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Funny Ideas for a 21st Birthday

Updated February 21, 2017

The 21st birthday is a milestone age in America where it is the legal drinking age. But 21st birthday celebration don't have be all about the booze. While drinking games can be fun, funny costumes and physical challenges are all great ways to help the birthday boy or girl celebrate their initiation into adulthood.

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Toga Party

This is a classic college party theme. Everyone at the party forgoes average clothing and wears sheets like togas. Compliment these costumes with leafy crowns of woody branches. This gets everyone involved in the party and helps people mingle. It also aids in recognising who belongs to your party if the venue is somewhere other than a private residents. Have a fashion show half way through the night and let everyone show off their Greek revival spirit.

Rubik's Cube

Rubik's Cube is a party theme and activity that also involves a clothing change. This is a fun, sexy event that brings life to any 21st birthday party and embodies the spirit of the moment. Everyone is given mismatched clothing of different colours matching the colours that appear on an average Rubik's cube. Throughout the night, guests are challenged to switch clothing until everyone is dressed in only one colour. It's like solving a Rubik's cube. This activity not only gets everyone involved but allows different guests to interact with each other because of the challenge.

Ice Shot Glass

Purchase a special shot glass ice cube tray that allows you to freeze ice cubes in the shape of shot glasses. This is a fun 21st birthday activity that saves dishware and gets everyone drinking. You won't have to worry about having enough shot glasses or doing dishes, these glasses are made of ice. Create a fun game that requires the birthday boy or girl to complete some physical challenge like stacking plastic beer cups into an elaborate display before the ice glass melts through and the liquor goes to waste. If they don't drink the one shot in the ice glass, they have to take three others out of regular glasses. Always practice safe drinking habits and never give alcohol to minors.

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About the Author

Michaelyn Erickson

Michaelyn Erickson has been writing since 2005 and has been published regularly in a variety of northwest publications. She has written a science fiction novel and is now working on a children's book series. Michaelyn attends Evergreen State College where she is pursuing a degree in sustainable living.

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