Turning 21 is arguably one of the most important milestones that a person will ever reach, so it is no wonder your friend or relative is keen to celebrate it in style! If you have been roped in to assist with the planning and the piecing together of the event, here is some advice for effectively planning a 21st birthday celebration for someone close to you.
Traditionally, 21st birthday bashes involve a rather lengthy guest list. However, due to COVID, large gatherings are certainly not recommended, and are prohibited in many countries right now. For everybody’s safety, whittle down the number of attendees to include your friend or relative’s close family members and very best friends.
Re-think the concept of a ‘party’
If there will only be a handful of guests in attendance, a raucous party with loud music at an expensive venue might not be the way to go. Think about the fact that you will be saving a lot of money if you don’t have to cater for a huge number of guests and put that money to good use to maximize the experience for those who are present to celebrate.
Perhaps it is a great idea to organize a lavish dinner party at home with a bartending service, such as eventbartenders.com, to keep those drinks topped up throughout the three-course meal? Or maybe you should think about planning a spa day for a handful of friends and family members, followed by a cozy movie night with buttery popcorn and slushies, at home?
Consider the theme
One of the most exciting parts of a 21st birthday celebration is the theme. It is important because it relates to the birthday boy or girl’s personality or interests and helps them feel infinitely special during this once-in-a-lifetime event. Therefore, no matter how small the gathering may be, the theme remains a critical aspect of making it a big success. Be sure to consult with your loved one regarding the theme even if you are planning their 21st birthday party as a surprise.
Sort out the entertainment early
Do not wait too long to book your chosen entertainment. The reality is that many local businesses and performers are struggling financially right now and are on the brink of shutting down for good. Therefore, if you wait until the last minute, you might come to find that your intended performer is no longer performing, leaving you with the task of finding a back-up plan pretty quickly!
As part of the entertainment, do not forget to write a speech and to prepare a short presentation celebrating your loved one’s life so far. It is traditional for friends and relatives to share funny or happy stories of time spent with the birthday boy or girl, while backing up those stories with photographs, home videos, slide shows, etc. Just make sure that you have the necessary equipment on hand!
Here’s to making the 21-year-old feel loved and supported as they enter a thrilling new chapter in their lives.