45 Exciting 21st Birthday Party Ideas That Will Make Your Day

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The 21st birthday is an important occasion in a person’s life. You can now go to a bar with no legal objections and gamble in a casino. Hence, if you are looking for some awesome 21st birthday party ideas, you are at the right place.

The milestone occasion calls for a grand celebration. But planning a party can be a draining task, especially when you have too many things in your mind. So, in this post, we have come up with some amazing and unique 21st birthday party ideas that will help you throw the best party of your life.

21st Birthday Party Ideas For Girls

Hey, birthday girl! It’s your special day, and you have to set the bar high for the birthday bash. Check out these amazing 21st birthday ideas that can be used by both girls and boys.

1. Bar hopping

Map out all the hottest bars in town so that you can make the most of the night. After all, it’s your 21st birthday celebration, and you don’t want to keep it a low-key affair. Make sure you don’t drink to excess and put yourself in trouble.

2. Karaoke

If you love singing your heart out, then book a private karaoke room. Tell your girls to play backup dancers and flaunt those moves.

3. Spa

There’s no better way to treat yourself than booking a spa on your special day. Go for a facial, manicure, pedicure, or a relaxing full-body massage of your choice.

4. Booze cruise

Make your birthday unforgettable by booking a booze cruise. Get yourself tanned on the beaches during the day and enter the cruise’s club at night.

5. Day cruise

Celebrate your big day with a touch of luxury. Hit the sea and cut the cake on the swanky cruise ship while your friends sing ‘Happy Birthday.’

6. Pool party

Do you have an indoor pool? Then throw a pool party! Pool parties are exciting, fun, and engaging.

7. Brunch with girlies

If you girls like to eat until you drop, this can be fun! Visit an all-you-can-eat restaurant and eat to your heart’s content.

8. Paint n’ sip party

Don’t worry if you’re not a good painter. All you need to do is sip your wine and pay attention to what the instructor says.

9. Hotel retreat

Pick a hotel and treat yourself to a relaxing spa session, followed by a nice bath at the pool. Don’t hesitate to try your hand at gambling at the hotel lounge.

10. Jewelry making

Learn jewelry making online and craft custom pieces with your girls.

21st Birthday Party Ideas For Guys

You don’t want to throw a boring birthday party for your folks. Have a blast with your friends with these amazing celebration ideas. These ideas can be used by girls too.

11. Private movie night

Book a private movie theatre and watch your favorite movie or show with your boys.

12. Escape room

Experience the real life escape games with your buddies. Get locked in a room, hunt the clues, and unravel the mystery.

13. Road trip

Go on a trip with your boys and spend the day at a beach or in the woods, and have some fun experiences.

14. Party bus

Hire a party bus for your birthday celebration and hit the hottest spots in the town.

15. Amusement park

Amusement parks are fun to visit. Spend your day riding water slides, Ferris wheels, and roller coasters. Oh, did I tell you most of the parks serve alcohol too?

16. Game night

Do you love games? Plan a game night with your boys and have a night full of fun!

17. Roller disco

Remember Euphoria? Maddy’s backstory montage? It’s time to make it real!

18. Scavenger hunt

Make a list of sights to see, items to find, and activities to complete. Divide into small teams and see which team wins the most points within the preset time.

21st Birthday Theme Ideas

Celebrate your birthday in style with some unique and gorgeous birthday party themes.

19. The letter theme

This 21st birthday theme is something cool to try. Make your friends wear something that starts with the first letter of your name. This hilarious theme will certainly trigger laughter.

20. Double denim

If you’re looking for laid-back theme ideas, then this is the one. Hit the dance floor, donning your double denim, and flaunt your moves in complete comfort.

21. All white

It’s time for your LBD to take the back seat, while the all-white theme enjoys all the glory. A room full of white balloons, a white cake, and everyone dressed in white – a perfect all-white setup.

22. Mad Hatters tea party

Are you a fan of Alice in Wonderland? Then treat your friends with the mystical Mad Hatters tea party theme. Add odd-shaped cups and dishes, colorful furniture, and unique canapés and some cocktails.

23. Las Vegas

Themed parties are the best when you choose the right theme. To bring the Las Vegas theme to life, set up casino-inspired furniture, a full-glam bar area, and buffet-style food.

