When you think of a birthday party, balloons, and clowns typically come to mind. As

most people know, birthday parties can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. Just

because you are older doesn’t mean that you don’t want to have fun. Parties for adults,

typically focus more on togetherness than the gifts, so to plan an even that will give

everyone a good time, follow these simple tips.

Go for a theme

Themed parties are always much more fun for adults, think about some of the favorite

activities of the special person and try to center the party around that. If they love Mardi

Gras, have a party simulating it, if they are a lover of animals, consider finding a outdoor

location where nature can be observed, retro and oldies parties are fun too. There is no

better excuse to rent a country club ballroom or hip club to throw a great birthday bash.

Give the Guest Notice

Being that the party is for an adult, the guest will also be in the same age range. Most

people have jobs or family obligations, so sending invitations at least two weeks in

advance is a great way to assure that everyone can make it. It also helps when it comes

to budgeting for your overall expenses. Just like with any other get together, food is a big

point of focus. Regardless of where the venue is, its important to plan your meal menu

in conjunction with the theme of the party. If your party will be a small affair, consider

making the food yourself, if you have a larger amount of guest, or just want things to run

more smoothly, sit with a catering company to plan the perfect menu.

Decorations and Preparations

Unless you have a very big budget, them you will have to take care of some decorations

yourself. This is a chance to have fun and show your creative talent. There are many

party stores and craft stores where you can find trinkets, banners, posters and other items

to fit your adult party theme. On the day of the party, arrive early and give yourself

ample time to set up, decorate and set everything in order. If you give yourself time, you

can rest assured that nothing has been left out. Don’t forget music, hiring a DJ for a few

hours is affordable and often worth it. Even if you don’t hire a DJ, take the time a few

days in advance and pick out theme appropriate as well as age appropriate music that you

and your friends will all enjoy.

The Cake

Birthday specialty cakes, just like for weddings usually serve a great role. The cake is

what brings everyone together for a song and a wish. Find out what your birthday boy

(man) or girl (woman) likes or the theme of the party. A great way to present a birthday

specialty cake would be to place the cake in a gift box! Wrap the cake up as if it were a

gift, and place it on the table next to the other presents. There are many colors and prints

that you can get for your cake box to make it stand out.

One of the first things to consider when you really want to make you cake stand out is a

plate stand. You can purchase these just about anywhere and with the holidays almost

upon us you will have no problem finding one that will suit the theme of your specialty

cake. If, for example you are going to bake a chocolate cake try using a white plate to

make it stand out from the crowd when sitting amongst all the other yummy treats that

adorn your table during this time.

Another great idea is to use a special shaped cake tin, the choice of shapes available is

wide so whatever your theme for the shape, you will easily find one that fits. When it

comes to decorating your specialty cake then let you and your children go wild when it

comes to letting your creative juices flow. For example, if you decide on a Christmas

tree then you can make brightly colored icing in all different shades and cut out bauble

shapes to go on top of the cake. For tinsel or braid, have some fun with the shapes you

cut your icing into.

One way to wrap a specialty cake is in a personalized cake box. You can have a box

personalized for whatever the occasion is. For instance if it is someone’s birthday, you

could have a birthday decoration added to the box and their name. Another idea is to

have the box say something meaningful that the birthday boy/girl won’t ever forget. Cake

boxes come in many different sizes and also some shapes. Think “outside of the box” to

get your loved one something they will enjoy.

If you’re going to give out another type of food gift such as wine and cheese, tape them

together side by side and add some colorful tulle and ribbon to make them stand out.

Attach the gift card to the ribbon for a more polished professional look. If the person

you are buying a food gift for is a chef, try purchasing all cooking utensils and different

seasonings and creating a food gift basket. Wrap the basket with decorative fabric, plastic

wrap, or tulle. Top the basket with a bow and a card and your gift is ready to be received.

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After it’s all over

At end of the evening, cleaning up may be the last thing on your mind, hire a clean up

crew or party maid service for the evening. Depending on the venue you have booked,

it may be included in the rental, if not, it is a great way t make sure that you aren’t left

with a mess that can ruin the fun shared during the party. You will thank yourself in the