Surprise 21st birthday party ideas

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Surprise 21st birthday party ideas
Add even more excitement to a milestone birthday by making it a surprise. (birthday image by Photoeyes from

A 21st birthday is a much-anticipated birthday for many young people. In the United States, it marks the age at which people can legally drink alcohol--a popular milestone for young adults. Most people plan a big celebration for their 21st. If your friend or close family member is turning 21, plan a birthday bash for him and make the event a surprise for even more fun.

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Throw a party for your friend that lets all of you enjoy many of the activities you loved as a child. This time, however, everyone can enjoy the activities along with a drink. Invite the birthday celebrant over to your house in the afternoon. She would probably expect a party at night if she suspected one, so she's more likely to be surprised when all of her friends jump out wearing childish party hats. Set up coolers full of beer, as well as a variety of cocktails such as margaritas, vodka tonics and martinis. Play games, such as pin the tail on the donkey. Blindfold players and have them spin around before trying to pin on the tail. A pinata is another fun party element that everyone remembers from childhood. If the party is during the summer, set up water elements outdoors. Use features like sprinklers that guests can run through or a slip-n-slide. Other childhood games you can plan include a three-legged race or a sack race.

Cocktail Party

If your friend would prefer a more sophisticated 21st birthday celebration, host a cocktail party. Stage the event at your home or at a local bar or restaurant with a private party room. Ask him to go out to a fancy dinner with you on his birthday and have all of his friends arrive earlier. Rather than funnelling cheap beer, create a more elegant drink selection for this party. Choose cocktails that use different kinds of liquor. For example, offer gin martinis, margaritas, mojitos and whiskey sours.


Another cool idea for a surprise 21st birthday is a casino night. Ask the guest of honour to your house for a small birthday gathering. When he arrives, he'll find your house transformed into your best approximation of a Las Vegas casino. Use tables to set up different games, such as poker and blackjack. If you want to go all out, rent casino games such as craps from a party rental store. Hire a staff to run the games or recruit friends to take turns. Keep the mood light by limiting the bets to very small amounts, like 60p, or even just entirely novel betting with a set number of chips that you hand out to guests on arrival. Offer many different drink options, from beer, to wine, to liquor.

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