In many families, the 16th birthday is a sort of coming-of-age for teens. The perfect party location can make a 16th birthday even more special. In the Spartanburg area, there are plenty of options for teens with all sorts of interests, from the sophisticated teen to the laid-back, fun-loving teen looking for a casual party with friends.
The Davenport (230 Trade St., Greer; eventsatthedavenport.com), only five miles from Spartanburg, is a historic downtown building dating back to the late 19th century. The venue is a full-service event hall with decorating, catering and DJ services available. The Davenport Center can host parties from 20 to 200 people, and its hardwood floors and antique chandeliers set a formal tone for a fancy 16th birthday party. Tables, chairs and linens are included in the rental fee, and the venue is flexible enough to fit a variety of tastes.
For an enjoyable, laid-back party, Paradise Lanes Family Entertainment Center (469 E. Black Stock Rd.; paradiselanesfec.com) offers teen "cosmic bowling parties." Party packages include pizza, bowling, balloons and invitations. During cosmic bowling, the lights are turned down low and live DJs provide music for dancing. Cake and candles are not included, so make sure to bring your own.
The Oakland House
The Oakland House (168 Oakland Ave; epicureancateringhouse.com) can provide the venue for a sophisticated teen's birthday party. Along with a traditional reception hall, Oakland House offers high-end catering in downtown Spartanburg. The guest of honor can choose from dozens of appetizer choices, from stuffed mushrooms to Vietnamese prawn chips, adding an adult flair to a 16th birthday.
Croft State Natural Area
Croft State Natural Area (southcarolinaparks.com) is a perfect party location for the nature-minded 16-year-old. Picnic shelters are available for rent to serve as a party base. Boat rentals are also available for fun on two area lakes, along with several miles of biking and hiking trails. For an extended party, the campgrounds make it possible to stay overnight or for a whole weekend.
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