​​​​Top 10 Best Adult Birthday Party Ideas: Food, Themes, and More

When it comes to planning a birthday party, you will often find, unfortunately, that there are not a lot of resources out there for adult birthday party ideas.

In fact, typically, when you search for party ideas, you will be bombarded with options for kids’ parties – and nothing much for adults.

Don’t let that discourage you, however. There are actually all kinds of different options for adult birthday parties.

After all, don’t adults deserve parties just as much (if not even more so?) as kids?

Party Planning Idea #10: It’s All About that Age

No matter what type of party you’re planning or what kind of party supplies you are looking at, the fact remains that one of the simplest types of parties to plan is one that revolves around the age a person is turning.

Let’s take an easy age for example. If a person is turning 21, you can focus all on the fact that the person is now, at least in the United States, legally allowed to drink. Thus, your party theme can be cocktails and booze in general. You can serve up shots, get drinking decor, and go all out to celebrate this major milestone.

However, huge “milestone ages” aren’t the only types of birthdays you can make numerically appropriate. If someone is turning fifty, for example, you could do something fun like giving the person fifty gifts or having fifty different types of food to try.

Basically, if you are feeling a little stuck in terms of ideas, focus on the number (aka age that the person is turning), and the fun ideas should come to you with ease.

You should have a lot of fun with this birthday idea. We just didn’t rank it higher because it’s so very simple and doesn’t involve a lot of creativity or imagination.

​​​​           Party Planning Idea #9: Try a Hollywood Theme

If you happen to think that the whole “age” or “number” idea is a little bit bland or just plain too tame for your birthday boy or girl, why not try something full of sparkle and light?

A great theme that many adults enjoy is the “Hollywood” theme. With this theme, you can make your honoree, as well as all the other guests, feel like something special. And, really, isn’t that what parties are all about?

And, while this party idea can work for just about anyone, it is particularly effective for people who love movies.

You can go all out with this idea. Roll out a red carpet for guests to “walk” as they arrive at the party. You can even have a photographer, videographer, and/or interviewer there to ask fun questions and make everyone feel like a starlet.

Talk about a great way to get everyone in the mood and to create some great memories in the process!

A Hollywood setup, complete with awards, popcorn, great movies or movie clips, and more is a fun way to celebrate the birthday of any movie buff or, really, just anyone who needs and deserves to feel special and honored.

Party Planning Idea #8: Have an Old School Slumber Party

In terms of adult birthday party ideas, people often feel the pressure to do something big and extravagant. However, sometimes it is the simplest things that work the best and that impact the heart the most.

With that in mind, we highly suggest the “slumber party” birthday party idea. If you have a circle of close, good friends, what could be more fun than a slumber party?

To start with, ask everyone to show up in their pajamas. This is a great way to take the pressure off and to ensure that everyone at the party feels relaxed and comfortable.

From there, plan an old-school slumber party just like you would have in elementary or middle school. Make sure there are plenty of traditional snacks on hand, like popcorn and chips. You can even up the game from what you did in your early years by having some cocktails ready as well.

Drinks or not, have all the same fun you had as a kid. Make sure there are plenty of movies, makeover options, and so much more available. You can especially have a blast by hiring a fortune teller for this event.

Plus, as an added bonus, since everyone will be sleeping over, you don’t even have to worry about drunk driving, calling Uber, or having a designated driver.

Everyone can just chill and have a good time – just like they did when they were kids. And, really, what more could you ask for in a party?

Party Planning Idea #7: Go for Games – Board Games, That Is

Is anything more fun than playing games?

If you’re looking to plan an affordable party and still want to ensure that your guests have a great time, then we suggest a super fun board game party.

All you need to do for this party, aside from stock up on food and drinks, is to assemble all the board games you can find. Extra points if you score vintage board games, like Dream Phone or Dream Date!

You can even ask other people – the guests – to bring their favorite board games to the party, which further cuts down on costs.

Party Planning Idea #6: Did Somebody Say “Masquerade?”

Masquerade may have been a popular theme for decades, but that still doesn’t make it any less fun or colorful than it can be.

Whether you want to take a Mardi Gras style approach or just have it be a good old costume party, this theme is timeless and a whole lot of fun to boot.

A great way to “do it up” is to have people not take off their costumes or reveal their identity until the very end. In fact, you can even turn the anonymity into a fun game by having people take guesses about who was who and perhaps even awarding gifts for best costumes, most deceiving, and more.

No matter how or where you take the old school masquerade theme, the fact remains that it can be pretty fun.

