Throwing a sweet-sixteen party is a fun way to celebrate a young woman's birthday. Family, friends, music and food are all important, but do not forget to include a bouquet designed especially for the birthday girl. Roses are commonly used in sweet sixteen bouquets, using either all red or white, or a combination of both. Red roses symbolize love, while white roses symbolize purity. Making your own bouquet allows you to design it specifically for that special person and allows you to use your garden fresh flowers.
Select 16 red or white roses, or use a combination of the two colors. If using flowers from the garden, cut and arrange the bouquet the day before the event, and store it in a vase of water to keep it fresh. Use roses that are partially open so they stay fresher longer.
Arrange the roses into a round-shaped bouquet by placing taller roses in the center of the bouquet, and arranging gradually shorter flowers around the outside edges. Add baby's breath sparsely in between the roses and, if desired, place some greenery such as ferns or leaves around the outside edges of the flowers to create a collar.
Wrap the stems with floral tape starting underneath the flowers working down the stems and cut off the excess tape at the bottom. Trim the stems to all one length once they are secured together.
Cut a piece of 1/2-inch wide ribbon twice the length of the stems. Hot-glue one end of the ribbon at the top of the stems under the flowers, then wrap down the stems, overlapping the edges of the ribbon. At the bottom, pull the ribbon over the ends of the stems, and then wrap back up the stems, overlapping the edges of the ribbon. Cut off any excess ribbon and hot glue the end to secure.
Use an extra piece of of ribbon, approximately 10-inches in length, to tie around the stems, making a shoelace bow from the loose ends. Place a bit of hot glue underneath the bow to secure if needed.