Some people stop celebrating their birthday once they cross over into adulthood, simply because they start to believe that they are too old for parties. That’s just not true! Some adults prefer a quiet dinner party with friends and their favorite restaurant, but if you are looking for something a little more wild and crazy, we have ten birthday party ideas that are perfect for grown-ups who still want to party!
Time to dig out the old clothes out of storage! Center your party on the decade you were growing up, from the 50s to the 90s. Have all of your friends dress up as famous actors from the time period or simply in stereotypical clothing. Make a playlist with your favorite songs from the decade and scan the internet for special foods that were popular during that time period and try your hand at recreating them. Party stores will have plenty of great plates, cups, and cutlery that may even blend into your theme.
2. Casino Royale
While you don’t have to go full James Bond with this theme, throwing a casino night for your friends is a great way for a large group of people to have a lot of fun. Set up a couple of poker tables, craps, and roulette, and let each guest decide what game they want to play.
For a true casino experience, have everyone dress up in their nicest cocktail dresses and suits, and serve your martinis shaken, not stirred. You can purchase trays of poker chips from just about any party supply store. Make sure to supply instructions for those who might not know the rules.
As you get older, you will be harder and harder to surprise. You will know your friends and family well enough that you can easily tell when they are keeping something from you. But if your friends can pull off a surprise party, it can be one of the best parties in the world. A great way to plan a surprise party for a loved one is to lure them out to a private dinner, but when they arrive at the restaurant, to have a large group of friends and family waiting to celebrate with them. This method doesn’t even require you to be a master of deception.
4. For Sport’s Fans Only
If you are a fan of particular sport or team, your birthday is the perfect time to celebrate both yourself and your team. Get a group of tickets together or see if your stadium has special birthday packages. Many teams have special offers for large groups who might want to meet players or tour the locker room.
5. Cocktail Party
There’s nothing more grown-up than a gold-old fashioned cocktail party. Inexpensive, but classy party supplies are readily available in the party store, and can really round out your event, without adding too much clean up or straining your budget. Have everyone dress to the nines and provide plenty of finger foods for snacking and keep the cocktails flowing!
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When most people think of a getaway, they think of an expensive beach vacation. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be to a beach! Take your closest friends with you on an adventure, even if it’s just to the next city over, stay in a vacation rental or a fancy hotel, and experience what a new city has to offer. Alternatively, you could run away to the mountains or to the nearest body of water and spend your birthday in peace and solitude.
7. Keep it Casual
A barbecue in your backyard is one of the best ways to gather a large group of people together and keep them entertained and well-fed. A barbecue is less formal than cocktail party and there’s less pressure when it comes to activities, food, and dress. You can go for the standard fare like hamburgers or hotdogs, or take things up a notch with kabobs, chicken, or even ribs. Take a dip in the pool and have some fun in the sun. Luau’s are fun too!!
8. Be the Belle of the Ball
A masquerade ball is one of the best ways to play dress-up without feeling like a little kid. Make your own masks or buy them from a party supply store. When it comes to the playlist, you can go modern or classical, whatever best suits your personality. Renting out a hotel ballroom is the best way to make sure you have enough room and plenty of dancing and sitting space for all of your guests.
9. Hit the Spa
If you want to plan a fun birthday weekend just for the girls, why not hit your favorite spa? Get massages, have your nails done, and get a facial. Pamper yourselves! If you don’t want to pay the high spa prices, you could all gather in your pajamas and robes at your home, make your own face masks, paint each other’s nails, and have a sleepover, just as if you were teenagers.
10. Potluck it up!
If you want to have a large dinner party but aren’t interested in cooking for a group, you basically have two options. First, you could hire a caterer, which is expensive and sometimes complicated, especially if you have a small home. Second, you could host a potluck! Everyone loves showing off their cooking skills and this is a great way to get a large and varied meal, while ensuring that everyone has the chance to shine. Make food assignments to make sure you end up with the right number of dishes, side dishes, desserts, and drinks.