Adult Birthday Party Ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

It appears the end of the year is getting closer and closer and I have to come to the reality that my 40th birthday is going to be here before I know it.  I can’t believe I’m turning 4-0, I still feel like I am 20 in my head, but my body feels like it’s 30ish. I had several parties as a child and my hubby surprised me with a McDonalds party with some of my friends for my 18th (they were all still 17 so it was very tame), for my 21st I had a small gathering and every other birthday since has been celebrated with family over dinner or lunch in a park.  I don’t usually like being the centre of attention so have appreciated it always being low key.  But I feel I should put on a shin-dig for my 40th as we have family visiting from interstate… and why not have a day to celebrate all things about me LOL, I do deserve it, don’t I!!

So I set to Facebook recently and asked for ideas, I need all the help I can get.  We are going away in December for a family holiday and I have a mountain of work on the blog to do before I leave.  I would like to have this party all planned and organised before I go. I already know I don’t want to be cooking and cleaning on my birthday, so I am open to ideas!

Fun and creative ideas to celebrate an adults birthday party, turning your next get together into a shin-dig to remember!

So far I am thinking, throw a party at my place, pools open to all to swim in, tropical theme (pineapples, flamingo’s cause they make me smile), get everybody to bring a plate (cause I don’t want to cook), hire a daiquiri machine (yum!!). No dress ups, keeping it very casual.

These were some of the communities ideas or an adult’s birthday party:

  • High tea
  • Go on a holiday
  • Themed party at home
  • Spit roast party
  • Party at home, catered finger food, chocolate fountain and cake
  • Garden Party
  • Live band (acoustic artist)
  • Food truck
  • Beer garden or Champagne bar
  • Cruise
  • Holiday with close friends and family
  • Barefoot bowls and a jumping castle for adults
  • Picnic or BBQ in the park
  • Cocktails, seafood and salads
  • 40 days of kindness leading up to my birthday
  • Pot luck (everyone brings something) and a bon fire
  • Tick something off your bucket list
  • Hire a room, no food- just drinks and dancing
  • Do something you love with the people you love – Spa, Meals out, theatre, high tea etc
  • A day at the races
  • Hot air balloon
  • 80’s party music party and dress up
  • By the pool with champagne
  • Winery
  • 80’s theme with music, dress up comp, trivia night with 80’s pop culture questions and music quiz (guests working together in 3 teams, helped them get to know each other)
  • Murder mystery organised by a party company – guests assigned a character to dress like
  • Retro party
  • PJ party
  • Helicopter flight
  • Bottle of vodka, block of chocolate and the control of the TV remote
  • Hire a dance floor at home, with 70s, 80s and 90s music
  • RAOK party. The invites asked each person, in lieu of a gift to undertake a random act of kindness for another person, write it down on the enclosed slip and that was their entry to the party. It was a great night discussing with guests what they had done and a great conversation starter to get guests talking if they didn’t know each other. The party itself was cocktail/finger food in a B&W theme.
  • Great Gatsby theme

I have started a Pinterest Board already filled with some ideas.

Fun and creative ideas to celebrate an adults birthday party, turning your next get together into a shin-dig to remember! Fun and creative ideas to celebrate an adults birthday party, turning your next get together into a shin-dig to remember! Image credit: stylemepretty and bellebaloons

Do you have a great idea for a adult birthday party?

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9 comments

Kelly November 9, 2017 - 6:54 AM

Happy future birthday to you!!
My husband’s 40th is in January, we’ve booked a surprise holiday to the USA, LA / San Fransisco and Las Vegas. We plan on telling him the week before we go, cannot wait as I’ve been secretly booking it since June!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 9, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Ooh nice… we are doing that holiday in December the day after the kids finish school going away for 3 weeks, stopping at Lake Tahoe between Vegas and San Fran, I’ve never seen snow so it will be fun! Your hubby will be sooooo delightfully surprised, hope he and you all enjoy it!!

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Kelli November 9, 2017 - 12:51 PM

My 40th is in 2 weeks and we’ve organised a Progressive Dinner – we all jump on a bus mid afternoon and off we go to various locations, finishing off with Putt Putt Golf – my gosh that’s going to be interesting after wine tasting earlier in the night!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 9, 2017 - 12:52 PM

That sounds like so much fun, I think putt putt is going to be filled with so much laughter!! I hope you have the most happiest of birthdays Kelli!

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Tara Adams November 9, 2017 - 2:55 PM

I’m turning 40 next year, and I was planning on having a kids party for kids and adults alike – bouncy castle, all the classic game, except maybe not games like musical chairs, because i’m pretty sure someone would injure themselves!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 9, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Ooh I loved musical chairs when I was little. I absolutely love that you have planned it all out already. I’m having fairy bread at my party, the child in me coming out too!

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Tracy November 9, 2017 - 5:23 PM

My idea of a good birthday is to not have anyone sing “happy birthday” and be extraordinarily low key. My oldest daughter used to hide under the table when she was 4yo…I know where she gets that instinct from!! I’m definitely birthday phobic.
My next big birthday (a number of years away yet) is 50. I like the idea of travelling overseas with hubby…and maybe the kids (who are adults). Maybe.

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Caroline November 9, 2017 - 9:25 PM

My 40th is in January and I have no idea what I want to do. I thought about doing either a 70s or 80s themed party but I’m really not sure.
Happy upcoming 40th birthdays to all the ’78 babies

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Livliv April 22, 2018 - 1:35 AM

Thanks really got me going on my mums b-day

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