The top 5 ways to throw a great birthday party
December 15, 2009
Whether you're celebrating a big birthday or another drop in the bucket, birthday parties are a fun way to bring friends and family together.
1. Surprise Party
If you plan on throwing a surprise birthday party, pick up a few essential birthday party supplies to give the guest of honor a jaw-dropping shock.
Pick up plenty of birthday balloons and streamers in bright, bold colors and decorate the space within an inch of its life! Don't worry about going overboard with the birthday party decorations this is one celebration where it's nearly impossible to overdo.
Have guests arrive early and ask them to park their cars out of sight, so that the surprise isn't ruined. Make sure to have all of the party decorations in place before partygoers head over, so that you're free to mingle before the birthday boy, girl, man or woman gets there.
One great way to make your surprise extra special is to outfit guests with plenty of glow sticks and glow jewelry. The person of the hour will be in for a shock when they see their friends and family glowing in the dark! (Be sure to hand out noisemakers, too.)
2. Costume party
No matter how old you are (or about to be) you're never too old to enjoy a good costume party. For the ultimate birthday party, request in the party invitations that guests come decked out in costumes.
When throwing the party for a friend or family member, choose a theme that you know they'll enjoy. For instance, if they have a favorite TV show, a book that they're crazy about or a movie they're obsessed with, base the party on that.
However, try to make it a theme that everyone will enjoy. For instance, if the birthday girl loves The Great Gatsby, throw a 1920's themed fete.
If your best friend is obsessed with Harry Potter, ask guests to come prepared with wands. Be sure to pick up a few birthday party supplies that match the theme, like paper cups and napkins or cardboard cutouts of characters. The guest of honor should also get a costume to join in the fun.
3. Black Tie Birthday Party
For landmark birthdays, a black tie party is the way to go. It lends the day the importance it deserves, and guests will love the opportunity to dress in their formal attire.
To ensure that your birthday shindig has a posh vibe, choose one color for the party decorations and stick with it. Gold, silver, royal blue or purple are all great choices for a fancy affair. Serve champagne and hors d'oeuvres and end the night with a decadent birthday cake and plenty of dancing.
4. Dinner Birthday Party
Gourmands and gourmets alike will appreciate a dinner party to celebrate their big day. Invite guests over for a formal, sit down affair or make it a casual event with a buffet-style meal. Either way, just be sure to include the birthday person's favorite foods and end the meal with a great birthday cake.
If you're worried about helming a feast all by yourself, enlist the help of others or order in from a favorite restaurant.
5. Destination Birthday
Hosting a birthday party is almost always fun and rewarding, but it can be a lot of work (and clean-up!) To make it easier for party planners on the big day, consider booking the birthday person's favorite bar or restaurant and have guests meet up there. This will give the shindig a fun, festive feel and will take some of the pressure off of the hosts.
Of course, just because it's not at your house doesn't mean you don't decorate. Pick up birthday party decorations and balloons and ask the venue to have the space decked out for you.
Try to arrange for fun birthday party favors from the restaurant t-shirts with the restaurant's logo and a birthday message written on the back.
No matter what your plans are for the big day, just remember to keep it light-hearted and fun. Birthdays are about celebrating life and should never be too stressful!
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