Everyone loves to feel special on their birthday, and celebrating another year is a fun way to show someone how much you care and love having them in your life! Whether they’re turning 21 or 29 (again), you can create a special evening with friends to help kick off the next chapter of life. If you’re hoping to host a gathering that is fun and full of energy for an adult birthday party, use these tips to become the hostess with the mostest!

Choose the Guest List Wisely

This isn’t a five year-old’s party where you should be concerned with including everyone. Determine what kind of party you want to have, and choose friends that will mix well together and provide an interesting array of personalities to the event. If you’re going for an elegant, classy soiree, then maybe don’t include the good ‘ol boys from the frat that always get drunk and cause a ruckus. On the other side of the coin, if you’re hoping to make this the party of the century and not stop until sunrise, don’t invite your wine snob friends that will think everything is beneath them.

Plan A Marvelous Menu

People tend to bond over a good meal. If you plan to do the cooking, choose a couple of high-profile dishes and fill in the rest with easy sides or recipes you know you can knock out quickly. If it’s a casual gathering, consider going the potluck route. Provide a great signature cocktail or wine selection and have your guests bring the main dishes. Birthday cake is a must, but don’t take the “cake” too literally. Serve a fabulous dessert that is worthy of the guest of honor.

Don’t Stress Over Decor

Here’s the thing: people won’t notice if you don’t decorate much. A great table can be created with items you already have in your home. That being said, guests will notice when you go over the top and really wow them. Whichever way you choose to go, don’t let this aspect of the party stress you out. And when in doubt…

Hire Expert Help

A veteran event planner can help with any aspect of planning the perfect party. Don’t know what to serve? They’ll have great connections to expert chefs and caterers. Not sure how to decorate your home or table? They’ve got years of experience in creating atmospheres in spaces of all sizes. Even if you don’t think you need a planner, they can customize a menu of services to fit your needs and budget. Plus, they’ll help make planning a memorable birthday the easiest party you ever throw.

Relax and Enjoy!

It’s time to enjoy the celebration! Sit back, relax, and take in all of your hard work. Your friend, family member or special someone will appreciate that you took the time to plan such a special event just for them.

Want some expert tips on throwing the perfect birthday party? Contact the staff at An Inspired Affair today! We’ve got years of knowledge in creating fantastic experiences for all kinds of celebrations.