Happy Birthday, Sweet 16: How to Plan a Perfect Teen Party

renting a limoKids: they grow up so fast, don’t they? You might vividly remember bringing your daughter home from the hospital, and it seems like only yesterday that she was headed off to her very first day of school. But time has flown by and now she’s nearly 16 years old. In many circles, it’s traditional to celebrate this milestone birthday with a bang.


While there are some parents who are willing to spend thousands on their little girl’s sweet 16 party, most families have more realistic expectations. You’ll want to make this day extra special for her — without going into debt yourself. As long as you cover the basics and make sure her party celebrates everything about your daughter, you’ll be able to throw her a party she’ll never forget. Here are the must-haves for any truly sweet 16.


  • Pick an awesome venue: You don’t necessarily have to book the Plaza to make a great impression. The venue of your choosing can be a local hotel, a movie theater, a favorite restaurant, a local park, or even a nice community center. Wherever you decide to throw the party, make sure you book the venue well in advance. Aim for at least six to eight months ahead of time. That will ensure you won’t have to scramble or settle for your last choice.


  • Finalize the guest list: The reason you decide on a venue first is to ensure the entire guest list can fit inside. If there’s a strict seating capacity, you and your daughter may need to make some tough decisions about who to invite. And even if the venue can comfortably hold hundreds, you’ll probably want to encourage your kiddo to narrow down her choices. She might feel a lot of pressure to invite everyone in her class, but it’s usually best to keep the guest list limited to those who genuinely get along and who won’t cause any drama.


  • Decide on food and entertainment: Food choices (and quantity!) will prove important for teens. That said, you don’t have to go all-out like you would with a wedding. Food choices can be fairly simple and universally appealing. Lessen the potential mess by ensuring most items can be eaten standing up, without utensils. Hamburger sliders or food served on sticks can work well, as can chips and dip, pizza, veggies, fruit skewers, or other small appetizers. For a fun twist, you can serve mocktails or have a sundae bar. You’ll also want to make sure the guests are entertained. You might consider hiring a DJ or even a live band. Many parents will plan to have a sweet 16 at a bowling alley or at a skating rink to ensure the activities are built-in and that no one will be bored.


  • Reserve your limo services: No matter what, you’ll want your daughter to arrive at her sweet 16 party in style. There’s no better way to accomplish that than by renting a limo or securing a party bus rental. If you opt for a party bus, you may be able to offer all attendees a ride. But while limo drivers make approximately 105 trips every week, the seating capacity of these vehicles is typically less. Renting a limo or party bus can add a sense of occasion and excitement. Even if you’re only traveling 10 minutes away from home, being picked up in a limousine will definitely make your daughter and her closest friends feel truly special. As an added bonus, renting a limo can also provide peace of mind for parents.

Interested in renting a limo for your teen’s birthday party? We’ll pull out all the stops to celebrate. For more information, contact us today!

3 Reasons You’ll Be Thankful for Limo Services This November

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November is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about setting the table, cooking the turkey, and entertaining your nearest and dearest on Thanksgiving. While you’re probably eager to make plans about what you’ll serve and where your guests will stay, you might be inclined to forget to think about how you’ll all get around. It may seem obvious — take your own car or their rental vehicle! — but is that actually the best choice? At a time when the streets are congested and everyone is busy celebrating, accidents are more likely to happen. If you want to stay safe and sane during the Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to consider a limo rental instead. Why rent a limo during this time of year? Here are three good reasons.


  1. You’ll be free to party before the holiday: As you may be aware, the night before Thanksgiving is a popular time to head out to your local bar and celebrate with friends from both near and far. The last thing you want to worry about is making sure you have a designated driver who can avoid all of the potential hazards (as well as the increased police presence) on the road. When you opt for limo services, you’ll have peace of mind that everyone will get home safe and sound at the end of the night. Plus, with more than more than 130,000 limousines currently in service around the country, securing this transportation ahead of time will allow you to avoid price hikes and vehicle shortages from ride hailing companies.
  2. You can shop ’til your drop: The day after Thanksgiving is also notorious for a specific kind of chaos. We’re talking about Black Friday, of course. If you plan to head out to the shops and spend like there’s no tomorrow, you shouldn’t have to experience more anxiety than necessary. Even finding a place to park or avoiding a fender-bender can be a real challenge with so many people looking for the best deals. Why rent a limo? You’ll be able to avoid dealing with other motorists yourself and can easily go from one store to another without the headache. While your limo driver can’t control the crowds inside, they’ll at least be able to provide a smooth ride outside. And as a bonus, you’ll have plenty of room for all of your shopping scores in your spacious vehicle.
  3. You can secure airport transportation: When you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your home, you’ll have to coordinate travel schedules for all of your relatives. Although you couldn’t be more thrilled that your family members are coming together to celebrate, having to juggle all the cooking with airport and train pickups can be a real challenge. But if you rent a limo, you’ll be able to check that task off your list. No one wants to navigate the holiday traffic, especially in a new place. Save your relatives the stress of driving themselves and opt for limo services for transport, instead. It’s the perfect way to welcome your loved ones and make sure they arrive in plenty of time for the festivities — or to send them on their way in style and make certain they make their return flight.


