Celebrat an adult birthday party

You are an expert in organizing children’s parties – but have no idea how to throw an adult birthday party? Here are some ideas for celebrating your next milestone birthday.

What to do for an Adult Birthday Party?

adult birthdy party dinnerAs we get older, many people tend to not celebrate their birthdays anymore. Most adults have really busy schedules and not much time to organize a big party. So they keep their annual celebrations small and simple. They celebrate with a family dinner or a special date night with the spouse. However,
when hitting a milestone birthday, even the grumpiest birthday grouches want to go for a big party.

The only problem is: most people don’t know how to throw an adult birthday party. So here are some birthday party ideas that will help you to arrange a celebration. Whether you want to go classy or playful: The most important thing is that it reflects you.

Birthday Party Tip #1: Pick A Theme

What’s the theme of your party? Some of us are overwhelmed by a theme- and have flashbacks to a scary clown performance-gone-wrong at their 4th birthday. Or they imagine their home sink into a big wave of birthday party decorations.

But stop the bad images for a moment and think about the idea: A birthday party theme will help you decide the design of the invitation or menu. It can reoccur in the decoration or the birthday cake.

Adult Birthday Party – Vintage Theme

But what’s the right birthday party theme? If you want to have a more sophisticated adult birthday party, a vintage theme could be the right choice for you. Aim for an understated, neutral color scheme with creme, brown and white create a classy look. Pastel shades in pink, turquoise or green can spice it up a little.

Literature Lover Theme for your Birthday

Why not do something in the theme of your favorite hobby? Do you like reading? How about some old fashioned books or newspaper pages for decoration? Some sorted out letters of a letterpress printing machine could create your name or a birthday wish on the buffet table.

Casual Party with a Sports Theme

Are you more into sports? How about arranging a party decoration with some old-fashioned sports equipment. Baseball bats, an old football or wooden skis combined with old photographs of sportsmen can make a neat disposition.

You can even combine vintage and sports and have a 1980s themed apres-ski party. Be creative!

Birthday Party Tip #2: Get Some Snacks

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Delicious poke platter from Aloha Snacks.

So if you’re in Virginia Beach and are thinking of a Hawaiian or luau theme- what about asking Aloha Snacks to cater? If it’s summer you could pick up leis from the Dollar Tree to make things extra festive!

Birthday Party Tip #3: Decoration is Key

So you don’t want a big overwhelming paper garland? Then choose something else for a table decoration. Have your favorite florist, like Nicole Turpenkopf of The Wandering Petal, provide a really cool centerpiece! The best part about having an adult birthday party is, that you can do, what you want to.

 Birthday Party Tip #4:  Still Celebrating Childhood

Is this all too fancy for you? Maybe you’re turning 30 or 40 and still feel young? How about a throwback birthday party theme? Imagine celebrating the decade the birthday child was born in or spent their childhood. A 1980s party with music from that era and dressed up guests will bring back all your childhood memories. And decorating your birthday party place will be so easy: Just hang up some posters from your childhood heroes and favorite musicians from that era.

An adult birthday party can be so much fun when you recreate your favorite food from back then. And don’t forget to provide your guests with all that classic childhood birthday games you used to play like Twister.

 Birthday Party Tip #5: Photos, Photos, Photos

photo booth adult birthday partyNo matter whether you celebrate in a fancy or funny way – photography will keep the memory alive. So make sure that someone is taking pictures. You could hire a photographer if you want professional photo shoots.

These days, most phones take excellent pictures,  so have your friends take more authentic and less expensive photos. In every circle, there is at least one person who is an amateur photographer. Ask them to take your pictures as a birthday gift.

You could even put disposable cameras on all the tables so your guests can take photos of each other, but setting up a shared photo channel on FamilyApp might be even better. You can just stick to the digital photos!

If you want to be very trendy, you could even rent a photo booth. People love taking photos with accessories like fake glasses, mustaches or hats. Plus, they can also take some photos home – a simple but nice idea for party favors. So they can always remember your big adult birthday party, too.

Whatever you choose- have a happy birthday!

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Amanda loves to spend as much time as possible outside- rain or shine. She grows some amazing flowers and vegetables in her garden, and loves to have her little 3 ones work alongside her. Her happy time is a spent on a quiet hiking trail, but her life is pretty noisy these days.

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