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Sweet 16s, Quinceaneras, Bar Mitzvahs, and Bat Mitzvahs

Sweet 16s, Quinceanera, Bar Mitzvah, or a Bat Mitzvah are a huge day for your child. They are transitioning from kid to adult. And it is a very overwhelming time. You feel so many mixed emotions; excitement, sorrow, pride, and the list goes on and on. The last thing you want to worry about is finding a venue and a proper menu for your child’s special day. However, Chez Vous Caterers are here to help, we have partnered up with three amazing venues in order to make your party planning process, effortless.

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NYC Arts Cypher

The NYC Arts Cypher is the perfect place for the teen who is creative and loves art. The cypher is covered in graffiti and offers services such as break dancing for your guests, a spray paint t-shirt station, and your teen can even get dancing lessons before their big day to wow their guests with their moves.

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Eve Ultra Lounge

If your teen is into modernism and wants something classy and chic, then the Eve Ultra Lounge is the place for them. Eve is a night club located on Arthur Kill Road and they host a lot of parties. The lounge has two areas, the massive main room which has enough room to fit every person you know, and their VIP area upstairs which is sure to make your teenager feel like a celebrity. Eve even has a massive outdoor entertainment area outside.

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Edgewater Hall

Edgewater Hall has been in business for thirty years and has seen their fair share of birthday parties. This classic space has three different floors and is perfect for any trendy teen in your life. Each floor has its own chic attitude, the space can truly bring any theme to life.

NYC Arts Cypher, Eve Ultra Lounge, and Edgewater Hall are just a few of our favorite places to cater parties at. Whatever the theme of your party is, these locations are sure to fit it. And did we mention that these places are perfect for any parent that is budget conscious? I believe that is what the kids these days are calling #winning.

Tips on How To Plan a Super Sweet 16

A Sweet 16 is a party to mark a teenage girl’s passage to early adulthood. In some cultures, a more formal event is held to welcome the girl into another stage of maturity in her life and the society. It is also often referred to as a “coming out” ceremony.

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For most girls, turning Sweet Sixteen is an important part of her transition into adulthood, and is considered a close second to her wedding. That is why planning a Sweet Sixteen birthday party is something that should not be taken lightly as just another birthday party.

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Pre-planning: 2 to 3 months before the party

Planning a Sweet Sixteen party can take a lot of time depending on how detailed you want the party to be.

  1. Decide on a date. The date doesn’t have to fall exactly on the day of the birthday. It can be after. Make sure you consider the holidays and schedule accordingly. You don’t want an empty birthday party.
  2. Select your venue. Picking a location for such a big event can be a daunting task. You need to keep in mind how many guests you’ll be having and of course your budget. Aside from a ballroom or party hall, you can use your yard, a local park, or a community center.
  3. Who will be attending? While some girls want an intimate party with just close friends and family, some will want a big, elaborate one. Be sure to plan out in advance the guest list.
  4. Send save-the-dates notice. Since the big bash is months away, it’s a good idea to send a save the date magnet first so the guests will not plan anything on that date.
  5. Order an appropriate Sweet Sixteen invitation. Once you finalize the venue, date, and guest list it’s time to order your sweet 16 invitations

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Planning the Details: 2-8 weeks before the party

During this phase of the planning you’ll be taking care of the important details of the party. You many need some help so don’t hesitate to ask for one.

  • Theme – pick out a theme that will make the party unforgettable for the birthday girl as well as the guest. Be sure to ask her opinion as she might already have something in mind. Young girls can be very creative!
  • Food – this is where most of your budget will go. You can have the event catered or have a home-cooked buffet. If the event is at a restaurant, then be sure to check the menu ahead of time. Don’t forget to order the cake.Indian-Food buffet
  • Entertainment – a sweet sixteen party is not complete without a program that honors the birthday girl. Plan out a few games to entertain all the guests. Hire a DJ to play some of the most favorite music of the birthday girl. This will give everyone a chance to dance and have a good time.DJ
  • Party favors – a good hostess will never let the guests go home without a sweet 16 party favor. It can be something edible like  sweet 16 candy jar or chic like mini favor purposes. Options are endless so be sure to match the favors to the style and personality of the birthday girl.candy jar

 

Searching for caterers for your next sweet 16? Give us a call today for a quote at (718)-720-0900. We’ll be happy to help you plan your next event!

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Fun “Mocktail” Drink Recipes for Super Sweet 16 Party

“Mocktail” Drink Recipes for Super Sweet 16 Party

Looking to plan a Sweet 16 Party? Take a look at some of these fun, delicious alcohol- free drink recipies that will turn any party into a hit.

Daddy’s Little Princess Shirley Temple:  Ingredients – 6 fluid ounces lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage.  1 dash grenadine syrup.  1 maraschino cherry.  Directions– into a tall glass, pour soda and grenadine over ice.  Add cherry and straw.

Pink Goddess Raspberry Fizzler:  Ingredients – 1 1/2 cups of raspberry juice.  3 scoops of raspberry sherbet.  1/2 cup of carbonated water.  Directions – In a blender, combine raspberry juice, raspberry sherbet, and carbonated water.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve.

Lipstick Smudger Tornado Twist:Ingredients – 12 fluid ounces of cranberry-raspberry juice.  1 can or bottle of lemon-lime carbonated beverage.  Directions – In a pitcher, mix cranberry-raspberry juice with lemon-lime soda.  Pour over ice and serve.

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My First Car Mock-Sangria: Ingredients – 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage.  1 cup instant tea powder.  2 oranges sliced into rounds.  1 lemon sliced into rounds.  3 cups ice.  Directions – Pour the lemon-lime soda into a punch bowl, and stir in the instant ice tea.  Float the orange and lemon slices in the punch, and add ice. Serve immediately.

