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From swanky to laid-back—and everything in between—hosting an adult birthday party is easier than you think. Use these ideas to plan the perfect party:
Developing Party Plans
- Select a theme that fits the guest of honor, whether it’s golfing or Vegas. Was your best friend born in the 1970s? Put a nostalgic spin on the party with a decade theme. Encourage guests to dress from that period, and play groovy tunes.
- For an upscale twist on your birthday bash, plan a night out on the town that involves getting dressed up and seeing a show. The party begins at your house, where everyone gathers for appetizers. After the show, end the celebration by returning to your home to enjoy delectables from a Publix Bakery dessert tray.
- Put a spin on a traditional outdoor gathering with a backyard birthday brunch. Round everyone up for a game of Frisbee, croquet or bocce ball, and eat simple fare such as French toast or quiche. Serve snacks and beverages in enamel buckets to give your serving table a pop of color.
- If you’re planning a theme party and want people to dress up, mention this in the invitation. For surprise parties, include specific information about where you want guests to go and what time they should arrive.
- Use discretion when putting the guest of honor’s age on the invitation—most people don’t mind, but others are more sensitive about how old they are.
- Clearly state on the invitation whether or not the guest of honor will accept presents. If your friend does not want to receive gifts at the party, guests can always surprise her afterward with something small and meaningful, such as a bouquet of favorite flowers accompanied by a thoughtful note.
Celebrating the Party
- If you host a surprise party, hold it at an inconspicuous location and have guests park away from the party site. (Be certain the guest of honor is a fan of surprises first!)
- Play group games that motivate guests to mingle. Yard games such as bocce ball or an indoor pool tournament help kick off conversation. To break the ice, write down leading questions such as “If you could travel anywhere this minute, where would you go and why?” and put them in a bowl. Pull out individual questions to get everyone talking.
- Encourage conversation by serving food buffet-style. And don’t forget the essential staple of any birthday: the cake.