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Adult Birthday Party Ideas

Amaze Your Guests with a Vintage Circus Party

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Ever since “Water For Elephants” hit the theaters, we’ve been in love with the Vintage Circus party theme. The idea has been around for awhile, but it’s still one of the most visually exciting themes out there! Plus, you can add all kinds of amazing live entertainment to take things up a notch. We have a few ideas to bring your Vintage Circus party to life.



Stripes are an easy way to incorporate that circus feel into your party. If you can’t have the actual big top tent, bringing the red and white stripes into your decor will do the trick. Hanging a backdrop of alternating white and red scarves or sheets can mimic the tent, as well. Try and find faded red to add to the vintage theme. Banners with alternating flags are another simple yet effective decoration. Luckily, balloons are inexpensive and fit beautifully into a Circus theme. Hang balloons from the ceiling and pair with white lights or scarves for a simple, yet gorgeous setting.

If your budget is a little higher, you could have marquee letters with lights spell out “CIRCUS” (or maybe the name of the guest/guests of honor).


Vintage Circus Party

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Vintage Circus Party

Photo Credit, Project Nursery


Invitations are really fun for this theme. Create and print postcards announcing “The Circus is Coming to Town” with all of your event details. Not feeling creative? Check out these gorgeous invitations from Freshly Squeezed Cards!


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Photo Credit, Freshly Squeezed Cards



What foods do you love at the circus? Maybe funnel cakes, caramel corn, hot dogs, or cotton candy? All great ideas for your Vintage Circus party! Set up a self-serve table with all of your favorites and let your guests take their pick. Or if you’d rather have someone else take care of the details and add an element of authenticity, try bringing in a Concessions company to provide sno-cone machines, cotton candy, hot dogs, and more.

If your party includes a cake, there are tons of amazing designs out there. Professional Cake Decorators can help your vision come to life, or simplify things with a cupcake tower instead! Just frost them in your theme colors, add a printable toothpick flag, and you’re set.


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To dress up your food table a bit, print labels in a fun “Circus” font. Here are some ideas to get you started! (Try downloading them on FontSpace.)


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vintage circus party font



While it would be amazing to have an elephant in your backyard, it’s not entirely probable. That doesn’t mean you can’t have awe-inspiring entertainment at your Vintage Circus party! In fact, some of our favorite types of entertainment live in this category. If you have the space, Aerialists put on some amazing shows in the air above the party. Jugglers, Fire Eaters, and Acrobats can also take advantage of the area and keep your guests mesmerized.


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If space is a little tight, try up-close and personal entertainment like Mind Readers, Tarot Card Readers, or Strolling Magicians. Have some kiddos at the party? Balloon Twisters and Face Painters are always a great addition to Circus parties!


For more Vintage Circus Party ideas, check out our Pinterest page!


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5 Birthday Parties by Personality Type

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Figuring out the perfect party for an adult can be difficult. Kids are easy. Kids like games, clowns, magic, costumes; they like entertainment. But adults are different. Sometimes an intimate dinner with a few friends will suffice for a celebration. Other times, only a big bash will do, complete with music, drinks, and plenty of dancing. So in the interest of covering as much ground as we can, we’ve decided to divide up our birthday party ideas into suggestions for certain personality types. Without further ado, here are our suggestions:

For the Dad Who Has Everything: The Gift of Entertainment

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Dad is the best, but sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day! You can get creative for the dad who has everything, and we’re here to help. Make this year a little more awesome with some great Father’s Day entertainment ideas.

3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Cake

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Ahh…cake! The cake is quite often the thing most people look forward to at a wedding or birthday celebration. After all, it’s not a reception without a cake cutting ceremony! These days though there are so many options for cakes. You can have red velvet, lemon meringue, chocolate, marble, carrot, or maybe traditional vanilla. Others may choose to divert from the traditional cake, choosing cupcakes, truffles, chocolate confections, cookies, or a dessert buffet (for those who just can’t decide!). With all these options how does one even begin?

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Birthday parties for adults: Fun at any age!

