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Traditional 18’s Ideas

The tradition of having the “18s” has been a must for debut parties for years.

It has been customary to have these 18s because it is a way of acknowledging the importance of the people in a debutante’s life.

Being part of the 18s is an honor because it means that the debutante feels that those people have contributed so much in her life. She feels that they have been part of what she is now and what she would become in the future and she would want to show that appreciation by giving credit where it is due.

The original 18s are 18 roses and 18 candles. As years passed, there came the addition of 18 treasures. The 18 roses symbolizes the 18 men in your life who has made an impact in your life. They may be a family member like an uncle perhaps, your godfather, brother or cousin. The 18 roses are also given to guys close to you, close friend, friend or classmate. 18 roses are usually done with the following ways: Your 18s will wait in line for a dance with you or they may also circle you and go toward the center when it is their time to dance. You may also have a different song for every rose or have just one song.

The 18 candles symbolizes the women in your life who are close to you and who you look up to as a role model in your life, those ladies who have been there for you. It may be ora family member, sister, aunt, godmother or cousin or your BFF. It may also be your teacher, a new acquaintance, a new friend, a classmate. The 18 candles are usually called to the stage, light the candle, make a speech and then put the lighted candle on a candle stand near the cake.

The 18 treasures are also 18 gifts, the purpose of which is to symbolize gift giving during a birthday so the 18 treasures are given to well-wishers. The 18 treasures can be for male and females but they are more for people who are older. The criteria is that they should be able to give you something. It may not always be money but since they are already stable, have work, giving you a gift or cash is just a second thing. They are older and wiser so they may give you advise on your journey toward adulthood. They may not know everything but they know something and they will just be happy to share them with you. Remember what they will advise you because that is what is really valuable and that will be your treasure. Usually 18 treasures are also called to the stage to give a speech, give the gift and then make a toast in honor of the debutante.

So, in essence, there is at least three basic 18s. The 18 roses, 18 candles and 18 treasures. The other 18s are just additional and are vague in its meaning. Their names are tweaked in order to adhere to a theme. This article will deal with renaming 18s based on different themes.

Angel Theme

For 18 candles, try 18 angels, 18 good deeds, 18 wings, 18 halos and 18 virtues (your virtues or virtues that you need in your adult life). Ask your 18 candles to choose from this list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtue). For 18 roses, try 18 cotton candy clouds, 18 white roses, 18 harp serenades and 18 angels . For 18 treasures, try 18 heaven’s blessings, 18 blessings, 18 graces, 18 gifts, 18 talents.

Black and White Theme

Like the black and white keys of a piano, for the 18s, you can have 18 ebonies for 18 roses and 18 ivories for 18 candles. You can also have 18 dark chocolates and 18 oreos for 18 roses. You can also have 18 white roses. You will put in black light on your stage, your 18 roses will don black outfits with white gloves so that in an unlit stage with only the black light on, only the gloves and white roses will be seen. For 18 candles, try 18 white balloons and 18 white swans. You can also have 18 glowsticks where your 18 candles will break the stick to make it glow before making a speech. For 18 treasures, try 18 sparkles, 18 gems, 18 jewels, 18 diamonds.

Butterfly themed debut party

For 18 roses, you can try 18 flowers because butterflies love all flowers in general and not just roses.

For your 18 candles, why not try 18 fireflies where before the 18 candles ceremony, you could dim the lights and ask you 18 candles to let their lighted candles dance mimicking a firefly taking flight. You could also put wings on your candles to make it look like a firefly.

For 18 treasures, you could have 18 seeds where it symbolizes the virtues that you need to have in your journey through life. Make sure no virtue is duplicated.

For 18 wines, you could have 18 toasts or 18 champagnes.

Casino-Inspired

For your 18s, try the following:

18 Black Jacks for your 18 roses.

Substitute your 18 candles with 18 rolls of dice or 18 lucky rolls of dice. This symbolizes your guests wishing you luck in every endeavor. It is also like telling you that whatever life gives you, you would be able to handle it.

For 18 treasures, you should try 18 Poker Chips, 18 Vegas casinos, 18 Vegas Roulettes, 18 Jackpots and 18 Casino Royale.

Cherry Blossoms inspired debut party – Zen theme

For the zen theme, try the following substitutes for your 18s: 18 Cherry Blossoms for your 18 roses (go for pink or white malaysian mums or pink carnations for props since they resemble cherry blossoms), 18 japanese lanterns for 18 candles or 18 origamis where your 18 candles have written their speeches on a paper and folded it origami style. They will unfold the origami and read their speech, and 18 bonsais or 18 bento boxes for your 18 treasures/gifts.

Dance and Disco Theme

18 DJs, 18 rappers, 18 street dancers for 18 roses where they will rap or show a dance move before you join in. 18 dance showdowns, 18 hiphops, 18 grooves, 18 dance moves for 18 candles and 18 jazzy styles, 18 funky moves, 18 beat boxes, 18 cool grooves for 18 treasures.

Fairytale Theme

It depends on what fairytale you want. For instance, if you are supposed to be sleeping beauty, then 18 kisses (on the cheek) would not be a bad alternative for the 18 roses or instead of having different songs for your 18 roses dance, you could just have a grand waltz song for all 18 roses and call it The Royal Dance or The Grand Waltz. They would be circling you and would dance in a waltz, each of them cutting off every few stanzas of the waltz song.

Fashion Show / Runway Inspired Party

For a fashion show theme, you can replace your 18 roses with 18 fierce poses and 18 wacky poses, where each of your 18 roses will strike a pose at the center of the stage and then dance afterward. The poses can be funny or fierce – just talk it out with each one of your 18 roses and make each totally different. This will essentially be a photo-op so that you have a picture of all of your 18s. You can also have 18 pictures, 18 cameras and 18 polaroids.

You may also incorporate the fashion show when you are going to do your 18 candles where your friends are going to walk the stage (or a runway if you will be having one), strike a fierce pose and then render their speech.

For the 18 treasures, you can have 18 snag this style, 18 styles, 18 shopping bags where each 18 candles will describe why they chose that style for you or why they thought of you when they bought that gift, etc. You can also have 18 snapshots where your 18 treasures will make a speech and then take a snapshot of you.

Fashion / Gossip Girl Inspired Party / Sex and the City Inspired Party

Since the girls from Gossip girl love to party, you may replace 18 Roses with 18 champagne toasts or wines wherein your 18 Roses will first make a toast then dance with you. You can replace your 18 candles with 18 hats / 18 headpieces or 18 scarves. You may also want to try 18 Gossips where each friend will tell something personal about you. They will then make the guests guess whether such story is true or just gossip. For 18 treasures, you may try 18 fashion styles where they will give you some things that are fashion related like clothes, bags, shoes, etc.

Grecian Theme

For your 18s, you can try these:

  • 18 Torches for 18 candles (reminiscent of the Olympics).
  • 18 Priestesses can also substitute your 18 candles.
  • 18 Wines (because Goddesses love wine)
  • 18 Heroes can also replace your 18 roses
  • 18 Dieties, 18 Gifts to Troy (you being Helen of Troy), 18 Gift Bearers, or 18 Laurels to substitute your 18 treasures.
  • 18 Goddesses can also be used to replace 18 treasures. You can have a different goddess for each. This list of goddesses can help you. Copy and paste this to your browser if the link doesn’t work: http://www.goddess-guide.com/greek-goddess-list.html
  • 18 Guardians for your 18 toasts

Halloween theme

18 spooky events, 18 jack o’ lanterns for 18 candles, 18 scariest things, 18 zombies, 18 scary costumes, 18 tricks and 18 mysteries for 18 roses, 18 treats, 18 candies for 18 treasures.

Hollywood / Grammy / Oscar’s Awards Night

Since Hollywood is all about awards and movies, you can substitute 18 Awards or 18 Statues for your 18 candles (where each will make a speech on why this award was given to you, etc).

For your 18 candles, you can have 18 Clappers where they would say “Lights, camera, action” before they make a speech.

You can also have 18 Awards to replace your 18 Treasures. Your 18’s will have to think of this. For instance, Award for being Miss Congeniality or Miss Talent, or Award for being a very good friend, with reasons why they chose it.) Make sure no award is duplicated. Have Oscar statuettes as props for a total award-winning moment.

For 18 roses, try 18 Movies / Films, 18 Movie Theme Songs or 18 Best Musical Scores where you will be dancing to their respective soundtracks. Songs to be played will be dependent on the movies that you pick. You could also go for the blockbuster movies from the year you were born up to present (making 18 movies in total) and dance to their theme song.

You can also substitute your 18 Roses with 18 Toasts to celebrate your 18 years on earth. The guy will first make a toast, have a speech, then dance with you.

Just for fun, before each dance, pose with your 18 Roses partner in front of a number of extras (actors) posing as paparazzi for the effect that you are a Hollywood star being followed by media men. Of course this can also serve as a photo opportunity for the both of you, so have your photographer take your “stolen” picture as well before dancing with your partner. It would be fun to think of different poses beforehand so that each picture you have with your 18 Roses has a different character from the other.

American Idol Themed Birthday Party

For your 18s, you can go with 18 favorite rock songs, 18 electric guitars, 18 rock bands, etc. If you want to have an American Idol inspired birthday, you can list 18 famous American idol contestants and use that for your 18s.

Your music for your 18 roses dance can be songs that have been played in American Idol. You can pattern your stage to that of American Idol’s and have a singing showdown with some of your 18s after which you will emerge as the winner. You can also do an AVP similar to what is being shown in American Idol when they are introducing the contestants.

Movie House Inspired debut party

For a movie themed 18th birthday celebration, you can replace 18 Treasures with 18 Popcorn Buckets. These 18 popcorn buckets will contain the gifts or treasures that your 18 Treasures want to give you.

For your 18 Candles, you can do 18 Movie Quotes. These quotes can either tell something about your personality or give you an advice about something. The traditional 18 Candles of a Debut is usually given to the debutant’s closest friends who can give an advice to “light” her path. The 18 Movie Quotes can serve this purpose very well.

Just like in the Hollywood theme, you can substitute your 18 Roses with 18 Musical Scores or 18 Movie Theme Songs to dance to.

Moulin Rouge

Replace 18 Candles with “18 CAN-CANdles”. Ask them to imitate a can-can dancer with legs flailing up and down before they make their speech or make them line-up and do the can-can first for a spectacular dance number. Making them wear a can-can costume wouldn’t hurt. This party will definitely be anything but boring.

For 18 roses, you can have 18 sitar players where you will be dancing with the accompaniment of a sitar player (guitar if a sitar is not available). You can also make use of songs from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack for the 18 roses dance.

Masquerade / Phantom of the Opera

“18 Candles” is still appropriate but candles in a candelabra would add more flavor to it. You can call it 18 Candelabras instead.

You can also use 18 Masks, which is sort of a surprise for the debutante. Each person would approach the stage concealed in a mask and then remove it to make a speech. This is going to be very dramatic and exciting because the 18th birthday celebrant doesn’t know that these people are part of the program.

On the other hand, 18 Masks, 18 Princes and 18 Music of the Night can also be used to replace 18 Roses. Each guy will approach the debutante with a mask on, and reveal himself to the audience by taking off the mask before dancing with the celebrant to classical or opera music.

You can opt to have the 18 grand royal dance where you will have just one waltz song to dance to and the men will have a stanza each until he is replaced by another man.

Pirates

For the Pirates theme, your 18’s can be 18 flags for 18 candles where your 18 candles can elaborate on some of your victories and good qualities, 18 tiki torches is also great for 18 candles, 18 Swords for the 18 roses and 18 treasure chests, 18 rewards, 18 loot bags, 18 Treasures, 18 Islands or 18 Jewels of the Sea for 18 gifts/treasures.

Princess theme

18 princesses, 18 fair maidens, 18 damsels in distress for your 18 candles. 18 princes, 18 knights, 18 dukes, 18 kings for 18 roses. 18 treasures, 18 gems, 18 jewels, 18 crowns, 18 kingdoms for 18 gifts.

The grand Royal dance instead of the 18 roses where your 18 roses will be in a circle in the dance floor with you in the center, and then they will come up to you one by one and dance with you with just one single waltz song. For 18 candles, try 18 fair maidens, 18 flowers in the garden. For your 18 treasures try 18 fairy godmothers, 18 jewels, 18 tiaras, 18 crowns.

The Royal Dance where you will just have a single waltz dance with all your 18s. Your 18 roses will be in a circle in the dance floor and you will be at the center. You will be switching partner every stanza or so of the waltz. You can also have 18 kingdoms where the 18 princes will offer you their kingdom for a dance. 18 knights, 18 Lords, 18 Barons, etc. For 18 candles, try 18 baroness, 18 ladies, 18 damsels. for 18 treasures, try 18 treasure chests, 18 gems, 18 jewels.

Pool Party

You could have 18 floating candles where each of your 18 friends will place a floating candle on the pool and as it floats hopefully towards you. After placing the floating candle on the pool, they give their speech.

Rave and Glam Party

For 18 candles, try 18 Glowsticks. For your 18 Glowsticks, each of the person holding one will break the glowstick first to light it up before making a speech. This can create drama if you dim the lights. Try also 18 lighters instead of 18 candles.

For 18 roses, try 18 Tequilla Shots, or 18 champagnes where each of your 18 roses will toast before dancing with you. You can also have a TOP 18, (instead of the TOP 100 in music countdowns), where you and your 18 roses will dance to a favorite song of yours.

For 18 treasures, try 18 Keepsakes, 18 Mementos, 18 Fabulous Finds and 18 Glam Styles (in keeping with glam theme as well).

Rave in the 80’s

In the 1980’s, they used “jams” to mean a collection of songs or music. If you want your dance to be more upbeat, you can replace it with “18 Jams” where you have 18 different New Wave songs to dance to with the 18 special men in your life.

