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Light up the night

A sixteenth birthday is an important mile-marker. It's a time when your child starts to believe she is all grown up, while you can't believe how grown up she is. After you are done basking in the nostalgia of training wheels, first days of school and car drives where she was confined to the passenger seat, consider celebrating the special day with a scrapbook-worthy party she and her guests won't ever forget.

A deejay is a staple for any sweet sixteen - they are still kids teeming with energy, so let them dance while you and the rest of the parents sit back and enjoy their adolescent vivacity.

Flourescent fun
Step the party up and add a visual component to the event with a glow-in-the-dark theme. Purchase or rent some black lights and give the guests a variety of fluorescent objects that they can wave and wear as they get down on the dance floor - these can range from simple glow sticks to necklaces, bracelets and novelty items such as sunglasses and hats.

Eat and drink
Keep the theme going with the birthday girl's cake using glow-in-the-dark frosting. There are a variety of recipes out there that use tonic water - a key ingredient that glows under a blacklight due to the quinine it contains. Everyone at the party will be working up a sweat so make sure they stay hydrated with a chilled supply of gatorade and custom labeled bottled water for birthday parties and celebrations. Serve other sodas and fruit juices in personalized birthday paper cups.

Get crafty
If the venue you choose permits it, add some more color and creativity to the mix with blacklight body paint. Consider passing out white undershirts so clothes don't get ruined. A large tarp on the dancefloor as a defense against a mess might also be a good idea. To have something for the birthday girl to remember the night by, hang up a white bed sheet and let all the guests sign it with blacklight paint. The guest of honor can then take it home and hang it up on her wall and enjoy everyone's well-wishes with her own blacklight bulb.

Invite some parents and family friends along to chaperone the party and let them feel youthful again with their own glow sticks and body paint.