Planning kids’ parties is easy, but choosing the perfect party idea for adults can be more difficult. That’s why we’ve come up with these 20 fun ideas – from wine tasting to a murder mystery dinner party, there’s something here for everyone!
It doesn’t matter what occasion you are celebrating, whether it’s New Year’s Eve or you’re going to celebrate international sweatpants day – these party ideas are perfect at any time!
1. Pamper Party
You can either head to the spa or beauty salon with your friends or host a DIY pamper party if you don’t mind putting in a little effort. Why not invite the girls over for a facial mask and DIY manicure whilst you enjoy your favourite snacks and movies?
2. Games Night
Games nights are always fun, no matter what the occasion. Try asking all your guests to bring their favourite game, or invest in a new party game if you want to make sure your party is filled with laughter! Don’t forget small prizes for the winners!
3. Cinema Party
Who doesn’t love a movie night? Depending on the event, you could pick a theme and have a movie marathon with films relating to that theme. It’s a birthday party, for example, and you were born in the 80s, why not play the biggest movies of the 80s? It’s even better if you have access to a projector, and don’t forget the popcorn!
4. Dinner Party
Hosting a dinner party is a great way to show off your skills in the kitchen and the perfect excuse to cook something a bit different and exciting. Again, you can pick a theme for the evening and design a menu related to your theme. It can be as relaxed or as formal as you like – if you want to go all-out, suggest your guests wear their best clothes and be sure to greet them with a glass of champagne on arrival!
5. Cocktail Evening
If you don’t feel like going out, try bringing the fun of the bar to your home. Have all your guests bring a different spirit or mixer and look up some recipes using your favourite flavours. Or, if you can find one, try hiring a professional to come and give you and your friends a lesson in mixing the perfect cocktail!
6. Afternoon Tea Party
Who doesn’t love tea and cake? There’s no shortage of cafes and restaurants offering afternoon teas – some traditional and quaint and others more formal. Alternatively, if you’re a keen baker, why not prepare your own bite-sized treats for your guests and serve them up on your best china.
7. Casino Night
If a board game night isn’t your thing, maybe a casino-themed evening might be more appealing. Poker sets are easy to come by, so you can give your guests a stack of chips to play with at the start of the evening. Don’t forget to dress up in your best formalwear and prepare some cocktails and fancy canapes to add to the ambience!
8. Pub Crawl
If you enjoy a drink, this is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion! Plan out a route of your favourite bars, and don’t forget to think about how you will get home at the end of the night!
9. Craft Party
Whether you and your friends are creative or are just happy to give something new a go, a crafting party can be loads of fun! Decide on a craft and gather the necessary supplies and instructions, or book a slot at a venue such as a pottery studio to learn from a pro.
10. Wine Tasting Party
Here’s another party you can do either at home or in a bar. If you want to do a wine tasting at home, suggest your guests all bring their favourite bottle for everyone to try – you might discover a new favourite you’d never thought to try before!
11. Murder Mystery
Murder mysteries are loads of fun and are easy to host – you can find packs containing everything you need to host the perfect murder mystery dinner party online. They’re a great way to get everyone thinking, and you can choose a theme to fit your interests or the occasion.
12. Tarot Party
If you and your friends are interested in the supernatural, consider hosting a tarot reading or seance party. If you don’t know how you can hire a medium or tarot reader to host the party for you.
This traditional Hawaiian gathering is perfect for summer – all you need is some leis and tropical cocktails, and you’re good to go!
Another great summer party idea is a BBQ, either in the garden or in a park or at the beach – it’s up to you. To make the party less work for yourself, ask your guests to bring drinks and side dishes.
15. Karaoke Party
Karaoke is fun for any occasion – you can either go to a karaoke bar or buy a karaoke machine to host it at home. Make sure to check what everyone’s signature song is beforehand, and don’t forget the snacks and drinks to add to the fun!
16. Cheese and Wine Party
We’ve already looked at hosting a wine tasting, but how about taking it to the next level and learning about pairing wine and cheese? Read up on which combinations work well together first – your guests are sure to be impressed with your knowledge!
17. Sleepover Party
Sleepovers aren’t just for kids – they can be lots of fun for adults, too! Get your friends to bring their most comfortable pyjamas and their favourite snacks and set up some blankets on the floor for a movie night before swapping gossip with your besties.
18. Picnic in the Park
If you’re looking for an easy party with minimal cleanup, a picnic in the park is perfect! Simply ask everyone to bring a selection of snacks and share everything out. You might also like to bring a speaker for some music as you eat, and maybe even some outdoor games to play after lunch.
19. Themed Costume Party
Fancy dress parties might be popular for kids’ birthdays, but they are just as fun for grown-ups! Ask everyone to dress according to the occasion or a theme you have chosen – the possibilities are endless!
20. Fondue Party
Our last suggestion is a fondue party – perfect for foodie friends to celebrate any occasion. You can make a sweet or savoury fondue, or even one of each, and prepare a selection of items to dip into the delicious sauces. This is a great, social way to share a meal with friends and family. You could even ask them to each bring something to dip if you are looking to minimise effort.