Thursday, November 16, 2006

Birthday theme(s)

Birthdays are excellent reasons for arranging celebrations, whether you are thrilled about getting another year older. Aging can be a wonderful process, although sometimes painful as well. Birthday celebrations can be a great time to get friends and family together. I've never heard anyone complain about eating cake, opening gifts and blowing out their candles. However, the older you get, the harder it can be to find a birthday theme that will entertain all ages. When your children are younger, it is quite simple to pick out birthday themes for their age group.

In fact, as long as you have cake and ice cream and games, you probably won't even need birthday themes for kid's birthdays. They always find a theme of their own that leads the party. For adults, a birthday theme can almost be a necessity. I mean, when you're turning 40 or 50, parties are boring. You show up, wish them a happy birthday, eat some cake, sit around and talk, and then leave. Boring. If you ask me, there's nothing worse than attending a boring birthday party where everyone sits around and there's awkward moments with everyone. You want to leave the moment you arrive.

Having a birthday theme party can not only rid of awkward moments, but make guests want to stay longer and laugh more. For a friend's 30th birthday theme, we had a 70's party. Everyone was encouraged to wear an outfit that resembled the 70's. Of course, the music was all 70's, we had a disco ball, and I was shocked at how many people really got into the theme. Everyone left the party laughing and commenting about how much fun they'd had. My friend was thrilled with the way that her party turned out.

There are so many birthday themes that you can make work for the occasion. There are the traditional themes: Hawaiian, 70's, 60's, 50's, BBQ, western, beach, etc. While there isn't anything wrong with choosing a traditional birthday theme, or any party theme for that matter, I prefer to be more creative and give the guests a reason to want to come.

My aunt turned 40 a few years back. She wanted a birthday party but something different. After considering several birthday themes, she actually chose to have a murder mystery birthday party. Of course, the normal birthday traditions of cake and ice cream took place, but everyone came dressed as a character and had to solve a mystery. It turned out to be one of the best parties that I'd ever attended.

Whatever your birthday theme turns out to be, make it creative and enjoyable. Make your birthday party one that people will remember and look forward to helping you celebrate in the future.