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Get inspired to plan a birthday everyone invited will love with our fun birthday ideas for adults – after all, age is just a number!
Unique & Unusual Birthday Ideas For Adults
1. Have A Funeral For Your Youth
While we don’t usually associate funerals with birthdays, having a funeral for your youth is by no means as depressing as it sounds. Many of us have fears and apprehensions over getting older and for what the future might hold, and so having a funeral-themed party for your next big bash is a dramatic yet light-hearted way to mark the occasion.
By dressing the part – head to toe in all black, of course – and asking guests to follow suit, you can give your younger days a funeral that no one will forget. Bonus points for giving the party venue a gloomy makeover with black balloons, table decor, and banners.
2. Host A Film Screening
Rent out a screen at your local movie theatre and have them play your favorite movie or a movie of your choice that they have to hand. Invite all your nearest and dearest friends and family and enjoy a totally exclusive cinematic experience.
Of course, this can be done at a fraction of the cost at home instead. Prepare tons of popcorn, candy, and slushies to hand out as snacks. To give your film screening night a more authentic feel, get some popcorn boxes, print out some customizable movie theatre tickets, and lay out plenty of cushions and blankets for everyone to gather on.
You can also get a home movie projector that will blow up your favorite flick to a much bigger screen size – or if you’re feeling really nifty, you can make your own.
3. Visit An Escape Room
This is definitely one for the thrill-seekers and think-outside-the-boxers out there. Over the last decade, escape rooms have exploded in popularity – in no small part because they create a unique, shared experience where everyone taking part has to work together for the good of the group. They’re exciting, different, and provide a real sense of teamwork and accomplishment.
There are so many types of escape rooms to choose from, each with different themes, settings, and puzzles. You can opt for any type of experience from the terrifying to the downright bizarre, or something a bit tamer – many escape rooms nowadays are even kid-friendly.
Whichever type of escape room experience you choose for your birthday bash, you and your friends are sure to have a brilliant, unforgettable time.
Sophisticated Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
4. Head Out For High Tea
If you’re looking to do something on your next birthday that’s sophisticated and suitable for pretty much everyone – including any nondrinkers within the group – an outing with your nearest and dearest to an elegant tea room is a perfect way to celebrate.
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted and seated, before being presented with a medley of fancy teapots, filled with teas from earl grey to the classic breakfast blend. Most places that serve afternoon high tea also offer a variety of bites to eat, such as delightful little crustless sandwiches, and fluffy scones to top with cream and jam.
To make it feel more like a birthday celebration, some places even serve champagne to enjoy alongside your tea.
5. Brunch, Darling!
How do you like your eggs in the morning? Maybe you like them poached and paired with creamy avocado slices. Or perhaps you’re more of a sunny-side-up atop a slice of toast and a bed of mushrooms kind of person.
In any case, something we can all agree on is that a long, chilled-out catch-up, paired with great food and drinks, surrounded by our best pals is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.
The great thing about brunch is that you can have it just about anywhere, whether at home or in a restaurant, depending on your preference and budget.
To kick up the celebrations a notch for an extra special birthday brunch, head to a place that serves classic brunch cocktails. Mimosas, anyone?
Or, if you’re having your birthday brunch bash at home, simply scour the web for the best brunch food and cocktail recipes.
6. A Cocktail-Making Masterclass
This is another one that can be enjoyed in a range of settings, according to preference and how much money you have to play with. Wherever you decide to hold it, you can never go wrong with celebrating your birthday in style with a cocktail party.
If you live close to any large towns or cities, chances are that cocktail bars will be a dime a dozen when you head for a night out. To mix things up a bit – no pun intended – and make it more adventurous, go out with your friends to a professional cocktail-making class, and learn from one of the best in the trade how to master your favorite tipple.
If you’d rather stay home and keep it a more simple affair, hire a mixologist and supply the ingredients you’re going to need. Alternatively, streaming a tutorial on a big screen will also work, too.
7. Have A Tasting Party
If you want to celebrate another year around the sun with a relaxed, yet sophisticated shindig, consider throwing a tasting party.
Of course, there are always the classic tasting evenings you could go for, such as wine and cheese, or gin. Nowadays, supermarkets and smaller businesses alike provide options online to have a box of delights curated for you and sent to your door. This takes all the think-work out of it, so you have more time to focus your night.
If you want to branch out and do something a bit different, with a bit of research you can put together a brilliant tasting evening of pretty much anything you like. Examples include desserts, foods from a certain country, or a fondue pot with all the trimmings.
You can even keep score of how each sample measures up against the others by downloading and printing some tasting evening scorecards.
