Unique Birthday Party Ideas
Whether you are hosting your own or planning a surprise, Boston birthday parties are a great chance to flaunt your hosting expertise and have a truly great time. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a 40th birthday party or any age above or below; there is always a perfect party theme and perfect place to celebrate. We gathered some of the best themes and ideas, and with a little inspiration from our Boston birthday party guide, you can make this fete flawless!
Places to Host a Boston Birthday Party
First of all, before the décor, before the menu, and before every other detail, you need the perfect venue. A great venue already sets the celebration up for success, so choose wisely! Here are some non-traditional birthday party venues that are sure to entertain your guests.
- Boat bashes – if your guest list is small enough, a boat can be a perfect venue. It is intimate, fun and something special to really signify the celebration.
- Make the space the entertainment – Boston is home to a plethora of amazing, unique venues. Take full advantage of this by hosting your party in an already entertaining environment, like the cool, icy world of Frost Ice Loft.
- Classic house parties – sometimes it is best not to mess with a good thing. If a house party fits your laid-back group of friends, then make it the best!
Adult Birthday Party Themes
So you know where your party is going to be, but what’s going to make it unique? Themes are what make birthday parties memorable and special, and we have found some of the best!
- Throwback to the old days – sure, you are getting older, but you have a lot of party left in you! Reminisce and show the kids how it’s done with a throwback party. Celebrate in the theme of whatever decade your crowd likes best, from the ‘60s to the ‘90s—it all works!
- Menu idea: Have a favorite childhood treat? Turn it into a classy dessert! Likewise, transform your favorite drink into a cool cocktail.
- Casino night – the high-stakes thrill without the big-money bets! Casino parties are a fun way of celebrating in friendly (or not-so-friendly!) competition. Play for money or raffle items, gift cards or even treats.
- “Wig out” party – this theme is for the young-at-heart; everyone wears a crazy wig to the party—and an eccentric outfit to match, of course. You will be giggling and flaunting your new ‘do the entire night.
- Menu idea: Think creative and exotic when planning this menu; the theme is already so innovative, you will want cuisine to match! Try something like a martini mashed potato bar.
- College revelries – college students are legendary party hosts, though maybe in a slightly different way. But one more night of undergrad fun might be just the thing for your friends. A keg, plenty of drinking games and general lightheartedness are a must for this theme.
- Menu idea: Upgrade your favorite college junk foods! Crunchy, salty snacks like potato chips are great for crusting chicken and fish.
- For 50th birthday parties – this theme is for a narrower group, but it is a good one! For those planning a 50th birthday party, a ‘50s theme is a creative and fun idea. You missed out on the ‘50s, after all, with the greasers, hot rods, poodle skirts and more! These iconic symbols are excellent inspiration for an entertaining time.
- Menu idea: Did you know that this decade popularized both deviled eggs and the cheese ball? Also, slider hamburgers were created in the ‘50s, though for this theme, presentation is essential.
More Tips for Hosting Birthday Parties
Now that you have browsed some venues and themes for your celebration, it is time to solidify some details for that 30th, 40th or 50th birthday party (or whichever birthday is approaching). Here are some things to consider in the planning process.
- Serve a wide variety of drinks – while you certainly should have fun with your signature drink or alcoholic beverages, be sure to include something for the crowd who have little ones at home! Non-alcoholic drinks can be just as exciting as the alcoholic ones when you have the right recipe or the right bartender.
- Decorate as needed – of course décor is important, but you need only include a few touches: colored cutlery and plates, banners, balloons, confetti—anything works. While Pinterest can provide many ideas, you can also personalize your menu, and it works to make the atmosphere festive and reinforce the theme as much as hours of decoration.
- Use your resources – planning an adult birthday party can be complex, but it does not have to be! There are many resources out there to help and plenty of people willing to lend a hand. Divide up the work, make it a group project or even call on the experts to make this party what it should be most of all—fun.
We love birthday parties too! If you are interested in seeing how we can help you with your birthday party planning and catering, contact us to talk about menus, venues and anything else you need, or you can call 617-581-1150 to talk to one of our highly-qualified event planners.
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Timothy Seeberg is the Director of Major Events at BG.