Why rent a limo this Thanksgiving? In short, it’ll provide both you and your guests with valuable peace of mind (and a bit of extra excitement, too!). To find out more about renting a limo during the holiday season, please contact us today.

Tips for Choosing Your Party Transportation

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Whether you’re hosting a bachelorette party, planning an after prom, or organizing a corporate event, coordinating party transportation can be a tricky job.

Before booking a random party bus or cancelling the party altogether, do some research to determine the best party vehicle for your event.


To avoid leaving passengers behind, and use this guide to clarify party transport confusion and choose the perfect limo or bus.


Common Party Vehicle Types:

  • Sedans and SUVs
  • Limousines
  • Shuttle Buses and Mini Buses
  • School Buses and Full-Size Party Buses
  • Party Coaches
  • Specialty Vehicles and Trolleys


Which Vehicle Is Right For My Event? Things to Consider


While the first limousines only had a seating capacity of four people, today, limos and other party vehicles can hold 60 passengers or more. Even big events with many attendees can be managed with a few large modern party buses.

Do a Head Count

The first step in determining what party vehicle you need is to figure out how many people will need transportation. Generally, stick to the plus-three rule. If the number of passengers anticipated is ten, look for a vehicle that has seating for at least thirteen. That way, any extra stragglers you pick up along the way will have a chance to tag along. Even if your party doesn’t grow by one or two, your passengers will appreciate the extra leg room.


Generally, large events, like after-prom events, need seating of about 50 passengers. Large events like this can benefit from school bus-style party buses, or motor coaches.


Medium-sized events, like bachelorette parties or corporate event, might benefit from a party bus that seats 14 to 27 passengers.


Smaller events that require fewer passengers, like executive meetings or wedding party transportation, might be best suited for a limousine rental, which can still accommodate over ten people.

Other Considerations

Though it would be nice to plan an event with an unlimited budget, do keep expenses in mind when planning a party bus rental. Regular motor coaches, school buses, and luxury coaches all can carry about the same number of people, so choose the level of comfort that fits your price range and your event.


Finally, don’t forget other equipment or attire that might take up additional space on the bus. A van rental might hold six passengers, but if every passenger is wearing a poofy gown or carrying a cooler, the seating capacity will diminish significantly. Plan for space needed, and not just seats needed.


Planning party transportation doesn’t have to be a headache. Be sure to leave extra space for more people, more stuff, and more fun!

Four Tips For Planning The Best Bachelor Party

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Everyone knows that bachelor parties have something of a reputation to uphold. Some of the best and wildest parties out there, a bachelor party is guaranteed to be a good time for the entire groom’s party. But how can you be sure that your bachelor party is going to measure up and meet the high expectations? Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your bachelor party is unforgettable and one that people will be talking about for years to come.


  • Communicate and plan ahead: Whether you have just a handful of guys or the whole crew for your bachelor party, it’s essential to make sure everyone is communicating and knows exactly when everything is happening. Pick a date early to make sure everyone has time to clear their calendars.
  • Pick the right activity: A lot of bachelor parties will go the classic route of party buses, drinking, and clubs, but that environment might not be for everyone. Pick something that you know the groom is going to enjoy that the rest of the party can still have a good time with.
  • Figure out transportation: For most bachelor parties, you’re going to need someone to drive you and your friends around since there’s a strong chance most people aren’t going to be sober. Even if you don’t want to rent the Midnight Rider (the world’s heaviest limousine and a nightclub on wheels), having a way to all ride together is a good idea. Rent a mini bus or rent a limo, depending on the number of people you have. Limo services will make sure that everyone gets where they’re going safely and in style.
  • Try something new: A bachelor party’s not going to be any fun if the crew does the same thing they always do every time you all go out. Even in a smaller town, there are always fun and crazy new things to try. You want to make sure the bachelor party is a fun memory of a wild time. Stories about this weekend should start with, “Remember when we…” not, “Oh, I forgot about that.”

Looking to make your next big party or event unforgettable? Looking to travel in style? Contact American Limo to rent a mini bus, limousine, van, party bus, and more to make your next event one to remember.