Did you know that the average American goes to more than 8,000 social events during their life? In a recent study, the millennials in the group surveyed indicated that they like to socialize an average of three nights a week.
42% of those surveyed like to attend events in order to connect with other people. Humans are social animals and a chance to celebrate is one most people will take.
Celebrating your birthday, especially as an adult, can start to become difficult. Check out our list of adult birthday party ideas to create an awesome party for your next birthday celebration.
Have the Best Birthday Brunch
What do adults, especially the millennial generation, love most? You’re sure to catch us all out at brunch at least once a week. Getting together with some of your closest friends and family for a birthday brunch is a great way to celebrate a new year of your life.
You can have it at a restaurant or if you prefer you can set up brunch at home. Make it casual or dress things up and set something out in the backyard. A fun idea is to create a mimosa bar for everyone to enjoy.
A Fancy Tea Party
A tea party is a great way to enjoy your classier side and get together to catch up with some friends. The ideas for a tea party are endless.
You can have it in the afternoon or evening. You can set out your best china and make an array of mini foods like small sandwiches or cookies and other desserts.
You can turn it into an intellectual event, discuss one of your favorite books, or play some show tunes.
Game Night Birthday Party
When you’ve had a long work week and still want to have an enjoyable birthday in a relaxed environment, there’s nothing better than having a game night party. Get together with a small group and make sure everyone wears some comfortable clothes.
Set out some game night snacks like chips and dip, maybe a box of your favorite chocolate chip cookies. Ask everyone to bring some of their old board games and you’re sure to have a wonderful night.
A Tropical Inspired Party
If you’re hoping to have a birthday celebration inspired by your last vacation without leaving the comfort of your home, a tropical paradise party is a way to go. While you might not be able to get to a beach for your tropical-inspired party, some decorations for your backyard can create the perfect atmosphere.
Use green and coral colors to create the esthetic that represents an island best. Food is important, research some traditional Puerto Rican or Jamaican foods.
You can’t forget about the drinks! Make some delicious sangria for everyone to try.
Take a Cooking Class
A cooking class is a great option on the list of adult birthday ideas. Trying to learn how to make a new dish, challenging yourself, is a great way to spend celebrating a new year of your life.
You can get together with a group of friends and make it a fun outing. There are also lots of great classes you can take from home. These live sessions can teach you how to make all kinds of dishes, some even teach the art of making great cocktails.
It’s All About Glamping
For those who want a bit of nature with more glamour, a glamping girls’ night birthday celebration is a perfect choice. Set up some DIY forts in your backyard with lots of lights and comfortable pillows.
Set up a table for candies and other snacks, make it fancy by ordering some customized decorations. Have some s’mores and drink some wine, make it a night to remember!
Relax at the Spa
Whether you go to a spa or create your own at home, spending an entire day relaxing is a pretty great way to celebrate your birthday as an adult. If you decide on a spa day at home, help create the atmosphere by lighting some lavender candles and playing some soothing music.
Have some fun making some DIY masks and set up a massage table too. You can also make your own scrubs for your hands and feet for the perfect Mani/Pedi.
Casino Night Party
Whether you’re a big fan of The Office casino night episode or just passionate about poker, a casino night style birthday can be a lot of fun. There are so many great ideas you can plan out for a casino night birthday party.
Decorations can include items in the style of playing cards, you can come up with some creative drink names based on some of your favorite games. You can also have different tables set up for guests to play things like poker or roulette.
Have a Picnic at the Park
If you want a quieter birthday party, having a small picnic at a beautiful park is a great idea. Whether you only want to spend it with your significant other or with your parents or kids, packing up some food to eat at a park is a lovely way to spend your birthday.
If you’re planning this birthday for someone, order food from their favorite restaurant or make some of their favorite homemade meals and pack them up in a basket to take to the park.
You’re Never Too Old for a Slumber Party
Great adult party ideas should always include having a slumber party. While a slumber party might seem like it belongs on the list of kid birthday ideas, feeling like a kid again is something every adult wants every now and then.
Everyone wants to feel young again and see the world through a lens of curiosity and happiness. One way to tap into that inner kid is by having a slumber party for your birthday.
