Including your daughter in the party's budget discussions will help her understand why you can say yes to some requests and have to say no to others. The size of your guest list will likely be affected by your budget.
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In most cases, the more people your daughter invites, the more the party will cost. Some families save up to host a big bash, inviting or more boys and girls. She might be happiest getting together with a close group of friends for a concert or a day at the spa. Choosing a date and venue can be a challenge depending on where her birthday lands on the calendar.
If it happens to fall around Christmas or during other busy times of the year, you'll need to plan accordingly. Depending on where you live, there should be a variety of possible venues available. If you're stuck or everything is booked, consider your backyard or ask around for ideas from family, friends, and co-workers.
Some venues to consider include:. Your daughter may think she's too old for a party theme, but it can be fun and more grown-up than the princess parties she's enjoyed in the past. These are some fun ideas for teen party themes if you want to go this route:. For instance, if she rides horses, you can go with an equestrian theme. If she loves to read, base the theme on her favorite novel. Watch now. A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy. Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that. Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down. A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend. Bachelor and all-round slob Buck babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith. Samantha's life is going downhill fast.
The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her.
Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. As weird as it may sound, "Sixteen Candles" is an important film. It's true: a film about a high school girl who has a nightmarish sixteenth birthday played a significant role in shaping movie comedies as we know them today.
To start with, "Sixteen Candles" was written and directed by John Hughes. Hughes had written a couple films prior to this one for the group National Lampoon's, namely the classic comedy "National Lampoon's: Vacation. Why is this of any significance? Well, Hughes followed up this film a year later with a little movie called "The Breakfast Club. He's the father of 80s comedy and the grandfather of comedy as we know it today. So how does this all ring true in "Sixteen Candles"?
To start, the film takes place in the span of 48 hours. That seems insignificant, but how many classic teenage comedies take place in a short time span? The model even holds true with today's films like the praised Apatow Productions film "Superbad. The real contribution of this movie is its depiction of the teenage lifestyle.
Samantha is a typical teenager with typical teenage thoughts and problems on her 16th birthday. Molly Ringwald is a name no one forgets despite her only major films being this and "Breakfast Club" because we see a little of our teenage selves in her candid performance. With Hughes help to create such a real concept getting neglected by her family on her birthday , Ringwald communicates all those dizzying year-old emotions and issues like self-confidence, being misunderstood and of course hopeless romance.
The film is one of the first to take what "Animal House" did for college movies and apply it to the high school scene, being unafraid to handle the sex and drinking and generally irresponsible behavior. While this idea has since exploded into untold number of movies both good and awful, what makes it stay fresh today is that it doesn't over-stereotype. There are nerds and popular girls and what have you, but Hughes doesn't play up that hierarchy. Sam's love interest, the seemingly unattainable Jake Ryan doesn't have jerk-off friends pressuring him not to fall for the unknown quiet girl.
While the believability there isn't the film's strong suit, it's not as weak and cheesed up as similar films that followed it. The best part of "Sixteen Candles" is how unmistakably real it is. The family drama and goofiness that plays out the story takes place the day before and of Sam's sister's wedding and the family's in town is so dead on. We all have grandparents like Sam's that treat us like they treat Sam. We all have embarrassing but necessary conversations with our parents, even if we don't like seeing them on the screen either.
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Hughes taps into our inner or depending outer teenager with sacrificing the humor of the whole situation. If nothing else, "Sixteen Candles" could provide anyone with a camera and some confidence to create a movie. This is proof that movies about life in the suburbs can in fact be done well. Complimented with a killer soundtrack, freshmen who look like year-olds paying money to see women's underwear, some great cars and plenty of empty cans of "Old Style," "Sixteen Candles" is classic in every sense of the word.
There's no denying that it's cheesy and most of the acting is poor outside of Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall also of "Breakfast Club" as the socially courageous geek who is a sweetheart of a troublemaker. Oh, and appearances by the young Cusacks.
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