21st Birthday Party IdeasWe admit some of our 21st birthday party ideas are vodka-soaked, but hey, we know that's what (many of) you are thinking about!
Whether you'll be drinking or not we've got a lot of ideas for ways to make your big celebration a standout. Having a theme for your party is a lot of fun for your guests and makes the planning easier too. If you can come up with a theme that has special meaning for the guest of honor (e.g. favorite movie, colors, hobby, place and so on), all the better
21st Birthday Party Themes
A Signature 21st Birthday CocktailIf you'll be serving alcohol, it's a nice touch to have a signature drink that matches your theme. Martinis or Cosmos for a casino theme, Sex on a Beach for a beach theme party, mulled wine, hot cider or spiked coffee at a bonfire, you get the idea.
Shots —A Party Idea that Never DisappointsJello shots are a fun addition to a 21st birthday bash. You can find cute ice cube trays online (they're available in so many different colors and shapes) to go with the theme you choose. I've served strawberry jello shots made in ice cube trays shaped like lips. Huge hit!
Here are a couple of basic shot recipes to give you a sense of the proper proportions of ingredients. Get creative with them and add the ingredients you and your guests will like best.
Basic Vodka Jello Shots (any flavor)
A twist: pour the jello mixture into 8 empty halves of 4 oranges or lemons. Make sure the fruit halves are cleaned of the pith too. Let them set in the fridge and slice each half into thirds for serving.
Pina Colada Jello Shots
If you want more alcoholic inspiration you might want to check out Jelly Shot Test Kitchen : Jell-Ing Classic Cocktail Culture-One Drink at a Time. I've been following the blog for some time now and the author finally put out a book with her very own recipes for jello shots!
You won't believe how pretty some of these jello shots look. They're part luscious libation and part attention-grabbing table decoration. Come to think of it, this book would make a great 21st birthday gift too.
Stir Things Up with a Martini BarAnother drinkable 21st birthday party idea is to set up a martini bar. What says 21 better than trendy Green Apple, Chocolate or Lemon Drop Martinis?
This idea makes a great theme for gifts, too.
Ask each guest to bring an unusual/interesting martini glass. The guest uses it all night and then leaves it behind for the birthday boy or girl. The birthday honoree will have a really cool set of very different martini glasses that will make them smile for years.
And to fill those interesting martini glasses...more 21st birthday party ideas you can drink! (Well, what did you expect?)
Green Apple Martini Recipe
Godiva Chocolate Martini Recipe
Pour the vodka and liqueurs into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into two chilled martini glasses. Makes 2.
Lemon Drop Martini Recipe
Pour the vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.
More 21st Birthday Party IdeasThoughts on Food
Finger food is a good choice if you're hosting a crowd. Nobody has to bother with buffet lines or cooking a sit-down dinner. If your party has a theme, select your foods with the theme in mind. Also, choose your food based on the formality of the party. I'd pick different foods for a fancy martini party than I would for a casual party with shooters and a keg of beer.
Some casual party food options to offset all that booze:
21st Birthday Party Ideas for CakesGet a plain sheet cake and some frosting pens and have the guests write a personal note right on the cake. Make sure you get a picture before it gets cut! Personalized cupcakes with each guest's name and the date written on them are fun. Make a giant cupcake for the birthday girl or boy!
Another one of our tasty 21st birthday party ideas centers around an all-time party favorite: the chocolate fountain (you could also use a large fondue pot).
After you blow out the candles on a huge sponge or pound cake, cut the cake into bite-size pieces. Place them in a bowl next to the chocolate fountain with a cup of skewers and let them have at it. Add a bowl of strawberries into the mix and you have a really fun and repurposed birthday cake!
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