How to Throw a 21st Birthday Party on a Budget

Updated February 21, 2017

Milestone birthday parties should be celebrated in a big way, but throwing a party can be expensive. Celebrating a 21st birthday is very important because it is the ultimate transition from childhood to adulthood. You can throw a 21st birthday party on a budget for your special someone without sacrificing quality.

Design invitations on your computer and print them out. The one thing you can do when you're 21 is drink, so place a martini glass or a beer on the invitation. The added accessory will quickly inform the guests about the event. For a more professional feel, purchase thicker paper at your local office supply store. To send invitations quickly, send a 21st birthday party evite from an online greeting card company.

Choose a location for the birthday party. To save money, have the birthday party at your home or the home of a close friend or family member. You also can have the birthday party at a nightclub without reserving table space. Having a 21st birthday party at a club can be very exciting and age-appropriate. If it's not free to get in, you can probably get a group discount.

Purchase decorations at your nearest party store. Party stores have inexpensive decorations that can be used for any birthday party. Remember to purchase mature-looking decorations for the honoree.

Purchase the honoree's favourite food for the birthday party. To save money, go to a supermarket where you can get items in bulk. Buying everything in bulk will save you money and time. You can cook all of the food at home, which will eliminate the use of a caterer. One of the most exciting things the honoree can do at 21 is have his first alcoholic beverage. Buy a few alcoholic drinks for the party, but make sure you monitor consumption.

Use your stereo system instead of hiring a disc jockey. Play the honoree's favourite music to keep the party alive. If you don't have an advance stereo system, hook up your iPod or any MP3 player to a mini stereo dock. The dock has powerful audio capabilities and can be plugged into any outlet in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer design software
  • Mature-looking decorations
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Stereo system
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Based in New Jersey, Ashley Leonard has been writing professionally since 2007. Her articles have appeared on and various other websites. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marymount Manhattan College.