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Old 07-16-2013, 08:43 PM
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Ok, odd question: I know other areas HAVE sweet 16s because of MTVs "my super sweet 16". But...are they common?

I just realized I've never seen any of the teens I know in other states talk about or share pictures of sweet 16 parties. Here, they're a huge deal. Most girls (I'd say about half) have very large formal parties at a rented hall. I've even heard quite a few stories of parents taking out loans to fund them (same with weddings, I don't think that's common though). Most high schoolers attend at least a handful of these parties.

I've heard people say it's a Long Island thing, but I thought they were just being pretentious...but now I'm wondering, what are 16th birthday parties like elsewhere?
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:49 PM
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My 16th was just like any other birthday...
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:53 PM
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Yep mine too, no big party, well not an organized one by my folks anyhow, my friends and I partied.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:54 PM
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I got my very own plastic pitchfork with my initials carved on the handle for my sweet 16. I think I should have made my parents watch that MTV show before it.

I have never known anyone who has had anything more than a normal party for their sweet 16. It just isn't a thing in this area, I don't think.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:02 PM
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Mine was normal. Usually not a big deal unless you're getting a car.

15 is a big deal here as we have a lot of Mexicans. The girls get all dolled up and it's a very formal event. They love to party
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:32 PM
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I never had birthday parties... my 16th was no different.

Whenever I watched that show on MTV I always just figured it was a rich person thing, didn't think region had anything to do with it. I don't know anyone who's had a party like that.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:38 PM
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I had a soccer tournament on my 16th birthday, then my parents took me out to dinner (same as any other birthday).
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:40 PM
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It's not a thing here. Like Southpaw, I always kind of assumed it was a socioeconomic thing rather than a regional thing, though.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:03 PM
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I had a sweet sixteen "kickback" more than a party. My family got a bunch of my friends together and we all sat out in the back yard eating pizza, drinking pop, playing guitar and singing, and then my dad handed me the keys to the truck we'd spent a year restoring together. I went to a friend's super formal sweet 16, but I liked mine better.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:29 AM
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I don't think it's an economic thing...even the middle/lower middle class girls here have them. One of my close friends who grew up with very very little had one, her mom saved up to rent the VFW hall on a weeknight and made her dress. Kids who had them at home still had formal dress codes and DJs or bands, catering, etc.

A lot of my wealthier friend's sisters instead took a vacation with a few closer friends...but honestly that doesn't seem like it could be much more costly than some of the parties.

I wonder how the tradition developed. Not everyone has one, my 16th birthday was about 10 friends playing foosball in my basement.
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