For your 18 candles, perhaps instead of using candles, you can use 18 Glowsticks since NEON was very significant in the 80s. You can replace your 18 candles with “18 Neons” or “18 Glows” or “18 Lights”.

Rock Glam Party

For your debut birthday party, you can substitute 18 guitars, 18 songs, 18 albums, 18 favorite bands for your 18 roses and candles.

For your 18s, you can have your 18 favorite rock songs played while dancing with your 18 Roses.

Sports

For your 18s during your debut celebration, you can replace 18 candles with 18 Touchdowns in which you, the debutante, will use some sort of ceramic football to put off the candles.

18 Torches can be used to replace your 18 Candles. Each of the torchbearers will make a wish for you before passing the torch to the next one (or passing the flame to another small torch being carried by another person, if you have the budget for 18 torches). The last torchbearer will be the one to light the flame cauldron, just like what they do when opening the Olympics.

18 Three-Point Shots can replace 18 roses in which the boys will have to shoot the ball first before dancing with you, debutant. Also 18 Toasts and 18 champagne can also be used for your 18 candles reminiscent of popping a champagne after a victory.

Finally, to replace 18 treasures, you can have the 18 MVP awards.

Starry Starry Night

For a Star-themed debut party, you can replace 18 Candles with 18 Twinkles where you can stick some paper stars on each candle for effect.

You can have 18 Magical Silver Dust where you can have your 18 wishes, make a speech and blow silver dust for a magical effect.

You can substitute 18 Sparkles for your 18 roses where the guys will make a toast first before dancing with you.

Season – Spring

For your 18 Candles, have your friends talk about 18 different important things you need. Since Spring is a time for rebirth, ask your 18s to make a list of important things you need in order to grow and be the best that you can be. It can be a virtue, a person, or a material thing — for example, LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY, HAPPINESS, FRIENDS, FUN, HONESTY, etc.

For your 18 roses, you can have 18 Flowers of Spring or just 18 Daisies. You can also replace 18 Roses with 18 Balloons where each of the balloon is tied to a flower. Just make sure that the flower is light enough for the balloon to carry towards the skies. Before dancing with you, your 18 roses will let go of the balloon with the flower.

Season – Winter

A Winter – themed birthday party can have a White and Silver motif. With this theme, you can still have 18 Roses, although instead of red ones, use white roses.

You can also have 18 Sparkling Wines (use white wines).

For 18 Candles, adorn your candles with silver and white ribbons in order to adhere to your theme.

Season – Christmas

You can replace your traditional 18 Roses with 18 Mistletoes, where your 18 Roses will kiss you (on the cheek) before dancing with you.

For more feel of the Christmas spirit, decorate your 18 Candles by placing red ribbons on them. You can also have 18 Balloons for that festive feel. Each of your 18 friends will pop each balloon as they make a wish for you.

Season – Whimsical Spring/Summer

You can substitute 18 Roses with 18 Blooms of May or 18 Flowers of May. It can also be replaced with 18 Summer Serenades, where you and your partner will be dancing to some happy tunes.

Sweet 18 Birthday

For 18 roses, you can have 18 sweets, 18 chocolates, 18 flowers (different kinds) 18 dances, 18 serenades, 18 gentlemen, etc. You can have 18 wines, champagne, cheers for 18 candles. For 18 roses, you can have 18 sweets, 18 chocolates, 18 flowers (different kinds) 18 dances, 18 serenades, 18 gentlemen, etc. For 18 treasures you can have 18 jewels, diamonds, balloons (they will pop a balloon before greeting you).

Tropical Birthday Bash

You can replace your 18 candles with 18 Bonfires, 18 Torches, 18 Tiki Torches or 18 Seashells, where you can decorate the candles with small shells or put them on huge seashells for a beach effect.

For your 18 Torches, you can simply just decorate the candles so that they look like torches. You can also have 18 Campfires, which your friends will light as they join together and bond. For your 18 Bonfires, your friends will get a lighted log from the bonfire as they make their speech.

For your 18 roses, you can substitute them with 18 Leis, 18 Balloons, 18 Garlands or 18 Corals.

For 18 treasures, try 18 Treasure Chests, 18 Jewels or 18 Gems. You can also have 18 Seashells where inside the seashells are wishes written on paper for the 18 treasures to read.

For 18 gifts, try 18 Cocktails where your 18s will make a speech, give a toast and then give you the gift.

For a Carribean / treasure hunt / Survivor theme, you can go for 18 flags for 18 candles where the 18s can elaborate on some of your victories and good qualities. 18 tiki torches for 18 candles and 18 treasure chest or 18 rewards for 18 gifts/treasures.

Mafia Wars Debut Party

Replace 18 roses with “18 Dons” (like Don Corleone of The Godfather) and address each of them with ‘Don’. For 18 candles, you may try 18 sparks, 18 dynamites (candles looking like dynamites), 18 grenades, 18 gunshots or 18 explosions. For your 18 Gifts/Treasures/Wishes/Toasts you can have “18 Pubic Enemies” or “18 Wanted People” — for the 18 Wanted men, you can design a poster for each of them including their names, physical description and some fictional mafia-related crimes together with their picture or caricature. You can also include what these people are worth in reward money then flash these posters on the screen using Powerpoint as you call on each of them.

Safari/Jungle Theme

For a safari or a jungle theme, i’m thinking of 18 explorers, 18 hunters, 18 adventurers, 18 treasure hunters for 18 roses, 18 maps, 18 tiki torches for 18 candles and 18 safaris, 18 journeys, 18 expeditions, 18 adventures, 18 treasure chests for 18 treasures.

Victorian Theme

Try 18 pair of gloves, 18 tiaras, 18 diamonds for 18 wishes or 18 treasures, 18 candelabras for 18 candles, 18 bouquets for 18 roses. You may have different types of love songs for each 18 roses. You may also have just one waltz music where your 18 roses either circle you or fall in line and take turns for a dance with you and you may call it the grand royal dance.

Vintage Debut Birthday Party

You can use 18 old songs instead of 18 roses, 18 candelabras instead of 18 candles and 18 nostalgias or 18 historical facts, in which your 18 treasures will share 18 fond memories about you.

Vintage Vogue Theme

vintage vogue, a fierce pose game would be great. Ask some of your guests to pose in their fiercest way and the audience will be the judge. You can also have a mini-fashion show with this as well. For your 18s, try 18 fierce poses, 18 poses for 18 roses where you and your partner will pose before dancing. 18 styles, 18 designers, 18 fashion icons, etc for 18 candles, and 18 memories, 18 vintage collections for 18 treasures or gifts.

White Party

You can have 18 Favorite Things substitute your traditional 18 Treasures, but you have to make sure these things are all in white.

For your 18 roses, you can have 18 white roses or any favorite flower of yours.

You can have 18 White Balloons so that your friends can present your 18 precious memories. For this, you or your friend can pop or prick the balloon (just like popping a thought bubble) to reveal a message or a story that you can reminisce about.

Other options can be 18 stuffed toys (white) and 18 white lanterns (to guide your journey through life).

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301 Responses to "Traditional 18’s Ideas"

  1. escie says:

    hey there! it’s me again :) uhm, can you help me with my list of 18s if I have a black AND white party? :) but i like the 18 white lanterns stated above in replacement for 18candles :) and also can you suggest games for such a theme? :) please and thank you

  2. chin2 says:

    hi, i already have a theme its a masquerade with a runaway fashion and i want to change 18 roses, candles and treasures but i dont know what..can you help me? thank you

  3. Rona says:

    Hi again! :D I was just wondering on how to mash-up a summer theme with a kiddie theme :D like the programs, invites and stuff :D thanks

  4. princess says:

    hi there :) i’m turning 18 dis coming May. can you help me? i want to combine fairy tale & modern vintage themes. any suggestion? i want to change the 18s. please. i want 18 bubble blows. 18 stuffed toys. 18 flowers. what do you think?? please. i badly needed help. :)

  5. princess says:

    please help me to combine royalty (disney princess theme) & modern vintage.

  6. Angelica says:

    i superrr love this ! :) thank you debutides . :) more power to the site . :)

  7. pinkie says:

    how about for a fairy theme?wht wud b best for the 18′s?:))

  8. olejed29 says:

    hi! i wna change the 18 roses, 18 treasures, and 18 thousands – my theme is more of “candy”. thanks!

  9. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Pinkie,

    For a Fairy theme, try 18 pixie dusts where your 18 candles will blow a pinch or two of glitter and then make their speech. How about 18 wands for 18 wishes or 18 treasures where they will wave their wand and then make a wish for you and hand in their gifts. For 18 roses, why not call it Dance of the Fairies and have one magical waltz song for all 18s. You 18 roses will encircle you and you will change partner with each stanza or so of the waltz song. That will be so magical indeed. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  10. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Olejed29,

    When you say candy, would it be like a Willy Wonka Wonderland theme type? Anyway that would really be cool. For your 18s, try 18 lollipops for 18 roses. You can also make 18 rose-shaped white chocolates in a straw and that will be given to you by your 18 roses and you could still call it 18 roses. For 18 treasures, try 18 jellybeans where you are going to place a handful of jellybean shaped candies in a cute container as a prop and you will give this to your 18 treasures and they will make a wish and then hand over their gifts. For 18 candles, you can try looking for candy shaped candles or candle-shaped chocolates for a cute alternative. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  11. clar says:

    how about for a barbie theme? (:

  12. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Clar,

    For a Barbie theme, try 18 Kens and 18 Princes. Since Barbie is known for her excellent fashion sense, for 18 candles, you may try 18 Barbie dresses, 18 fashion forecasts, and 18 Barbies or 18 dolls. Ask your 18 candles to bring their Barbie dolls in your party. This will just serve as prop. But the real deal would be to ask them qualities that they think you will need in your journey toward life. Honesty, perseverance among others. So you may also call it 18 qualities. Hope this helps.

  13. Dette says:

    Hello there. I need your help and suggestions in preparing for my daughter’s 7th birthday come this June. She wants to have a princess theme party with purple as her motif. Can you suggest a nice format of the party? We want something that she will surely enjoy and at the same time be a memorable event not just for her but for everybody as well. Also, what decorations can we put on the venue of the party (possibly a hotel function room). Having this kind of theme, what possible styles of her invitation & the give away would look like? Thank you in advance for your help.

  14. alysa says:

    hello there.

    im planning to have debut party. but it will be a sweet 16 celebration instead of a filipino tradition at 18. I want to have a simple program yet elegant. because i want to spend the whole event with more bonding times and dance party. i am thinking of fashion party theme or classical to retro theme. I will also have my roses, treasures and candles but i want them to have another names since im still young and i want them to be appropriate at my age. And I also want to have my cotillion. are there any suggestion on how can I call my cotillion using other names that are simple and fab? thankyou very much. my bday would be this may. we already planned the whole program but I want have some revisions because i guess your ideas were great. :) i want a unique party with different program with many twist. :D thankyou very much. Godbless. :D

  15. gine says:

    i love you ideas. thanks!

  16. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Princess,

    The fairytale theme is somewhat magical, whimsical and imaginative. In a vintage theme on the other hand, you are following a certain style of a time period, usually depicting styles of the 50s, 60s, etc. I’m not sure if it can be combined. If you have like a storyline of probably a fairytale that you like for instance Cinderella with 50s setting showcasing that era’s fashion, I think that can work. For the 18s, yes those three would work for your 18s. You can also try 18 princesses for 18 candles, 18 princes for 18 roses and 18 fairy godmothers/godfathers for 18 treasures. Hope this helps and sorry for the late reply.

  17. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Alysa,

    The naming of the 18s or 16s in your case depends on the theme that you would have. Since you are young, you would definitely want to go with a theme that would exude freshness. You also should go for a theme that interests you, that would showcase your personality. I think the fashion party theme would really work best for you because it is fresh and elegant at the same time. For your cotillion, a modern rendition of a waltz would work best for a fashion theme. You can call it the Modern Waltz. Use the song Until by Sting. You can also forgo a cotillion and just have a runway showdown with your friends. You could also insert some games to make it more lively. We have some games in our games section that you may want to consider. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  18. alysa says:

    thankyou very much! this would help me. by the way can u suggest names for my 16s? :D thanks! more power! Godbless.

  19. jenni says:

    can i ask who blows the 18 candles?

  20. debut ideas! says:

    hi jenni,
    the debutante blows all of the candles after the last speech is made. =)

  21. jenni says:

    can i just let them put the candles in one place so that can blow them easily?

  22. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ma’am Dette,

    Aside from 18th, the 7th is the most celebrated of all birthdays. They say that a child’s brain is fully developed at 7 years of age so that is indeed a cause for a celebration. Add to your program a talent portion where your child will be able to showcase her God-given talent. It is in these times that she is able to present her talents to her friends and loved ones so ask her to sing or dance for her party. I think 7th birthday parties also have 7 roses and candles and so in keeping with a princess theme, it is also nice if they would have a sort of a waltz dance. Children love to dress up in princess clothes. They would love it even better if it sways as they move. Ask your daughter and her friends to dance a short waltz for entertainment and call it The Royal Dance. You can also hire clowns and jugglers who will be like court jesters who entertains the princess. Add games as well like “Trip to the Castle,” bring me game, treasure hunting where they will be looking for items like crown, tiara, scepter, etc. For more Games, click here.

    For invitations, go for scrolled invites with wordings just like those used in the Renaissance era. Give aways can be loot bags (purple cloth bags) with candies and chocolates inside, tiara, scepter, stuffed toys, crown shaped chocolates, and cupcakes with purple sprinkles.

    Decorations would be clustered balloons of the purple color, purple, pink and white drapings. You can also design a princess chair where she will sit at the stage. Hope this helps and happy birthday to your daughter.

  23. Dette says:

    Thank you very much for the help. It would surely be a memorable birthday for my daughter. More power & God bless…

  24. danica says:

    can u pls suggest giveaways for a butterfly party. your suggestion would be highly appreciated.thanks.

