Planning a 21st Birthday Party: A Guide

It is your child’s ‘coming of age’ celebration, and there will never be a party quite like it. Obviously, you will want it to reflect their personality, go down without a hitch, and be a memorable occasion for both friends and family. The question is, where do you start? Keep reading for guidance on planning the ultimate 21st birthday party for your beloved offspring.

Selecting the Theme

A 21st birthday party theme is not a necessity, but it definitely makes it a lot more fun. Plus, it will give you some direction in terms of planning every other aspect of the do, from the catering and the décor to the live entertainment and the venue. There are no limitations when it comes to choosing a theme, so encourage your child to get as creative as they want and to choose something that resonates with them – perhaps a favorite movie of theirs? Or a throw-back to the decade in which they were born.

Hiring Live Entertainment

The most common choice for live entertainment at a 21st birthday party is a DJ. However, you may also want to consider live bands for hire. There are various different types of bands out there, so you won’t find it difficult to hire one that specializes in your child’s favorite music genre – whether it’s rock, pop, hip hop, or anything in between. An excellent resource to use is Alive Network:

Planning the Catering

While most 21st birthdays are all about the drinks, you will want to make sure that the party animals get some food in their bellies too. Unless your child is keen for something more formal and low key (a parent can only dream), a sit-down three-course meal probably won’t be the ideal option. Most people will decide to go for a buffet or a finger food spread that allows guests to help themselves and grab bits and pieces when the hunger strikes or when going back and forth from the dance floor.

Selecting the Venue

The venue that you choose will depend heavily on how many guests your child wants to invite. If they only want a few close friends and family in attendance, you may be able to save some money and get away with hosting the party in your yard. However, if the guest list is quite extensive, hiring a larger venue is probably your best bet. Be sure to do your research and ask for recommendations from people who you know in an effort to ensure that you find one that ticks all the boxes. Compare quotes and enquire about any package deals that they may offer. Some venues will quote you a price that includes catering or décor, for example. This can be a great way to stick to your budget without sacrificing on experience.

One last tip – start planning early. Most young adults will have a pretty good idea of what they want their party to be like. So, book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment, especially when it comes to the venue and live entertainment!

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