When you first held that new bundle of joy in your arms, 18 years of childhood seemed to stretch out far into the distance. Now that your baby is legally and literally an adult, you will likely want to celebrate with one last hurrah. Customize your 18th birthday invitations with your favorite photos from over the years and savor the memories attached to each one. Consider these additional ideas for making your birthday bash memorable.
In some ways, not much has changed since that first teenage birthday party five years ago. Teenagers of any age appreciate food, friends and fun. Whether you will be entertaining a large or small group, plan on plenty of food and personalize the offerings to match the party. Games can be anything from flashlight tag to board games. You may be surprised how much fun a group of fledgling adults has playing classics such as Twister and Pictionary.
If you would like to make this year’s party different, consider opting for an adventure, such as boating, camping or horseback riding. Getting outdoors is a great solution for active teenagers who aren’t keen on traditional-style parties.
Send your child off onto their next adventure better equipped to feed themselves by hosting a cooking challenge party. Divide the guests into teams and then give them an envelope of cash and a list of required menu items, such as an appetizer, main course and dessert. Let them shop, prepare the food and then submit their meals for judging. You can also supply boxes of pre-purchased ingredients to simplify the process. Either way, open your pantry to the participants and be sure you have the staples on hand (flour, sugar, butter, eggs).
If your kitchen is small or hosting your own culinary adventure isn’t your style, check out local cooking schools, kitchen stores or restaurants to see if you can book a private event. Afterwards, send your guests home with a thank you card and their increased culinary knowledge.