27 Stylish Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

When we hear the words “birthday party” it conjures up images of knee-high children running around eating birthday cake and busting open a piñata in a grassy backyard. But what about when those kids grow up, a.k.a. us? All it takes is a handful of cool adult birthday party ideas to get you right back in the game throwing soirées that’ll never be forgotten.

As we get older, it seems that each birthday is that much less exciting than the last (except maybe 21—a lot of us go all-in on that one), but it doesn’t have to be that way! No matter how old you’re turning, there’s something special about taking time to celebrate another year in your life with friends, family and some very good food.

Since decorating for a birthday party for a person over the age of 10 can be confusing, we’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas from Pinterest that’ll help you with every aspect of your bash from decor to food to drinks. All chic, all very grown-up.

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1. Encourage your party guests to have a good time with a witty, festive sign.

2. Instead of letting balloons hang, stick them to the wall sans ribbon. Make them look extra cool by blowing them up to different sizes.

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3. Trust us, you’re never too old for colored popcorn. The above version uses only three ingredients: Popcorn, vanilla candy, sprinkles.

4. If you aren’t the cooking type, no worries. Have a food truck cater your party!

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5. Decorate your own balloons with gold foil and confetti! Here’s how. 

6. Instead of setting out flowers in a vase, why not put them in old booze bottles? So cool!

7. If you have a summer birthday, try throwing a traditional New England clambake complete with newspaper tablecloths, corn, and plenty of cold beer.

8. Not crazy about telling your entire party your age? Use an adorable “Lost Count” cake topper!

9. Instead of putting out ho-hum cheese and crackers, opt for mini tacos and tequila.

10. Let’s be honest—no party is complete without a tassel banner.

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11. Instead of boring candles in your birthday cake, use mini number or letter balloons on sticks.

12. Did someone say Jell-o shots? And not just any Jell-o shots, but strawberry margarita Jell-o shots. With real strawberries.

13. Order customized napkins—such a fun way to give a party a personal touch.

14. If you’re more of a simple, modern gal, stick with a bold and modern party theme.

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15. Guest books are boring. Let your guests go crazy and decorate a wall-sized piece of paper.

16. Mudslide cupcakes are the perfect way to entertain your guests with chocolate and booze.

17. Make your own custom backdrop for photos!

18. Get modern and crafty with this Gold Brushed Balloons tutorial.

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19. Standard party candy gets a little more grown-up with these vodka and gummy bear ice pops. 

20. Not sure how to design your birthday invites? Etsy has some of the best options out there.

Photo: Studio DIY

21. You’ll totally need these Emoji balloons in your life.

22. Don’t be ashamed to send your invites through the web. We love this iPhone party invite.

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23. Set up a DIY mimosa bar, complete with cut-up fruit and a variety of juice.

24. Be proud of your age with candles that spell it out.

Party Photo Booth

Photo: Chloe Moore Photography Blog

25. If you can’t rent an actual photo booth, set up a “photo booth” area with special background, and ask people to take turns manning it.

26. Learn to make Champagne Jell-O squares with pop rocks—so chic!

27. Instead of real dessert, set up a candy buffet. That’s what we all really want, anyway, right?

A version of this article was originally published in November 2016. 


20 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas That Are Festive and Easy

Between planning, shopping, cooking, and decorating, hosting a party has its perks, but can be a major source of stress. And you’re supposed to try to have fun at them, too? For those who have volunteered (or been elected) to host this years New Year’s Eve bash, relax: pulling off a fabulous fete can be a breeze with genius Pinterest and blog-sourced party ideas that’ll impress all your guests. It doesn’t take much beyond an appropriate level of glitter and a variety of foods and drink to pull off a solid party. From drinks to decor, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas that you can totally copy.

Craft That Party

Craft That Party

1. Use sequins and confetti in places other than on your dress.

2. Make a unique and festive backdrop for taking Instagram-worthy New Years Eve photos.

3. Hang up a blank piece of paper on the wall for your guests to write their resolutions on.

4. Sparkle up a normal balloon by adding confetti inside of it.

Erica's Sweet Tooth

Erica’s Sweet Tooth

5. Even your food should be festive. By adding cute little toppers into champagne Jell-o shots, you’ll instantly make things more interesting.

