Surprise 18th Birthday Ideas


Sometimes it's hard to decide what to do for an 18th birthday. Turning 18 is an important landmark that bridges between youth and adulthood. Any surprise party for this important birthday should indicate its significance. Try to think of what the birthday person enjoys and use that to determine the best type of party.


  • A number of clubs allow people 18 and up, as opposed to 21 and up. These clubs make a great location for a surprise party for someone ready to embrace his adulthood. When you host a surprise party at a club for your 18-year-old, you're not only saying happy birthday, you're giving him a chance to enjoy the privileges that come with adulthood.


  • Not all 18-year-olds are concerned with having parties that declare their independence; they just want to have fun. A restaurant is a good idea if you are on a restricted budget or if the celebrant likes her parties to be simple. Decorating the table with pictures of the birthday girl's life can add a nostalgic feel.


  • A casino is a fun location if you live where they allow 18-year-olds. You may have to take a long drive to make the party possible, but you can still surprise the birthday boy by waiting until the last moment to reveal the location of his party. Like a party at a club, a casino surprise party initiates the birthday person into being an adult.

Farewell to Youth

  • If your 18-year-old has a sense of humor and a nostalgic personality, try a farewell to youth rather than a welcome into adulthood. Add to the nostalgic feel by making all the guests wear birthday hats and play silly games. A pinata and a themed birthday cake are also nice touches. Not all people appreciate this type of party, so determine beforehand if your young adult will.

Home Parties

  • Home surprise parties are versatile. You have the freedom to decorate the house however you want. You can also choose to hire entertainment that fits your budget. A poker table and an open bar (with virgin drinks) are fun ways to welcome your 18-year-old into adulthood.

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