When you were young, a birthday party
was simple to plan. A few friends came over and you played games, had cake, opened presents and played some more. Now that you’re a bit (or a lot) older, you’re often stuck in a mental battle between the kind of birthday party you’ve known before and trying to have one that seems “older” and therefore better. After all, older is always better, right?
A great birthday party doesn’t have to be childlike or be one of those awkward affairs with boys and girls standing around looking out of place. You can throw a great birthday party for yourself or a friend with a little, or a lot, of fuss.
The Cake Party
Every good party needs an activity. Sure you might just spend the bulk of the time talking to your friends, but planning a craft or event helps break the ice and gives everyone a focus, especially at a co-ed party. At a cake party, your friends help to decorate the birthday cake.
Bake cupcakes or layers of cake earlier in the day. Then when your guests arrive, break them into teams or if there are just a few of you, work together. Each group decorates the portion of the cake they have with a variety of frosting, food coloring, sprinkles, etc… At the end of a certain time limit, all hands are off and the judging begins.
You might judge the cakes as the birthday girl, or you might pass out secret ballots and let your guests rank the cakes. The winners get a prize (of course) and everyone gets to eat cake!
The Chic Party
I’m a big believer in single sex birthday parties. Why bring silly boys into the mix when you can buddy around with your girlfriends instead? Have a classic pajama party, only there is no need to keep those ‘jamas indoors. Oh, and be sure you wear your full body pajamas – not your sexy negligee. Dress in your pajamas, and then head out on a night adventure. Start by eating at an all night diner, then head to an all night store.
Of course you’ll want to a fun adult to go along since creepy people come out after dark, but nobody will likely mess with a group of pajama clad, giggly girls. At the all-night store, give each guest a small sum of money and turn them loose in pairs or on their own. The girl who makes the best purchase wins a prize, plus everyone gets to keep their purchase and their memories of your midnight ramblings.
The Swim Party
If you’re lucky enough to have a summer birthday, you don’t have to get very creative to give your guests a good time. Nothing beats the heat like water, so take your guests to the pool, beach or water park. If you’re heading to a water park, a small group of close friends is best, but if you have a pool or a spot at the beach, the more the merrier.
Bring snacks and drinks, and then throw out a tablecloth and blanket to give everyone a place to sit. Have a picnic or eat at the tables if there are some. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled veggies are an easy meal and of course, everyone must hop out of the water for cake and presents at some point. Have a great time!