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If you ask us, the best thing about birthdays is they can be as big or as small as you want to make them. Whether your typical celebration of choice is a low-key night of sharing cake and treats with friends while lounging in sweatpants or an all-out extravaganza that has you dressed to impress and partying until the early hours of the morning, what really matters is that you’re with the people who matter most, making memories you’ll never forget, and – most importantly – celebrating YOU!
If you’re planning this year’s bash and you’re looking for some inspiration, trust us – you’ve come to the right place. (After all, we are the experts of all things celebrations!) We have a few ideas that’ll make this year’s birthday festivities extra fun.
If you’re keeping it casual…
… host a game night
Nothing beats hosting friends and family in the comfort of your own home – especially when snacks and a little friendly competition are involved. Tell them to bring their favorite board games and an appetite, to dress comfy, and to get their game faces ready. Whether you pair up, play in teams, or it’s every man (or woman!) for himself, this is one night that’ll certainly score big points on your list of most memorable birthdays.
…throw a birthday scavenger hunt
If your ideal birthday scenario is a daytime activity that caters to your desire for an early bedtime, consider gathering your friends and family at a local park for a picnic and birthday scavenger hunt! Give all your guests a list of funny, random photos they need to take while you’re there. (Think photos with a stranger’s dog or a selfie hanging from the monkey bars at the jungle gym!) The first person to complete the list earns bragging rights and the second piece of cake (because obviously you get first dibs!)
If you’re going all out…
…host a masquerade ball
There’s something magical about a room full of guests wearing gowns or tuxedos with ornate masks! Take your birthday soiree to the next level with a themed masquerade party full of all your friends dressed up and feasting on delicious finger foods. The best part? You can either host it at a venue or transform your home with decorations and lighting.
…show off your karaoke skills
This tried and true classic will not only guarantee a birthday to remember, but also a lot of laughs! Local restaurants and nightclubs often host karaoke nights on the weekends, so all you need to do is show up with your friends, family, and your favorite song! Add a level of competition to the evening by ranking each friend’s performance to be sure they go all out.
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed homebody or the life of the party, your birthday is all about celebrating YOU. We hope these ideas give you the inspiration you need to make it everything you want it to be! (P.S. If you need help planning the dessert menu, we’ve got you covered.)