What’s one of the benefits of a birthday party? They’re not just for kids. Adults enjoy birthday parties too! So how do you plan an adult birthday party? Follow these eight tips!
1. Pick the Date At Least Three Months In Advance
It’s always good to plan ahead and to not wait until the last minute. Giving yourself at least three months of a head start allows more time to plan, as well as more time to create your guest list and invites. Choosing a weekend date is usually better than a weekday date. A weekend date may mean that your guests don’t have to be at work in the morning, allowing them to relax and stay a little longer.
2. Pick the Venue
Where do you want the birthday party? You can have it in your home, in a restaurant, outdoors on the beach, or wherever you’d like. Of course, if you have an outdoor party, you may want a plan B in case of inclement weather.
3. Choose a Theme
A theme is not required for an adult birthday party, but it makes it all the more fun. There are many options. You could pick a theme that is familiar to lots of people, such as a Hawaiian theme. If the “birthday boy” or “birthday girl” have something unique about them, such as a love for a particular football team, you could create a theme based on that love. The possibilities for themes are endless. However, avoid ones that are too difficult or too challenging for guests to participate in.
4. Purchase Everything You Need
This is where planning ahead really comes in handy. If your theme is a Hawaiian, for example, choose everything you’ll need to decorate Hawaiian style such as cups and plates with exotic flowers, colorful leis to pass out to everyone, fun music to fit the theme and Hawaiian themed invitations. Party favors are also fun to have. The best place to find party products is online where the prices are better and the selections are better.
5. Decide If You Want Food or Just Drinks
Is your birthday party one where meals will be offered or just appetizers? Are you doing a potluck or will it be catered? Will it just be drinks? Use the three months to carefully plan the menu.
6. Decide if You Want Entertainment
Will your party include entertainment, such as a DJ? Or will you be playing games? Perhaps you’d like to do both? If you are booking a DJ, you’ll probably need more than three months notice depending on availability.
7. Invite Guests No Later Than Two Weeks Ahead
Make a guest list and invite your guests no later than two weeks ahead of the party. You can send out paper invitations, or you can invite people online where they can RSVP right at the site. Online invitations give you the benefit of seeing everything right in front of you. Social media sites, such as Facebook, can be used for party invites, as well.
8. Decide If You Want Kids Present
Children are great, but they do add a different feel to a party. Decide if you want your party to be adult only or if adults can bring their children. A nighttime party where alcohol is offered may be best if its child free.
You can have a successful adult birthday party with careful planning (and ideas help from Partyopedia). Follow the eight tips above and have fun!