Table ideas for an adult birthday party

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Table ideas for an adult birthday party
Choose a table centrepiece short enough so guests can see over it. (sunflower dish centrepiece image by Paul Retherford from

An adult birthday party is a jovial, yet more sophisticated celebration in comparison to a child's party. It often includes a sit-down dinner with a menu beyond the usual pizza and cake. Having the proper table accessories--and activities--is essential for creating an elegant, as well as festive atmosphere. If you are considering hosting an adult birthday party, several table ideas are appropriate.

Table Setting

Having a table that is properly and elegantly set will help give your party a sophisticated feel. Use bread plates as the primary place setting items, as opposed to including bulky bowls and dinner plates. You can bring the latter items out as guests need them. Arrange the silverware on your table in order of when guests will use it, starting from the outside, then moving in: First-course forks go on the far left, while first-course knives go on the far right. Spoons, if necessary, go to the right of the knives. According to Start Cooking, for a chic look, use cloth napkins at each place setting as opposed to the disposable paper variety. While you can fold the napkins into decorative shapes, a simpler alternative is to roll and then wrap them with ribbon.

Centrepiece Solutions

Instead of letting balloons fly wild around your home or party venue, try bunching them together into a tasteful centrepiece for your party's dining table. Great Birthday Party Ideas recommends inflating the balloons to the same sizes, which you can accomplish easily by cutting a circular hole in a piece of cardboard and using it as a template. To ensure that your balloon centrepiece fits with a mature, sophisticated theme, use metallic-coloured balloons, which have a rich, distinguished appearance. Another idea for an adult birthday centrepiece is a flower arrangement: Choose one that is six-inches tall or less; otherwise, guests will have to talk over and around it. Also, avoid flowers that are particularly fragrant, as they will interfere with the aroma of the food you are serving.

Table Games

An aesthetically pleasing table does not necessarily guarantee that your guests will have a fun, memorable experience. So, to keep the atmosphere lively and the conversation flowing, try organising a table game. As Divine Dinner Party notes, one option is the celebrity name game. One guest starts the game by saying the name of a famous person. Then, the player to his right must name a famous person who's first name starts with the first letter of the last name of the previous famous person. For example, if the first player says Brad Pitt, the next player could say Peter Sellers. The game then continues around the table in this fashion until someone is unable to come up with a name.

Another table game option is the phrase game. Write down humorous or bizarre phrases on pieces of paper and place them under the guests' plates. During the party, each guest must try to work his phrase into normal conversation, without the other guests realising it.

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