Do you remember how fun birthday parties were when you were a kid? Not just your own birthday parties – going to the birthday parties of friends used to be a truly special event as well. For many of us, birthday parties stop being as big of a deal when we are adults: we’re busier and more stressed out, and besides, now it’s up to us to pay. That’s why many adults simply go out for dinner or drinks with friends on their birthdays – if even that.
It doesn’t have to be this way. There are a ton of easy, fun ways to throw a great, lively birthday party, no matter whether you’re 21 or 92. Here are a few tips for having a wonderful birthday party as a “grown-up”:
• Have a co-birthday party. One of the big reasons adults stop having the kinds of birthday bashes we loved as kids is because we feel awkward making such a big deal about ourselves. Even though this shame may be a bit misguided, it’s still hard to overcome. One easy way around it is by getting together with friends whose birthdays (or half-birthdays) are near in the calendar year to yours. That way, you can share the honor…and the costs.
• Hire entertainment. Perhaps you’re intimidated by the idea of throwing yourself a birthday party because you’re not sure you can entertain your friends. One easy way around this is to hire professional entertainment! The easiest option would be taking everyone to a play or a show, but there are a number of more creative possibilities, too, including clowns, magicians, or (the original selfies) a photo booth hire.
• Have a costume party. Having a dinner party is one thing. Having a themed dinner party is far more memorable. Romeo and Juliet met at a costume party – why not make your dinner birthday party a costume party? If you think your guests will complain that they’re not sure what to bring, you can narrow it down with a theme, like a pirate-themed party or a Halloween party. If there’s something everyone in your friend group loves, like football or Doctor Who, choose that as the theme.
This is just a small handful of ideas. There’s so much we didn’t have time or space to mention, including the question of whether or not you should rent a space for the party, whether you should have it inside or outside…the possibilities are truly endless.
In conclusion, good luck – and happy birthday!