I Never Had a Sweet 16

Let us know what wasn't so sweet about your 16th birthday. What would you do if you could? 474 People

    I didn't do much for my sixteenth birthday.

    I was at a church retreat the week before, the Tuesday after we came back was my birthday. We sang and passed around a barrel of cheesepuffs in the showers. I had barely recovered from my first and most terrifying bout with depression. For my actual birthday we went out to eat...
    BuzzFanatic BuzzFanatic
    18-21, F
    Feb 13, 2015

    The Way It Is

    my life before i was 18 was a waste of time, now im alive and happy, sweet 16 is only a modern myth - a fairy tale, nice thought but not at all important
    Donalh Donalh
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 8, 2008


    after all it's a party. you'll have it, spend the money, take the pictures, then you'll move on.. 4 yrz later i don't regret it. never will. somethings you get in life, some you dont. but life WILL go on.
    lostprophet lostprophet
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Apr 24, 2009

    Nothing Was Fun About My Sweet 16

    Since my birthday falls right on Chirstmas Eve. None of my friends could ever celebrate with me in person, they were always getting ready with their families for Christmas. So I had to stay home. I didn't get any presents. I had to help with Chirstmas too. : I've only had a few...
    RiuChan RiuChan
    18-21, F
    Sep 11, 2012


    i had a party for my 14th, the first party id had since i was 5.  it wasnt big, but we acctually had ppl over... so my mom told me i could have a big party for my 16th, but as it rolled around, nothing was said, and when i asked, i was told it wasnt that big a deal... so we...
    destiny420 destiny420
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 15, 2008


    It is a birthday I will always remember.  I spent mine in the hospital.  I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it has been almost 10 years.  It was on a Wednesday.  That Monday was presidents day, so no school, but I was feeling like $hit and slept...
    J21883 J21883
    26-30, F
    Jan 13, 2009

    I never wanted a birthday party like.

    ...ever It's not like my family was able to afford it. plus it's just 16
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2015

    It's my sweet 16 in 3 days

    and my dad doesn't want to spend a single cent on my b'day. You can't throw a party without spending any money. My mum's not to excited 'bout it either. It's gonna be my sweet 16 and I'm homeschooled too... It may not mean a lot for everyone, but its only once in a lifetime...
    nikkitank nikkitank
    16-17, F
    Oct 11, 2015

    I had to cancel my sweet 16

    because the FD needed me to come help out because of chemicals in the water no one could drink it so we had to pass out bottle of water to the public in the middle of a snow storm :/ So yeah it was the day of my sweet 16 so I had to cancel and help them. The money I got for my...
    DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt DeterminedToMakeLifeWorthIt
    18-21, F
    Aug 17, 2014


    There's a story about it floating around here somewhere...but basically my 16th birthday sucked. 17 was better though. :)
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Oct 14, 2008

    I watched my worst enemy have the sweet 16 I

    wanted since I was 7 , my parents could have afforded it , but were too busy spending money on themselves , so selfishly I spent my 16th birthday at a karaoke bar with parents and a few friends , when I have social anxiety , and I almost had a panic attack.
    bulldog987 bulldog987
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 21, 2014

    Not Really

    Unless standing on the side of Ben Nevis after 4 days of walking, with another 2 days of the same ahead of you, freezing your **** off, counts as sweet.   i did wake up to a tent full of balloons though, and my friends arranged my breakfast of instant mash potato to say...
    Tesse Tesse
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 9, 2008

    My 16th party was horrible.

