on screens throughout the ballroom.

Custom tropical themed motion graphics were displayed on large screens alongside streaming social media from Instagram via an event specific hashtag.

Winter Wonderland

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't have a hot party inside!

Kayla's party was decked out in a full-out winter theme complete with a special FX snow machine to compliment her snowflake name-in-lights design.

Halloween Theme

Alexa's family spared no expense for their daughter's Sweet 16.

They rented numerous spooky animatronics and decked the venue out in full Halloween regalia.

Everyone at the party was screaming; not out of fear, but because of the energy on the dance floor.

Arabian Nights Theme

The theme was established with a long regarded symbol of good luck and fortune: The Elephant.

Samantha's Sweet 16 celebrated wearing a traditional saree paired with henna body art.

The room decor featured bold colors including a deep red, cyan, purple, and gold.

Circus Theme

Ashlee had so much going on at her party, it brings unforgettable to a new level.

From contortionists and jugglers, to a grand entrance popping out of an inflatable ball, Ashlee's Circus themed party was extravagant to say the least.

Disney Theme

Sabrina celebrated her Disney themed Sweet 16, with family and close friends at Ria Mar in South River.

A Cinderella Castle name in lights projection was prominently featured in the venue's lobby while custom graphics made use of Disney's authentic fonts and color scheme.

Need help with your Sweet 16?

Hurricane specializes in creating one of a kind experiences for Sweet 16s and other events. Offering a wide array of Sweet 16 services, Hurricane is a one-stop-shop for everything Sweet 16.

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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.

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