18th Birthday Party Ideas

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Finding the perfect 18th birthday party ideas that make this milestone one to remember!

Milestones birthdays are huge and 18 is the one that we all look forward to the most so you don’t want to settle for something that is uneventful or dare I say, B-O-R-I-N-G.

Celebrating in a memorable way does not have to put you in the poorhouse if you plan smart so we have a few ideas that get two thumbs up.   

Here are some fun 18th birthday party ideas that won’t get anyone in trouble.

18th birthday party ideas that won't be forgotten

Outdoor Adventures

Teens love adventure so heading out to do something fun is a great way to celebrate turning 18. Camping trips where you can plan some activities like hiking, boating, and zip lining will ensure that no one will forget this party anytime soon.


The best way to plan is to just invite a few of your teen’s best friends and provide some great snacks and foods that are camping friendly.

Some ideas include:
hot dogs
  • Hot dogs
  • Burgers
  • Subs
  • Trail mix
  • Smores
  • Water

Stay safe and hydrated and have fun!

Toga Party

I know what you must be thinking, toga party? Are you crazy? This is one of the 18th birthday party ideas that scares parents the most. Just the word toga sends parents minds into the world of Animal House and food fights, and no wonder, we saw that movie!

toga But most likely, your kids haven’t seen it so use all those scary memories and create the ultimate 18th birthday celebration.
To make this one amazing you will want to turn your party space into a roman empire by having some roman sculptures and gold goblets and lots of white streamers and of course…togas will need to be mandatory.
Serving Mediterranean foods like plenty of fruits and veggies along with dishes like :

  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Fresh shrimp and fish
  • Olives
  • Salads
  • Cheese platters
These can be simple to prepare and set out as a buffet to make it even easier.

Don’t forget to have some great music to dance to and for later, maybe even a movie like… Animal House?

Character/Themed Surprise Party

Every kid wants to experience a surprise party and the 18th birthday is a fun one especially if you’d like to be sure their friends are around. 

Themed party ideas are always a lot of fun but even more so when it’s a surprise party. Just be sure not to forget to make sure the guest of honor has whatever they will need to wear as well.


In order to make it easy, the first step is to choose a theme. Once that is done you may want to talk with some of your teens friends to help you with ideas and entertainment. They can even help you decorate. After all, they want it to be fun too and they always come up with really great ideas.

Once you have your theme, and guest list it’s time to plan the decorations, food, music and any additional entertainment they will enjoy. Karaoke is always a big hit but you may also enjoy having games or contests. 

The most important part is having one person in charge of getting your teenager to the party at the specified time and of course, keeping the secret!

Hollywood party

movie starThis is one of the most popular 18th birthday party ideas. After all who doesn't want to feel like a celebrity?

Give your teen and his or her friends the star treatment with a fun Hollywood themed party. Start with a simple but fun invitation and remember to channel the red carpet in all your decorations and food.

Make the night special with a red carpet entrance and photographers acting as ‘paparazzi’ to make your guests feel like super stars when they enter your party. You might even consider your own awards ceremony for ‘best dressed’ ‘best smile’ ‘smartest’ and whatever else you can come up with.

Cooking Party


If cooking or baking is a hobby, this can be a great party. Choose a style of foods like Italian, or American or the course, like desserts or appetizers and let the cooking begin. You don’t want to have too many guests for the cooking part, but you could invite more people for the enjoying!


Cookie or cake decorating is a great spin off to the cooking party so if you have enough space, this can be a fun alternative for more people. Be sure to have a nice variety of candies and frostings and other decorative items and enjoy!

Having an 18th birthday party does not have to be stressful. Choose a great party idea and go for it. You only turn 18 once!

 For more great party ideas for teens, visit www.rockin-teen-parties.com

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