Birthday Party Planning
The birthday party as we know it now is actually a combination of different traditions throughout the years. The Romans that started the tradition of celebrating the common man’s birthday, but it was only during the Industrial Revolution that the birthday party really took off for everyone.
Cakes were more now more affordable due to advances in mass production.
Whatever its origins, birthdays are now an occasion to bring friends and loved ones together for a celebration of your life. While some like to celebrate with something simple like just going out for dinner and a movie, there those who prefer to celebrate with a bang. Themed parties are popular for a kid’s party, but they’re just as fun for teens and for adults!
If you want to throw an awesome birthday party, here are some of the things you need to consider:
Of course, it’s the birthday boy or girl’s special day, so it should about them! If they don’t already have a particular theme in mind, take note of their favourite things and incorporate these to party in creative ways! For example, instead of games, have craft stations instead for crafty kids!
Are you holding the party indoors? Outdoors? How much space do you have? What kind of decorations can you put up? Another thing to consider is the weather. A chance of rain doesn’t automatically mean you have to do it indoors – but think about putting up tents and big umbrellas for the guests!
Who is coming? If it’s a kid’s party, you might want to think about how you can also make it fun for the parents coming along! Definitely take note of how many people will be there, since it might not be a good idea to do certain activities with too many or too little people.
Birthday Ideas For Kids
If you’re planning a kid’s party, look at the child’s favourite things for birthday ideas! Read on for some party theme ideas:
A classic kid’s party theme is something animal-related, be a jungle safari or barnyard. For a baby’s 1st birthday party, play around with a Wild One theme! For the little ones, it would be fun to have a face painting station where they can be turned into their favourite animals. For decorations, go the rustic route for an Instagrammable bash!
Kids aged seven to 10 will absolutely love this unique theme! Deck out your venue like a laboratory, and whip up some crazy science-y party food! Serve brightly coloured punch in plastic beakers and package party favours in test tubes. Look up some super simple but fun science experiments that the kids can do instead of the usual party games!
Birthday Ideas For Tweens And Teens
Birthday parties are important social events for tweens and teens who love spending time with their friends! Here are some ideas:
Teens love going out to the movies, but it might be a bit pricey to have to treat all of their friends to a ticket; so a fun and cheap alternative is to have a movie night at home! If weather permits, you can have it outdoors with a projector and a white blanket, while guests can sprawl out on picnic mats as they enjoy a classic film. Have a popcorn and ice cream bar on the side for the movie snacks!
For girls who are celebrating their sweet 16th, a unicorn theme is a lovely choice, with its lovely pastel palette and whimsical decor. The birthday girl can dress up in an iridescent dress and top it off with a golden horn headband! For games, put a twist on the party classic and pin the horn on the unicorn!
For boys and girls turning 18, a cocktail party is definitely something to look forward to! It will be the age that they’re legally allowed to drink alcohol, so celebrate the occasion by getting a bartender to show them the best mixes out there. But do make sure that you also have plenty of mocktails on hand for guests who are minors!
Birthday Party Ideas For Adults
Who says you can’t have birthday parties when you’re an adult? Have a look at some of our ideas:
Birthday parties don’t necessarily need to be themed affairs with games and giveaways. Get your closest friends and head to your favourite spa for a pamper party! Get your nails done, have a facial, and relax with a massage. If you’d rather not head out, you can arrange for the spa to come to you instead.
Decades (‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, etc)
Whether it’s for a 30th birthday, 40th birthday, or even 50th birthday, a good old fashioned decades theme party is always a fun thing to do. If you’re not sure what decade to pick, go with the decade of the celebrant’s birth year! Another fun decade to pick would be the decade of the celebrant’s teen or childhood years. Look to Pinterest for lots of amazing decade-inspired decor!