A 21st Birthday Party: How Should You Plan It?
Have you ever been invited to a 21st birthday party and wondered what it’s all about? The 21st birthday party comes with the expectation of a big celebration, and if you’re going to go through all the trouble of throwing one, it might as well be one that your friends will always remember fondly.
This how-to blog will show you everything you need to know about throwing the best birthday party, from picking the perfect party theme to choosing the right food, drink, and entertainment options for your budget.
Choose an Amazing Venue
You may want to consider booking a space that matches your theme. For example, if you’re going with a New Orleans-themed party, a French Quarter venue is a fun option. Or, if you want to celebrate in New York City and get into it, reserve an event space in Times Square—it doesn’t get much more New York than that. No matter what city you decide for your celebration, though, make sure it’s safe and legal.
Pick a Theme
Go ahead, be cliché — throw a party that’s wild and crazy as you. But seriously, find something that fits your personality and tastes. Maybe you want it to be out of control at a nightclub, or you want an intimate dinner with family. No matter what theme you pick, though, don’t forget to include your friends in the planning process. There are several themes that your friends will love. Some examples are a Casino Night, Y2K Bratz, or a Disney-themed one.
Make the Perfect Invitations
There’s no better way to set your guests up for a fun party than with a thoughtful invitation. Rather than sending out generic or impersonal invites, consider making personalized invitations that reflect your personality and style. You can buy various templates online, design them yourself using an image-editing program, or have them made professionally by a stationer.
If you want something even more special than what you find at a stationery store, you can also make custom ones. For an even more custom touch, get envelopes printed by letterpress. Add a copper foil design for a more sleek look, and send out your invites in a box wrapped in fabric.
Alcohol always makes things more fun, so serve drinks. But, if you’re planning a 21st birthday party and don’t plan on serving alcohol, that’s fine — make sure everyone knows that there won’t be any alcohol. If someone does get drunk, make sure there are places in your home where they can spend the night.
Choose Interesting Entertainment
When you throw a party, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. Just book an activity that’s different and fun, like paintball or a drum circle. This way, your guests won’t get bored and will stick around longer, allowing you more time with them. You can save money on food by having appetizers only; it’s an excellent way for everyone to mingle and talk before deciding what they want for dinner.
Come Up with the Best Menu
The best birthday celebrations are characterized by unforgettable food and great music. Whether you’re planning a small gathering or a blowout bash, choose fun and easy-to-prepare recipes that highlight your favorite foods. Remember to plan, as many of these dishes will take several hours to prepare. And be sure to include cocktails—and lots of them. Don’t forget party favors, either. These little tokens come in handy when guests need a souvenir or something silly to help everyone remember what an amazing time they had.
Decorate in Fun Ways
Each guest will be given a mask when they arrive at your party, and from there, it’s all about having fun. Let them help you decorate or add their touches of festive flair. If you want to let everyone know what’s going on at your party and invite people who haven’t RSVP-ed, why not create some signs with arrows that direct guests where to go? Buy a few long lengths of ribbons in different colors and tie them up using clothes pegs; you can use tape instead if you prefer.
Pick the Perfect Outfit
The outfit you wear to your party should reflect who you are as a person and what your theme is. When it comes to creating a unique look for your celebration, it’s all about individuality. Find an outfit that fits both of these criteria and is sure to make an impression on those in attendance. Create a balance between dressing up and dressing down. Your outfit choice will be one of your first interactions with guests, so think carefully before committing to any specific style.
This is just one way of many ways you can have a great time at your 21st birthday party. The most important thing is that you have fun and make memories. Happy birthday!