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Ideas for 18th Birthday Parties

Updated April 17, 2017

Your child turning 18 is a momentous occasion that needs to be celebrated. You can help your child celebrate this major step into adulthood on any budget, without embarrassing him or making him feel like he's still a kid (in other words, avoid the toy balloons).

Surprise Party

A surprise party is an ideal way to celebrate an 18th birthday. Ask a few of her close friends to help get a guest list together. Decide on a location. Depending on the size of the party, you may want to go to a trendy sushi restaurant or have it your house. Decide on a colour scheme for the decorations. Remember, this is a transition into adulthood so try not to go to overboard with balloons and streamers. Keep it simple. Serve chips and dips and appetizers or go all out and have a Mexican buffet with enchiladas and tacos. When deciding on food, think about what favourite foods your child enjoys and go from there. Have the friends choose music for the party.

Rent a Limousine

If you have a larger budget, rent a limo for you teen. The birthday boy and a few close friends can have a night out on the town in style. This is especially good for girls. They can get dressed up and feel like glamorous movie stars. Have the limousine pick them up at your house and take them to her favourite restaurant. After dinner, they can travel around the city in their limo. They can go to a trendy 18 and up dance club if they want. Whatever they do, they will feel extra special getting in and out of the limousine.

Scrapbook Party

This is a good idea if you are celebrating with family. Plan a dinner at your house and invite the family over. Before the big day, send scrapbook pages to the guests and other important adults in your teen's life. Ask them to write a piece of advice, a special memory or a note to the new member of adulthood. They can include pictures if they so desire. Put the pages into a scrapbook. Read the pages aloud at dinner. Your child will appreciate this thoughtful gesture and enjoy the memories captured in the book.

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About the Author

Christine Fletcher is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington earning a Bachelor's of Art in English in 1998. Having spent eight years in the field of education as a middle school language arts teacher, Fletcher is now a freelance writer and English tutor.