Your 21st is the biggest birthday party you’ll likely have until you’re 30 or 60! While you want it to be more elegant than your 18th, you also want it to be a party to remember. From our experience as host to hundreds of birthdays, there are a few essential ingredients that go into staging a party that will be remembered forever. Here are 10 ideas to help you with your party planning, inspired by the epic birthday party of Joe-Alexander and Giulia styled by House of Doltone at our Hyde Park venue!
Choose a venue that reflects your taste and theme for the night. The venue you choose will depend on the number of guests you expect will attend, but it’s important to consider the interior styling, location and convenience for your guests. Waterfront locations and venues with a view will always make a great first impression. For some ideas, read our post on Sydney’s best party venues!
Whether you want your 21st to be formal or casual, a theme will help you plan a party with wow-factor. Colours make good themes and so do letters of the alphabet, usually the first initial of your name. Dress your venue with décor that is all along the same concept and colour scheme. For daily styling and theming ideas, follow our styling team House of Doltone on Instagram.
Add an element of surprise your guests won’t be expecting with party entertainers! Roving magicians, dances, acrobats, illusionists, fire throwers and flapper girls are some popular choices for 21st birthday parties. We recommend EP Entertainment for events in Sydney!
You want your 21st birthday party to be all about you, so putting your name or initials up in lights is a great way to personalise your party. Light up letters make a big statement at evening events and double as a great photo backdrop for all your Instagram snaps.
Statement balloons are trending in event styling right now. Modern balloon installations and arches are creative, eye-catching and perfect for Instagram! Using a variety of colours and sizes creates a spectacular effect that will wow your guests from the moment they arrive at your birthday party.
You can take your theme even further with the food and drink you offer. Styled food stations are a popular option for 21st birthdays, offering substantial stand-up dinner and dessert options in a variety of flavours – Mexican, Asian, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Lebanese and more. Decadent cake tables and bubbly bars are also trending right now for birthday parties!
Gone are the days of ducking down to your local bakery on the day of your party to pick up a cake. The modern-day birthday cake is more of a masterpiece, personalised for your event theme and individual tastes. Our post on Sydney’s best cake designers guarantees to deliver beyond your cake expectations.
Once all of the formalities are taken care of, your guests have all eaten, you’ve had your speeches and you’ve cut the cake, it’s time to get a dance floor started. The easiest way to get people to let their hair down is with a DJ and dance floor. With disco lights you can create a nightclub-like setting in your private venue and dance the night away!
The best way to create long lasting memories of your 21st birthday is including a photo booth! GIF booths, mirror booths, open photo booths, hashtag printers and cloud booths give you a variety of different options for capturing memorable moments with all your friends and family.
One way of making your party fun and exciting is including games in your activities. Giant jenga, SnookBall and casino tables are some popular choices for 21st birthdays, proving to be a great way to bring your guests together and get them having fun.
So now you’ve got some great ideas to make sure your 21st birthday party is the talk of the town! Select your perfect Doltone House venue and book a function that you’ll remember for your lifetime. Our expert events team design bespoke packages for every client, so you can ensure your party is exactly the way you want it.
Photography supplied by Collective Studios and Open Booths