  25. Sarah says:

    Will it be possible to combine Masquerade and Greek-inspired themes? And if so, how?

  26. Drizzle says:

    Hi. Can you suggest what 18 things I can have if my venue would be a bar/club? Thank you.

  27. justme says:

    hi there!i’m really having a tough time on choosing the theme for my debut..the venue would be like a private resort with a function hall/garden..i’m thinking of celebrating the event first and afterwards throw a pool party..what theme would you suggest that i choose?..and do you know any event coordinator that could help me in planning for the party?..big thanks!:D

  28. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Drizzle,

    It depends on what theme you have. I suggest you take advantage of the fact that you have lots of cocktails and booze there so start from having an 18 Toasts or 18 Cocktails or 18 Shots (of a strong drink for the guys). =)

    Happy Planning!

  29. ishi says:

    hi,good’day!I need your help and suggestions in preparing to my party the themes is Black and white party!what will be nice semi-formal or formal outfit,and the 18 rose,18 candle i want something unique..hope you can help me.

  30. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ishi,

    For your 18s, perhaps you can have “18 Whites” and “18 Blacks”. 18 Whites are for those people close to you who will present you with an item that symbolizes your past. White symbolizes innocence and youth and you can have people from your “18 Whites” to give you something that will remind you of your childhood, etc. “18 Blacks” on the other hand are those people that you have just known recently, or you got to know as you matured. In this context, your 18 Blacks will be the ones to give you a gift that symbolizes what you need for your journey as an adult. Your loved ones from your “18 Blacks” will give you items or presents that you may need as you go through life as a woman.

    Hope this helps!

  31. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Justme,

    We have an article about POOL PARTIES! :)
    http://debutideas.com/?p=694

    In there are some of our suggestions on what to do with a venue that has the pool advantage :)
    Anyway, here are some Party Planners you may want to get in touch with –> http://debutideas.com/?page_id=95

    Hope this helps!

  32. juvy says:

    Hi! I’m very excited to seek help from you as you are highly recommended by a friend, when she learned that i am starting to coordinate events. i actually coordinate traditional weddings and do hosting as well, but there are some clients who request me to plan for a themed debut parties, which i am not so good at.. anyway a certain client wants to have a disney/fairy tale party. i’ve read some of your response to other clients and i feel like following the 18 prince, 18 princess and 18 fairy godmothers/godfathers. may i ask help regarding the set-up and other supplies which will follow the fairytale theme? as well as an idea of a grand entrance of a fairytale theme. thanks much. God bless.

  33. Selle says:

    Hi ! Good Day. Can you please suggest any theme that could be combined with Masquerade? Thanks you. :)

  34. Joe says:

    Greetings

    I would like to inquire what does 18 K (Thousands) mean in a debutante invitation what will those listed in the program do during the party?

    Thanks

  35. debut ideas! says:

    Hi danica!

    You can check out our Butterfly Theme article here. http://debutideas.com/?p=6 It has some stuff about butterfly souvenirs too. =)

    Happy planning!

  36. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Selle,

    I think the extravagant Renaissance theme can be combined with it. Your renaissance-masquerade debut party is definitely something that your friends and family will never forget! You can read about this theme here –> http://debutideas.com/?p=1259

    Hope this helps! :)

  37. germaine says:

    hi my mother suggest something unique and i don`t know what is it? because she say that i put something new and something i will keep. i dont know what 18 is that. she say instead of 18 chocolates

  38. chesca says:

    hmmm. hello there. i’ll be celebrating my debut soon. i’m planning to have a BLACK and WHITE party :) but there’s a twist, i’ll be adding the color yellow in the motif of the decoration of the design in the venue :) just like what taylor swift did. hmm. what would be a good substitute for the 18s (18 candles, 18 roses, & 18 treasures)? can you give four 18s? i want something creative and unique :D please reply :) may birthday is coming up. thanks.

  39. chesca says:

    hmmm. hello there. i’ll be celebrating my debut soon. i’m planning to have a BLACK and WHITE party but there’s a twist, i’ll be adding the color yellow in the motif of the decoration of the design in the venue just like what taylor swift did. hmm. what would be a good substitute for the 18s (18 candles, 18 roses, & 18 treasures)? can you give four 18s? i want something creative and unique please reply may birthday is coming up. thanks.

    PS: can you give an idea for my invitation?? i want something unique & creative. :)

  40. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Joe,

    18 K (Thousands) are for people who are tasked to give the debutante a monetary present (which specifically amounts to 1 thousand pesos). Personally, we don’t suggest this to 18th birthday celebrants because it’s like imposing the guest to give this amount. When the guest does not have a thousand, then he may not want to come to the party anymore. Moreover, it’s also limiting what the guest can actually give. Anyway, 18 thousands may also give a speech before giving the gift but it depends on the program of the birthday celebrant.

    Hope this helps!

  41. dianne says:

    hi,
    ask ko lang po.
    ilang minutes ang isang song for the 18 roses?
    thanks..hope to hear from you..

  42. krishna says:

    Hello !! Ask lang po ako, what are best ideas for 18 Treasures, 18 Roses for POOL Partty ?

  43. Elaine says:

    Hi der! i dunno how to decorate balloons.. pano kaya un?? kami kami lang kc magdedecorate. gusto ko balloons theme sa harap. pano po kaya???

  44. paola says:

    hi…

    can i ask..
    f 8s ok 2 hav 4 18′s in a debut?im planning 18 roses, 18 candles,18 treasures/gifts and 18 ballons?

    please help meh..tnx

  45. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Paola,

    We really do not recommend debutantes to have very many 18′s because that will definitely bore the guests. have 3 at most and have an intermission in between. =)

  46. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Elaine,

    i-Google mo kung pano, try Youtube kung may tutorial sila about decorating balloons :)

  47. Ms. Banana says:

    Okay I plan on having a peacock colored cocktail party (but no alcohol or anything). What would you suggest to use instead of 18 roses/wishes that will suit my party?

  48. Rianne says:

    Hi. Can you suggest different 18′s for a Gossip Girl themed party. Thanks! :)

  49. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Jovanna,

    Since peacocks are known for their beautiful and colorful feathered tails, I believe some cute suggestions would be 18 feathers for your 18 roses, where instead of 18 roses, you will be given 18 feathers, 18 sparkles (pertaining to wine and in your case a nonalcoholic beverage) for your 18 candles where they will render a speech and then toast thereafter. 18 hues or 18 colors for 18 wishes where they will pick a color and explain what that color represents and how it applies to your personality or your journey towards adult life. Hope this helps.

  50. Anne says:

    hello! ask ko lang po kung ano pwede substitute sa 18roses kung hawaiian ang theme? tsaka pano po sasayaw nun? what kind of dance? thanks in advance!

  51. Ghia=)) says:

    Hello Im Having A Vampire Masquerade Themed Debut
    With Black Red And Violet As Motifs
    Can you Help Me or Suggest Me on What I need on it =)
    The Venue , The Souvenirs , Designs , Music
    Please I really Need Help

  52. joji says:

    hi! we are planning for a runway themed debut party. . just would like to ask if during the introduction of the debutant, will she present herself in a catwalk? what music can u suggest for this?

  53. Cla says:

    Hello,
    I’ll be celebrating my 18th on August 25. I wanna have a party w/ 18 stuffs, yet I don’t know what would be that 18 stuffs be. I don’t like the super traditional 18roses, hahaha, I am also a girly-boyish type, but I wanna wear a gown on my party. LoL I can’t decide which theme I would stick on to. Can you give any suggestion for that? Btw, I am from Davao. Your response would be very much appreciated. Thanks! :)

  54. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Cla,

    We can only give options for themes since we do not know our followers personally. You can browse our database of debut ideas and themes here :) –> http://debutideas.com/?cat=5

    We hope we can further expand our ideas to include different personalities. So far these are the ideas we have come up with. :) I hope you can pick the right debut theme for you! Just to remind you though to not limit yourself, there are many other themes you may be able to think of. A fairytale theme for example can give you the excuse to wear the most “bonggacious” gown you can ever wear! The options are endless. So there. We hope we have helped you in a way.

    Happy planning!

  55. Mich says:

    What can you suggest for the 18′s if the theme was a 50′s American Diner theme? :)

  56. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Mich,

    Why don’t you try 18 jukeboxes or 18 50s songs for 18 roses, 18 skates for 18 candles, and 18 milk shakes or 18 French fries or 18 burgers for 18 treasures. Hope this helps.

  57. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Rianne,

    As characters from Gossip girl love to party, you may try 18 toasts, 18 wines, 18 champagnes for your 18 roses where your 18 roses will first share a toast and then dance with you. For 18 candles, try 18 hats, 18 headpieces, 18 scarves (depending on what you will give them) where YOU will be giving them a token for being your friend (this will serve as their souvenir also), and place it on their head after their speech. You may also want to try 18 Gossips where each will tell something personal about you and they will say if it is gossip or the truth. For 18 treasures, you may try 18 fashion styles where they will give you some things that are fashion related like clothes, bags, shoes, etc. Hope this helps.

  58. Anne says:

    hi, my niece will be celebrating her 18th birthday party on October. Can you suggest what theme is best for that month?

  59. Rianne says:

    Thank you! :D

  60. anne says:

    hi, can you please give me an idea of a grand entrance song? Im coming down from the stairs. My theme is Project runway/fashion show. Thankyou.

  61. allyssa says:

    hello ..im i wanna ask for help..im not good at this…..i am having my party on august although its ‘lil early for this but….can u suggest a theme for me…the motive is RED and pink…

    I picked FANTASY ROYALE but its not final yet..i still need some suggestions..but if i’m gonna have that one.,.can u suggest what could i replace my 18 candles with???…i need a lot of options…and for the games as well….the 18 roses will be changed as 18 blue roses ^_^ so i dont have a problem with it…only the candles…and the treasures as well…alternative name for it….:D..thanks :D in advance

  62. allyssa says:

    sorry I made a mistake it should be FAIRYTALE ROYALE..and not FANTASY ROYALE…XD

  63. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Allyssa,

    For your 18 candles, try 18 queens/princesses (as 18 candles are either your friends, classmates or even your aunts). You can also try 18 fireworks as royal balls always have fireworks displays. For 18 treasures, try 18 gems, 18 jewels, 18 diamonds, 18 crowns. Hope this helps and happy planning.

  64. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Anne,

    It depends on what mood you want to portray. Would it be more of a fun and happy walk (would you be smiling) or are you going to be fierce? Would you want to have a slow or a fast walk. Also you would want music that you will be able to walk to, something that has a beat. Meanwhile, here are some grand entrance songs that you may want to consider. Grand Entrance Songs. Pick something that is upbeat so that it will jive with your theme. For instance Viva La Vida by Coldplay. Ice Cream by New Young Pony Club and She’s a Rainbow by The Rolling Stones. Hope this helps.

  65. allyssa says:

    thanks…so that means i dont have to give them a thing like a candle..”just for illustration”
    all they have to do is to present themselves? right?…XD
    thanks….^_^

  66. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m afraid Masquerade and Greek themes are two totally different themes and merging them would be impossible.

  67. clacla says:

    is it possible if I’ll be having the traditional 18′s ideas of the Project RUnway/Fashion show.. THe 18styles,18fierce poses etc.. if my theme is red carpet glam?

  68. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Clacla,

    Yes Cla, you can use the 18′s ideas. You can even have a mini fashion show within your program even if your theme is red carpet glam because they are similar in every sense. They are both glamorous and stylish.

  69. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Anne,

    Themes are dependent upon what the debutante likes or loves. For instance if she loves musicals, or does she like to party. Tell your niece to read on some of our articles on themes in order to gain some insight on the different themes. She may be able to ascertain what fits her personality. Hope this helps.

  70. eya says:

    hi i just want to ask for a cool theme for my party.i want it to be simple yet awesome. i want some unusual theme. and also when is the right time for me to start my preparation.my birthday’s next year february.should i start 3 months before?4 months or so?i also want to know places where they have staircase for entrance of te debutant. cheap place please but still elegant. im thinking about plaza ibaara because it’s the nearest in my place but i dont know if they have staircases there i havent been there. there please help me thanks! :)

  71. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Eya,

    The best time for debutantes to start their preparation is six months. This is the usual timeline for party planning to be stress free. Debut Planner. Indeed, Plaza Ibarra has a grand staircase that leads directly to the venue. It will definitely give you a very dramatic grand entrance as you descend from the stairs. As for the theme, it depends on what you really want but if you take into consideration your venue, a Fairytale theme, Masquerade theme would be best. Any theme can be unique as long as you infuse some of your personality into it to make it your own. Explore your own creativity to make your party totally unique. Hope this helps.

  72. eya says:

    i meant ibarra garden.errr the ibarra that’s in manila.what’s that?garden or plaza?do both venues have grand staircases?
    i think fairytale is a wonderful teme but im wondering if i should choose a specific story or fairy tale in general.i really dont know what to do about it.can you please help me further?thanks

  73. natasha says:

    Im really having a hard time deciding what theme am I going to have. My debut is already next month. But my place has a stair case. Im planning to have a night of glam and glitz. but would it be nice if My entrance will be like coming from the staircase?Also, What color motif would be best for a night of glitz and glam theme?

  74. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Yes, definitely. You should take advantage of the stair case because it would create drama to your grand entrance. For a night of glitz and glam theme, i am thinking of the color midnight blue and silver. Midnight blue would be elegant and adding silver to it would create just a little sparkle to your already elegant base color midnight blue. Hope this helps.