24. James Bond

Are you a fan of James Bond? Then go for this theme. Add big 007 gold logos, casino signs, Martini glasses, and red, black, and white cloth drapes. Ask the girls to come in gold glitter dresses.

25. Enchanted forest

Enticed by the idea of an enchanted forest theme? Then the shades of gold and green cloth drapes are all you need! Also, don’t forget to add large glittery leaves, fairy lights, fresh ivy trails, trees, and flower garlands.

21st Birthday Decoration Ideas

Your long list of things to do on your 21st birthday and your eagerness to make it memorable can put you under a lot of stress. But don’t worry! We have made a list for you.

26. Happy birthday face confetti

Now, this can add a funny twist to your birthday decorations! All you have to do is scatter the venue with hundreds of confetti pieces that feature your smiling face.

27. Quoted birthday cups

You’re at your legal drinking age now. So, add some quirky cups with some witty quotes to your birthday decoration.

28. Custom candles

Go for some customized 21st birthday candles that look gorgeous and have an irresistible scent to them. This will add charm to the party.

29. Birthday banner

Add a saucy and sassy birthday banner with some cool captions.

30. Champagne balloon

Go for a huge champagne bottle-shaped balloon.– Yes! You’re 21 and legally allowed to drink. Let your guests also know that.

31. Projector screen

Hire a projector screen and display important moments of your life.

32. Mason jars

Choose some beautiful mason jars with or without lids to place around the venue. You can use them as pretty vases or fill them with candy as your birthday party favor.

33. Photo booth

Set up a photo booth with a beautiful backdrop and some sassy props so that you can capture some awesome photos with your friends.

34. Alcohol bouquet

You’re 21, and you can’t miss out on an alcohol bouquet. Take a basket and fill it with some mini bottles of different alcoholic drinks. This will heighten the fun on your birthday.

21st Birthday Party Food Ideas

Good food fills your tummy and soul. Food is an integral part in the planning of your 21st birthday celebration. Check out the following ideas.

35. Food tours

Are you a foodie? Then go for walking food tours that let you explore the best food joints and the hidden gems in town.

36. Boozy brunch

Enjoy your special day by reserving a table at your favorite restaurant. Invite your friends for brunch and celebrate with a bottle of alcohol. You can also order an alcohol cake for a twist!

37. Wine tasting

Visit a winery with your pals or host a cozy wine tasting party. This is fun, and you’ll become a wine connoisseur at the end of the party.

38. Bartending class

A bartending class with your friends on your 21st birthday can be a great party idea. You can show off your bartending skills at the fancy party and steal the show.

39. Picnic

If your birthday is in summer, a picnic at a scenic spot can be a memorable experience.

40. Cooking class

Take up a cooking class, learn how to make your favorite dishes, and surprise your folks with your culinary skills.

41. Private chef

If you don’t want to exhaust yourself cooking dishes for your birthday bash, hire a private chef and ask them to make a yummy three-course meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the 21st birthday called?

The 21st birthday is sometimes called “coming of age” because, in many countries, young adults are considered old enough to drive and purchase alcohol at this age. It is also called “the crown year” in some parts of the world because young royals began being treated as kings and queens at this age.

2. Is the 18th or 21st birthday more important?

Some cultures give more importance to the 18th birthday, while others give higher regard to the 21st birthday. Hence, your 18th or 21st birthday could be more significant depending on your roots or where you reside.

Don’t forget. Your 21st birthday is all about YOU. Pick some of these ideas that match your interest. Go crazy, party hard, and have some fun experiences – after all, these are the moments that you’re going to cherish forever!

Key Pointers

  • Make your 21st birthday bash exciting with themes such as double denim or Mad Hatter’s tea party.
  • Spice it up with a booze cruise, pool party, or scavenger hunt
  • Add some awesome decoration and food ideas from the list to have a blast.

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Akshay Nair

Akshay is an associate editor and former journalist with over three years of experience. A post graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism, he has strong professional and academic background in the field of content writing and editing. He is also a Certified Relationship Workshop Facilitator for Life Coaches. Akshay interned and worked with various newspapers and the Public Relations Department... more