Party Planning Idea #5: Pamper Your Guests and Yourself

If you are looking for an upgrade on the pajama party idea that we mentioned earlier, then we highly recommend a pampering party.

For this type of event, you will want to hire those who are proficient in the art of pampering. We’re talking massage therapists, estheticians who give facials, and more.

Whether you want manicures, pedicures, or anything in between, if there is a pampering style that you are into, rest assured that you can enjoy it fully just by hiring the right people for the job.

You can easily find professionals to assist you by scouring through your local phone book (yes those still exist) or by searching online.

As long as you hire quality people, you should ultimately enjoy a quality event.

Party Planning Idea #4: Go Old School with a Tea Party

If you are looking for something a little more “classy” than our other suggestions, then we think that you should host a tea party!

We know it sounds silly, but, honestly, think of it. How much fun did you have hosting tea parties as a little kid? And, thus, how much more fun would it be to host them for a real audience as an adult

You need scones, muffins, and other little treats, as long, as preferably, a real tea service, but that’s pretty much it, making this party option quite affordable.

And, if you’re hoping to cut costs, even more, you can have it an actual tea room, which is typically a whole lot cheaper than having a full tea service come to your home.

Party Planning Idea #3: Brunch it Out

Let’s face it. Most adult birthday party ideas involve going out, drinking plenty of alcohol, and having a great- but somewhat hedonistic- time.

If this is your idea of a good time, then we suggest doing it in full force. Go to your local club and have some fun! We’ll even suggest calling ahead to reserve a private room or to do something else special for the birthday boy or girl.

However, nothing goes better with a hangover than a nice, big brunch, and having a brunch birthday party can be an awesome way to extend the fun and make it last longer than one night.

Even if you skip the going out part, you can still have a brunch birthday, complete with muffins, fruit, bacon, and anything else your stomach desires.

Don’t worry, there’s no rule that says you can’t have cake at brunch.

Party Planning Idea #2: Pretend It’s a Holiday

What’s your favorite holiday? Whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, or anything in between, you probably hate the fact that you only get to celebrate this day once per year.

However, the fun of being an adult is that you can do anything you want, and one such “anything” is being able to celebrate your favorite holiday any time of year.

Even if a person has a July birthday, you can still have a Halloween themed birthday party if that’s what the person’s into. Do it up with costumes, scary movies, candy, and more.

No matter what holiday the birthday person loves, it can be really fun to recreate it, at any time of the year, for a festive celebration.

Party Planning Idea #1: Have a Cake Making Party

Everyone knows that cake is the best part of a birthday party. However, believe it or not, some people actually like baking the cake just as much as they like eating it.

If you’re someone who feels right at home in the kitchen and who loves baking, then you’ll have a blast with a baking themed party.

You and your pals can team up in the kitchen and have a “bake-off” to see who can make the best birthday cake. You can let the guest of honor be the judge!

You could also make cupcakes if full-size cakes are too much. While this party idea might not work for everyone, it’s a perfect fit for anyone who loves baking.

We placed this one in our number one spot because we just love incorporating the cake into the party in a new and fun way.

How We Chose Our Ratings

Before we dive into our ideas for awesome adult parties, you are probably wondering how and why we chose the information we are about to relay to you.

Well, to start with, you should know that our goal is not to sell you any one particular thing or to persuade you to make any particular party planning choice. Instead, we simply want to provide you with enough options to make an informed choice about the best possible party to meet your needs.

So, with that in mind, we scoured websites, party planning resources, and so much more to come up with the best possible options for planning an adult party.

Take our suggestions in stride. Use them fully, or use them in part. It doesn’t matter to us. The only thing that we care about is helping you to plan the absolute best grown-up party possible.

Buyer’s Guide

As you can see, there are all kinds of great adult birthday party ideas for you to try. The key is just to be creative and have some fun with it. If you put your heart and your energy into planning the party, it should be great, no matter what theme you choose.

With that said, though, make sure you’re careful when buying your party supplies. Not only do you want to get a great deal on the supplies themselves, but if you’re buying online, you also need to make sure the shipping is reliable.

Have a clear idea of exactly how long your supplies will take to arrive before you buy. This will keep you from finding yourself supply-less on the big day. Be especially careful when buying from overseas sites, which sometimes take a very long time to deliver.

In terms of your venue (if needed) and any vendors or entertainers, you might hire, remember to shop around and to use your negotiating skills for the best deal.

If you can keep these tips in mind and use a little imagination in the process, there’s no reason you can’t throw a wonderful, unforgettable birthday party.


Featured Image: CC0 Public Domain by Rich Polk via Flickr

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