  75. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Joji,

    You can come from the catwalk for your grand entrance or you can have a separate fashion show as an intermission number. That way, you can ask your friends to join in and I’m sure it will be so much fun. As for the music, it depends on what mood you want to portray. Would it be more of a fun and happy walk (would you be smiling) or are you going to be fierce? Would you want to have a slow or a fast walk. Also you would want music that you will be able to walk to, something that has a beat. Meanwhile, here are some grand entrance songs that you may want to consider. Grand Entrance Songs. Pick something that is upbeat so that it will jive with your theme. For instance Viva La Vida by Coldplay. Ice Cream by New Young Pony Club and She’s a Rainbow by The Rolling Stones. Hope this helps.

  76. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Juvilyn,

    Sorry for not replying sooner. For the fairytale theme, ask your debutante what fairytale she wants to have. For instance, if it is going to be Cinderella, set up a pumpkin chair in the stage for your debutante’s chair. Hide Cinderella shoes throughout the venue and those who gets one will either get a price or will be part of a game (don’t let them know about the game part or they may not participate). Put smoke machine near the stage for a great grand entrance where she will transition from a peasant to a beautiful Cinderella. Hope this helps.

  77. ra says:

    Do you know great places in manila or makati where there are staircases? I know a lot in qc but it’s far from me thanks

  78. Michael says:

    Hello!

    I’ve read some of the ideas that you’ve shared in your site. I find it really interesting! I haven’t thought that you could actually apply such ideas to your event. They were all great! I’m just wondering if you have any suggestions for an asian inspired party theme?

    Thank you so much!

  79. rea says:

    Hello. :) I will be having a Glitz N’ Glamour themed debut. Can you suggest an alternative names for my 18 roses, 18 candles and 18 favorite stuffs? I just want to have a more exciting names for it. Another one is about my gown… Is it okay if i’ll wear a white gown? The color morif is black and purple. Thank you so much :) )

  80. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Rea,

    I think it is okay to wear white on your D Day. In the states, debutantes wear white gowns. This will make you stand out even more since your color motif is black and purple. For your 18s, try 18 champagnes, 18 wines for your 18 roses where your 18 roses will drink wine and then dance with you. For 18 candles, try 18 sparkles and for 18 favorite things, try 18 glams, 18 glitz, 18 gems, 18 bling blings. Hope this helps.

  81. yethz says:

    Hello. I really need your help by this tym because 1month 2 go is my 18 bday but i haven’t yet decided what should be my theme. it’s just so stranger for me to think what would be a better theme.. i also imagine about an angel butmy favorite color is pink that’s i really don’t know what it should be. please do help.thank u.

  82. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Yethz,

    I think an angel theme is cute! You can have angel wings as props and for your grand entrance, you can learn some ballet moves so that it would look like your flying. A pink angel would be quite unique though so go for it girl. Choose a lighter shade of pink like baby pink for a cute angel feel. Hope this helps.

  83. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Krishna,

    It would be much easier to think of your 18s if you have a theme for your pool party. Read on our article on pool parties to decide on what theme you like. For your 18s, try 18 swims, 18 splashes, 18 garlands, 18 leis for your 18 roses. For 18 treasures, try 18 treasure chests or 18 gems. Hope this helps.

  84. yethz says:

    super thanks. can u give some pics of what should be the outcome of my outfit?? i don’t have any any of it. how about my shoes? could it be also pink? :) do you think it’s okey if i use pink wings?

  85. Camille B. says:

    Hello, can you please help me think of what I could replace for 18 treasures and 18 wishes if the theme of my debut is CRUISE (sailers, etc)
    Thank you so much!

  86. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Camille,

    I suggest the following:

    18 Places / Destinations — This can replace 18 wishes and here, your friends will wish you a particular place that they want you to travel to in the near future. That particular place / destination may be a local place or somewhere abroad. Your friends will suggest a place that either has a meaning to you or that they know you will definitely enjoy.

    18 Holiday treasures — for this, your friends will give you gifts that you can use for your travels / vacation sprees! Sample gifts are a comforter, a travel backpack, inflatable pillow, memory card for your camera, key chains, bag tags, gift certificates for hotel stays, anything that’s related to traveling!

    Feel free to modify though because I know you have lots of ideas in mind too! Hope this helps! =)

  87. mickhee says:

    Hi

    Your site is a great one! two thumbs up!
    I was really looking for some ideas for my cousin’s upcoming debut party (September 2010). She wants her party to be a CONCERT themed with the ff. program: 18 candles, 18 roses and 18 treasures with musical presentation from her parents and friends. She even assigned me as her EMCEE on her party.
    I really don’t have any idea about CONCERT themed party. Please do help me~!

    thanks in advance and god bless.

  88. blu says:

    hi! could you suggest a color of dress for my butterfly-themed party?

  89. Hello. I have been checking your site for debut ideas for the debut of my bestfriend and also for my debut. I was just wondering what will be a good substitute for the 18 roses, 18 treasures and 18 candles for a Paris themed debut? Thank you! It would be such a great help!

  90. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Mickhee,

    A concert themed debut party I think would be similar to a rave party or a fashion show debut party. The thing though to change from a rave party is to have a longer program incorporated in your party and not just purely rave (dancing). The stage should be lit with different colors and most of all a spotlight. Make sure to make the 18s interesting and concise. Make the songs for each 18s 1minute or even shorter with probably singing just the chorus or something so that the audience will not be bored. You can make the invite like a concert ticket and then your souvenir would be glow bracelets or headbands, mic-shaped chocolate candies, fan with your picture on it, etc. Hope this helps.

  91. Nahna says:

    Hi!

    I’m having a zen themed cocktail party for my debut this november. Do you have any suggestions on the 18s ideas? I’ll be having candles, shots, treasures sana. Any good titles for those? More creative 18s ideas? Any suggestions on decorations and or gimmicks? I’ll be having it poolside. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  92. Mary says:

    What could replace 18 roses, 18 gifts, 18 candles for my holylwood themed party? thanks! :)

  93. jeryndelima says:

    hi! i haven’t been able to celebrate my 18th birthday. and im planning of having a debut party on my 21st which will be held on february.. as they say, i’m one of the boys.. and i always love to being unique.

    problem is, i dunno what my theme should be. i dont want to wear high heels and gown yet, i still want to have a program proper. also, i dunno what my 21′s should be.

    i’m thinking of celebrating it on a bar.. but also considers places like clamshell or casa manila where i could design the place. as of this moment, i’m considering a rave theme since i dont want to dance waltz.. :) ) also, im thinking of alternatives to name 21 candles, 21 treasures, and such…

    i hope you could help me.. :D D thanks.

  94. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Mary,

    Since Hollywood is all about awards and movies, you can substitute 18 Awards or 18 Statues for your 18 candles (where each will make a speech on why this award was given to you, etc). Also try 18 Clappers where they would say “Lights, camera, action” before they make a speech.

    You can also have 18 Awards to replace your 18 gifts. Your 18’s will have to think of this. For instance, Award for being Miss Congeniality or Miss Talent, or Award for being a very good friend, with reasons why they chose it.) Make sure no award is duplicated. Have Oscar statuettes as props for a total award-winning moment. Since Hollywood is also about glamour, you can substitute 18 gifts with 18 glamorous things where your 18s will give you a glamorous gift (designer bags, shirts, jewelry or accessories, etc.)

    For 18 roses, try 18 Movies / Films, 18 Movie Theme Songs or 18 Best Musical Scores where you will be dancing to their respective soundtracks. Songs to be played will be dependent on the movies that you pick. You could also go for the blockbuster movies from the year you were born up to present (making 18 movies in total) and dance to their theme song.

    You can also substitute your 18 Roses with 18 Toasts to celebrate your 18 years on earth. The guy will first make a toast, have a speech, then dance with you.

    Just for fun, before each dance, pose with your 18 Roses partner in front of a number of extras (other guests) posing as paparazzi for the effect that you are a Hollywood star being followed by media men. Of course this can also serve as a photo opportunity for the both of you, so have your photographer take your “stolen” picture as well before dancing with your partner. It would be fun to think of different poses beforehand so that each picture you have with your 18 Roses has a different character from the other. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  95. Grace says:

    Hi, what could be a twist for a twilight saga themed party?

  96. cookies says:

    Hi!

    I’m having a zen themed cocktail party for my debut this november. Do you have any suggestions on the 18s ideas? I’ll be having candles, shots, treasures sana. Any good titles for those? More creative 18s ideas? Any suggestions on decorations and or gimmicks? I’ll be having it poolside. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  97. miracle says:

    hmm, can you give some cool ideas for debut? i want something new for my party. :) ) thanks.

  98. debut ideas! says:

    hi miracle,

    you can check out this link for more of our debut themes and ideas :)

    http://debutideas.com/?cat=5

    Hope this helps!

  99. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Anne,

    Pwede mong gawin, 18 Leis, tapos Hawaiian dance or any type of dance mala free verse ang gawin nyo. Parang “Pearly Shells” siguro na puro kembot kayo ng partner mo, ung music pwedeng Hawaiian music or Reggae music — hanap ka ng dance-able songs ni Bob Marley.

    Sana nakatulong kami :)

  100. Mandy says:

    Hello! I’ll just ask something. ANu po ba ibig sabihin ng 18 balloons sa isang debut?

  101. Mandy says:

    Anu po ba meaning ng 18 balloons? For what po yun?

  102. nah says:

    Hi!

    I’m having a zen themed cocktail party for my debut. It will be held on a poolside venue. Have any cool and fun ideas and titles for the 18 shots? candles and treasures? Can you suggest more creative 18s to go with this theme? I’m planning to have 18 friends of mine to perform, can you suggest a cool name for that 18s section and ideas on how to make it more creative? Have any suggestions for the decorations? Thanks and God Bless! :)

  103. dee says:

    hi.my sis will be having her white debut party,can you suggest any gimmick to make it more lively?coz i thought parang simple lang sya coz white lang lahat.but her gown daw is red and pink,can you suggest any design on the venue or like replacing 18 roses and candles with other things?thank you for helping.. =)

  104. yethz says:

    hello po! please help po kng ano itwag ko sa 18roses/candles ko f angel theme sa akin. :) rep po

  105. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Cookies,

    We only received one comment from you and forgive us if we don’t reply sooner because we are currently doing some articles and one of them is the zen theme or japanese inspired theme. For your 18s though, you can have 18 cherry blossoms for 18 roses but for props, you can have pink carnations since it resembles cherry blossoms. For your 18 candles, try 18 lanterns, where your 18s will have a miniature japanese lantern. You can make this DIY. For your 18 gifts or treasures, you can have 18 bonsai or 18 bento boxes (boxes as props). These boxes will hold whatever your 18s want to give you. It may carry their speech. They may open it and then read it on the stage. The gifts need not be material gifts. It can also be virtues like they will say that they wish for you to have patience and generosity or wisdom. Hope this helps.

  106. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Yethz,

    We have some pictures of gowns for an angel-inspired theme at our facebook page click here that you may want to consider. The gown can be baby pink with white wings. You can also opt to go without wings if the style of your gown looks like you have wings like if the sleeves are enormous that if you raise your arms, it would look like you have wings. The big sleeves can also be detachable so that you can have two different looks in one night. For your 18s, try 18 white roses or 18 clouds. For 18 candles, try 18 guiding lights. For 18 gifts/treasures, try 18 graces. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  107. cookies says:

    Thanks! really appreciate it!

  108. lyca says:

    hi again.. ill just want to ask for your help. gusto ko kasi sana ng black and pink as the theme nung party and then may 18 roses. 18 candles. 18 thousands and 18 shots anong pwedeng ibang name for these 18s? and lastly ano ba talagang ginagawa ng 18 thousands except from giving the money pati na rin dun sa 18 shots. thank you very much.. :)

  109. sha says:

    Hi! my theme is sex and the city. uhm, any ideas and suggestion? Any suggestions on decorations and or gimmicks? thank you. :)

  110. Gayle says:

    Hi! What would be a good alternative for 18 roses if the theme is traveling? :)

  111. joyce says:

    hi..
    my daughter will celebrate her debut on january..weve planned it was a broadway concert..since she sings well..what can you suggest about the 18 roses, 18 candles, 18 songs, 18 treasures and 18 thousands..she wants 18 thousands to be included in her 18 list..in her 18k, we will put her nearest relatives and her ninongs and ninangs..

  112. Mary says:

    thank you so much!

  113. marinel says:

    hi! good day..next next week is my debut september 18 2010, i don’t have any plans yet because i thought of not having a party but fortunately my parents are already preparing for it anyway, since I’ am a happy go lucky person what can you suggest to me as my motif and considering i love butterflies but without having a venue in a garden since i think our budget is just enough..i am not also planning for any cotillion since i’am too busy for practices and how about the program what would be the flow of it can you suggest how???can i just remove the 18 roses and replace nothing, can it be???and for the souvenirs what can you suggest to me??thanks and more power…..

    -marinel

  114. marinel says:

    and what can you suggest to me as my birthday quote to be written in my invitation?? thanks more power

  115. kens says:

    help! i’m cramming for my 18th birthday party! It’s just a month away! can you please suggest a unique and adoptable theme?and less expensive?? thank you!

  116. karla says:

    hi author!:)

    im having my debut on december… and im thinking to have an angel inspired theme. what 18s should i make? is it still possible to have 18 roses, 18 cakes and candles, 18 shots, 18 gifts, 18 huggable bears( pinagiisipan pa) or any list na may connection po sa theme ko? thanks po..

  117. karla says:

    anyway its december.. what motif would you suggest to me?:)

  118. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Marinel,

    You can have a butterfly theme even if your venue is not a garden. What you can do is to make the venue look like a garden by putting in flowers in your stage and around the venue. You can also put some topiaries at the entrance and the stage. Another technique is putting drapes of different colors to mimic butterfly wings. Or how about just plain white drapes with paper butterflies hanging in nylon strings. That would be even cool. Cotillion would not be a good idea at this point since it needs practice. You can still have the 18 roses and dance to modern songs and then have 18 candles for your lady friends. For souvenirs, try butterfly or flower shaped white chocolates. You can also have colognes, lotions, bath soaps. Butterfly keychains, pendants, cellphone trinkets would be easy to find. Hope this helps.

