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How to celebrate a girl's 18th birthday

Updated February 21, 2017

An 18th birthday celebration for a girl marks the end of childhood and the beginning of greater independence and responsibility. Creating a memorable birthday party can mean a big event or a small gathering depending on your budget, but no matter how much you spend, the most important thing is marking the occasion.

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  1. Throw a theme party. If your 18-year-old and her friends are fans of a television show or reality show, get them into the act by using it as a theme for the party. For example, a "Survivor" enthusiast may enjoy a party that includes some athletic challenges and of course, a gross eating competition. If she is a "Keeping Up with the Kardashian's" fan. have a fake "big booty" contest, do makeovers and eat California Light.

  2. Take a walk down memory lane. Since the 18th birthday marks a transition from childhood to adulthood, a stroll down memory lane can be fun for everyone. Create a scrapbook showing a few pictures from every year, then invite her friends to include photos and comments on some of their favourite memories together. Blow up some photos to decorate a celebratory get together and play a birthday girl trivia game with prizes.

  3. Take a group to the spa. Select a few close friends and take the birthday girl to a day spa for a total makeover and relaxation day. This is a great way to mark the transition from high school to college or adulthood and can make an 18th birthday an event to remember.

  4. Have an adventure. Mark the Big One-eight by allowing the birthday girl to do something she's always wanted. Perhaps she wants to try sky diving or bungee jumping, white water rafting or just spending a weekend in New York City with her best girlfriends. Allow her to experience the greater freedom and responsibility associated with being 18.

  5. Have a hotel vacation. Reserve a hotel suite for the guest of honour plus a few friends and give her a taste of independence. Be sure the hotel has a pool, day spa and allow extra cash for delivery pizza. Since most 17- and 18-year-olds still live at home, a hotel vacation allows the girls to make decisions and relax away from siblings and parents.

  6. Get dressed up for a special black tie event. If you want to spend some cash on a deluxe 18th party celebration rent a garden and hall combination and decorate it with champagne coloured linens and balloons. Alcohol-free champagne, a DJ and delicious foods will mean plenty of dressed up friends coming along to celebrate.

  7. Spread the wisdom. Gather all the women-folk in the family and ask them to share something they've learnt about being a woman. Gather together for a home made meal and then share the words of wisdom around the table to help the birthday girl make a good start on her road to adulthood. Put all the handwriting "lessons" in a scrapbook together with family pictures of women through the generations. This reference book will get your birthday girl through many hard times.

  8. Tip

    Know the guests who will be sharing a spa day or hotel vacation with your daughter to insure a good and safe time.


    Although travelling with friends is a lot of fun, safety comes first. Agree to twice a day phone calls and a planned itinerary, or join the girls by taking a girlfriend of your own along to monitor the trip.

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Things You'll Need

  • Photos of the birthday person from birth to 18 years
  • Access to a day spa
  • Tickets to an adventure such as skydiving
  • Old photographs of female family members

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