Sweet Sixteen Party Ideas in Baltimore, MD

by Eric Ervin

Baltimore, which is Maryland's largest city, is home to venues that are ideal for hosting a sweet 16 birthday party. The sweet 16 party marks an important milestone in a child's life. Although mostly considered an event for young girls, boys are increasingly acknowledging the 16th birthday party as important, too. However, most people will drop the "sweet" when planning a birthday event for a boy.The "Sweet 16" birthday party is a celebration of your teen entering young adulthood.

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Let's Party

The 16-year-old birthday mark is a time to celebrate with friends. Host a sweet 16 party at a Baltimore reception hall. The 1840s Plaza (1840sballroom.com) has four event spaces available for a base four-hour rental period. Additional half hours and hours are available. Catering, entertainment, decorating and photography options are also available. The Elm (the-elm.com) can host birthday parties for up to 145 guests. In 2000, "Baltimore City Paper" named this venue as the best place to have a party. Catering, DJ and decorating services are offered for an additional fee.

Dining Out

A birthday is a good reason to eat a favorite meal. For a sweet 16 birthday party in Baltimore, host a private dinner at your child's favorite restaurant. Amiccis Little Italy (amiccis.com) has a party room that can accommodate more than 75 guests. Staff will customize food and drink options for your party. Obrycki's Crab House and Seafood Restaurant (obryckis.com) offers three food and drink options for private parties. Staff can also customize menus. Parties take place in a private dining room which is available for three hours.

Game Play

For 16-year-old game lovers, host a party at an arcade or bowling alley. Ultrazone Laser Tag (lasernationeastpoint.com) has two daytime party packages that include laser tag, pizza, beverages, invitations, paper cups and plates and private party room. Options include goody bags, birthday cake and video game play. Ultrazone also has an overnight party package that includes unlimited laser tag, use of the entire venue until 8 a.m. the next day, music, board games and use of a television and DVD player. Video game play, food and beverages are available at an addition charge. Patterson Bowling Center (pattersonbowl.com) offers parties that include unlimited bowling for guests. Shoe rental is available for an extra charge. According to its website, Patterson Bowling Center is the oldest operating duckpin bowling alley in the United States.

On the Water

Baltimore's location makes it ideal for entertaining on the water. For the 16-year-old who spends more time on water than on land, charter a party boat. Spirit Cruises (groups.entertainmentcruises.com) can customize a party that includes food, beverages, entertainment and decorations. Guests can take a swim in the swimming hole at Milford Mill Park and Swim Club (swimpark.org). The park also features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, picnic areas, volleyball court, rope swings and zip lines. An indoor reception hall is available for rent.

About the Author

Eric Ervin has more than 10 years of experience as a print journalist, having worked at newspapers and magazines in Alabama, Texas and Georgia. His work has been published in the "Houston Press," "Houston Chronicle" and "Mobile Press Register." Ervin received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of South Alabama.

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