  119. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Karla,

    What we always suggest to our debutantes is to have a maximum of three or four 18s. This is to not get your guests bored. Imagine having to sit up for four sets of 18 speeches and one set of 18 dances. That would be endless. For 18 ideas for angel theme, try 18 white roses or 18 clouds for 18 roses. For 18 candles, try 18 guiding lights. For 18 gifts/treasures, try 18 graces. The other 18s you mentioned are just variations. Hope this helps and happy birthday.

  120. marinel says:

    yehey!!! thank you so much this really help me..more power to your team and thank you again.. :)

  121. Debbie says:

    hi!!! can you help me think of a theme best suited for red? thanks. =))

  122. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Debbie

    Alice in Wonderland can be a great theme but it really depends on your taste. you can browse our site for some more theme ideas :)

    Jam

  123. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Marinel,

    What type of quote ba? A quote about birthdays or a quote about life?
    http://quotations.about.com/od/birthday/a/18thbirthday.htm

    This is a good quote also by Walt Whitman:
    “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you”
    Walt Whitman ( Poet, 1819-1892)

    You can search for quotes here. Search ka if you have keywords in mind :)

    http://thinkexist.com/

    Hope this helps!

  124. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ghia,

    Sorry we were not able to reply sooner. Anyway, any venue can be transformed into your theme. For instance, place drapes to a function hall or bar venue to create an old feel to it. For souvenirs, go for masks to give away at the entrance before the party starts so that your guests will be able to use it to add ambiance to your party as well as double as a souvenir. Take inspiration from movies and plays like Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge for stage design and music. Waltz and instrumentals would be great for music. Hope this helps.

  125. Abbey says:

    Hi! My theme is all about traveling and around the world. What can you suggest for 18 Roses? 18 ____? Thanks!

  126. Ghed says:

    Hi. My debut theme is Mafia theme party. I want to change the names of 18roses, candles, gifts, and shots but I don’t have any idea what name should I use? reply asap please. thanks.

  127. Keeshia says:

    Okay.. Hello again this would be my second time asking you about this 18′s thing. What do you think would be the best set of 18′s for an Old Japanese-Vioctorian theme? Thanks! :)

  128. Jasmie says:

    Hello.

    My niece is having her debut this year. She and I talked about the theme and it was decided that it would be a Vintage Glamour. Any ideas for her 18′s?

    Her mother wants a program where 18 of her closest friends gives her a small gift that reminds them of the celebrant. How would you call this in terms of her theme?

    Thanks in Advance.

  129. darlene says:

    hi. my debut theme is starry starry night. i have a problem on what could be other magical names to replace:

    1. 18 shots
    2. 18 treasures..

    thank you soo much :) ) God bless :)

  130. Rochelle says:

    Hi there,
    I would like to ask what kind of theme you suit my venue. It’s is a club house with swimming pool. I’m thinking of a pool theme but my birthday is on November to think that it is very chilly these “ber months”. Hope you could suggest a theme. Thank you!

  131. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Rochelle,

    Well, ber months can be really chilly… but think of it this way, celebrities are heading for the beaches on December so why can’t you have a pool party in November right? but kidding aside, some pool have heaters in them so I guess you should turn that on. Usually the weather is cool and just right… actually weather during these times is very refreshing. i just love this time of the year… take advantage of this and let you and your guests just chill out and have fun. We have an article on pool parties that you may want to read on. Hope this helps!

  132. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Darlene!

    Maybe you can try 18 Constellations to replace 18 shots and 18 Stardusts to replace 18 treasures. In 18 Stardusts, your friends will blow stardust on you after making a wish or before giving you the gift.

    Hope this helps and happy birthday!

  133. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll think that up and perhaps come up with an article for an Asian-inspired debut party theme.

    Thanks for visit!

    Debut Ideas

  134. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Blu,

    You can choose your favorite color for that. Butterflies have many colors so you have an excuse to use whatever color you like =)

    Happy planning!

  135. Jasmie says:

    Hello!

    If the theme of the debut id “Posh/Modern Vintage” What giveaways can you suggest?

    With what name can I call the “18 Treasures?”

    Your site is great! Lots of helpful tips.

    Thanks a bunch.

  136. sha says:

    Hi debut ideas! What name can i change to the traditional 18’s candles, roses, gift and thousand if i have the sex and the city theme party. Thanks!

  137. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Sha,

    I think for 18s of sex and the city theme, you can try 18 hats, 18 headresses, 18 tiaras, 18 BFFs for 18 candles, 18 Mr. Bigs for 18 roses and 18 fashion styles, 18 designer things and 18 glams for 18 treasures. Hope this helps.

  138. Rachelle says:

    So if you have a debut do you have to have a cotillion?? And okay can you only have 18 roses and 18 candles? And how does it go? Like do the 18 guys pick their song or do I have to pick for them? And for the girls for the candles where do they put it after their speech?

  139. Abbey says:

    Hi! What’s a good alternative for 18 roses for a travel theme? I need help :( Thanks!

  140. debut ideas! says:

    Hi abbey,

    For a travel theme, try 18 countries for 18 roses, 18 flags for 18 candles and 18 plane tickets or 18 souvenirs for 18 treasures/gifts. Hope this helps.

  141. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Rachelle,

    Some debutantes forego the cotillion because they don’t have time to practice it with their friends. Cotillion needs months of practice because all the dancers need to be coordinated for it to be successful. However, since all debutantes are already in college, the are too busy to find time to practice. They usually do have the 18s. The songs for the 18 roses can either be picked by you or your 18s. We have a list that you can pick from click here. The candles are either placed on one location because some debutantes really do blow all the huge 18 candles in one breath. Some encircle it on the cake table and some just use it as props and they will have 18 smaller candles on the cake. Hope this helps.

  142. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Nahna,

    A zen theme would really be great! For your 18s, you can try 18 cherry blossoms for your 18 roses (go for pink or white malaysian mums for props), 18 japanese lanterns for 18 candles or 18 origamis where your 18 candles have written their speeches. they will unfold the origami and read their speech, 18 bonsais or 18 bento boxes for your 18 treasures/gifts. Decorate your venue with lots of candles. Take inspiration from some of these pictures in our facebook page Have plain colored japanese lanterns surround your venue. For games, you can have origami game where you have distributed paper and instructions beforehand, call on 3 or 5 contestants and the fastest to create an origami wins. Hope this helps.

  143. aBBY says:

    hi..my debut is on dec20..i’m thinking of a fashion show theme..can u help me wat po ung ipapalit q sa mga 18 roses,candles,gifts and etc…and pls help me po sa program..

  144. Denise says:

    HI! I’m weighing between Grammy Awards and Grecian theme,
    I wanna ask what kind of invite fits those? I mean like, for movie theme, movie tickets?

    Thank you,
    Denise

  145. Bianca says:

    Hi i’m having an arabian nights debut this december. What’s a good substitute for the 18′s? :)

  146. ferissa says:

    hi.. Can u gve idea how can i clebr8 my 18 brthdy on our house.. If my mother will just cook food for my vsitors.. what 18 thing i should put.?

  147. kathina says:

    hi! i badly need your help, my debut is almost two months away from now….i got a pop-art theme party(lady gaga and Katy Perry inspired). can you suggest anything to substitute my 18 candles? thank very much :) )

  148. Riss says:

    HELLO! How about the 18 roses, candles, treasures & cheers of a circus themed party? :)

  149. camille says:

    hi. :) yung theme ko po is old hollywood combined with vogue, help naman po, gusto ko po kase palitan yung 18 roses, 18 candles and 18 treasures. thanks!

  150. papalhes says:

    hi. i’m planning for a military and rock themed party for my debut next year. and my birthday is actually on 12 june, independence day here in the Philippines. what 18′s ideas can i put in my party? thanks. :)

  151. debut ideas! says:

    Hello athea_07@yahoo.com.pg,
    Sorry unfortunately, we don’t know too many places that have great staircases in Makati or Manila.

  152. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Riss,

    You can go for 18 jugglers (the men will juggle some stuff while speaking or before dancing with you); 18 clowns and 18 balloons :) Hope this helps!

  153. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Kathina,

    You may want to explore 18 pop songs (your friends can dedicate 1 song for you!) or 18 celebs, with your friends posing as their favorite pop celebrities (they have to be warned that they have to be in a costume here!) =)

    Hope this helps and have fun!

  154. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ferissa,

    It depends. If you want your party not to be too serious, you can do away with the 18 candles. Choose a theme first! Here maybe this can help — http://debutideas.com/?p=1062

    Happy planning!

  155. genevieve says:

    Hi. I’m thinking of having Mystical Garden as my theme since my venue is a garden. And I’m planning to change my 18’s but I’ll retrain 18 treasures. As to 18 roses, I will change it with 18 calla lilies. I’m thinking of having 18 awards (they will award me something. In example, “Ms. Moody award” then they will explain why they gave me that award) and 18 statements (aka “banat” + they will give a trivia about me and birthday message too). But I find these 18s to be quite irrelevant to my theme. Can you please suggest me something to replace the name of treasures, awards and statements that will be somehow related to my theme? Thanks!

  156. Red says:

    Hi!
    Need suggestions on souvenirs and activities for a Barbie theme or a candyland theme?
    Thank you!

  157. cookies says:

    hi. My debut is this month. I’m having 18 candles, 18 treasures, 18 roses and 18 cheers. The thing is, I’m afraid baka kulangin yung time? Any tips on Making it go smoother. Or cheats to make it finish faster? The invitations are already sent so di ko na mabawi. Thanks.

  158. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Chesca, maybe you can get some ideas here :)
    http://debutideas.com/?p=1062

  159. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Papalhes,

    That’s a cool theme! Organizing a nationalistic themed party is interesting since it is something very unique! Maybe this article can also help you — http://debutideas.com/?p=857

    You can include 18 Rock Salutes — your friends will sing a portion of a rock song that they think suits your personality or they want to dedicate to you. You can replace your 18 Roses with 18 Soldiers, in which you dance with the men who you think you can depend on in times of need.

    Hope this helps! :)

  160. elaine says:

    hi.. i love your site!.. can i ask about the fashion show debut party how can i decorate the place?. and organize it?.and how about the invitation? i saw your 18 fierce poses etc. great idea! love it! .=)

  161. genevieve says:

    Hi. I’m thinking of having Mystical Garden as my theme since my venue is a garden. And I’m planning to change my 18’s but I’ll retrain 18 treasures. As to 18 roses, I will change it with 18 calla lilies. I’m thinking of having 18 awards (they will award me something. In example, “Ms. Moody award” then they will explain why they gave me that award) and 18 statements (aka “banat” + they will give a trivia about me and birthday message too). But I find these 18s to be quite irrelevant to my theme. Can you please suggest me something to replace the name of treasures, awards and statements that will be somehow related to my theme? Thank you.

  162. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Denise,

    For Grecian invites, you can make it as a scroll of parchment with burned edges. For the Grammy Awards, yes you can make them as movie tickets, or another spin could be a movie poster starring yourself! hope this helps!

  163. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Genevieve,

    I think what you have come up with is a good one already. Sometimes everything doesn’t have to be related to your theme. I think you will enjoy your 18 Awards and 18 Statements very well!

    Happy Birthday!

  164. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Elaine,

    Thanks Elaine. For your invites and stage decor, you can use this as inspiration click here for pictures. Hope this helps.

  165. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Joyce,

    18 Thousands is becoming a trend nowadays, a spin-off from the Filipino wedding tradition of pinning money on the bride and groom while dancing. You can replace 18 Roses with 18 Duets, in which she will sing duets with 18 men. You can replace 18 Treasures with 18 Tickets — the tickets need not be an actual ticket. Each friend will offer 1 ticket for a broadway show that she thinks the celebrant will enjoy and will fit her taste and personality.

    Hope this helps!

  166. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Lyca,

    Black and pink is a cool color scheme. Para siyang Katy Perry theme — nice and naughty. 18 Thousands, magbibigay ng 1K money each, maybe they can give a small message narin about their advice on how you should save your money or what to do with the money they’re giving you. usually mga ninongs at ninangs dito eh. 18 shots is the same as 18 toasts. so that’s basically a toast to the good life they want you to have. i suggest pumili ka lang ng around 2 to 3 na 18s kasi baka maging dragging na yung party. mahabang waiting time, baka mabore ang guests. pero depende rin kasi kung entertaining naman. =)

    Hope this helps!

  167. isabel says:

    hi there :) i’m having my debut next year, february. I’ve decided my venue to be at rembrandt. But i dunno yet how to put together masquerade theme and fashion runway theme. Can you give me ideas on how can i combine these two themes? I’ll take red as my color motif cause my birth month is when valentines day is celebrated and i’ll also put heart decorations. Is it a good idea? And what names can i replace to 18roses, 18gifts, 18candles. But i’m sure i’ll have 18catwalks, where me and my friends will walk like models. Can you please give me more ideas on how can i make my party lively and fun? Thanks! :)

  168. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Grace,
    What do you mean by “twist”? Anyway, make sure that your drinks are all in color red like strawberry juice and red wine and place apples all around the venue too!

  169. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Keeshia,

    For your 18s on your theme Memoirs of a Geisha, try the following: 18 Cherry Blossoms for your 18 roses (go for pink or white malaysian mums or pink carnations for props since they resemble cherry blossoms), 18 japanese lanterns for 18 candles or 18 origamis where your 18 candles have written their speeches on a paper and folded it origami style. They will unfold the origami and read their speech, and 18 bonsais or 18 bento boxes for your 18 treasures/gifts. hope this helps.

