6 Spectacular Themes for Adult Birthday Parties
Birthday parties can be just as much fun for adults as they are for kids, and it’s easier to plan an amazing birthday bash when you have a theme. Here are six theme ideas for a birthday party that is sure to thrill your guests and the person being celebrated.
Year of Birth
This is a fun theme that celebrates the year the person of honor was born. Make everything at the party related to that year.
For example, if the person was born in 1978, you might decorate your party space with exactly 78 balloons and pictures of the most popular celebrities in that year. Blast a playlist of the top songs from 1978, and create a trivia game to find out who knows the most about politics and news stories from 1978.
Do a little research to discover the most popular food and drink trends from that year, and serve those at the party. Send home party favors with 78 of the guest of honor’s favorite candies.
Great Gatsby / Roaring ’20s
The 1920s is a popular party theme that is perfect for an event that will be sophisticated and adult. Send sleek invitations in black and gold that encourage guests to dress their best for the occasion. Decorate simply with beautiful gold stemware and black tablecloths.
If the person of honor is a fan of the book, print quotes in gold lettering on black paper in frames to set on tables. Here are a few examples of Great Gatsby quotes that work for birthdays.
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”
“There are all types of love in this world, but never the same love twice.”
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.”
Finger food works very well for this party theme, so come up with some ideas for classy hors d’oeuvres like oysters Rockefeller or smoked salmon crostini. The drink menu is a critical part of this theme. Serve champagne and mixed drinks like bee’s knees and mint julep.
Give a chocolate lover a night to remember by planning a party around this delicious theme. If you aren’t mailing your invitations, pass them out with a chocolate attached.
Serve interesting dishes made with chocolate like cocoa crusted chicken, ribs with chocolate barbeque sauce or Mexican dishes made with mole sauce.
Have plenty of chocolate drinks available from chocolate milk to mixed drinks like chocolate martinis or mudslides. Serve coffee with cocoa powder. For dessert, offer chocolate cake, a chocolate fountain and a rich dark chocolate torte with berries.
Entertain guests with a chocolate trivia contest, or allow them to melt and make chocolates of their own. Have a chocolate tasting with unusual types of chocolate like chocolate with chili peppers or ginger added, and include different chocolates from around the world.
Chocolate bars with personalized wrappers make perfect party favors.
Turn your home or party space into a casino for the evening. Set up tables for card games like poker or blackjack. You can also rent or borrow slot machines, craps tables and roulette wheels. Supply everyone with fake money bought at a party store, or get creative and have money printed with the guest of honor’s picture. If your budget allows, you could even hire professional dealers to make things more authentic.
Set out dishes of nuts and pretzels for guests to munch on, and serve your food buffet style so you can continue to play games as you eat. Include sandwiches cut into hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs. Serve round foods like crackers and cheese that you can stack in piles like poker chips. Give the rest of your food cute names like “lucky lemon chicken” or “dicey deviled eggs.” Hire a bartender for a high-end experience, or learn to make a few popular cocktails yourself.
Play songs from popular Las Vegas entertainers like Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and Liberace. Send guests home with a pack of playing cards featuring a picture of the person you are celebrating.
Karaoke is a lot of fun and makes a great theme for a party. Designate an area of your party venue as the stage. Hang a black curtain behind it, and surround it with lights. You can rent, buy or borrow a karaoke machine or connect a device to an app to a large screen. Provide some kind of microphone for participants to hold, even if it doesn’t work. Props and costume pieces like hats, boas and wigs are also fun.
Light the room up with a disco ball or colorful, moving lights, and make sure you have plenty of seating for the audience.
Provide bar food like nachos, chicken wings, French fries and mini burgers. You can set up an actual bar, or just offer guests beer and wine.
Ask some of your more outgoing friends to get the party started. Once everyone has had a drink and is having fun, most of your guests will be willing to perform a song or two.
Celebrating decades is always a success. You can choose the decade when the guest of honor was born or you can concentrate on a decade that person identifies with, even if it was before their time. The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are probably the most popular choices, but you can use any decade you want.
Invite guests to come dressed in apparel from the decade you’ve chosen with hair to match. Decorate your space with some pictures of popular celebrities from the time and pictures of the person of honor during that decade. You can also tailor your menu to the theme. For example, at a ’60s party you might serve French onion dip, a molded fruit salad in Jello and beef wellington. Drinks might include the sidecar, whiskey sour and Manhattan.
Play music from that decade and see who can identify the song title, artist and the year it came out, or see who can remember advertising jingles from that time.
Enjoy an activity that was popular in the decade your celebrating. You could have a disco dance at a ’70s party or play old-fashioned card games from the 1950s. Have a place to play vintage video games at a ’90s bash.
You can plan a memorable and enjoyable adult birthday party using all kinds of themes. Let these 6 party theme ideas inspire you to create a celebration that is perfect for the person you have chosen to honor.