08 July 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas

A few months ago, my youngest nephew turned 6 years old. One of his absolute favorite things right now is the popular smartphone game, Angry Birds. He’s constantly playing it on his mom’s iPhone. He loves to draw impressive illustrations of all the different bird characters. Heck, even the comforter set on his bed is Angry Birds themed.

Angry Birds Birthday Party

When it came time to celebrate his 6th birthday, it was an obvious decision to base his party around his current obsession. He had an Angry Birds cake, Angry Birds plates, and, of course, he wore his Angry Birds t-shirt. The coolest thing, however, had to be the human-sized slingshot built by my brother-in-law. My sister painted different-colored rubber balls to look like the different birds and everyone took turns launching them at a tall stack of cardboard boxes. It was just like the game, but in real life! The kids had an absolute blast, but all the adults eventually found themselves wanting to try it, too!

I found myself asking, “Why do kids get to have all the fun?” As grown-ups, we all have things we enjoy, just like my nephew. Sure, it may be silly for an adult to have an “Angry Birds” party, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun themed birthday parties of our own. Here are a handful of cool ideas for themed birthday parties, created especially for the “big kids.”

1. Mad Men Party

Mad Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas - Men Themed Party

Mad Men is one of the hippest shows on television. A winner of four Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series, Mad Men is an authentic interpretation of 1960s America. Not only is the visual style and art direction spot-on, it also provides an accurate look at social issues of the time. Mad Men is already one of those shows that naturally draws people together to watch as a group, and with the distinct look of the 1960s, it’s the perfect inspiration for a themed party.

Anna Moseley, from AskAnna, has a great, photo-heavy post detailing the Mad Men birthday party that she put together. She started with some classy martini-themed invitations in the mandatory red, black, and white Mad Men color palette and requested guests attend in appropriate attire for the show’s 1960s time period, of course. Next, she made sure to have plenty of 1960s-era props and furniture, including some vintage print advertisements reminiscent of Don Draper’s best campaigns. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Mad Men party without some adult beverages that would fit right in among Roger Sterling’s minibar. Check out her full post for a more thorough break-down of her party, including lots of great photos!

2. 80s Party

Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas - 80s Party

Regardless of whether you were actually around to experience them or not, the 1980s have come to be known for their apparent excess. Fashion was full of bright, neon colors, crazy animal patterns, and spandex. Hairstyles were defined by large bangs and lots of hairspray. Video games, both at the arcade and at home, became mainstream. All of these things and more make the 1980s prime themed-party material.

Jennifer Sbranti, editor-in-chief of the Hostess with the Mostess Blog, has a great write-up on a bodacious 80s party planned by Alanna Andes Events + Parties + Design. The party invitations alone, which are made to look like a game cartridge for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, bring to mind a great sense of nostalgia. Decoration ideas include old audio cassettes, VHS tapes, animal-print banners, and classic 80s toys like Slinky and Jenga. Finally, the photo booth with its totally radical props–including a denim vest, neon Wayfarers, and paper speech bubbles–will entertain your guests indefinitely.

3. Ballpark Dinner Party

Ballpark Dinner Party

I’ve found that even if you’re not a big fan of the sport, going to the ballpark for a baseball game is still a load of fun. There’s just something about the energy and overall atmosphere of a baseball game that feels comfortable, familiar, and gosh darn it, American.

Kate over at Studio Lime Design, has a great post about her recent baseball-themed dinner party. For decorations, she used a patriotic red, white, and blue color scheme with lots of stars and stripes. Invitations and labels also followed this pattern and were heavily influenced by the fonts and design of a box of Cracker Jack. Being a dinner party, the food was the main attraction. Classic ballpark snacks like nachos, soft pretzels, and Baby Ruth’s were served, along with a “build-your-own-dog” bar where you could load up your hot dog with a variety of fixins. For dessert, guests can enjoy some vanilla ice cream served in a mini batter’s helmet. Oh, and don’t forget the ice-cold beer!

4. Game of Thrones Dinner Party

Game of Thrones Dinner Party

“Game of Thrones” is the popular HBO fantasy series based on the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by J.R.R. Martin. While the story is set in a medieval land called Westeros, and features mystical creatures like dragons and undead “white walkers,” the show deals with a number of modern issues and is heavy on political intrigue.

Stacy Cowley, from the CNN Eatocracy blog, shares an entire dinner menu inspired by “Game of Thrones.” How about some boiled “dragon” eggs and a variety of cheeses to get things going? Perhaps some oysters from the Greyjoy’s Iron Islands? A main course of roasted duck breast seems appropriate for the fantasy theme. Finally, end the evening with some lemon cakes for dessert, since they’re Sansa Stark’s favorite. Check out Stacy’s post for the full dinner menu including all the recipes.

5. How I Met Your Mother Party

How Met Your Mother Party

Finally, we have what might be my favorite party theme in our round-up. In fact, some may even describe it as “legen…wait for it… dary.” One of my favorite television sitcoms is “How I Met Your Mother,” and Elissa Stone of One Stone Events has put together an EPIC party based on the hit show.

Only die-hard fans of HIMYM will appreciate the details of this party as every single aspect is a reference to many recurring themes and jokes on the show. Yellow drink umbrellas, red cowboy boot cookies, “best hamburger in New York” cupcakes, an “Intervention” banner, and even a live goat are just a sampling of the clever touches that only a dedicated viewer would understand. If you’re a fan of the show, this post is worth checking out if only to quiz yourself on all the witty references. Now, put your favorite Robin Sparkles cassette in the boombox and break out the laser tag gear, because it’s party time!

See? Adults can have fun parties, too! This is just a handful of ideas for fun, themed parties for adults. The possibilities are endless! Have you thrown any unique parties for adults? Tell us about them in the comments!

2 Responses to “Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas”

  1. Cara Hopkinz 15 July 2013 at 3:22 pm Permalink

    Very fun ideas! I love how out of the box these ideas are – but how well loved and fun they would be!


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