  170. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Isabel,

    Rembrandt is a nice venue to have and your theme would be perfect for it. It will be easy to combine these two themes. Have masks to give away at the entrance to add to your masquerade ambiance. The combination of the two themes will give you a more modern take on the masquerade theme. Ask your guests to dress to impress, come in their finest. Award those who are best dressed and ask them to walk the runway. Your idea of a mini-fashion show with you and your friends as the models is a great idea. Have your fiercest pose ready at the center of the catwalk for a photo op. For your 18s, 18 catwalks is a good idea for 18 candles where your 18s will walk the runway, pose and then render their speech. For 18 roses, try 18 masks, 18 Princes, or 18 fierce poses and 18 wacky poses, where each of your 18 roses will strike a pose at the center of the stage and then dance afterward. The poses can be funny or fierce – just talk it out with each one of your 18 roses and make each totally different. This will essentially be a photo-op so that you have a picture of all of your 18s. For the 18 treasures, you can have 18 snag this style, 18 styles, 18 shopping bags where each 18 candles will describe why they chose that style for you or why they thought of you when they bought that gift, etc. Hope this helps.

  171. Riss says:

    Hi, It’s me again. I just wanna ask if you have sample pictures of gowns that could match my Circus themed party. It could be a long or a baby doll gown that has a petticoat in it (I don’t know what they call that) ex. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=454442958610&set=a.454442913610.244390.73798053610 Saw this from your profile.

  172. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Bianca,

    For your Arabian Nights themed birthday party, maybe you can replace 18 Treasures with 18 Genies, 18 Candles with 18 Lamps and 18 Roses with 18 Arabian Knights.

    Hope this helps! :)

  173. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Jasmie,

    She can chose from 18 Vintage Finds (her friends can buy her anything vintage that’s pretty and that she’ll love like an old school hand bag for instance or an antique necklace), 18 Memories (her friends will tell a brief story about a particular memory they had with the debutante. maybe they can also buy a small present that has something to do with that particular story), 18 Treasures, and 18 Dances.

    Hope this helps!

  174. Riss says:

    Hi .. I just wanna ask if you have sample pictures of gowns that could match my Circus themed party. It could be a long or a baby doll gown that has a petticoat in it (I don’t know what they call that) ex. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=454442958610&set=a.454442913610.244390.73798053610 Saw this from your profile.

  175. K says:

    What’s a better name for my debut’s event if my theme is somewhat awards night/hollywood-ish?

  176. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Alyssa,

    For your Paris themed debut party, substitute ur 18s (dix-huit) with french words like fleurs de lis (for lily flowers) as substitute for roses, amis (means friends) and guider la lumiere (guiding light) as substitute for candles, and diamant, tresor and bijoux for 18 treasures/gifts. Hope this helps.

  177. debut ideas! says:

    Hi K,

    Hmmm… maybe “18th Golden K Awards” or “K on the Red Carpet at 18″

    You can search for titles of awards nights and derive from them :)

  178. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Red,

    For your Barbie themed 18th birthday party, you can have a game in which your friends will dress up barbie dolls according to how they perceive your style is. You will be the judge of course. You won’t know who styled each Barbie until you reach a decision :) Souvenir can include trinkets like tiny shoes, teacups, purses, mirrors, dresses, etc.

    If you want to have a Candyland themed debut party, you can have a contest wherein the participants will guess what each candy is. They will be blindfolded and they will guess what candy they will be given. Of course these candies must be the common ones. These candies can also be the ones you grew up knowing.

    Hope this helps!

  179. Harper says:

    Hi :) I’d like to have a disney princess theme for my debut and my debut is like on feb. I can’t seem to organize my thoughts so I was wondering if you could help me pull this thing off. You see I’ve been thinking of having a disney princess theme. I’d like to carry the Enchanted theme based from the movie enchanted. Can you help me? :( I was trying but my mind is like whacked. HAHA! Please please help me.

  180. ryn says:

    ano po pde ko gwin for my 18 shots? para magkaron ng twist . or para may gimik :( help! parang ang boring kse kung ung natural na speech lng.. ung sa frend ko kse, meron xang 18 different drinks then icoconnect sknya kung anu ung drink na un. pero ayoko nmn gayahin kse ampanget , meron pa po ba kayong ibang idea? thanks :)

  181. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Mandy,

    Pwedeng maging wishes ung 18 Balloons mo. Pagkatapos ng 18 balloons, papuputukin nila. If outdoor namn ung party, pwede nilang paliparin yung mga balloons. Pero it’s up to you, pwede mong bigyan ng iba pang kahulugan ang 18 Balloons, pero usually, wishes ang binibigay ng 18 Balloons

  182. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Jeryndelima,

    So sorry that we weren’t able to reply sooner. It’s never too late to have your debut right? I believe by this time you already have a plan on how to go about your debut. Having a theme would make planning easier. Once you have a theme, everything follows. It seems that you’re the type of girl who doesn’t want to dress up and doesn’t like the formalities of a typical traditional debut. In that case, you should pick a theme that is not so formal. A rave theme is somewhat informal and laid back. This party gives you the freedom to mingle with your guests and just have fun. Since you’re already 21, and I would assume your friends are in that age as well, a rave party will be perfect for you. You can still infuse a program of some sort and have all the elements in it like the 18s and in your case 21s. You may want to forgo the cotillion and have a talent portion instead (a dance number with friends). You may also put some games in your program to make it more lively. However, I suggest you make your program short so that by 10 or 11 o’clock, you and your guests are already on the dance floor. Afterall, rave parties are all about dancing the night away. For your 18s (21s) here are some samples: For candles, try 21 raves where your 21 candles will tell rave stories about you, 21 glowsticks or glow bracelets, each of the person holding one will break the glowstick first to light it up before making a speech. This can create drama if you dim the lights. For roses, try 21 Tequilla Shots, or champagnes where each of your roses will toast before dancing with you. You can also have a TOP 21, (instead of the TOP 100 in music countdowns), where you and your roses will dance to a favorite song of yours. For treasures, try keepsakes or mementos. Hope this helps. Happy planning!

  183. Maria kathlyn says:

    hi i really wanted a masquerade themed party can you help me decide on the program and what kind of gowns that could properly be right for my theme, can you also suggest entertainments or games because i don’t want my party to be boring and the usuals.i wanted it to be very different..also my friend are expecting my debut to be rally extravagant.. thanks for the help :)

  184. kath says:

    hi..love your site!

  185. elaine david says:

    hello :) i love your site :)

    paano po kung ang theme ay spongebob inspired ? or a piggy thing ? :)

  186. elaine david says:

    hello :) i love your site :)

    paano po kung ang theme ay spongebob inspired ? or a piggy thing ? :)

    o kaya ung traditional debut party pero nakahalo ung spongebob concept?

  187. VICTORIA says:

    can i ask for tips? im having a black with a touch of red debut. thanks. :)

  188. angel says:

    so im having a formal moulin rouge for my debut. so i see u have mentioned the roses and candles. how about for the 18 treasures?any special name? and for the songs in 18 roses, do u have other suggestions? super thanks! cheerios! P.S. any suggestions in any games for this theme? thank ya!

  189. marjorie says:

    hi i’m planning to have my debut. “princess” themed. and i want to replace my 18 candles,treasures and roses. suggestions pls? thnks

  190. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Mandy,

    Sorry for not replying sooner. 18 balloons is just a substitute or an alternative to the basic 18s. We have actually three sets of 18s but they were tweaked here and there and some debutantes added other 18s just so their guests will have participation in their debut party. I think 18 balloons are substituted for 18 treasures or gifts where they pop the balloon and they present you a gift, or in 18 candles where they pop the balloon and render a speech or make a wish. Hope this helps.

  191. mhai salingay says:

    hi!! i would like to ask if How will i give description to my 18 candles ,roses
    is it by their profession, characteristics, attitude??
    Could You give me a sample Pls…

  192. Bianca says:

    Hi! Im having an arabian themed debut. What can be a good twist to the treasures, roses and thousands? :)

  193. Viktoria Diosana says:

    Hello! Thank so much for this! (:

  194. Viktoria Diosana says:

    Hello, again~ (:

    My friend said there is also 18 hundreds where people chosen by the debutant give money to her in how much they can provide.

  195. Viktoria Diosana says:

    It’s me again. HAHA.

    What do people do in 18 cheers?

  196. Nei says:

    hi,
    I will be celebrating my debut on march, and I’m planning to have Butterfly theme and masquerade theme. And my motif is pink, black and silver. Is it ok? How can I combine those themes? What souvenirs is appropriate?
    And what name should I replace for my 18s?, Im thinking of having 18 roses, candles, gifts and 18 prosperity. My friend told me that 18 prosperity is just like 18K, but instead of giving 1K, they can give the amount they want to. I chose my ninongs and ninangs for this.

    THANKS :)

  197. Celina says:

    I just want to know the meaning of (para malaman ko po kung fit ung person na ilalagay ko):

    18 Roses
    18 Wishes
    18 Candles
    18 Treasures
    18 Shots / Wines / Toasts
    18 Cheers
    18 Balloons

    …& so that I can pick the best 3 18s and use it for my debut :)

  198. Angela says:

    Hi! I’m having a glow-in-the-dark themed debut. Can you help me think of something to subtitute for the 18 candles, treasures and roses? Thank you! :-)

  199. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Angela,

    For 18s try 18 glowsticks where your 18 candles will break the stick to make it glow before making a speech. For 18 roses, try 18 white roses. You will put in black light on your stage, your 18 roses will don black outfits with white gloves so that in an unlit stage with only the black light on, only the gloves and white roses will be seen. For 18 treasures, try 18 sparkles, 18 gems, 18 jewels, 18 diamonds. Hope this helps.

  200. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Celina,

    The 18 roses are given to guys close to you, close friend, friend or classmate. 18 candles are for 18 ladies who have made an impact in your life, who you look up to, who you are closest with so that these are your female relatives, classmates, friends, best friends, etc. The other 18s are just additional and are vague in its meaning. Their names are tweaked in order to adhere to a theme. 18 treasures are also 18 gifts, the purpose of which is to symbolize gift giving during a birthday. 18 toasts, 18 wishes, 18 champagnes, 18 bubbles, 18 wines, cheers, are all for well-wishers.

    The original 18s are 18 roses and 18 candles. As years passed, there came the addition of 18 treasures. The 18 roses symbolizes the 18 men in your life who has made an impact in your life. They may be a family member, a friend, a classmate or a relative. The 18 candles symbolizes the women in your life who are close to you and who you look up to as a role model in your life. 18 treasures has been added to showcase the gifts that the debutante will receive from her loved ones. The 18 balloons and 18 wines are just variations of the 18 roses and 18 candles in order to adhere to a theme.

    Happy planning!

  201. shargo says:

    hi, i was really amazed by our ideas!! you were so good.. im having my debut this march and i dont plan to have a really specific theme. the motif with be shades of purple and silver. and the most designs that i’ll be setting up is maybe, bubble/fog machine for the entrance and maybe some swirls hanging near the debutante’s area. i was want in to be simple yet unique. im not planning to have the tradtitional 18 roses(dance) and stuff.. im planning to change the names of all these 18 stuff to make it unique… can you suggest some? im thinking of 18 shots/toasts before they’ll give the message, 18 bracelets, 18 shouts (the expressiosn that i most said), 18 gems, 18 amethysts… what else?/ thanks!

  202. alex says:

    i’m thinking of a cross of masquerade and starry night… how can i pull this off? HELP!!

  203. alex says:

    scratch the masquerade, im having a hard time convincing my family… haha, so I’m not sure what theme I’m doing… I might do with the starry night theme, although I’m not sure how to pull it off… aaagh!

  204. Aira says:

    hi, do you have ideas for traditional 18′s in a pool/beach party? thanks you…

  205. chia says:

    Hi! I still want to have a debut party eventhough I already turned 18 last september.
    Because my father promised me that he’ll give me party when he arrived here
    so that we can celebrate it all together. Pero ayoko naman ng sobrang bongga na gagastos ng napaka laki. Gusto ko lang yung may 18 roses,candles,shots, and treasures. Do you know a place/s that is affordable yet maganda ang venue.
    Kahit di masyadong malaki. Basta maging okay at comfortable lang lahat ng visitors ko. Hope you could help me. Thanks! :)

  206. jin says:

    hi!my friends are requesting me to celebrate my debut so we will have a chance to be together.they want me to have 18 candles,18 roses etc and they even volunteered to be part of it.i am planning to celebrate my debut but i’m not sure if i will have money for it or if my parents will agree to celebrate it but if they would,i want to have a simple but fun debut party wherein my family and friends will surely have a graet time.may you please help me in thinking about the theme and in planning?
    and there are many boys in our family which will be my 18 roses but how about my friends?what am i going to do with them?should i assign them as my 18 balloons and we’ll have a dance as well?

  207. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Marjorie,

    For a princess theme, I’m thinking of a grand Royal dance instead of the 18 roses where your 18 roses will be in a circle in the dance floor with you in the center, and then they will come up to you one by one and dance with you with just one single waltz song. For 18 candles, try 18 fair maidens, 18 flowers in the garden. For your 18 treasures try 18 fairy godmothers, 18 jewels, 18 tiaras, 18 crowns. hope this helps.

  208. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Harper,

    Sorry for not replying soon enough. It is good though that you already have sort of a picture of what your party will be like. Having a movie theme like that of Enchanted would be a big help because you just take elements of that movie and incorporate it to your party. For instance, the ball gown that Amy Adams have there are all gorgeous and just screams princess theme. You can have songs from the movie too as your grand entrance for instance the song where Amy and Patrick danced to “So Close” is just so magical. Have your 18s or probably just your escort wear a prince-like outfit to match your princess gown. You can also put in buildings in your stage as a backdrop (to depict NY as your setting). hope this helps.

  209. jillian says:

    wat would you suggest for a glitzy and glamorous theme for my debut?