Stay-at-Home Birthday Ideas For Adults
8. Throw A Sleepover
If you’d prefer to keep your next birthday shindig more on the low-key side, consider swapping a big night out in favor of a big night in with a tried-and-true girly sleepover party.
Though the word “sleepover” conjures up memories of your teenage years, staying up all night on a constant sugar-high from a copious amount of fizzy drinks and sweets, and gossiping about your crushes, a grown-up slumber party can be tailored to be much more of a sophisticated soirée.
The great thing about hosting a good old-fashioned sleepover is that there are really no limitations on what you can do, and there are so many activities you can plan. From mani-pedis to movie marathons, drinking games to dance-offs, the sky (or, your living room ceiling) is the limit.
9. Have A Virtual Birthday Party
Can’t get your friends or closest people in your life together in the same room? You can have just as much fun hosting a virtual birthday party.
There’s no reason why a Zoom party with your closest friends can’t be just as much of a giggle as a face-to-face gathering.
Set a date and time, send out your invites, don’t be afraid to go big on decor, and fill your evening with some fun virtual activities such as quizzes, bingo, charades, or truth or dare.
Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
10. Host A Barbecue Party
For those who are lucky enough to celebrate their birthday in summer, throwing a birthday barbecue party is a brilliant way to keep things casual and chilled. You can host it in your own backyard, your local park, or even at the beach.
It goes without saying that at the heart of every great barbecue is the food, so it might be fun to get creative: you could have a burger bar with different toppings and sauces, s’mores on a fire, or asking your guests to bring the side dishes to make it a birthday barbecue potluck.
To keep the party going, keep things warm and cozy after the grill has died down by gathering around a fire. Not only is this the ultimate – and perhaps the only acceptable – way to make s’mores, swapping stories with your best pals whilst sitting round the flames will lead to great memories you’ll cherish for years to come.
11. Take A Road Trip
Road trips are awesome. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice when it comes to long drives, a great road trip will stick in your mind for years to come.
It doesn’t matter if you’re turning 18, 68, or anywhere in between, there are perfect road trip ideas and destinations to suit every age and budget. For your next birthday, buckle up with your best friends and get outta town.
If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go, no matter where you are in the world, popular destinations include the beach, theme parks, vibrant cities, historical landmarks, and national parks.
Adventurous Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
12. Get Your Dance On
If you want to plan a birthday celebration with a difference – and one that no one will forget in a hurry – round up your best friends and get your dancing shoes on!
There are so many different themes to choose from, from ballroom to breakdance, salsa to swing. If none of those are your cup of tea, there are plenty of companies that can tailor your dance party experience to your taste.
Whether you’re a Bollywood lover or the idea of a ’90s themed dance-off sounds more appealing, there’s a dance party experience out there with your name on it.
If the idea of holding the party in an unfamiliar venue doesn’t sound like something you’d enjoy, there are plenty of freelance dance instructors you can hire to bring the moves to you.
With a dance-themed party, not only will you and your friends make some really fun (if embarrassing) memories to look back on, you might even discover a new hobby!
13. Be A Daredevil
Another one that’s perhaps best saved for the thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies among us – if you want to ‘jump’ start the next year of your life on a ‘high’ note (see what I did there?), consider taking a walk on the wild side by channeling your inner daredevil.
One such activity that’s suitable for both novices and seasoned high-octane adventure chasers, is the humble bungee jump. As there are different levels to this extreme sport, there are experiences to satisfy newbies and pro-jumpers alike.
If being taken up in a crane whilst strapped up with elastic cords and jumping from a huge height doesn’t sound like your idea of a great time, there are plenty of other thrill-seeking experiences you can try. Activities such as paintballing, zip-lining, or even white water rafting are all great fun to do in groups, all without taking your feet too far off the ground.
Relaxing Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
14. Book A Retreat
Nothing says “happy birthday” like a real opportunity to wind down and recharge in the company of your favorite people.
Whatever kind of relaxing experience you’re after, booking a little retreat to escape from all the humdrum of adult life is not just a great way to see in your next birthday, but also totally nourishing for the soul.
There are so many different types of retreats out there, so you’ll have to find some clarity on exactly what you’re looking for, how much money everyone is able to spend, and consider the location.
Do you want a chilled-out wellness retreat, with meditation and yoga? Indoor or outdoor? Or maybe you’d like a more spiritual kind of retreat, to help you reconnect with the world. A relaxing spa retreat is also an amazing experience to have, especially in the company of friends.
Birthdays don’t just have to become ‘another day’ with age. Even for adults, there are so many fun and cool ways to celebrate getting a year older.
Our list of ideas will help inspire you to plan a birthday event, party, or surprise both the birthday boy or girl, and everyone invited, will remember for years to come!
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