There’s something beautifully bittersweet about watching a daughter grow up.  From her arrival to her first toddling steps to her high school prom and far beyond, she is always your baby and you’ll do anything in your power to see her happy. Make sure her rite of passage into adulthood is the occasion of her dreams with a Sweet 16 or Quinceanera party at the ACU Hotel & Conference Center. 

Benefits of Having a Sweet 16 & Quinceanera at a Conference Center

We take care of all the details!

When parents are planning a party for their daughters, they’ve got enough on their plates. Here, our experienced event planners will meet with you to discuss all of your needs, your vision for your daughter’s party and all the other details of her special day. They can then formulate a plan and make that vision a reality. 

No celebration is complete without food! Our on-site catering staff has an extensive menu from which to choose the perfect hors d’oeuvres, meals and desserts for your party. We use only the freshest ingredients in our recipes and patronize local vendors whenever possible. If any of your special guests have special dietary restrictions, just let us know. We can usually accommodate them. 

Our conference center boasts nearly 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, much of it configurable for your unique needs. We can easily and comfortably accommodate your group of up to 150 people. 

Out-of-town guests coming for the grand occasion? No problem! Our 110-room hotel is on the same quiet and serene grounds of Arizona Christian University. It’s just a lovely walk across campus.

What is a Sweet 16 Party?

A Sweet 16 is a coming of age party, celebrated mainly in the United States & Canada. It celebrates the passage into adulthood. 

What is a Quinceanera?

Also a coming of age party, the quinceanera is common in Latin American countries. This party celebrates a girl’s 15th birthday, as she moves into adulthood. Typically, there is a religious ceremony, followed by a party. Dress is more formal than a sweet 16 party. 

Amenities Provided by the ACU Hotel & Conference Center

  • Experienced and knowledgeable event planning staff
  • On-site catering department with an extensive menu
  • Banquet staff to set up, serve and break down your event
  • Provisions for entertainment (such as electrical equipment)
  • On-site hotel
  • Free parking

Quick Tips for Planning a Sweet 16 or Quinceanera Party

  • Decide on your budget
  • Pick your date
  • Choose your venue
  • Determine your theme
  • Determine your dress code
  • Create your guest list
  • Meet with your planner 
  • Meet with your caterer to decide on menu, cake, special needs, etc. 
  • Order your invitations
  • Don’t forget to check in with your planner/caterer for updates
  • Have an amazing party!

Common Questions About Sweet 16 Parties 

Should we have a dress code?

It is appropriate to communicate a dress code with your invitations. It sets a tone for your party and lets your invitees know what is expected. 

Will ACU Hotel & Conference Center decorate for the party?

Yes, we will! Simply bring us the decorations at least 72 hours before the party and we’ll make sure the room looks fabulous. 

Do I need to supply my own decorations for the party?

Yes. Since decorations are such an integral part of your party, we want to avoid miscommunication at all costs. This way, you know you’re getting exactly what you want. 

Should the meal be a sit-down plated meal or buffet-style?

Most Sweet 16s and Quinceaneras choose buffet. This way, you don’t break the rhythm of your party and there are more choices available for picky eaters and those with special dietary needs. 

Common Questions About Quinceanera Parties

How many people does your venue accommodate?

We can host up to 120 people at the ACU Hotel & Conference Center

Is there a sound system available for our band?

Yes, we do have a sound system available for your band. Please note that bands will need to get prior approval. 

What is the dress code for a Quinceanera?

Formal attire. Dark suits and ties for the gentlemen, Floor-length evening gowns or cocktail dresses for the ladies. 

How many hours does the rental cover?

Rentals are for up to 6 hours. 

Will we have access to the room before and after the party for set-up/breakdown?

Yes, we are happy to welcome you 1-2 hours prior to your event for setup. 

Is there parking on-site?

Yes, there is plenty of parking available free of charge. 

Our event planning staff loves creating the perfect Sweet 16 & Quinceanera party for your daughter. Give us a call today to speak to one of our experts and get the process started!