  210. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Jillian,

    You may want to read on our article about the awards night and old hollywood because that totally screams glitz and glamour! Here is the link Old Hollywood and Awards Night theme. hope this helps.

  211. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Jin,

    Debuts need not be so expensive in order to be memorable. You have so many supportive friends and relatives that are willing to help you so capitalize on that. You can make your souvenirs and invites DIY to cut cost. If you have a tita who knows how to cook, then ask her to cook a few viands for you and then probably a friend or another tita or ninang who knows how to bake who will make your cake. The 18 balloons for your boy friends is a great idea. Make the dances short so that your guests will not be bored. Hope this helps.

  212. Ann says:

    Hello there! i’m not sure if this is too broad for a theme but i’m planning to have an asian theme for my debut :) what do you think? :) and can you help me think of something to substitute for the 18 candles, treasures and roses? THANK YOU! :)

  213. Clara says:

    Hey! Great site! :D

    I was just wondering what to replace the 18 wishes and 18 treasures in an art gallery themed debut?

    Thank you!

  214. Ching Garay says:

    Hello! i need your help with your great ideas about debut.. mine is fast approaching, i was just wondering if you have an idea about combining a Barbie, Aphrodite,summer garden and glamorous theme? thank you! :) )

  215. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ching Garay,

    You can look for our database of themes here:

    http://debutideas.com/?cat=5

    We have articles on Greek Mythology inspired debut parties, pool parites, butterfly theme, Bollywood theme party, Alice in Wonderland theme party, etc.

    Hope this helps! :)

  216. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Clara,

    Maybe you can go for 18 Paint colors, in which your friends are wearing different colors that represent each color from a palette. Each of them will tell you why they think you can be described with the color they are wearing, then make a wish for you. 18 Art Buyers may replace 18 Treasures on your debut party :)

    Hope this heps!

  217. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Ann (babyteen_pink@yahoo.com),

    That’s a good theme! I’m glad that you are proud to be an Asian :) But yes I think that would be too broad. Even though most Asians have roughly the same look, our cultures vary greatly. Maybe you can concentrate on one nationality like Filipino or Japanese or Thai. We have an article about Filipino themed birthday parties you might be interested to read http://debutideas.com/?p=857
    If you want to have a Japanese theme for example, you can either go for the pop culture (like Anime) or the traditional one where you get to have Cherry blossoms as your main decoration, which would be beautiful.

    Happy planning and we hope we have helped you in a way!

  218. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Aira,

    For your beach themed 18th birthday party, maybe you can go for 18 Seashells, 18 Toasts and 18 Candles (this is a traditional 18 but it can be used in pool and beach parties because they simply look beautiful in these places) or perhaps 18 Lightbulbs — your guests will each be holding a string of colorful Christmas lights to make you a wish.

    Hope this helps!

  219. paw reyes says:

    hi sis..im having my debut this march..il have a black and white party..can u suggest me what is d color of my gown..i want to stand out..thanks sis..can u please suggest instead of 18roses ano pa po ibang tricks and for my 18 candles also sis..thanks sis..more power..

    and sis panu po pla ung idea mo for metamorphosis of a debutant..thanks tlga..

  220. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Shargo,

    You’re on the right track with the 18 name substitutions. It will be easier with a theme though but it is not really necessary. You can have 18 wines, champagne, cheers for 18 candles. For 18 roses, you can have 18 sweets, 18 chocolates, 18 flowers (different kinds) 18 dances, 18 serenades, 18 gentlemen, etc. For 18 treasures you can have 18 jewels, diamonds, balloons (they will pop a balloon before greeting you). Hope this helps.

  221. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Paw,

    Usually for black and white parties, a different colored gown is the best so that you will stand out among a sea of black and white gowns. Try something in the shade of midnight blue and then adorned with silver trimmings. You don’t necessarily have to have a striking color to standout. Usually the design of the gown will actually do the trick. We have some design suggestions in our debut ideas facebook page that you may want to look into. About the 18s, it depends on the theme for instance in this case, black and white, probably something to do with those colors.. you can have 18 white balloons, 18 white chocolates 18 white roses, 18 black elegance, etc. Happy Birthday Paw!

  222. Pamela Marie Contreras says:

    hello. can i ask? can u give me tips of 18′s of halloween type of debut? umm. pwde po bang 5 ung 18′s? basta haloween type? thanks po. =)) please answer me asap.

  223. shargo says:

    thanks! i planned to have 18 serenades and 18 surprises (treasures).. :) do you have any suggested game? my theme would be magical enchanted. motif will be various shades of purple and silver. thanks!

  224. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Pamela,

    I believe five sets of 18s is okay.. it is just that if you think about it.. 18 dances plus 4sets of 18s=72 speeches/toasts/gift giving of probably 2 to 5 minutes each.. it will really be too much for your guests.. so if you are planning on having 5 sets, make sure to keep your guests entertained by infusing some games in between or something. Try these 18 replacements for your Halloween theme.. 18 spooky events, 18 jack o’ lanterns for 18 candles, 18 scariest things, 18 zombies, 18 scary costumes, 18 tricks and 18 mysteries for 18 roses, 18 treats, 18 candies for 18 treasures. Hope this helps.

  225. Angela says:

    Hi! I’m having my debut soon. Can you please give me ideas for a Paris themed party? Please do give me alternative names for the traditional 18s.
    Thank you so much!

  226. jhem says:

    hi :> hm . can you help me to choose whats the right theme for me ? i was thinking about 80’s theme but i knoe some of my guest will not cooperate ! so help me pls i want a unique theme not a simple but bongacious . i like hello kitty , pink stuff ! kikay po ko e :>> salamat po !

  227. Audrey says:

    Hi,

    Choosing a theme for your party should depend on your personality. It will be easier if you base the theme around what you like. Are you into sports? Then go for a sport-themed party. If you are looking for a little more glamorous, how about a Hollywood-like black and white party? As long as you base your theme on things that you like, then you won’t have any difficulty planning your party. For more ideas on your party themes, you can explore our site or check out http://debutideas.com/?cat=5.

    Happy planning!

  228. Audrey says:

    Hi Angela,

    A Paris-themed party sounds like a great idea! You can decorate your venue to resemble a cafe with a huge Eiffel Tower backdrop. Put huge images of famous landmarks in Paris like the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees. Place some outdoor umbrellas and lots of flowers in planters to give you that feeling of being in the streets of Paris. You can also use various cheeses and wines, which the French are known for, as your centerpieces. To give you some ideas, you can explore our site or check out our Ideas & Themes.
    As for alternative names for your 18s, you can check out our Party Guide. Hope this helps and happy planning!

  229. MeiRel says:

    Hey Debut Ideas! Ill be having my debut on October this year. I really wanted a vintage inspired one with a bit of purple touches. Ive considered The Old Hollywood theme as it is somewhat related to vintage and actually got a lot of ideas from that. Can you suggest a party give away, invitation design and design of a debut gown that mainly focuses as ‘vintage’ more than old hollywood?

  230. ei says:

    Hi Debut ideas!
    I’m planning my debut with my mom. We don’t have a professional planner that’s why I’m having trouble with the program.
    Beach chic is my theme. Can you give websites that can help me?

    Thank u!!! ?

  231. Marj says:

    Hello debut ideas! :) I’m having a fairytale inspired debut. What could be a substitute name for the 18 candles? Also, what are the games that you can suggest so that everybody would have fun during my party? Where could I also insert these games in the program? Thank you very much! God bless! More powers! :)

  232. Thechc says:

    Hi po, I really need your advice. I`ll be 18th soon. And I don`t know what will I do po. Pero I want a blue themed for my debut. Something like calm and magical lol. I`m in abroad din po kaya its so hard to find a venue for my debut. Plus kulang po yung boys ko for my 18 roses. Any advice will do? Thanks!

  233. Hannah Larriza says:

    Hi! Can you suggest different 18’s for Sex and the city theme. Thanks!

  234. Audrey says:

    Hi Hannah,

    Sex and the City became popular because of its fashion style. To go with the theme, you may want to focus your 18s on the same concept. Your 18 roses can be 18 accessories wherein everyone will give you a bracelet instead of a rose. The TV series is also about the Big Apple so you can add that in your idea pool as well. For some more ideas, you can check out our 18s Ideas.

    Happy planning!

  235. Audrey says:

    Hi Thechc,

    The guys in your 18 roses don’t have to be just friends of yours. These guys can be those who are close to you including family members. You can include cousins, uncles or even a brother-in-law (if you’re close to him)!

    Great choice for a color motif! You can go both ways with blue – ethereal and magical or glam rock. You can go for a Fire and Ice party. Divide the room into 2 – red for fire and blue for ice. Use blue lights to give that sense of being inside an ice cave or igloo.
    Fire and Ice
    Fire and Ice
    Fill your venue with blue or lavender-colored foliages like hydrangeas. This will have so much impact and will surely be a memorable party!
    If you want to maximize the blue color, go for something whimsical. Why not go for a fairy-like party or an enchanted forest theme party? You can check out this Fairy Theme Party to give you some ideas for your party. If you don’t want your senses to be overpowered with the color blue, use it as touches or pops of color in your party instead of filling your venue with the color.
    enchanted garden
    The good thing about these themes is that you can have it indoors or outdoors!

  236. Lanie says:

    Hi, I’m planning to have a vintage themed debut. Please suggest me some 18′s, don’t want the usual candles, roses, treasures, and shots. I want something unique and really vintage. Please help me:)

  237. joy says:

    good afternoon. this coming June will be my debut celebration. i am now having a problem on what are the 18′s that i will be including in my party.

  238. hey! :) good day. i’d like to ask your help in planning for my 18th birhtday party. i’d really like it to be really simple, yet worth remembering. I’m having confusion as to what theme it would be because i don’t have final budget yet. But here are tips as to what i like : i like anything BLUE, simple yet elegant, I also like to try some new things which could fit with my fave color. Can you please give me your suggestions? Although my birthday is still about 6 months away, i’d like to prepare now so i could save up more to add up to the budget. i hope you could give me your ideas soon! :) thanks.

  239. jantian says:

    Hi! I find your website really helpful! Would you mind giving your contact details? Thanks.

  240. Audrey says:

    Hi Shati Lorenna,

    If you want to base your theme on your favorite color, then I would suggest having a Icy Blue or Winter Wonderland theme party. Both are simple, yet elegant theme that can be quite memorable. However, I would advice to use different shades of blue to give your decorations some depth.

    For your decorations, you can drape the ceiling with baby blue or light blue cloth for some drama. Use sheer cloth which will provide some great effects once the light is on. Also, use blue lights for some ambience. An Icy Blue themed party can be a combination of white and blue or silver and blue. Place some great, white flowers as centerpieces with several tea light candles on glasses. To save on money, you can use whatever glasses you have. It doesn’t matter if they are of different shapes or sizes – this will make it more intimate.
    Icy Blue Party
    If you prefer something a lot more elegant, you can have chandelier-like lighting for each table. However, you don’t need to spend on chandeliers on this. What you can do is tie some Christmas lights above each table from the ceiling doing down the table. Make sure that the lights are tied longer in the middle than on the outside to resemble the shape of a chandelier. This will give you a chandelier look without the expense. You can also place some glitters on the table for some added elegance.
    Icy Blue Party
    You can also use dried up branches of trees or sticks and paint it white to use as your main decorations for your venue. Just like the ones shown below. Also, place different sized paper lanterns all over your venue from huge, round ones to small lanterns.
    Icy Blue Party themeBlue Themed Party

    For your invitations, it can be quite simple using blue colored paper decorated with glitters or tie the invitation with white lace and blue ribbon.
    Icy Blue Invitations
    These are just some few ideas that you can use for your party using blue as a theme. With a little creativity and a lot of imagination, you don’t need to spend a lot to have a memorable debut. Hope this helps! :)

  241. Audrey says:

    Hi Joy,

    Remember this is your night so you can include all or a few of the traditional 18s in your party. The 18s you include will depend on how long you want the main program to be or you can choose to just stick with the 18 roses and 18 candles or just to do the roses. It will all depend on how long you want the entire program to be. Happy planning!

  242. kaye says:

    i just want to ask how to have a beach party…its a debut party? what ideas can you share about it? thanks

  243. kaye says:

    i just want to ask how to have a beach party…its a debut party,what ideas can you share about it? thanks

  244. Audrey says:

    Hi Jantian,

    You can check out our contact page for the details. Thanks!

  245. Audrey says:

    Hi Kaye,

    To help you get along on your planning, you can check out our Ideas and Themes page. There are ideas there on how to hold a pool party or beach party theme. Happy planning!

  246. Audrey says:

    Hi Ei,

    A professional planner may help you with the nitty gritty of planning your debut, but having one does not have to be necessary. For your program, you can look at our Debut Program flow to help you along. Hope this helps!

  247. Audrey says:

    Hi Lanie,

    There are so many ideas to have your traditional 18s with a twist to go with your Vintage theme. A great idea is to borrow the “something old” idea. For your 18 treasures, you can ask your friends to bring something vintage that they think describes you best.

  248. jojo says:

    hi there! :D

    I got loads of help from you before and I need help again :D
    Well, I am going to have a Korean themed debut and was wondering of what I can add/or replace for the traditional 18′s. I would really appreciate it even if you just give me a tip :)

  249. Jelyn says:

    Hello! :)

    I’ll be celebrating my debut this coming june12. I’m having a hard time deciding for the name of my traditional 18′s because it’s a fairytale inspired and I don’t follow any fairytale character in particular. How can I rename my 18 roses, 18 treasure, 18 revelations, and 18 cupcakes with candle in relation to my theme? Thank you and God bless! :)

  250. Annika says:

    Hello :D

    I just wanna ask for your opinion on what could be the best title replacement for my 18′s. I already though to replace 18 roses to 18 songs (instead of dancing with me, they could sing for me :D ). I still don’t have any idea to replace 18 treasures and 18 candles. Pleasee help me.. Thank you very much in advance :D

  251. Catherine says:

    Hi Debut Ideas! :) I’m having my debut this September and we were planning to have it based on gems. Can you please give me cute or unique names for 18 roses, candles and treasures? And can you give me another kind of 18s? Thanks!

