10 of the Absolute Best Adult Birthday Party Themes

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An adult birthday party theme doesn’t have to be boring—even if the guest of honor is celebrating another 29th birthday. In fact, the best adult birthday party themes can take the occasion to another level and give the party planners direction so every detail is coordinated and fun.

Throwback Theme

A throwback theme is a fun way to celebrate the guest of honor’s favorite decade. The opportunities for an entertaining retro theme are endless: Great Gatsby, a 50’s diner, an 80’s neon party, a Roaring 20’s throwback to early Chicago. Of course, the success of these adult birthday party themes is all about creating the right setting, so birthday party planners should start with an equipment list that sets the stage for the best throwback adult birthday party.

Wine Tasting

A wine party is the perfect adult birthday party theme for the wine connoisseur, and a popular draw for guests. This adult party idea demands an upscale or vintage setting with fashionable tables and stations suitable for a wine tasting. The occasion can be set with vintage tables and couches ideal for lounging and mingling, or with upscale furniture and bars perfect for an elegant wine and cheese tasting.

Tropical Getaway

A tropical adult birthday party should feel like a getaway. This adult birthday party theme isn’t complete without the décor and menu of a trip south-of-the-border. The possibilities are endless, and so is the party supply list: warming food service dishes, margarita machine, chilling table, tables, chairs, bright table linens, and tons of ideas for tropical birthday party décor.


An adult birthday party is a sweet occasion, and so is this party theme. A sweet-themed birthday party isn’t complete without colorful treat stations and signs. Party planners can also take the party to another level with fondue, cotton candy machines, ice cream, donuts, and candy cakes.  

Casino Night

A casino night birthday party is a fun way for everyone to have a winning hand. This adult party theme demands an all-out encompassing atmosphere. The right chairs, machines, tables, and big menu can make the gamble entirely worth it—for the guests and the guest of honor.

Hollywood Star

A Hollywood birthday party theme rolls out the red carpet, and makes everyone feel like celebrities. This party idea is all about dramatic décor, a delectable menu, and the big screen entertainment to go with it. This is truly a case where the planners need to go big or go home, especially when choosing a screen big enough for the occasion.


A masquerade ball is an elegant occasion with an upscale flair. Every part of the occasion should be sophisticated: the chairs, tables, menu, table linens, centerpieces. No detail is too small, and the list of party ideas for a masquerade ball are endless. To personalize the occasion, ask an event planner for recommendations that put this stylish party over-the-top.

Outdoor Carnival

An outdoor carnival is fun to plan, and fun to be part of. This casual party theme has so many ideas for entertainment: games, popcorn machines, slushies, cotton candy, music, and all-around fun. Even tents and furniture contribute to the party atmosphere (and guest comfort), especially with whimsical stripes and prints.  


The vintage birthday party theme is classy and chic, with many different ways to make the event personal and unique. A vintage party can be romantic, art deco, or retro. A vintage party is an opportunity to include stylish ideas: vintage lounging areas, eye-catching centerpieces, and fashionable table linens that complete the party atmosphere.

Artsy Birthday

This interactive birthday party idea is a chance for the guest of honor to gather with friends and family and create memorable pieces of art. Every guest—no matter their age—is going to enjoy gathering and producing one-of-a-kind party favors they can take home.  

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