By Nina Harris.
1) Do something extreme
It sounds cliché but why not try go race car driving, attempt a bungee jump or go sky diving. At 21 you’re probably the fittest you’ll ever be!
2) Host a fancy dinner party
I’m thinking canapés, Prosecco and cocktail dresses.
3) House party
You can’t go wrong with a classic house party. Get a DJ in and stock up on American-style red plastic cups ready for Beer Pong. Just remember the bin bags too, you don’t want chunder up the walls.
4) Spa trip
The thought of such a monumental birthday can be stressful, a spa trip could be just the relief.
5) Family party
Combining a party with your friends and your crazy family is always risky, but it’s a great way to share the occasion with all your loved ones! But keep the sherry away from Gran.
6) Night out
A classic mad night in your local town is not something to overlook for your 21st. Tell the clubs it’s your big day and they’re more than likely to give you a bottle of bubbly!
7) A themed night
So many ideas come to mind: Mexican, Out of Space, Great Gatsby, Disney, Alice in Wonderland, A Night at El Morocco, 60’s…
8) An all day bender
Chilled scenes of a bit of music, some beef burgers sizzling and a jug of Pimms. Sucks if your birthday’s in December though…
10) ’90s themed bash
Everyone loves a throwback to the years you were born. Be sure to create a fitting playlist.
11) Pub crawl
Get your gang together and find at 21 pubs to (try to) invade.
12) Get a tattoo or a piercing
Nothing quite says “I’m 21” than an impulse decision that you’ll regret 10 years later.
13) Live music
Do some research and see if there are any good bands or DJs playing on your birthday night. If you’re wanting to splash the cash, see if you can hire a band to play at yours.
14) Explore a new city
If you’re a country-bumpkin a weekend away in London, Edinburgh or Paris is always exciting. Amsterdam and Prague can also be a pretty decent shout…
15) Rent a country house for the weekend (or Air B&B it)
Not the cheapest of options, but a weekend trip for you and your closest friends could be really special. Have a look into rural areas like Devon, Cornwall and Surrey. Make sure it’s remote and get the music blaring, bring the wine in and go crazy.
16) Keep it casual
Sometimes the stress of organising a proper party can put you off celebrating your birthday all together. There is no harm in keeping it casual and hosting a movie night with a takeaway.
Make sure your mum is free to hit the town and choose your 21st presents and outfits.
18) Joint party
As they say, the bigger the better. Hire out a function room (or even a club) and get the night going strong.
19) Hire a boat
A bit eccentric, but you’re only 21 once after all. Boat Partaaaayyy.
20) A children’s party
This is your last occasion to act irresponsible and immature. Hire out a bouncy castle, make party bags and stock up on face paint. If you don’t’ fancy hosting it yourself, see if there is a regression sessions taking place!
21) Trust your friends will host you something
If all these ideas are overwhelming you, maybe trust your friends. A risky option, but they could pull it out off.