The Best 18th Birthday Party Ideas

Before you become an adult, check out this list of 18th birthday party ideas. There are many fun and exciting ways to celebrate your 18th birthday. Whether you like to stay at home or go out on the town, your 18th birthday should be a memorable one. Invite your friends and family to celebrate with you at a local amusement park or you can host a fun theme party.

What are some great ways to celebrate your 18th birthday? Get a group of friends together and head out to a paintball facility to have a unique 18th birthday event. Many paintball locations have party rooms where you can eat pizza and cake after your match. Or, host a Mardi Gras themed party by providing colorful masks and beads for your guests. Play traditional New Orleans style jazz and Zydeco music to give your party an authentic feel.

At 18, you're of legal age to get a tattoo or a piercing. Get a group of friends together to support you in getting your first body art. Make sure you research the tattoo shop and think long and hard about what you want to get. Regardless, there are plenty of things to do on your 18th birthday.

1. Amusement Park

Ride your favorite roller coasters on your 18th birthday at a nearby amusement park.  Indulge in your favorite theme park foods and take a fun photo with your friends to commemorate the occasion.

2. Surprise Party

Who doesn't love a surprise Party?  Send out an Evite to the guest of honor's friends and family indicating that this party is a surprise.  Book the party at the birthday boy's favorite restaurant and them lure him there under the guise of a small dinner with friends. 

He will be surprised and touched that all of his family and friends worked together to throw him a great 18th birthday party.

3. Club Night

At 18, you can get into most night clubs. Put on your dancing shoes and check out your local scene to celebrate this momentous birthday.

4. Day at the Beach

Enjoy some fun in the sun on your 18th birthday by celebrating at the beach. Organize a sand volleyball tournament and bring a Frisbee so your friends have lots of activities to enjoy. Don't forget the sunscreen!

5. Paintball Party

Get a group of friends together and head out to a paintball facility to have a unique 18th birthday event. Many paintball locations have party rooms where you could eat pizza, cake, and open presents after your match.

6. Limo Night in the City

Celebrate like a famous rock star by renting a luxurious limousine to take you and your friends where ever you want to go. Go out to dinner and a play or just take in the sights, cruising around the city. Either way it will be a birthday to remember.

7. Backyard BBQ

Invite your friends to celebrate your 18th birthday with a backyard BBQ. Grill up your favorite foods and organize a bean bag tournament for your guests.

8. Camp Out

If you are an outdoorsy type, host a backyard camp out for your 18th birthday. Have your friends bring their tents and have a great time cooking over a bonfire. You can make hot dogs and birthday s'mores.

If your backyard isn't big enough rent a site a your local forest preserve or campground.

9. Tattoo

You're 18 years old and finally of legal age to get a tattoo or a piercing.  Get a group of friends together to support you in getting your first body art. Make sure you research the tattoo shop and think long and hard about what design you want to get.

10. Glow-in-the-Dark

Rent a DJ and hand out glow sticks to create a unique and funky birthday experience. Light your space with black lights to enhance the glow-in-the-dark effect.

11. Movie Night

A movie night is a great way to celebrate your 18th birthday. Hang a white sheet up on a clothing line in your backyard and project your favorite movie for your guests to see, or have a small get together with friends in front of your TV.

Be sure to pop lots of popcorn and enjoy an assortment of your favorite sweet snacks

12. Murder Mystery Party

If you prefer something a bit more theatrical for your birthday host a Murder Mystery Party. Encourage your friends to dress up and play along with a devious plot. Serve finger foods so your guests won't get hungry throughout the performance.

13. Photo Booth

Rent a photo booth to capture all of your guests enjoying your 18th birthday party.  Many companies also provide fun accessories like silly hats and big sunglasses which allow for some creative and funny photos.

14. Live Band

Hire your favorite local rock band to provide entertainment for your 18th birthday. You and your friends could also buy tickets to see a national act in concert at an amphitheater.  

15. Skiing

Don't let winter weather stop you from celebrating your 18th birthday party. Invite your friends on a ski trip to make the most of the snow. If you don't live near the slopes give cross country skiing a try.

16. Casino Night

You may not be old enough to gamble in Las Vegas, but you can still have a great time with your friends at a casino night. Provide everyone with a certain amount of chips and give the leader a prize at the end of the night.  

17. Rent Inflatables

There is a new trend growing for adults to rent inflatables and bouncy houses. Rent an inflatable to enhance your backyard BBQ and celebrate your 18th birthday with a fun and memorable experience.

18. Truth or Dare

Invite your friends over for an old school sleepover and play classic games like Truth or Dare. Watch scary movies and play with a Ouija board to complete the experience.

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