How to plan a 21st birthday

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How to plan a 21st birthday
A 21st birthday involves a lot of planning. (birthday celebrations image by Photoeyes from

A 21st birthday is a milestone occasion which is typically celebrated with a large party. There is a lot of planning required to put together a successful 21st birthday celebration. Establish a budget before anything else as costs can escalate with the excitement of planning and get out of hand. There are many details to arrange so get family members or friends to help with planning and ease some of the pressure.

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    Establish your party's budget. Find out if parents or family will be helping with the costs and include this in the budget. Allocate the amount you wish to spend on food, entertainment and decorations so you know where your money will be spent.

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    Decide where the party will be held. For a smaller, intimate party, you may wish to have it at a home. If you have a large garden, you could hire a marquee to save the house from potential drinks spillages or damage. Many bars also have areas and rooms available for hire for 21st birthdays.

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    Organise entertainment. There are many options available, depending on your budget. You may wish to have a friend deejay or hire a live music band. There also are silly party games that you can plan yourself that involve little cost.

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    Write down a guest list on a piece of paper. Make sure you have included everybody you want to invite, including partners of friends. If you are unsure if you have included everyone, ask a family member or friend to check your list.

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    Create a list of food items you need to buy or arrange a food menu with caterers if they will be providing the food. Buffet and finger-foods work better for a party as they do not require too much preparation time.

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    Write invitations to send to your guests. Depending on your personality and the type of celebration you will be having, you may wish to phone, text or e-mail guests to invite them. Make sure that guests have a way of confirming their attendance so that you know how much food and drink you will need.

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    Make or buy the decorations. You may wish to theme the venue with 21st balloons and banners or you may have a theme such as James Bond or the 1990s. Food can also act as a decoration such as 21 cupcakes on a cupcake stand.

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