Whether you prefer a small gathering, a party, or an amazing trip, these 37 fun and unique 21st birthday ideas will be something you’ll remember forever!
Turning 21 is a big deal! And that means there are so many fun ways to celebrate. From hitting the bars to hosting a house party, you have your pick of memorable 21st birthday party ideas to choose from! Whether you want to throw a party or create some memories with a fun experience, you’ll love all these unique ideas for an amazing celebration.
21st Birthday Party Ideas
Hosting a party is one of the best ways to celebrate your birthday. And just because you’re technically an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with a themed party for your 21st birthday! These fun party ideas are the perfect way to ring in the big day.
A classic house party is a great way to celebrate! Order some kegs, set up the beer pong table, and invite all your friends to your house for the night.
Take a cue from your childhood as you celebrate your 21st birthday by hosting a slumber party with your friends.
Invite your friends over for a pool party with lots of delicious snacks and a signature cocktail.
Turn your house into an old-fashioned speakeasy to celebrate your 21st birthday in style.
Set up a bonfire in your backyard and invite all your friends over to roast marshmallows and enjoy some drinks.
Beers and cheers
Disco dance party
Dress up in your favorite 70s outfit and host a disco dance party for your birthday.
Bring the fun of New Orleans to your birthday party by hosting a Mardi Gras themed celebration.
Experience Ideas for a 21st Birthday
Parties aren’t the only way you can celebrate a 21st birthday! These experience gifts are a great way to enjoy the big day and make some memories at the same time!
Visit a casino
Now that you can legally enter a casino, do some gambling on your big.
Attend a bartending class
Learn how to make drinks for your 21st birthday, so you can enjoy some delicious cocktails on the big day.
Take a weekend trip
Grab some friends and head out of town for your birthday by visiting a fun city, like Miami, Las Vegas, New Orleans, or NYC.
Host a hotel party
There’s no reason to head out of town to enjoy a night away! Book a local hotel room and have some fun with your friends.
Head to a local winery to enjoy tasting different types of wines.
Or visit a local brewery and sip on flights of beer.
Head to the club
Since you can legally drink, spending the night at the club for your birthday is a fun way to celebrate.
Rent a limo
Make sure you have a designated driver while you go bar hopping by renting a limo or party bus for the night.
Paint and sip night
Instead of going crazy for your birthday, enjoy a low-key night of painting and sipping on wine with a paint and sip night.
Book a spa day
Relax for the day at a spa getting massages and facials.
Show off your singing skills on your birthday by spending the evening at a karaoke bar.
Book a photo shoot
Commemorate your 21st birthday with a professional photo shoot.
Take a cooking class
Hone your cooking skills by treating yourself to a cooking class for your birthday.
Enjoy nature for your birthday by pitching a tent at your favorite campsite.
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Watch a concert
Grab some tickets for your favorite band and enjoy some live music for your birthday.
Set up a booze cruise
Hit the water for your 21st birthday on a booze cruise with your friends.
Check out an escape room
Test your puzzle solving skills by checking out an escape room with your friends.
Make reservations for a fancy dinner
Make a reservation at a high-end restaurant to enjoy a fancy dinner for your big day.
Enjoy a birthday brunch
Drink bottomless mimosas and eat delicious food at a birthday brunch.
Visit a fortune teller
Find out what your future holds by heading to a fortune teller for your birthday.
Drinking Games for Your Party
Make sure your guests have a great time at your 21st birthday party by keeping them entertained. These fun drinking games are the perfect way to celebrate the big day.
Draw a card and take the consequences according to Kings Cups rules.
Set up a triangle of cups on each end of the table and toss the ball in until all the drinks are gone.
Reveal a secret – if anyone else has done the same thing, they must drink too.
A drinking relay race in which each player must drink the contents of their glass, then flip the cup into an upright position.
Bounce a quarter into a cup to make your opponent drink.
Sit in a circle and start counting, each person saying one number. Every time you get to a multiple of 7 say buzz or drink.
Fill shot glasses with alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks and place them in a circle. Put a bottle in the middle and spin to pick the shot you drink.
Answer the question truthfully or take a drink.
After you celebrate, make sure to share your celebration on social media! Check out the Best 21st Birthday Captions, Wishes & Quotes for Instagram!