For The Old But Young At Heart
Make any celebration more exciting by dining alfresco. Move some chairs and tables into the backyard, put some background music on, and maybe give a speech or two. You’d be surprised at how much fun you can have with a classic backyard bash! This is a great idea for a 40th birthday; classy enough to feel adult, but kid-friendly enough to keep the little ones occupied.
Party Food: Catering is the best option for these, but you can also throw a potluck so everyone can bring their killer homecooked meals.
Decorations: Super simple! Just bring some nice placemats or tablecloths. If it’s a special occasion, getting flowers for the tables is always a nice touch.
Activities: Talk! Do some icebreakers, make up some games that reminisce about the good times. Have an impromptu dance-off or talent show, or hold a family trivia contest.
A Day Outdoors
For Those Who Want To Get Up And About
Here’s one for the boys! If your party guests or celebrant is more of the “let’s get off our butts and do something” type, then a shared outdoor activity will be perfect. You could go hiking, rock climbing, laser tagging, swimming at a waterfall – the possibilities are endless.
Party Food: You’re likely going to be on a bit of a road trip to get to the activity to it’s a great time to stop by the celebrant's favourite restaurant for lunch!.
Decorations: The only decor you’ll need is a change of clothes. Remember to stay hydrated!
For Those That Want To Sit Down And Enjoy The Good Stuff
If your group enjoys eating out and getting pampered more than working up a sweat, why not try a catered trip? Look for a guided food tour that showcases the best the city has to offer. This kind of party is ideal for girls celebrating their Sweet 16th!
Party Food: Going out to experience fine dining is the entire point of this trip, so go wild with your palate! Just be careful not to overdo it – or overshoot your budget.
Decorations: This operation takes place entirely out of the house, so you won’t have to worry about dressing the place up for guests.
The World Could Always Use More Heroes
If you’re planning a kid’s party, you can’t go wrong with a themed party. And with so many superhero films coming out these days (thanks, Marvel!) every little boy and girl has a secret desire to dress up like their favourite superhero.
Party Food: Any finger food works great! Kids will particularly enjoy anything grilled and sweet on a stick – so if anyone knows how to work an outdoor BBQ, now’s their time to shine.
Decorations: Sites like Pinterest are full of ideas on how to decorate your superhero party, so check out some inspo pieces and try to make sure it’s as colourful as possible!
Activities: All the classic kid’s games work great here. For older kids, try something a little more challenging like movie-themed trivia contests.
Sometimes All You Need Few Good Friends And A Deck Of Cards
For those who prefer something a little more lowkey, a board or card game night at a friend’s place might be just the thing. Most board games are cheap but can be surprisingly fun – and some adult card games come with a few raunchy ideas that’ll definitely liven the mood.
Party Food: Takeout is your default option, but if someone still has the gusto and energy to cook, let them make use of your kitchen or have them bring something.
Decorations: None required. You can be as festive or as casual as you like!
Activities: Adult card games, themed board games, and 4-player video games are your best bet. You can do something classic and simple like Cards Against Humanity, or go on an epic quest by holding a Dungeons and Dragons session.
From a baby cousin’s 1st birthday to your uncles 50th birthday, there are tons of creative ways to make any birthday celebration unique and interesting. We hope the list above has given you a few ideas – and remember, the important thing is to have fun!
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