Up and AwayThis party incorporates all things related to being…well, you guessed it—up! There needs to be balloons galore, see-saws, trampolines, remote-controlled airplanes and bubbles. The fact that this party is a bit of a hodge-podge makes it all the more exciting! Activities could include kite flying, decorating airplanes (for the younger kiddos) or paper airplane contests (for the kids that are a little bit older).
For adults, take it a step further and make it a fun dinner party. Guests are required to dress as a favorite Greek god, a flight attendant, or maybe even a swarthy hiker who has summited. Food could include items associated with being in the “upper” class, such as bouillabaisse, caviar and lobster.
Kids love animals, and rarely do they get to be up close and personal with them (sorry, the zoo does not count!). Have a farm-themed party and let the animals come to you! Many places have local “petting zoos” for rent that include coming to your home with several animals accompanied by a trained animal professional. If that is not an option, consider having pony rides at your home. Most cities have a local pony rental company that, again, will come to your home along with the supervision of trained professionals.
For adults, add a fun twist and make it all about being in the country. Guests are required to wear more “country” attire (overalls, plaid, cowboy hats and Hunter boots). Food should be hearty items like pot roast, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn on the cob.
Every two years the glorious event of the Olympics graces our television screens as we watch in eager anticipation of our favorite athletes competing for the medal. Create your own “at-home” Olympic games that are sure to bring out the fun—and competition—in any birthday party! An obstacle course is both easy and inexpensive. If it’s during the summer months, consider incorporating water-based events to your course. Be sure to have gold medals to award all of your daring guests!
This party is equally as exciting for adult guests. You can even go so far as to have already assigned teams beforehand so as to have team jerseys waiting for all of your invitees!
This might be a little more difficult to pull off for kids, but this definitely is a fun birthday party theme for adults. Guests arrive dressed as their favorite state. Encourage them to get creative. For example, someone who is an avid Texas fan might come dressed as an armadillo, or an Arkansas native might come outfitted as a Walmart employee. Have fun with it!
Food should include items that are traditional to each geographic area of the country. Perhaps have sweet tea (the South), chowder (New England), a little bit of BBQ (Midwest), and even grilled salmon—the more eclectic, the more fun!
This might be a little bit of a stretch for an adult birthday party, but it is certainly something that will be thoroughly enjoyed by the younger crowd.
Guests arrive donning their favorite pj’s and carrying their favorite pillow and stuffed animal. A fresh take on the classic “slumber party” birthday, this event is held outside in the backyard. Curl up with a few blankets around a campfire and roast marshmallows. Activities could include storytelling, skits, and hide-and-seek. Later, guests sleep over—but in tents. Note: this needs to be done with adult supervision at all times as fire and sleeping outdoors is involved.
“Birthday party” does not have to translate into “creative stress inducer.” A fun and unique party is right around the corner when a little bit of thought and creativity is thrown into the mix. Whether you are in the midst of exploring colleges in Calgary and eager to throw a “favorite US state” themed party or a stay-at-home mom enthusiastic about building the perfect obstacle course for your young one, try one of these above-mentioned themes—you will not be disappointed!
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