6. Add sorbet into your champagne glasses for a fizzing, sweet good time.

7. For a sweet treat when the clock strikes midnight, soak strawberries in chocolate flavored vodka.

Little Peanut Magazine

Little Peanut Magazine

8. For any underaged at your party, make milk sprinkle shots.

9. Create a hashtag for guests to use while posting on social media from your party. That way later anyone can see all the shots from last night!

10. Make your own photo booth with cool props for guests to enjoy.

Metallic Mason Jar

How Sweet Eats

11. Painted mason jars work wonders to add some sparkle and hold anything like utensils to flowers.

12. Write an hourly countdown on balloons—11PM, 10PM, 9PM, and so on—and pop them as midnight approaches.

13. Make your own DIY garland using sparkle-dipped feathers and some string.

Photo: Creating Really Awesome Free Things

Photo: Creating Really Awesome Free Things

14. Cover your home with inspirational quotes to inspire the New Year—homemade or Etsy-bought.

15. Everyone loves a party favor. Send your guests home with something little, thoughtful, and fun.

16. Grab poppers filled with sequins for everyone to pop open once the clock strikes twelve.

Photo: The Crazy Apron

Photo: The Cozy Apron

17. Nothing says classy and sweet like strawberry shortcake in a champagne glass.

18. Find a creative way to add numbers to champagne glasses, so guests can grab one for each of the hours before midnight.

Photo: Wants & Wishes Design

Wants & Wishes Design

19. Fill your entire ceiling with balloons—bonus points for sparkly, curly strings—for a fun decorative look.

20. Bag up fortune cookies for your guests to bring home to wish them “good fortune” in the coming year.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.

Simple New Year’s Eve Decor Ideas To Ring in 2018

New Year’s Eve is one of the most relaxed holidays we have. There aren’t really a ton of rules for a good NYE party that can’t be broken. Avoid sequins like the plague? There are ways to dress that don’t involve Dynasty-levels of sparkle. And who’s to say you have to wear your hair a certain way? This is the New Year! As far as we’re concerned, this is about letting loose and having fun.

Likewise, no one’s telling you to deck your place out in floor-to-ceiling Gatsby-inspired opulence (but, of course, if you want to, more power to you). The important things, in no particular order are, a) champagne, b) more champagne, c) extra glasses for the champagne, and d) good music to listen to while you drink all the champagne.

So, now that that’s settled, there’s the matter of decor. If you’ve waited until the 11th hour to start, there’s still plenty of hope. A few well-placed balloons or chic streamers can make a remarkable difference. In fact, we’re here to argue that less is more.

We’ve rounded up some super easy ways to decorate for the night, whether your style is understated, overstated, or somewhere in between. Cheers to that!

A version of this article was originally published in December 2015.

Quickly make anything festive with spray adhesive and glitter.

Photo: Evite

All you really need are some well-placed streamers and some tape that won’t mess up your walls. Bonus points? These bad boys are DIY.

Photo: 100 Layer Cakelet

If the traditional gold and black color palette just isn’t you, try something with silver and white.

Photo: Ruth Eileen Photography

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You can’t go wrong with black, gold, and white streamers and balloons.

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All of that seem like too much work? Just pick up some black and gold balloons and some curling ribbon for an elevated affair.

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A few pearl-finish balloons, some punch, and some champs goes a long way.

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Most people will be quite busy drinking champagne, but make sure there’s some sugar in the form of macaroons and cake for when people need a boost.

Photo: Alea Lovely

Rebel against glittery and Gatsby-themed anything by taking your décor to a woodsy, rustic place. A few branches and some muslin should do the trick.

Photo: Sunday Suppers

Go glam with an Old Hollywood backdrop and a bar that’s fully stocked.

Photo: Erin Hearts Court

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