    I invited 20 people and 5 people showed up. I didn't have the cake of my dreams; I didn't even have a cake. it was suppose to Halloween theme but I didn't have time to cook, clean and put up all the decorations by myself. at the end of the party, I was sitting on the couch as my...
    katmagnet katmagnet
    16-17, F
    Feb 13, 2015

    Planning It Now...

    my sweet 16 is on 9/11 and its goin to be sooooooooooo great its pretty big with about 80 ppl..(its a per plate thing) my mom is spending a ton on it !!!!not braggin though...jus happy
    stix4 stix4
    1 Response Jul 25, 2009

    My 16th was my first birthday aftet my mom died,

    I don't really remember what we did but I got my dog a little bit after that, I was never really into parties.
    Amani7 Amani7
    18-21, F
    Jul 4, 2015

    No Sweet Sixteen For Me Either

    I never had a sweet sixteen ,i never got on with my mother at the time and i was a mother myself and had to grow up early.But i dont regret it either.
    lillilou lillilou
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Dec 9, 2008

    I had my 16th birthday a little

    while ago. All I did was get more piercings XD
    AnarchyOfAthena AnarchyOfAthena
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 12, 2015

    So I just turned 16 there really wasn't a party

    or anything I got my hair and nails done but that's about it I had fun ho
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2015
    MrLazyCloud MrLazyCloud
    18-21, M
    Jun 18, 2015

    It Was Never Gonna Happen.

    My dad was constantly drunk, my so-called friends never really showed an intrest in me, my mum was never really in my life and we didn't have the money to do things like that you know? In some ways i wish i could've had one but i sometimes wonder whether i would have been...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 30, 2012


    No. I never had one. Partly because I was too scared. Partly because I didn't want one. & partly because I only had one friend at the time. We also had very little money & my mom wouldn't have been able to afford anything. I don't even know if I got any presents or a cake that...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings
    31-35, F
    May 9, 2010

    None of My Teen Years Were "Sweet"

    At 16 I had quit school, had no friends, was broke, fat, & bullied..... Actually at 16 I was well on my way to being suicidal.... Yeah I LOVED my teens.... Wyn
    deleted deleted
    Apr 12, 2009

    No, It Wasn't In the Cards

    I never had a 'Sweet 16' party. Not any kind of birthday party that year. However, I did enjoy it. I enjoyed it cause my Mother and I spent the day together. We when to the mall. Went to all the dress shops and shoe stores, where I helped her decide on some new outfits to buy...
    Josie06 Josie06
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Oct 14, 2008

    I don't remember what I did

    for my sixteenth birthday. I didn't want a party, but my mother finally let me get my ears pierced. so that was cool I guess -_-
    ASadCatNamedNadia ASadCatNamedNadia
    18-21, F
    Feb 22, 2015

    Family Issues...

    I was supposed to have a big party with my family and friends for my sweet 16. However, one of my little cousins got hit by a car just before I was getting ready to call everyone. I had called a couple people, then soonafter had to call back and cancel the invitations. My parents...
    shadowxmagic shadowxmagic
    16-17, F
    1 Response May 22, 2008

    Sweet 16

    Everyone makes a big fuss out of your sweet sixteen but the fact is half of the people don't get a sweet sixteen, i never did. I don't regret celebrate it in a big way, because i don't like making a big thing out of something, but a sweet sixteen would of been nice. Now it's to...
    ConfusedKitty ConfusedKitty
    16-17, F
    1 Response May 7, 2010

    Although this was my choice.

    My family is too judgmental of my friends and I didn't want to be around that. So, I decided not to have one.
    SomethingGrimm SomethingGrimm
    16-17, F
    Jul 26, 2014

    Just Another Number

    Birthdays have never been big in my family once you get past the first one.  I remember inviting friends over once, the rest of them have always been family gatherings. But hey, I'm not complaining.  I hate the fuss that goes into it and I don't think I would have...
    axelval axelval
    18-21, T
    Apr 5, 2009

    I did not see the point of it

    as it is not a big deal in England. However I had 3 parties for my 18th.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616
    Jun 4, 2015

    Worst Party Ever!

