The beauty of kids’ parties is that as long as there is cake and party bags, everyone is happy! In contrast, planning an adult birthday party can feel like a lot of pressure, especially when you’re planning a milestone birthday. After planning my husbands big birthday recently, here are my top tips that make planning an adult birthday party painless (and fun!).
1. Party style
Just like when buying a gift, it’s important to consider your birthday man or woman when planning a birthday party. The party should really celebrate them, not just focus entirely on their age. If they’re very social and spontaneous, a big surprise party with lots of guest might be just the ticket. However, the same type of party might be a nightmare for someone who likes a quieter setting and isn’t keen on surprises. Matching the party size and style with your guest of honor is the first place to start when planning a party.
Luckily you can turn to the internet for load of inspiration. Weather you want stylish and sophisticated party ideas, a beer themed party, or something more unique like a circus themed party, someone somewhere has done it, photographed it, and uploaded it to the internet. Just Google ‘X birthday party ideas’ to get started.
2. Guest list
Once you know what kind of size and feel you’re going for, it’s time to tackle the guest list. If you’re planning the party for a friend, this might be time to enlist the help of their family or colleagues for suggestions if you want to be sure everyone who is important to them is included.
3. Party Venue
Now that you have the first two steps out of the way, choosing a venue is easy! You can use venue finder to find a party venue that matches you. The drop down menu lets you choose location, venue style, capacity and catering options – giving you plenty of choice for any type of party you’re throwing.
4. Food & drink
If your venue isn’t catering your party, it’s time to hit Pinterest! I love this Hot + Savory party food board or this Cold + Savory party board. Remember though, it’s better to do a few things well than to try to do every thing! Pick a handful of things that you think will really work (and work well together) and do a great job with those.
There are plenty of places to get invitations printed, but you can easily make your own using Canva. You can choose from loads of pre-formatted templates or make your own for free and print them at home. You could also consider using an online e-vite to save time and hassle.
Now that you have all the basics covered, it’s time to hit Pinterest again for the fun extras. I had so much fun making a number photo collage like this one and getting notes from friends who couldn’t make it to the party to add to the display. If you have your theme, guest list and venue sorted, the rest should be good fun!