Party ideas for a 22nd birthday

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Party ideas for a 22nd birthday
Plan a 22nd birthday around a fun party theme. (birthday image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com)

After the excitement of the milestone 21st birthday, some people struggle to come up with fun, creative ideas to celebrate a 22nd birthday. Plan a themed 22nd birthday party that is sure to be a success by ensuring that the party plans take into account the personality and interests of the guest of honour.

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Tutu (Two Twos) Party

Send party invitations that depict a ballet dancer in a tutu on the front. You can make such invitations look sweet for a woman's 22nd birthday or funny for a man's. In celebration of a year of life that features two twos, ask guests to wear tutus---bought, rented from a costume store or made from paper---to the party. Be sure to include Pink Tutus---a mixed drink---on the party menu. Use this recipe from DrinksMixer.com: Combine 59.1ml vodka with 29.6ml. Baileys Irish Cream and a splash of grenadine syrup. Shake and strain the ingredients into a cocktail glass garnished with a cherry.

Party ideas for a 22nd birthday
Invitations to a Tutu Party could feature a ballet dancer wearing a tutu. (ballerina image by chinatiger from Fotolia.com)

Cooking Party

Twenty-first birthday parties tend to revolve around drinking alcohol in Western culture. Celebrate a 22nd birthday by planning a party around the counterpart of drinking: eating. Invite guests for a cooking party that can easily become a dinner party as well. Select dishes that you can pair with a photograph from the guests' friendship with the birthday celebrant. For example, find a recipe for homemade pizza and pair it with a photograph from a previous pizza party. Include these photos and the names of dishes that you will cook in the invitations, with a heading like, "Help us celebrate Mary's birthday by making new memories with some of our favourite foods."

Party ideas for a 22nd birthday
Hand out aprons as favours or decorate some as part of the party activities. (70071 image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com)

Everything in Pairs

Birthdays involving pairs of numbers come along only once every 10 years. Celebrate 22 with a party that features two of everything. For example, bake two birthday cakes, decorate them both with candles, sing "Happy Birthday" twice, and ask the birthday celebrant to blow out both sets of candles. Group balloons together in pairs instead of in bunches. Set out smaller serving bowls so that you offer each snack in two small bowls instead of one big one. Serve two kinds of punch. Give the guest of honour two celebratory tiaras, hats or sashes to wear. Ask guests to bring two small birthday gifts to the party, as opposed to one larger one. Also, encourage guests to bring paired cards---one that is serious or sentimental, and one that is silly. As a finishing touch, send home pairs of a party favour---for example, two sticks of flavoured lip balm or two small bags of candy.

Party ideas for a 22nd birthday
Bake, decorate and slice two birthday cakes for an Everything in Pairs party. (birthday cake image by Julianna Olah from Fotolia.com)

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