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Sweet 16 Parties: Recession-Proof?

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Posted on Mar 22, 2010
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Pretty sweet: In this still from his starring episode on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16,” Justin Combs, son of pop-hop impresario and frequent name changer Sean Combs, rides to his 16th birthday bash with 2010’s answer to Apollonia.

This is good news for the tiara-wearing teen set, perhaps bad news for humanity in general: According to the Los Angeles Times, business is brisk for that sparkly and slightly grotesque niche of the special-events industry that targets adolescents (and their parents, of course) looking to throw down in a big way for sweet 16 parties, quinceañeras and other brink-of-adulthood bashes.  —KA

h/t to Celine Kuklowsky

Los Angeles Times:

People may be cutting back on weddings, but they’re still splurging on their teens, said Lisa Hurley, the editor of Special Events magazine.

“For many people, this is still a milestone event, and you want to give your child that important day,” she said.

Of course, there’s a little pride involved too. Have a 16-piece brass band and dancing ducks at your daughter’s party? There will probably be all that plus penguins tap dancing on bass drums at the next one you attend.

“It’s like the Olympics: Something that’s a perfect 10 one year is nothing the next,” said Rocky Whatule, entertainment specialist at Rock Star Event Entertainment. “It’s a prestige thing.”

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By Sherrie, April 27, 2010 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
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I’m glad to see that parents of all economic standing still want to treat their child(ren) as royality on one day of their lives. I had a “Sweet 16” party that was just a few friends came over. My sister had a larger party with more “scheduled” events. I’m planning my daughter’s “Sweet 16” party now. She wants a tropical theme with a backyard cookout for family and friends. I am considered on the low end of the “middle class”. I intend to make my daughter’s 16th birthday as special as she is! To keep expenses down, it will be held at home and I have already started purchasing items needed 5 months in advance.

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By anaman51, March 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

There will always be enough money on hand to indulge these fantasy rituals of the obscenely rich. The Debutante balls and coming-out parties will continue, and the dancing ducks will be booked solid for the season.

The two previous commentors were unhappy about this article, mostly because it didn’t focus on the daily outrages humans perpetrate upon themselves, but I think this kind of news is just as important because it balances the flow of information to let the rest of us see how the “upper class” spends the money we made for them, working in their hell-hole factories.

The last place I worked, over four hundred men and women worked like dogs for long hours and lousy pay so one extended family could live like Lords to the velvet born. The fact that nothing has changed for them while the rest of us wonder how we’ll pay the rent is definitely something I wanted to know.

I wonder how long it will be before working Americans figure out who their real enemies are.

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By sophielago, March 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment
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rjg1971—most of these parties, especially the quinceañeras for 15 year old girls of Mexican descent, are not given for the spoiled children of
rich celebrities. they are for middle-class kids whoseparents want to pretend for night that that they are rich celebrities and their daughters are debutantes.

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By rjg1971, March 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

It’s good to see that other weighty issues, besides
health care reform, are being taken up on this site.
Like the Sweet 16 parties of the spoiled children of
rich celebrities.

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By Put a real article here.., March 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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The was an ANTI-WAR demonstration in DC this weekend.

Cindy Sheehan took her ‘A Peace of the Action’ group to the White House to confront the Empire…

She was arrested with others as she continues to do our work. Please support her.

This space would have been a great place for that article.

Except she only seems to get trotted out when sites are having their fund-raising drives and they need her to help raise some ca$h..

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