As we get older, we tend to limit birthday celebrations to a dinner or a movie... or we skip the celebration altogether. But GigSalad is here to give you the tools and advice you need to plan an unforgettable adult's birthday party celebration, no matter what the age of the birthday honoree. The phrase "birthday party" often brings about images of clowns, balloons, colorful presents and children. But it doesn't have to. There is no age limit on birthday parties and there is no reason as a grown-up you shouldn't have just as big of a celebration as a 5-year-old would!

What's the theme?

One of the keys to a successful adult birthday party is a great theme. Get creative! Think about the birthday person's interests, hobbies, favorite movies/celebrities, colors, flowers, etc. Will it be a classy sophisticated party? A goofy costume party? A beach party? Perhaps a decade themed party? There are a variety of possibilities. Once you've settled on the general idea behind the party, putting the rest of the pieces together will be easier because you'll have direction. Next you need to figure out the budget for your adult birthday party. If you are planning the party alone, but do not have a big enough personal budget; don't be afraid to ask friends and family if they would like to pitch in to help make the party more memorable. You'll find that many are willing to help, and if you can get enough contributors you can develop a decent budget for the adult birthday party.

Hire the perfect birthday party entertainment!

There are so many adult's birthday party entertainment ideas out there that this is where your theme will come in handy. There are so many options to fit whatever theme you want. A tribute band or celebrity impersonator would be a big hit with all the guests, including the guest of honor. You can find some to fit a variety of tastes from Frank Sinatra Impersonators to Beatles Tribute Bands to Elvis Impersonators. Along these lines, you can also consider hiring a Marilyn Monroe impersonator to sing her breathy rendition of Happy Birthday Mr. President to your male birthday honoree! If the birthday star has a favorite celebrity, you may be able to track down an impersonator for that celebrity, as a surprise from their favorite celebrity would make for a sure-fire unforgettable birthday!

If you want more variety in the musical entertainment, you could also go with a cover band, jazz band or party band. Another great option to consider would be a comedian or magician! Everyone loves to laugh and be amazed, so either of these choices would make the adult birthday party a hit! If you do not want entertainment to be the main focus, but would still like background music present you can go with something simple like a pianist, a classical ensemble or just an event DJ.

Eat, drink and decorate!

After theme and entertainment are figured out, next comes the necessities such as decorations, food and beverages. Party decor is particularly important if you have a very specific theme to portray. You want to do your best to create the correct atmosphere for your party theme, without making the decor the whole focus of the party. When it comes to the food and beverages, you can cook yourself (or rather cook for yourself!), or hire a caterer. Base the menu off the birthday person's favorite foods or snacks. Decide if you'd rather sit down to dinner, have a buffet or just provide wait staff to walk around with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Since we're among adults and all, if you wish to provide alcoholic beverages for your birthday party guests, you may consider hiring a professional bartender. Or to spice things up a little, hire a flair bartender! Your guests can be entertained by juggling, flipping and magic tricks while also enjoying professionally mixed drinks!

What else is entailed in birthday party planning?

There are a few other important things to remember for adult birthday parties. While the party is really for just that one special person, you want all your invited guest to show up and to have a good time too. Draw them in with creative birthday party invitations. Make it so that they are so curious about the birthday party that there is no way they could miss out! Also, if you have some room left in the budget, it would be nice to provide party favors, whether it's a goody bag, or a thoughtful theme-inspired keepsake. Another important thing for you, your guests and particularly the birthday guy or girl is pictures! If you can afford it, you can hire a professional photographer to capture all the special moments at the birthday party. Or for you do-it-yourselfers, make sure either you have a camera handy or designate a friend or family member to be in charge of photographs. If your event is as great as we know it is going to be, you'll definitely want to make sure everyone will remember it forever. A scrapbook as an after-the-fact gift is also a wonderful gesture!

If all of this still sounds like a lot to take on, hiring an event planner is always an option. However, with the right resources you can do it yourself and have fun doing it! GigSalad is here to help you every step of the way as your one stop shop for all your adult birthday party planning needs.