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Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

Balloons! Confetti! Pop the champagne! ...Pop more champagne! Birthdays are special occasions not to be taken lightly.

Grown-up birthdays are an opportunity to spoil yourself, or the person-of-honor. Spring for a bartender to whip up elaborate cocktails, or a caterer to supply the good appetizers. (Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, goat cheese crostini, bacon-wrapped figs: you get the idea.)

First step to planning an awesome birthday party is to find a theme. A theme can help lend focus to other decisions like decorations and food to make them a little easier to tackle. Then search for your party pièce de résistance—cool entertainment to blow last year’s party out of the water.

Popular Grown-Up Birthday Party Themes

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A birthday party theme that comes preloaded with games sounds like a pretty good time to us. From roulette to poker, have all the classic casino games on-hand for guests to enjoy.

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Modern Disco

Give a chic spin to disco with a glittery, sequin-covered birthday party. Keep the disco balls and funky music, but add in creative food and cocktail concepts and chic floral arrangements to bring this event into the 21st century.


Celebrate your birthday with a little mystery and intrigue. A masquerade is the right mix of glamour and extravagance that make for a truly memorable occasion.

Vintage Railway

Host a dinner party that combines two themes: vintage and travel. Pick your decade, pick your destination, and all aboard.

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Throwback Hip Hop

For a nostalgic music lover, a ‘90s hip hop party has all the best parts of the 1990s: fashion, food, decorations and tunes that bring you back.

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