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Adult Birthday Party Ideas

5 Birthday Parties by Personality Type

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Alright. We’re gonna need your help on this one. 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, replete 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 types of people. Without further ado, here are our suggestions:


The Low Keys

Some people don’t want to make a big fuss. We get it. It’s your birthday, after all. So you go on and sit quietly with your demure self. Of course, there are always restaurants where you can have an intimate dinner with close friends and family, but we want to offer an alternative (but still quiet) party idea. We suggest livening up the party with some simple, elegant additions. Why not make the party a more formal occasion? Ask your guests to come dressed to the nines. Hire a Caterer to provide sweet, chic appetizers and find a lovely Pianist to add some melodic ambiance. You’ll be surprised how little details like these turn your calm, intimate party into a real event–without making it a big deal.


The Artist

If you’re an artist – or, a person inclined toward creativity, eccentricity or just plain oddness – then how about getting all your friends together and putting on a night of performance! Everybody has a talent (yes, even you, Paul from Accounts Receivable), and for your friend’s birthday, it’s time that everybody brought it out. Got a good voice? Sing a birthday song! Can you play an instrument? Well, pull it out and jam a tune! Or maybe you can just tell a funny story involving your friend. Hire a Comedian to keep the show organized and break up any stage-fright-induced awkward moments with humor! Poems, dances, stand-up routines, heck, you can even get up in front of everyone and make a piece of art – whatever it is, help your friend celebrate their day by celebrating art!


The Sports Fan

Go all out for the Sports Fan by turning the birthday party into The Game. Divide the party up into teams, hire an Emcee as a commentator and, if you’re inside, play games or sports trivia (you might want to let the birthday celebrator win), and if you’re outside, play a little light scrimmage. Ask a Caterer to supply sports-themed snacks (like football cookies; “Laces out!”). And, of course, what would any sporting event be without some beer and hotdogs or other game-day Concessions?


The Hollywood Type

You know the type. The person who loves celebrity gossip, reads US Weekly and People, and is always the first to tell you the latest scoop from Hollywood. Well, if you have such a friend (or if that friend is you), how about immersing them in celebrities with a Hollywood-themed Costume Party! Get a Tribute Band or a Impersonator to perform, and hire a few of our many impersonators to people the party. Soon, guests won’t be able to tell the difference between the impersonators and friends!


The Partier

Then of course there is the good, old-fashioned Dance Party. This doesn’t involve anything complicated: some music (either a Band or a DJ), some space and a whole lotta dancin’! If you want go huge (and c’mon, who doesn’t?), hire a Lighting Technician to turn your dance floor into a poppin’ club!

We know, we know. There are plenty of other types of people out there in the world. What about Outdoorsy types, you ask? What about Adventurers? Businesspeople? Well, we couldn’t possibly fit everyone into our list. But don’t fret! You’ve got all of GigSalad to search through! Lucky, right?

For the Dad Who Has Everything: The Gift of Entertainment


Yowza! Sometimes it seems like time is really flying by. It’s important to keep an eye on the calendar as May comes to a close, because it means that Father’s Day is right around the corner! Here at GigSalad, we’re committed to making everything just a little more awesome, and that means it’s time for some great Father’s Day entertainment ideas.

What do you get for the dad that has everything? Well, sure, perhaps he doesn’t have that brand new riding mower, and he sold the muscle car to pay your college tuition, but that’s all the more reason to celebrate Father’s Day the right way and surprise dad with the great gift of entertainment! “But,” you may be asking, “what is the best type of entertainment to get Dad for Father’s Day?” Well that’s easy! Get him a burlesque dancer!

Wait, hang on, I’m being informed that perhaps a burlesque dancer might not be the “best Father’s Day gift”. So, maybe we should look at some other great options…

Fathers put a lot of energy into raising their children, so why not celebrate Father’s Day by surprising them with breakfast in bed? For a fancy breakfast, hire a personal chef to get everything ready. Although when it comes to delivering breakfast in bed, we’re not sure that we would recommend sending a stranger into his bedroom, food or no food. But if you’re like me, there’s a good chance that Dad is always out of bed at least a few hours before you, so here are a few options for celebrations a bit later in the day.

What kind of music did dad really love back in his younger days; back when he would whisk mom away to a concert, stay out well into the night, and wake up without a screaming baby demanding food (ahem– you)? Why not surprise him with a blast from the past by booking Jimmy Buffett to come and play just for him? How amazing would that be?!

Of course, if you can’t afford the real thing, you can always get the next best thing and hire a Jimmy Buffet tribute artist or cover band. We’ve got cover bands and tribute artists all across the country ready to perform! No matter who dad’s favorite band is, was, or will be (as soon as you move out and let him use his own stereo again), we’ve got something for everyone at GigSalad.

But if your dad is anything like mine, he probably doesn’t listen to music. I mean, not the same kind of music I listen to, at least. But he still loves to be surprised and entertained, so there are other choices. Singing telegrams are certainly music, and I believe they would help to bridge the gap between your music and your father’s “music.” Everyone loves a great jingle, and if you hurry and book a singing telegram now, they’ll have more time to create a customized message. For an extra treat, you can even go for a singing telegram or special birthday message delivered by a celebrity impersonator. Maybe “Happy Father’s Day, Mr. President” isn’t quite as sultry and scandalous as the original Marilyn Monroe ditty, but it would certainly make a great surprise!

Whatever you decide to choose for the perfect Father’s Day gift, GigSalad is here to help. Take a look at all the great entertainment we have to offer, and be sure to get a photo of Dad’s smile of surprise and send it to us on Facebook

Buttercream, Lemon, and Red Velvet – Oh My!


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!). On top of the main dessert at a wedding, there is usually a separate groom’s cake. With all these options how does one even begin?!

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Nobody is too old for a birthday party! Birthdays are the perfect time to gather up family and friends and celebrate another great year. Start off the upcoming year for the birthday honoree with a bang!
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.