Grown-Up Birthday Party Ideas
Neon Meets Neutral Birthday Party Theme
It's a perfect pairing. When eye-catching fluorescents are teamed with warm earth tones, both look their best. Plain brown bags and plates never looked so stylish. The best part? You can find plates and bags in the supermarket and stickers and tags in an office-supply store.
The Art of the Office Birthday Party
Throw your coworker a birthday bash with office supplies and a few fun extras from home.
Picture Perfect Birthday Party
Take everyone for a stroll down memory lane with photos of the guest of honor in the form of balloons, candles, cupcakes, and party hats. Include shots from all eras, with lots of friends and family. Unify the images -- and give them classic vintage appeal -- by printing them in black-and-white.
Monogram Birthday Party
Honoring the birthday boy or girl with monograms is as easy as A,B,C. Fashion them from wire, glitter, or wax, and hang them on a wall, prop them up on a table, or set them on a cake. They'll make for a red-letter day (or pink or gold or green).
Bargain Birthday Party
We love turning bargain basics and cheerful party supplies into fun decorations, from party blowers to confetti. The materials aren't hard to come by -- you'll find them at party stores, discount stores, and even office-supply stores.
Monochrome-Themed Birthday Party
Incorporate a range of shades -- from pale to dark, candy-hued to dramatic. You'll be amazed at how seamlessly they all fit together, as these blues do. To personalize party blowers, print messages onto colored paper. Cut them into strips, stretch open the blowers, and glue on the messages. For this invitation, fill a glassine envelope with tissue-paper confetti and the party specifics, printed and cut into strips.
Metallic-Themed Birthday Party
Palette Plus Motif Birthday Party Theme
Combining color and a design element such -- such as these stripes of streamers -- gives decorations a powerful punch. Cover the table with white poster paper, and unroll streamers along its length, affixing them at intervals with double-sided tape. Top with glassine. For candleholders, use double-sided tape to attach streamers around glass holders.
"Kid at Heart" Birthday Party
Just because you're another year into adulthood doesn't mean that you can't party like you did back in the day. Bring some youthful fun to your grown-up party with fun photo props and throwback tunes. For the pièce de résistance, take your guests' tastebuds down memory lane by adultifying classic kid-friendly eats (think mini mac-and-cheese bites and pizza crackers).