Below is my list of 18th Birthday Party Ideas.
As it's their first adult birthday party, some teens might not want anything too structured or themed for their 18th birthday parties—they might consider that too kidsy. Often they're quite happy to just have a house party with their friends and plenty of loud music, food and if in the UK......alcohol.
If that's the case, check out the Design It Yourself section for advice and suggestions for individual components such as party invitations, party food and party supplies to help them put something more casual together.
The chances are, they'll probably want to celebrate their 18th birthdays with their friends and not their parents, so keep any family celebrations separate. You might want to plan a lunch during the day for this or a smaller dinner on another evening.
If they're having a party at home, agree a finish time and give the neighbours plenty of warning as they're going to want to play music loud. You may also want to take the precaution of moving any breakables or valuable items to another room which will be off limits—or better still locked. For visitors in the US, you might also need to consider taking away any alcohol from the house and being clear about rules regarding drinking, smoking and drugs.
For UK visitors, where it's legal to drink alcohol at 18, be sure to make plans for people getting home. Leave details for a taxi service, or extra bedding if people are likely to stay over. Make sure somebody keeps an eye on people who are planning to drive and are prepared to take their keys away from them if necessary.
If they're having food, its fine to keep things simple like burgers, pizzas and tacos, but just make sure there's plenty of it. If you're in the UK and people are going to be drinking, get the host to keep some carb-heavy food like burgers or fries back until later and bring these out towards the end of the party to help absorb some of the alcohol.
If you don't find any 18th birthday party ideas you like from the list below, be sure to check out the Party Themes A-Z incase something from a different category catches your eye. Most party themes can be adapted to suit different ages with just a little tweaking.
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Matt James is a professional party planner and owner of event agency DNA Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, DNA has won 24 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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