Sometimes it is hard to find adult birthday party ideas specifically for grown-ups, which is why I created this page. This page is dedicated to party games and themes for appropriate for an adult, and not the kiddos. This article gives step by step directions to help you plan the party, but throughout you will find helpful links to more specific information.
Many times a party is given when a special age milestone is reached.
For that reason, I have created dedicated pages to age 30, age 40, age 50, and age 60! To jump directly to these, use the links below.
A theme for an adult birthday party? Yes! It can be fun! You certainly do not have to pick one, but it sure makes the party more coordinated, and actually a bit easier to plan since you will have some direction on what to buy.
Picture this. Your husband is turning 40. Have a James Bond Theme. Have pictures from all the James Bond movies around, and the guests can guess the movie. Guests can dress up in formal clothes if that's your style, and you can take a formal photo of each couple as they arrive (think prom photos). You could even have casino gambling during the party and serve martinis. So classy!
So you get the idea, you can get really creative. For tons of fun theme ideas, please visit my creative party theme ideas page.
If you don’t want to have an actual theme, at least pick a color scheme so you can coordinate decorations (balloons, streamers) with your dinnerware (plates, cups, napkins). For milestone birthdays (40, 50, 60, 70) you could have black balloons and "Over the Hill" type decorations.
Food is a big part of an adult birthday party. While kids are just happy with a sheet pizza, you will want to have more variety at a grown-up party.Plan out a few main dishes using the suggestions from my party food ideas page. Variety is key. Remember you may have guest that is vegetarian or who has a food allergy. By providing a few different things to choose from is safe.
Balloons, streamers, and birthday banners go a long way to decorate a room. But another super
fun thing is to have pictures up of the guest of honor. This
is really fun for an adult because you can gather some from the
past. Looking at the pictures is fun for guests and
the guest of honor. Attach the photos to a piece of poster
board and you can then tape or tack the poster board to a wall.
For my husband’s 40th birthday I made a time-line
“Celebrating 40 Wonderful Years”. It
began with pictures when he was small up to present day. It
included the year below it, and if it was a certain milestone or
achievement. I added photos that showed little known facts
about him (the fact that he used to teach scuba diving, that he learned
to fly planes, that he played basketball in high school). It
was really a conversation starter because many of the guests that had
come only knew him for the past ten years or so and were surprised to
learn so much about him. It was a nice decoration and made
him feel special.
One thing I always do for parties is play around with their photos using Photoshop, or a similar photo editing software. I imagine you all will not agree with me here but it is just something fun I like to do. For my sister’s 40th birthday, I put photos of her with famous celebrities (I just photoshopped her in). It was a fun decoration to have around the party and it got a lot of people laughing!
If you want to
incorporate games, there are many birthday party games to pick
from. If you visit the link I have mentioned you will see a
large collection. You can browse to the section for adult
games. Having games is a good way to break the ice and to
have guests that don’t know each other get talking.
If you are not really into games, but would still like to have an ice-breaker, have name tags set out for each guest at the party. Have a little sign by the name tags explaining they should write a little known fact about themselves under their name. Or, have them write down their favorite movie. Or, their most embarrassing moment. You get the idea! This way, as guests mingle, they have something instantly to talk about and it is a fun conversation starter!