    My mother tried to do the loving thing, to throw me a birthday party for my sweet sixteen. It was a nice gesture, but she mistakenly thought five girls were my friends and invited them to my party, along with my two good friends. :-/ It was horrible! The five girls sat in the...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Dec 9, 2008

    I wanted one to enjoy with friends

    and family and old friends. A great memory, nothing extravagant but the teen party experience. I told my mom years ahead like 2-3 years so she could "save" up but she blew it off, ignored me every time. Now she claims she feels bad about it. Every birthday she "didnt" have money...
    FutureVet2014 FutureVet2014
    18-21, F
    Jun 18, 2015

    Happy BDay, we are getting a divorce!

    Great for me because I got away from mom but I didn't get s BDay that year. Was sweet 16 and never been kissed that whole year...
    teadiva teadiva
    31-35, F
    Jan 12

    Never Really Wanted One

    I've never been very social, I've never really liked big birthday parties for other people even. Almost all of my birthday parties only had my family there and they were never big events. Whenever I used to watch My Super Sweet Sixteen, I always thought "Who the heck would want...
    HappyJalopy HappyJalopy
    18-21, F
    Dec 22, 2012

    Bleeding 16

    My birthdays are always surrounded by  rock music and gothic bands and stuff like that, so I decided to have one sweet 16 as my other birthdays but with more details and decoration. But as it turned out, they failed my year and made me now re-do my 11th grade and my birthday...
    GothicFlower GothicFlower
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 5, 2011


    Yah.. I honestly don't even remember what I did or what happened on my 16th birthday. Most of my birthdays were full of horrible times so I think I blocked most of them out. One day I woke up and I was 25. That's all I really account for. The rest didn't happen =P I...
    mimsy2 mimsy2
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 10, 2008

    A Sweet 16 is a coming of age

    for a young lady. On this special day in her life, she gets a small or big party, wear a gown, and shares her day with close family and friends. When I was 15 (2001), I had a notebook that was filled with phone numbers and addresses of venues, party favors and music I wanted...
    LadyL31786 LadyL31786
    26-30, F
    Mar 2

    I Only Remember My Twenty-first...

    Aside from never having a sweet sixteen, I have never had a birthday "party". My biological mother never gave me a special birthday party, so I don't even have memories from any birthdays aside from my twenty-first birthday, because I had to literally FORCE people to take me out...
    SoulSucker SoulSucker
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 30, 2011

    I Never Had A Sweet Sixteen, But Hot Damn...

    So? Nu? Am I supposed to be  unhappy, that I didn't have a SWEET SIXTEEN? Hell no, not  me!! say I.. I;m looking so much more forward to my 58th, party or not, so there.. But, I sure as hell won't mind my party, until it's my 100th!!   thank you...
    chipperchick chipperchick
    56-60, F
    6 Responses May 8, 2010

    Nope - Nothing Happened

    When it comes to a Sweet Sixteen birthday party, it's important to a girl. When I saw what my mama did for my sister, Darla's Sweet Sixteen, I couldn't wait to get my Sweet Sixteen party. For my sister's 16th birthday, my mama had taken her out of school early, they went to lunch...
    Dimples87 Dimples87
    26-30, F
    16 Responses Nov 16, 2008

    It's my sweet 16 tomorrow

    and I'm sitting in the corner of my room crying like a baby. I was planning a bowling party for 5 of my closest friends. But one of them had to ruin it. I called the party off. I was never much of a girl, I know this sounds like petty girl drama, and it might be. I didn't even...
    itsyan itsyan
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2015

    Sweet 16 and Never Been...

    If there's one time in my life I could have a do-over, it would be my 16th birthday. It's supposed to be this big thing. Crossing over into womanhood. Learning how to drive, or getting your first car. Really starting to take your first steps out into the world. I, unfortuantely...
    caitilie caitilie
    41-45, F
    1 Response Dec 10, 2008

    Grew Up Poor

    I was working by the time I turned 16. I never knew my biological father, and had a really hard childhood. I was independent at 15, and had no family close by. A sweet 16 wasn't even a thought for anybody in my life.
    Amnibo Amnibo
    31-35, F
    Sep 11, 2012

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