  252. Celina says:

    can a guy be an 18 treasure? Or is it exclusive for girls?

  253. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Celina,

    18 treasures can be for male and females but they are more for people who are older. The criteria is that they should be able to give you something. It may not always be money but since they are already stable, have work, giving you a gift or cash is just a second thing. They are older and wiser so they may give you advise on your journey toward adulthood. They may not know everything but they know something and they will just be happy to share them with you. Remember what they will advise you because that is what is really valuable and that will be your treasure. Hope this helps.

  254. Riss says:

    18′s for a cowboy themed party? :)

  255. nadine says:

    i thought of having a red white and black party on september, what would be a good substitute for the traditional 18 roses,candles and teasures?

  256. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Nadine,

    It’s hard to substitute the 18s with just a color scheme in mind. Some generics may be used like 18 white or red roses (18 roses), 18 white or red balloons (18 candles), 18 black ties (18 roses), 18 black dresses (18 candles), 18 red things (18 treasures) (eg. red lipstick, red shirt, red dress, red shoes). hope this helps.

  257. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Catherine,

    For 18s you can try 18 diamonds for 18 roses (18 treasures), 18 pearls for 18 candles, 18 emeralds for 18 treasures. hope this helps.

  258. diane says:

    hi,..good day,..ill be celebrating my debut a month from now but i still dont have conrete plans about it. I want to change the 18 roses and candles into something unique but i dont have any ideas. i dont have theme yet, but my motiff would be color blue with silver? any suggestion? i really need your opinion,..thanks

  259. mary rose ann says:

    hi can you help me make some alteration. its like a thanksgiving party as well as 21th birthday.. uhm i like it to be a theme wherein i want to show appreaciation..

  260. Shara says:

    Hi! I’m still confused of the themes I will use. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glass-Garden/72136263134?ref=ts This is the venue of my Debut for next year. Do you think what theme can I use?

    I want a my party with butterflies that looks like a fairytale because that is my day and I want to be a princess. I am a model also, so I want that my theme has it’s touch of a model look. It’s a night party so I may also include glow sticks with a dim light during the party night.
    What do you think? Please help me Is this a good decision of mine? What do you want to add to make my debut more beautiful. THANKS!

  261. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Shara,

    For your venue, a Fairytale theme or butterfly theme would be totally awesome. I am not liking the glow sticks though if you are to pick Fairytale or butterfly because it just doesn’t jive. What you can do though is to place luminaries around your venue. On the stairs where you will have your grand entrance. It will be so romantic. You can even make your own luminaries. Buy paper bag and stencil out either your initials or a butterfly and then put tealight candles inside glass cups before placing it inside the paper bag.. Remember safety first. That would really look fabulous. Hope this helps.

  262. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Mary rose,

    Are you going to have a 21st birthday party? Well I believe any theme is possible. It depends on what you want to do.. Choose a theme that you will have fun doing. More popular theme choices for birthdays are Casino inspired, Sex in the City inspired, prom inspired (brings back memories). For showing appreciation, create a program where you will insert a portion for a speech or a song number to show appreciation to the people in your life. Hope this helps.

  263. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Diane,

    It is really hard to change the 18s without a theme.. The 18s are changed to adhere to a theme that a debutante will have. You may want to pick out some 18 changes that we have here in this article 18 options that you find closely adhere to what you want your party to be. Hope this helps.

  264. Dianne says:

    Hello! I don’t feel like dancing in 18 roses. Can you suggest an alternative? :)

  265. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Dianne,

    Ask your 18s to come up on stage and they would think that they will do the usual 18 roses dance but then the host will announce that they will be participating in a game. The one who wins will be your escort for the night. If you are having a fashion show inspired theme, you and your 18 roses can just walk the runway and pose your fiercest pose in the center which will be a great photo-op. Hope this helps.

  266. Hannah says:

    Hi! :) ahm i just want you to ask the 18′s for a “taking you to the milky way” themed party. and can you also give me an idea of what will I do with my 18K’s. :) ) THANKS A LOT! :) ) by the way, i love your site! :) )

  267. Pola says:

    Hello! My debut is on nov25 2k11.. I am thinking that what if I replace my candles into 18 shots
    so my 18′s would be

    18 shots
    18 thousands
    18 roses

    added to that.. I want to know what those 18s symbolizes/meaning related to debut

    PS: my theme is just plain formal xD Black Tie Optional

  268. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Hannah,

    Is your theme “Taking you to the milky way” kinda like a Space theme? If it is, maybe what you can do for your 18s is to have an “18 Shooting Stars” for your 18 wishes, and “18 Constellations” to replace your 18 Candles.

    Happy debut party planning! :)

  269. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Pola,

    That’s a great idea! This article might help you understand the meaning of the 18s. Traditional 18′s Ideas. Hope this helps.

  270. Hannah says:

    oh yes! that would be great, thankyou. ahm, one more thing, honestly, i am not really sure of what theme will i have. I really want a motif of BLUE, so can you help me decide of what theme? thankyou so much! :)

  271. Karen says:

    hi. i’m karen nd im turning 18 this coming nov.30 i have this problem that i can’t decide what theme i will prefer. Coz i dont want to spend more money. I just want sinple but memorable. Can u help me decide what theme?and also names of 18 roses, candle,and treasure. I prefer colors of pink, lavender or violet and white for the color of the cloth will be used in decorating the venue. thank you so much

  272. Karen says:

    ahm what if i prefer American Idol theme?

  273. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Karen,

    I think your color palette is a nice color combination. As for the American Idol theme 18s, you can go with 18 favorite rock songs, 18 electric guitars, 18 rock bands, etc. If you want to have an American Idol inspired birthday, you can list 18 famous American idol contestants and use that for your 18s. Your music for your 18 roses dance can be songs that have been played in American Idol. You can pattern your stage to that of American Idol’s and have a singing showdown with some of your 18s after which you will emerge as the winner. You can also do an AVP similar to what is being shown in American Idol when they are introducing the contestants. Print the famous blue American Idol backdrop on a canvas that will serve as a photobooth backdrop or probably a backdrop for your stage. Hope this helps.

  274. Shayne says:

    Hi! I just found out about your site and it’s pretty amazing. Too bad, it’s too late that I found this site. My 18th birthday is next week and I’m having a Glam Rock themed party with a motif of Black&Pink but I’m having problems with the clothes I will require my guests to wear. Can u please help me with this. This will help me so much. Thank you! :)

  275. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Shayne,

    It will be difficult to have them wear glam rockish outfits most especially the older adults. Maybe if you stick to a certain color for instance pink or white and black (it will not be impossible that your guests will have a white polo and a white or black dress on their closets. Hope this helps and happy birthday!

  276. Monette says:

    Good Afternoon, can you please help me to decide what kind of motif will I be going to have on my debut. It’s kinda early for me to prepare for next year’s event but I just want to be sure. I want to have a glamour,fantasy,enchanting debut but how can I organize everything? Please I need your expertise. Thanks a Lot. God Bless Admin.

  277. Gia says:

    Hi! While I was browsing through your themes for ideas for my upcoming 18th birthday, I was sold to your Alice in Wonderland theme. I’m thinking of what to name my 18s. I am hoping you could help me. Thanks! :D .

    P.S. Your website helps a LOT of ladies. Keep it up! :D .

  278. KIMBERLY says:

    hello my debut is on Jan 5, 2k12
    Im planning to have a pink and black theme. Is the colors okay? Kindly help me. Thanks :)

  279. joice.xan says:

    konnichiwa! :) I just wanna know wat wil be da perfect attire for a “starry-starry nyt party?” pls do help.
    God bless debut Ideas

  280. debut ideas! says:

    hmmm, maybe you can have a silver gown (as you are the star of the night). a dark outfit is sad so it’s good if you dress up with something brighter with this theme. good luck!

  281. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Monette, what motif are you thinking of now?

  282. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Kimberly,

    Pink and black theme for your 18th birthday is a cool color! Not only does it show your feminine side but also your strong independent character.
    Your peg could be Taylor Swift’s 18th birthday party!


    http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20175663,00.html

    We encourage you to go ahead with it. =)

    Hope this helps!

  283. Stephanie Hwang says:

    Hello!

    I’m having my debut by the month of May this coming year. And I’m planning to have a K-Pop theme party. Can please give me some advise on how am I going to plan my debut with this theme. I hope that you could help me. Thank you! :)

  284. Sham says:

    My Debut will be in Glass Garden, and I don’t have any idea yet on how it looks like. I want it to be the most wonderful night ever! I want a runway theme debut party, elegant but not that boring. Any idea on how I will design my venue. Thank you!

  285. Christelle says:

    Hi! I am planning of having a barbie themed party… may I ask what are your suggestions in 18s ( flowers,candles,gifts), souvenirs and other gimicks? Thank you so much :)

  286. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Christelle,

    For you Barbie-themed debut birthday, maybe you can have “18 Kens” to replace your 18 Roses (these Kens will be the special men in your life). I was thinking maybe you can retain all the other 18s except that all of them will come in miniature sizes! Your friends can light up mini candles, give you tiny gifts and small pink and violet flowers. Just an idea! :)

    Hope this helps!

  287. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Sham,

    http://www.mcazeem.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Catwalk-Skills-For-Runway-Modeling.jpg
    A runway platform is a must! :) Your layout should be in such a way that all your guests’ seats and tables are on both sides of the runway stage. Then just fill it with Christmas lights and that will be amazing!!

    Hope this helps!

  288. Zel says:

    Hi! It seems that my older post surprisingly vanished so I’m here to make another one. HAHAHA! =))))))

    I’m thinking of having BLUE-BLACK-WHITE color motif. Mostly BLUE, and the black and white as the “background” colors. I would like to ask some assistance in thinking of a theme with these colors. Also, any suggestion for my entrance? I really want it to be unique eh. :)

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!

  289. apple says:

    hello,
    were planning an 18th bday and it should be funky rock… do u have any suggestions what color she must wear?

  290. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Apple,

    I’m thinking a combination of black and hot pink can do the trick :D

    Hope this helps!

  291. Joanne says:

    Hello, Ano po yung glam party? Please help, until now po wala pa akong theme sa debut ko. :)

  292. Joanne says:

    Hello, Ano po yung glam party? Please help, until now po wala pa akong theme sa debut ko.

  293. debut ideas! says:

    Hi Joanne (annelovesyou24@yahoo.com),

    A glam party is basically where everybody is all glammed up. It’s like a red carpet party where guests, decorations, photographs, etc. all look glamorous. Look up the parties done in Hollywood, almost all of them are glam parties :)

    Hope this helps!

  294. hershey says:

    hi ….
    i want to have a theme like nicki minaj and katy perry style .. pero anu po yung magandang 18 ideas for that theme po??? reply asap thanks
    godbless po …

  295. hershey says:

    hi ….
    i want to have a theme like nicki minaj and katy perry style .. pero anu po yung magandang 18 ideas for that theme po??? reply asap thanks
    godbless po … take care

  296. Denisse says:

    Hello po!
    I’m having my debut party on mid-August and up until now, I’m still having second thoughts on my theme. I want a color splash on a white or a black background or a galaxy-like theme or a art-like theme. Is it okay if I’m gonna mix them all? If so, what would I call it? How about the 18s? Any suggestion?
    Thanks! :)

  297. Debut Ideas! says:

    Hi Denisse!

    Are you familiar with the Holi festival held in India? In this festival of colors, colorful water and powder are thrown on people within range while everybody parties! Take a look at these images to get the vibe I’m arriving at.

    The Holi FestivalHoli / Festival of Colors 2013Holi / Festival of Colors / FisheyeHoli / Festival of Colors 2013Holi / Festival of Colors 2013Holi / Festival of Colors 2013
    Holi / Festival of Colors 2013Holi paintHoli / Festival of Colors 2013Holi / Festival of Colors 2013


    Holi Festival, a gallery on Flickr.

    In such party, your guests won’t have to look their best and wear their prettiest clothes because they will all get “colorified” anyway, if there’s such a thing. Okay, we just love inventing things!

    Make sure your guests all wear white and that they are aware that they will be going home looking messy and yes, colorful!
    Former MTV VJ Patty Laurel even used this theme for her pre-nup / engagement photos
    http://www.pattylaurel.com/2012/02/engagement-shoot-by-mango-red.html

    You can also see the theme here in Ke$ha’s music video:
    (you can see it starting 1:32)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edP0L6LQzZE

    And by the way, visit this link and also this to know more about the Holi Festival.

    For your 18s, you can have something like, “18 Color Throws” where your loved ones throw colored dye at you before making a wish or giving a message. “18 Glitter Sprinkles” is another version, where glitters are sprinkled over your head by your 18 special guests. Be careful with glitters though as they can irritate your eyes!

    Hope these suggestions help. =)

    Happy Planning!

  298. Debut Ideas! says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    We just posted an article for the K-Pop theme.
    http://debutideas.com/2013/06/partying-k-pop-style/

    Happy reading!

  299. Debut Ideas! says:

    hi mhai,

    you can just describe the people based on your relationship with them, or how they inspire you, how they’ve been a huge part of your life. i think that’s the best way you can introduce them, instead of announcing their line of work, because that’s not really important. :)

  300. Debut Ideas! says:

    Hi Elaine,

    I think having a traditional debut party infused with Spongebob is a bit weird, don’t you think? You don’t need to have a traditional debut party. Why not have an under-the-sea or Bikini Bottom – Themed debut party so you can include Spongebob in your setup!

  301. Debut Ideas! says:

    Hi Viktoria,

    For 18 cheers, people will do a toast. They will wish you all the best for your future. :)

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