Invite some of your best friends over, wear funny pajamas, stay up late, drink way too much soda, and eat all the candy in your pantry. It’s your birthday, you deserve it!
A Cake Bonanza
There’s no such thing as a birthday party without cake. Make the cake the star of the day, only after the birthday boy or girl of course. When you invite your friends to the celebration, tell each person to bring a different cake.
There’ll be plenty of desserts to go around for every guest and tasting all the different flavors will be a delicious way to spend your day.
There’s nothing better than a birthday party that can transport you to a different era and there’s no party like a disco party. Disco balls, bright lights, and a killer dance floor are all staples you need at your disco night birthday party.
Have some fun putting together a 70s themed outfit or costume. Make sure your guests know to come in their best disco outfits.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re playing the right music. Make a playlist of the greatest hits from the era and spend your birthday dancing the night away.
Have a Chill Movie Night
Movie lovers will love a cozy night in watching some of their favorite flicks for their birthday. One way to make a movie night for your birthday a bit more special is to set it up outside.
Buy a projector and a screen or set up the projector to screen the movie on the wall in your garage. Grab some lawn chairs or blankets and popcorn for everyone and enjoy a movie under the stars. Another way to enjoy a movie night for your birthday is by heading to a drive-in, this old school format of watching movies can be a lot of fun.
A Themed Birthday
No one can resist a birthday party with a theme. Hosting a party based on your favorite movie or TV show requires a lot of creativity but it’s a lot of fun.
If you’ll be having a Harry Potter party, you can set up different tables of goodies and decorations to represent the different houses in the series. You can try to recreate some of the foods and snacks described in the books and create a feast for the whole party to enjoy.
One of the best birthday party ideas for adults is hosting a wine night. Good wine and good conversation make for some of the greatest memories.
Buy a couple of bottles of your favorite wine or ask your friends to each bring a different kind of wine. Set out some platters of assorted meats and cheeses and your pretty set for a perfect birthday celebration.
Make It a Potluck
Potlucks are a great plan for a birthday party. Sharing food with others is one of the best ways to connect with people and it’s a wonderful way of boosting mood and improving mental health.
Make a list of the types of foods you’d like to eat for your birthday and ask each of your guests to bring one of those foods. Another fun approach is to ask each person to bring a homemade dish they love. This is a good way to try different foods and expand your palate.
Have a Karaoke Night
A karaoke night is a great way to let loose and have fun on your birthday. Whether you go to a karaoke bar to do some karaoke at home, you’re sure to have some fun being silly, singing, and dancing the night away.
Try to make a good, varied playlist of songs everyone will enjoy before the party starts if you’ll be doing it at home. You can add to the party atmosphere by buying some black lights for the room where you’ll be singing, make it look like the best karaoke bar in town.
A Murder Mystery Party Is a Fun Challenge
A murder mystery party is probably one of the most unique birthday party ideas for adults. This is a different kind of birthday but it’ll be one you’ll never forget.
Have fun getting into character and costume and spend the night being the detective you’ve always loved in some of your favorite books.
Spend It Outdoors
Nature lovers will most likely want to spend their birthday outdoors. There are so many great activities to choose from. You can spend the day at the beach with friends, go hiking on one of your favorite trails, or take a weekend camping trip to get away from your busy life.
If you’ll be spending the day at a lake or river, think about getting yourself an inflatable island lounge. Enjoy an awesome party on the water on an inflatable that’ll fit your favorite people and your favorite drinks.
Have a Pool Party
A pool party definitely falls on the list of fun birthday ideas for adults. Pool parties aren’t just for kids anymore. Grill some burgers and hotdogs, bring out the beers, and invite some of your buddies over to enjoy the pool and celebrate another year of your life.
One way to make the pool party more enjoyable for adults is by extending the birthday celebration into the night. Buy a couple of packs of glow sticks and throw them in the pool for even more fun.
Adult Birthday Party Ideas to Host a Great Party
Coming up with themes or ideas for your birthday can become a challenge, especially in adulthood. Some years you’ll want to throw an epic party, other years you’ll want something a bit quieter.
The list above includes some adult birthday party ideas for every type of person. Check out some of our other blogs to learn more.