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Best Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
Best Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
Best Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
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The internet may be filled with articles on birthday party ideas for kids, but finding a unique and fun party theme for adults is always trickier. Luckily, we've combined our top birthday tips, recipes, and crafts to create a complete list of the Best Birthday Party Ideas for Adults! From decorations to alcoholic drink recipes to unique themes, we've got you completely covered. All you have to do is follow our simple step-by-step guide for throwing a birthday party that your friends will love.

Our ultimate birthday party ideas for adults are perfect for almost everyone. Not only do we have your party basics covered, like when to send out your invitations, but our DIY party ideas are sure to start trending among your friends. Throw a girly garden party, go hip and trendy, or hop on the geek chic train with all of our wonderful party themes. Don't let kids have all the fun and throw your friends the best birthday party for adults ever!

Throwing a Birthday Party for Adults

If you're stumped about how to celebrate your friend's upcoming birthday, then stop stressing! Follow this how-to guide for throwing the best birthday party for adults. Our list includes great birthday ideas and tips, fun party themes, and great DIY decorations, recipes, and party activities. We guarantee that all of our ideas are sure to be a hit with your friends, family, and co-workers!

Step-by-Step Party Guide

No clue where to start planning your birthday party? No problem! These steps for throwing an adult birthday cover all of your basics, making your party planning smooth sailing.

  1. Create your guest list. Is this party for close friends only or will family or co-workers be invited too? A smaller guest list creates a more intimate setting, but if your pal is more extroverted, a huge birthday bash may be the way to go. If kids are invited, be sure to include non-alcoholic drinks, kid-friendly recipes, and activities to keep little ones busy.

  2. Choose your date and party venue. Will your party be on your friend's birthday or on a weekend? If your party's on a week night, keep work commutes and kids in mind. Try to avoid scheduling a party on major holidays and try to find a date when most of your guests will be available. Decide on where to host your birthday party. Local restaurants may be a good location but have stricter rules on bringing in outside food, like cakes or cupcakes. If you're lucky enough to have room at your house or apartment, or have a large backyard, consider having your party at home. Just make sure parking won't be an issue.

  3. Send out your invitations. A few weeks before your party date, send out your invites via snail mail or send a fun e-vite. If you're worried about costs, then ask each guest to bring a bottle of alcohol, dessert, or finger food.

  4. Choose your party theme. What is your friend passionate about? Are they obsessed with pop culture or are they super stylish? Picking a unique party theme that matches your pal's personality is key. For example, if your friend loves Harry Potter, there are endless options for an excellent Harry Potter-themed party, from serving butterbeer to handing out wands as party favors. If your friend can't get enough of Bob's Burgers, then throw a fun backyard cookout where friends can compete to come up with the most unique flavored burger. Is your friend a fashionista? Try throwing a party using colors like black, white, gold, and hot pink for a Kate Spade-inspired party. Make sure to choose a theme your friend will love.

  5. Plan your party menu. If you're having a small get together, then don't splurge on a large cake and make a delicious DIY cake at home. Cupcakes or brownies are great for larger crowds and are kid-friendly. If you're planning a huge bash, then consider opting for a large sheet cake or creating a buffet of several small desserts. Make sure to have savory finger foods, like appetizers and dip. For a smaller party crowd, make a special meal of your friend's favorite food.

  6. Make your DIY decorations and set up your party venue. Decide on decorations that compliment your theme. Any complicated decorations should be completed ahead of time. If you'll be hosting your party at a restaurant or other eatery, make sure they're okay with decorations like streamers, hanging decorations, etc. Create DIY party favors to hand out to guests. Make sure all guests know where your party location is and can easily access parking.

  7. Have a killer time! All of your hard work is over, so sit back and have a blast enjoying yourself. Your friend will love how much thought you've put into throwing them the best birthday party ever!

Birthday Bash Tips

These birthday tips are key to keep in mind when creating your party checklist. From kids to possible food allergies, you want to make sure you've completely thought your party planning through.

  1. Keep food allergies in mind. As with any cookout or gathering, be aware of possible food allergies when creating your party menu. Be sure to ask about other dietary restrictions, such as whether your guests need gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan food.

  2. Think about restaurant restrictions. If you'll be throwing your party at a local restaurant, see if you can possibly book a private room. Make sure they're okay with bringing in decorations or food, and have enough parking to accomodate all guests.

  3. Have activities for kids. If little ones will be attending, make sure to have fun activities planned to keep kids occupied. Food and drinks should be kid-friendly.

  4. Create a playlist to compliment your theme. If your party theme is based around a certain movie, then make sure to play the soundtrack. If your party is classy and elegant, then have something like jazz or vintage music playing. Colorful and bright parties should have a playlist filled with bubbly, upbeat pop music.

  5. Document your party with fun photos. Consider setting up a photo booth filled with props so that party guests can create wacky photos or pass a camera around from guest to guest.

  6. Make sure there's a designated driver. If you'll be serving alcohol, make sure there's a designated driver who can get guests home safely.

Girly Garden Party

Celebrate birthdays and warmer weather with these fun garden party ideas. We've included pretty decorations and delicate food and drinks to compliment your girly garden party theme.

Geek Chic Birthday Themes

Does your friend love Harry Potter, Star Wars, or the Hunger Games? Then they'll love these fun and geek-approved pop culture crafts and easy recipe ideas.

  1. Harry Potter Party Wands - Accio This Idea!

  2. Geeky-Girly Chewy Pin - For the Birthday Girl!

  3. Hunger Games Cookies - May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!

Hip and Trendy Party Ideas

Is your friend always on point with the latest trends? Then they'll love these hip and trendy party ideas that are both simple and chic.

  1. DIY Confetti Poppers - Brand New!

  2. Summertime Berry Cake - Delicious!

How do you celebrate your birthday? Let us know below in the comments!

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i have realized that having many people over for a birthday party is becoming increasingly hard with the crazy schedules so my girlfriends and i always have a weekend road trip. getting out of the city and having either a spa weekend or a hike. It gives everyone a chance to relax and catch up. We always have cake and cocktails so the party still goes on.

Awesome tips! I'll never stop having birthday parties. Even if I'm 45 and just eating cake alone with my cats, I'm going to call it a party. I've found adding fancy drinks to the celebration really helps make a party feel more "adult."

I love the idea of having a Bob's Burgers cookout. Perfect for summer birthdays!

I don't like having a party. Massive clean-up on my own birthday? NOPE! I usually go out to eat with some friends and then a local bar so other late comers can stop by.

I usually celebrate with just my close friends and family. There's always cake though. Maybe this year I'll bring back the tradition of having a pinata!

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