All-Over Glitter Mock-Champagne:  Ingredients – 2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled.  1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled.  1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled. Directions – In a large punch bowl, combine 1 bottle ginger ale, pineapple juice, and white grape juice.  Pour into glasses and serve.

If the Crown Fits Virgin Daiquiri:  Ingredients – 3 1/2 ounces frozen strawberries.  1/8 cup ice.  1/2 fluid ounce sweet and sour mix.  1 dash grenadine syrup.  Directions – Place strawberries, ice cubes, sweet and sour mix, and grenadine in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add more or less ice depending on your taste.

Lime Green Feather Boa Italian Soda:  Ingredients – 8 fluid ounces carbonated water. 3/4 ounce passion fruit flavored syrup.  3/4 ounce watermelon flavored syrup.  1 fluid ounce half-and-half cream.  Directions – Fill a tall glass half full with ice.  Fill to 2/3 with carbonated water.  Pour in watermelon and passion fruit flavored syrups, then float the half-and-half cream on top.  Stir when ready to dink.

16 Candles Virgin Pina Colada: Ingredients – 1 cup ice.  1 1/4 cup pineapple juice.  1/2 cup milk.  1/2 heavy cream.  2 tablespoons white sugar.  Directions – In an electric blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, milk, cream, and sugar.  Blend until smooth.

Shopping Spree Screwdriver:  Ingredients – 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen concentrated grapefruit juice. 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen cranberry juice concentrate.  1/4 cup coconut milk.  9 cups cold water.  Directions – In a 6 quart container, combine concentrated grapefruit juice, concentrated cranberry juice, and water.  Put about 1 cup of juice and coconut milk in food a blender. Blend until smooth and pour back into main juice mixture.  Chill at least 2 hours. Serve in punch bowl or pitcher.

Banana Boat River Float: Ingredients – 3 bananas.  3 cups fresh grapefruit juice.  2 cups lemon sherbet.  1 cup crushed ice.  Directions – Puree bananas in a blender.  In a gallon pitcher combine pureed bananas, grapefruit juice, lemon sherbet and crushed ice.  Stir and serve.

Beach Sunset Mojito:  Ingredients – 1/4 ruby or pink grapefruit cup into chunks, and seeds removed.  2 tbs. agave syrup or honey.  12 fresh mint leaves.  1/2 cup pink grapefruit soda.  Directions – Put grapefruit pieces, agave, and mint in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, smash the fruit until the juice is released. Add one cup small ice cubes to the shaker with the half cup soda; shake well.  Add more ice if desired, and top off with additional soda.  Stir and garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

Virgin-Pink-CosmoBirthday Girl Virgin Cosmopolitan:  Ingredients – 1 1/4 cup water.  1/4 cup honey.  6 hibiscus tea bags (recommended:  red zinger).  Juice of 1 lime.  1/2 cup coconut water. 1-2 cups diet lemon-lime soda chilled.  Directions – Boil water and honey; stir to dissolve honey.  Remove from heat and add the tea bags.  Seep the tea for 4 minutes, remove tea bags and let mixture cool completely .  Pour tea mix into cocktail shaker and add one cup ice.  Pour in coconut water and lime juice, and shake well.  Strain into 4 martini glasses and top off with lemon-lime soda.  Serve immediately.

Berries on the Beach:  Ingredients – 1 cup berries (whichever is in season works fine; blueberries work best).  1 tsp lemon juice.  2 tbsp honey.  1 cup soda water.  Directions – Add berries, lemon juice, and honey in a blender and mix until smooth.  Add soda water and plus until combined.  Pours into glass and serve.

Ball Gown Spritzer:  Ingredients – 1 liter soda water chilled.  1/2 cup elderberry flower syrup, chilled.  1 lime juiced.  1/3 cup blackberries.  1/4 cup mint leaves, bruised.Directions – Whisk the soda water and elderberry syrup with the lime.  Stir in blackberries and muddled mint leaves.  Serve immediately. (Also works well with lemon juice and strawberries).

Tiara Topper Peach Bellini:  Ingredients – 2 ounces peach nectar, juice, or puree.Sparkling apple cider, chilled (to taste).  Directions – Coat the rim of a champagne glass with flavored sugar.  Pour in the nectar and slowly add the cider until the glass is full.

Masquerade Mystery:  Ingredients – 2 ounces coconut milk.  3 ounces pineapple juice.  3 ounces mango juice.  1 small banana.  Directions – Pour juice and coconut milk in a blender.  Peel and add the banana.  Blend for 10 seconds.  Pour in a large glass and serve with a straw.  Garnish with a slice of pineapple on the rim.

The Sweet 16 Arnold Palmer:  Ingredients – 5 fluid ounces lemonade.  5 fluid ounces ice tea.  1 cup ice.  Directions – Combine lemonade and ice tea into a tall glass.  Add ice and stir until chilled.

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Mango-Tango Dance Party:  Ingredients – 1 mango peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks. 3/4 cup orange juice.  1/4 cup lime juice.  2 ice cubes.  1 1/4 cups club soda. Directions – Puree the mango in a blender until smooth.  Add the orange and lime juices; blend until smooth.  Add the club soda and ice cubes.  Pulse the blender until the ice cubes are crushed and ingredients are blended.

Mommy’s Little Girl Choc-Tini:  Ingredients – 1/2 cup chocolate milk.  1 cup mint-chocolate chip ice cream.  4 ice cubes.  Directions – Pour ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.  Coat inside of glass with chocolate syrup.  Pour mixture into glass. Garnish with candy cane.