Places to Hold a Sweet 16 in Delaware

by Lauren Griffin

For many teenage girls, a Sweet 16 birthday is a good reason to celebrate. Big birthday bashes are held throughout the country, including in tiny Delaware. Luckily, the state of Delaware is home to a variety of venues, from ornate ballrooms to low-key parks, ensuring that a girl's Sweet 16 celebration can suit her individual preferences, making her day truly special.

Ballrooms and Conference Centers

The large spaces offered by ballrooms, conferences centers and other similar venues are a perfect fit for large Sweet 16 celebrations. Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington ( and the University of Delaware in Newark ( both offer spacious ballrooms that ensure that even the biggest bashes are not too cramped. With their ornate interiors, shiny dance floors and delicious catered food, hosting a Sweet 16 at a ballroom promises to be a classy affair.

Cultural and Artistic Locations

Sixteen-year-olds looking to give their guests a more cultural or artistic experience have a number of venues to pick from in Delaware. Teens who love art can throw a party at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington ( Celebrate over an impressive coral reef or surrounded by beautiful scenes of wildlife at the Delaware Museum of Natural History ( The Hagley Museum and Library, also in Wilmington, boasts luscious lawns, historic buildings and spacious interiors that are well-suited for teens who want to eat, dance and celebrate a birthday in a gorgeous venue rich with history (

Bowling Alleys and Skating Rinks

Some 16-year-olds prefer to celebrate their event with a low-key fiesta, having fun with their friends as opposed to a lavish affair that includes dining and dancing. For an entertaining evening of retro fun, celebrate at one of Delaware's bowling alleys, such as Bowlerama in New Castle ( or Brunswick Zone in Dover or Newark ( Other teens can strap on skates and show off their skating moves at an ice rink. With a party planned at a rink such as the Dover Skate Center ( or The Pond in Newark (, athletic teens can have a blast skating, dancing and spending time with their friends.

The Great Outdoors

Rather than packing the party inside, celebrate a Sweet 16 in the great outdoors. The Delaware coastline offers stunning beaches that make a beautiful location for a range of Sweet 16 celebrations, from a formal tent party to a relaxed barbecue and bonfire. A number of Delaware's state parks offer locations to hold an outdoor Sweet 16 in some of the most beautiful spots in the state ( A proper celebration doesn't even have to mean leaving your own home: Try jazzing up the backyard with colorful lights, festive lanterns, exciting music and a spread of food to host your own Sweet 16.

About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

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