Who said that birthday parties were just for kids? An adult birthday party is a great way to commemorate special milestones well into your later years. It can also be seen as an opportunity to mingle with family and friends, eat your favourite foods and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Here at Château Le Jardin in Vaughan, we make it our priority that your event is as memorable to your guests as it is to you. When planning an adult birthday party for your loved one — or even for yourself — there are some things to keep in mind to make sure the night goes exactly as planned. Read on to discover how best to plan an adult birthday party that everyone will enjoy.
One of the first questions when planning any event is how many people and who will be invited. This is the part where you need to get your pen and paper out, double-check your phone contacts and address books and make a definite list of everyone that should be there. You don’t want to run the risk of leaving someone out by mistake.
You may also choose to take this time to decide who will sit with who if you plan on having a seating arrangement. If you are planning a birthday party for someone else, it might be easier if they give you a list of desired guests beforehand.
Date and Venue
If your birthday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, consider yourself lucky. People are usually more likely to attend parties that are over the weekend, as this is generally the time that they have off of work. Saturday is ideal for evening parties as they may run late into the night — no one wants to be out late when they have work or responsibilities the next morning!
If you can’t do the weekend, then Friday night may also be an option. Even if you can’t plan it for your actual birth date, you can arrange for the weekend before or after.
Once you have an idea of the date, you can start looking at venues. The venue you choose will also depend on how many people you plan to invite and how formal you’d like the event to be.
If you want to go big — it’s your party after all — then you might consider a banquet hall. Banquet halls and venues usually include catering and décor services so that planning is a breeze for you and your family.
The invitations are usually the first opportunity to get creative and show your guests that you’re out to have a good time. Choose a template or design that represents the theme of your birthday party.
Perhaps you’re doing a beach-themed party and want to shape your invitations like sailboats. Or, maybe you’re into a travel theme where your invitations mimic boarding passes. Whatever the case, let your invitations be the first hint as to what your party is really about. This will be sure to leave your guests in suspense and looking forward to the big day.
Here comes the fun part! Ideally, your birthday party décor should go with whatever theme you initially decided. If you’re planning a birthday party for someone else, you want to keep their favourite colours and themes in mind. This is a good chance to really bring their personality to the forefront and give guests a glimpse inside of their lifestyle and personal tastes.
When it comes to food for your adult birthday party, choosing the right caterer is key. Buffet style is usually easier and preferred when it comes to birthday parties. Make sure to have some appetizers and hors d’oeuvres ready for when your guests arrive as they may be hungry! At Château Le Jardin, we have a wide selection of fine International cuisines such as Greek, Indian, Continental and Italian.
We can assure you that we have options for even the fussiest of eaters and sweets that you and your guests will dream about long after the party.
Since a birthday party is a lively event to celebrate life and growth, you must keep an atmosphere of fun and entertainment. After all, a good host will always make sure their guests are entertained and having a good time.
Prepare some games beforehand so that your guests will have a chance to mingle with each other and loosen up. Try to play games that are related to your birthday party theme in some way.
Popular game ideas include bingo, musical chairs and any type of icebreaker. If you’re feeling exceptionally creative, you might choose to have the party at an arcade, bowling alley or other entertainment destination. If it suits your theme, you can even have a pottery class or art lesson during your event to keep your guests excited.
Last but not least, music can make or break your birthday party, especially if you plan on making use of the dance floor. Know what songs you plan on playing and when. There’s nothing more annoying at a party than music blasting in your ear while you’re trying to make conversation with the guests.
While planning an adult birthday party can be a lot of work, the process is fun, and the results are rewarding. What better reward is there than to see your loved ones having fun and engaging with each other?