Milestone Birthday Party Ideas
For some people, the perfect milestone birthday party (16, 21, any birthday ending in "0" or "5," etc.), is a small, elegant dinner with close family and maybe a few friends. If you are planning a party for a person who prefers this, please check out the Buffet Luncheon or Nice Dinner In or Out ideas on the Theme Party page.
If you are throwing a big party, consider a theme. Age-related nostalgic themes that can apply to any milestone birthday party include:
For the more tongue-in-cheek milestone birthday party ideas:
And of course, you can choose a milestone birthday party theme that is a hobby or passion of the birthday person like golfing, fishing, cats, etc. or any of many, many great party themes, a few of which are listed on the Party Theme Idea Guide page. (More will be added, so bookmark that page!)
Whether you choose a theme or not, here are some general ideas for the different aspects of your milestone birthday party.
It really depends on the number of guests. If it's a really large party, renting a hall or party room would be best. A large basement or back yard (during the right time of year) would be great too.
If you're going with a theme, the milestone birthday party invitations should match that theme. If not, it would be nice to point out the significance of the birthday on the invitation (e.g., 50th Birthday Party, etc.). Whether you go with an elegant or silly style depends on the birthday person and the kind of party you want to have. Choose a party motto, such as "You're not getting older, you're getting better!" or "Life Begins at 40" or "30 Years Ago, A Star Was Born!" Be sure to note if it's a surprise party!
Other options are to get tropical looking blank invitations or paper and print them on your computer, or to buy fill-in-the-blank invitations. There are all kinds of choices at eInvite.com and FineStationery.com.
You may or may not want costumes, depending on the theme of the party. If you are having a nice dinner party or small get together, costumes would really just be nice attire. But if it's a theme party, costumes are a nice touch. Get ideas for costumes on the Costume Ideas page or on any of the theme party pages.
Favors should match the milestone birthday party theme (as should everything else about your party), but for general parties without a distinguishable theme, nice party favors include chocolates, music CDs, lottery tickets, votive candles and bath and body products (generally just for the ladies), ornaments, coffee/travel mugs, etc. Just be sure to package whatever it is up in a favor box or bag, or with a nice envelope and bow.
Yet again, decorations
depend on the theme, but some general milestone birthday party decorating ideas are:
This depends on what time of day the party is. For a small, sit-down dinner, you'd have a full served meal. For a large party at any meal-time, a buffet is the easiest way to go. You could have different "stations:"
You could serve the guest of honor's favorite foods. You could ask everyone to bring a dish. You could have ethic themed food: Italian/pasta, Chinese, Mexican, etc.
Many easy party food and snack ideas are on the Party Planning Food Page, such as chips, finger sandwiches, fruit and veggie platters, wraps, etc.
Be sure to offer iced tea, hot tea, coffee, soda, and juices. Alcohol is optional; having beer and wine to offer is nice for many people.
Of course, the cake's
size depends on how many guests you'll have. How the cake is shaped and
decorated can be according to your milestone birthday party theme, and if you didn't pick one,
some ideas for nice cakes are:
More ideas can be found on the Cake Decorating Idea page.
If you have a milestone birthday party theme, get game ideas from that theme. For example, This Is Your Life and Remember When. For a milestone birthday, these ideas are always popular:
Get more great ideas on the Party Game Idea page.
Depending on what the guest of honor would prefer and what kind of party it is, you may want to hire a band, DJ, small classical quartet, strings, a man walking around with a guitar, etc. If you want to provide background music with CDs, be sure to play music that fits the theme of the party or the guest of honor's favorite tunes. Check out the resources here for places to get CDs - there are even ways to make custom CDs with only the tunes you want.
Hopefully, these tips
and resources will help you throw the best milestone birthday party ever!
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