The Ultimate List of the 50 Best Party Ideas for Adults
Easy, Unusual and Extravagant Ideas for that Next Birthday Bash
Just because you’ve crossed the threshold into adulthood, it doesn’t mean you have to stop having funny, creative and elaborate birthday parties! If anything they should be bigger, bolder and a thousand times more monumental than those of your childhood!
So whoever you’re planning for, whether it’s their 18th or 88th, make it memorable with one of our sublime party ideas for adults!
Adult Birthday Party Ideas
- TV, Film & Musicals
- Tasting Evenings
- Decade Parties
TV, Film & Musicals
Pick any film or TV show which the birthday boy or girl totally adores, but here are our Top 5 to get the creative juices flowing!
- Harry Potter
‘You’re a wizard, Harry!’ Cloaks, wands, scars, Voldemort-style bald caps!
Prince Charmings and damsels, Pixar characters, movie night!
- Rocky Horror
Raunchy Rocky Horror gear for fans of the Picture House!
Go Grease Lightning… Pink Ladies and T Birds
- Peaky Blinders
Blinders’ haircuts, smart suits and glitzy dresses! ‘You’re a Shelby now!’
Get your indulgent on with a sophisticated (or not-so-sophisticated) tasting evening!
Get a variety of reds, whites, rosés, even some champagne if you’re feeling extra fancy!
Get everyone to bring a bottle they’ve never tried and mix and match! Check out our blog on How to Host a Gin Tasting at Home.
IPAs, EPAs, Stouts, Pilsners, Craft, Saisons, the works!
Tasting, yes! But the fun of cocktails is the making! Select a few and get crafting!
Everyone loves cheese (surely?!), pair it with wine for the ultimate tasting session!
Party like it’s 1999… or 1929, or 1954, or… oh, you get the idea!
- The 1920s
Gatsby-themed 1920 party! Check out our Quickstep Guide to a Roaring 1920s Themed Party.
- The 1950s
The decade of Elvis, Monroe, Teddy Boys and Greasers!
- The 1960s
Peace and love! The dawn of the hippy! ‘Groovy, baby!’
- The 1990s
Fresh Prince, Blur, Spice Girls, Oasis, Cool Brittania, Brit Pop!
- The Noughties
Think Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, Busted and Black Eyed Peas!
Sunshine = Party Time! Get outside and soak up some summer rays with these alfresco party ideas!
Check out our at-home festival party ideas guide!
Camping elevated to new (and comfortable) heights!
Wicker baskets, chequered blankets and an array of tasty treats!
- Hawaiian Luau
Throw a paradise-themed Hawaiian BBQ with our helpful guide!
- Summer Fete
Tombolas, hook the duck, apple bobbing, bowls and bunting!
Throw an Olympic-sized soiree or dial it back to the glory school sports days for a hilarious, all-action competition!
- Retro School Sports Day
100m Dash, Relay, Egg and Spoon, Wheelbarrow, Sack Race. So on and so forth!
Full kits (yes, shin pads too), referees, penalty shootouts, you could even have a match!
Pick your countries, dress up in the colours – merge it with a retro sports day for the best results!
Full golfing attire, pub golf cards, or even go for a round! ‘Foooooore!’
Tennis gear, strawberries and cream, and ‘champagne, darling!’
A throwback to those good old care-free days!
- Cowboys & Cowgirls
Jeans, leather belts, massive buckles, cowboy hat – Woody from Toy Story!
Face paints, clown costumes, juggling!
- School Disco
Uniforms – OK, we know only losers wore uniforms to the disco, but it’s not an actual school disco!
- Pirate Party
Ahoy, landlubbers! Eye patches, hooks and pirate hats!
- Where’s Wally?
Round spectacles, matching red and white striped hats and t-shirts.
Go global with and celebrate like our international brothers and sisters!
- Day of the Dead
Skull face paint, skeletons, sombreros!
Belly dance-style, colourful garments!
- Mardi Gras
Carnival attire – colours, beads, masks!
- Around the World Party
Everyone chooses their own country and dresses up in the national clobber!
Lederhosen, Bavarian Dresses and lots of German beer!
If the person is one of those enviously talented, creative types (or even if they’re the exact opposite), let them show off their skills with one of our imaginative party ideas.
- Bob Ross Paint Party
Channel your inner Bob Ross and paint along to a classic show!
- Bake Off Party
Get everyone to bring a bake and do a blind judge of each!
- Anything But Clothes
Make an outfit out of anything but clothes!
- Jewellery Making
Make a bespoke bracelet or glitzy earrings with an at-home jewellery making kit!
- Pottery Painting
Get some plain ceramic mugs/plates/bowls and get painting!
Rather than big and extravagant, go soft and subtle with one of our cute party ideas.
- Slumber Party
Pyjamas, films, wine, truth or dare!
- Afternoon Tea
Cake, finger sandwiches, tea – or prosecco if you’re feeling fancy!
Get glammed up with the girls with an at-home makeover party!
Put on a dancing clinic as you learn the moves to your favourite tune!
And relaaaaax! Host a pamper party to soothe your souls!
Classic Freshers’ themes to hark back to those uni days or an opportunity to experience them if you didn’t go the first time around!
Toga, Toga, Toga! No further explanation needed!
- Librarians & Barbarians
Geeks and cavepeople!
Blue bodypaint and white hats!
- Charity Shop Finds
You can only wear items purchased from a Charity Shop!