A person’s 18th birthday signals their entrance to adult life. As such, this glorious occasion calls for a grand celebration. This is a party that you will look back on for the rest of your adult life, so it has got to be perfect. Take a look at the suggestions below to help you plan an unforgettable 18th birthday party.
Figure out who you want to invite
The first thing you need to do is to write down the names of all the people you want to spend this day with. Knowing the number of people in your guest list will serve as a basis for a lot of important decisions such as where to hold the party and how much food to serve.
Before sending out the invitations, indicate in the card or online form if the party is strictly an invite-only event. If you are open to guests bringing someone else with them, have them indicate how many people they are going to bring. Once the invitations have been sent, give your invitees at least a week to get back to you. Once they’ve sent a confirmation of their attendance, you may start finalizing the guest list.
Set a budget
Now that you know how many people to expect, you can set a preliminary budget. Sit down with your family members and figure out how much money will be allocated for the celebration. No matter how much you eventually come up with, it would be a great idea to allot an extra 10% in the budget to prepare for emergency expenses and a rise in the cost of some components.
Choose a venue
Decide whether you want an intimate dinner party with friends and family, a luxurious celebration in a ballroom, or a fun-filled beachfront party among others. You have to carefully choose the venue that will work best for your vision of the party. Keep in mind that the venue will also set the tone for the theme that you will choose. Whatever you end up deciding on, you will never run out of options because Singapore has loads of event venues to choose from.
Pick a theme
Once the location has been booked, it is now time to pick a theme. Consider the budget and think about how you want the party to be remembered. You can go for the traditional route and host a lovely evening ball. If you want something a little more exciting, the sky is the limit. Here are some ideas you might want to consider:
- If you are a crime-story aficionado and a fan of brain teasers, perhaps you would like to have a murder mystery party. If you want to give it a try, get a murder-mystery party kit. To make it even more fun, inform your guests about their characters beforehand so that they can show up to the event in their finest costumes. Do not forget to include a background of the story in the invitations.
- Book and movie lovers alike will thoroughly enjoy a costume party. Think about your favourite books, films, or TV shows and pick one as the theme of your party. For instance, if you are a Potterhead, now is the perfect time to whip out your wand and Quidditch robes. To make the experience feel authentic, consider putting up wizarding-world-inspired decorations. Who would not want to spend their birthday in a Great Hall, Gryffindor Common Room, or Hogwarts-Express-like location? Lastly, maybe you would also like to serve Harry-Potter-inspired food. This way, you will finally know what butterbeer tastes like.
Planning a coming-of-age birthday party can be difficult. But with the right approach and the help of loved ones, it can be a rewarding and memorable experience. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the weight of the tasks, consider delegating some of them to other family members who are willing to help. Hang in there; do not be discouraged because you will see the fruit of your labour on your special day. Happy party planning!