35 Adult Birthday Party Ideas to Celebrate Another Year of Life (2024)

Whether you love celebrating your birthday every year or you dread the thought of turning another year older, birthdays are one of those rare opportunities to gather your friends and family in one place and celebrate. And let's face it, you should be doing something fun for every milestone you hit, because what better excuse is there to get all of your favorite people in one room and reminisce aboutthe past year or more you’ve spent together?

When you were a kid, it was so easy to pick a favorite theme or place to host your party, but as an adult, it can be trickier. As we got older, the themes tended to dwindle and it became “Meet me at that bar we love!” or “Let’s just all do dinner.” And even if it’s not a particularly special year—aka one of the “big ones”—there’s nothing wrong going all out for an adult birthday party.

All out of ideas? Make every year a milestone year with these 35 adult birthdayparty ideas.

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Host a Game Night

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Have everyone come in their favorite pajamas or athleisure and bring their go-to board game from way back when, like Dream Phone or Guess Who? And for an extra dose of nostalgia, have goody bags for the winners.

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Do a Spa Day

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Indulge inDIY facials(or sheet masks), massage trains, and at-home mani/pedis while watching a movie marathon. If you want to go the extra step, host the party at a spa instead, so you don't have to worry about getting anything set up.

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Have a Cake Swap

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Is it worth getting a year older without the frosting and candles? We think not. Ask each guest to forgo gifts and bring their favorite cake instead. We can't think of a better way to celebrate your day than indulging in multiple sweet treats.

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Cook the Night Away

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Let's face it: everyone loves a dinner party. If you don't want to ask everyone to bring their own food, create a menu of your favorite homemade meals, and then cook them for your big day.Whatever you do, don't forget cake!

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Have DIY Wine Tasting

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We love a glass of vino and learning a little something. Savvy wine clubs likeWincoffer a wine tasting 101 kit that is perfect for parties and digging into the nuances of your favorite bottle. Not interested in signing up for a service? Just have your friends bring their favorite bottles and go from there.

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Host a Film Screening

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Rent out a theater at your local cineplex and ask them to play your favorite movie. Hand out the popcorn, candy, slushies, etc., as snacks. (PS: You can also do something similar at your own place for way cheaper.)

To make it fit for a celebration, pick a theme and watch only movies that go along with it, likeromantic moviesor90's favorites (Clueless, anyone?).

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Host a Mixology Party

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Hire a mixologist (try a local catering company or reach out to your favorite restaurant) to craft custom drinks for your friends all night long based on their favorite ingredients. Serve up some happy hour snacks along with the drinks and create a killer playlist. It's like having your party at a bar, but way better.

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Opt for a Classy Affair

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We’re talking suits and stilettos, jazz in the background, and plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Champagne toast optional (though we think you should go for it). Host at home or at your favorite neighborhood speakeasy.

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Have a Wine and Cheese Night

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Research the perfect pairings for wine and cheese, or wine and anything really, on a site likeWine Folly. If you want to go all out, offer wine flights to your guests. In lieu of birthday gifts, ask everyone to bring their favorite bottle instead.

When curating your cheeseboard, first mix flavors and textures (like brie, gruyere, and bleu), then add some cured meats, a touch of produce, followed by nuts, seeds, and crackers, and finish it all off with dips and fresh herbs.

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Try an Urban Winery

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Instead of staying in, head to the city for a wine tasting. Increasingly, the urban winery trend is making it more convenient for urbanites to get the vineyard experience without having to travel out of town. Plus many wineries offer great menus. Call ahead to reserve a birthday cake and plenty of seats for your party.

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Create Your Own Bar Crawl

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Choose your favorite cocktail or craft brew, whether it be mezcal margaritas or tiki drinks. Then, decide on a fun neighborhood and map out a walkable or ride-share route to various breweries or bars that serve the best of your chosen tipple.

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Play Hostess at Your Favorite Store

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Some boutiques will actually let you throw your birthday soirée on-site (as long as some guests purchase things, of course).Do you love shoes? Ask to have your fête right in the footwear department.

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Get Dolled up at Your Place

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Tell your friends to wear their favorite party outfits, and then call an at-home beauty concierge service likeBlo,Dry Bar, or Glam Squadto come do hair and makeup. If you decide to go out, great—if not, no worries. Just make sure to snap some photos for posterity... and Instagram.

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Have a Jewelry Making Party

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Craft custom pieces together and take them home. We’re partial to Kendra Scott’s Color Bar (which has retail locations in some states). Customize everything from metal type to stone color for one-of-a-kind pieces for each of your guests.

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Spring for High Tea

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Find one at luxury hotels or your local tea room and channel the U.K. tradition, complete with cucumber sandwiches and bite-sized sweet treats. To make it feel more like a celebration, opt for champagne with your tea.

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Host a DIY Night

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You could choose any theme, but we personally love those home décor DIYs that aren't too challenging to make and everyone goes home with something for their space—like IKEA hacks.You'll have fun and get something new for your home in the process. We'll call that a win-win.

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Take Over the Local Rollerskating Rink

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Take a cue from the 70's and host a disco party at the local roller rink, even if you've never roller skated before. You can wear chic retro gear and knee socks while rolling away to the fun and funky tunes.

Take a trip with your friends to your favorite vintage or thrift store before the party to pick out your perfect outfit.

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Throw a Great Gatsby Party

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Celebrate your love of The Great Gatsby and get out those flapper dresses orold-school suits, and learn how to do the Charleston together during a Roaring Twenties-themed celebration. Or pick your favorite decade as a theme. Personally, we're partial to a '80s or '90s theme.

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Throw a Margarita/Margherita Party

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Most parties are all about the food, and this one is no exception. Make homemade margherita pizzas together and blend margaritas (alcoholic or not). Your guests will love the laidback vibe.

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Host a Murder Mystery Soirée

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Assign each guest a character to dress up as ahead of time; we’re partial to those pre-planned byNight of Mystery because they do all of the work for you. Simply download everything you need in advance and you're ready to host an unforgettable night.

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Plan an Active Day

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Choose your favorite way to move and round up your guests. Whether it's the bowling alley, swimming, rock climbing, or a group dance or trapeze class, there is a recreational activity out there for everyone.

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Create a Destination Celebration

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Pick your favorite travel experience and recreate it at home. For example, reimagine your vacation in Capri by playing Italian music, eating Italian food, and sipping on classic Italian drinks like Negronis.La vita è bella!

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Use a Letter as Your Theme

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We recommend using the letter of your first name and have everyone come dressed up as something that begins with that.To really commit to the theme, only serve food that begins with that letter as well. M is for milkshakes and marshmallows!

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Throw a Coachella-Themed Bash

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We’re thinking a flower crown–making station, flash tats, and inflatable floats for days. A killer dance playlist won’t hurt, either. Bonus points if you only play music from past and present Coachella headliners.

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Host a Barbecue

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Go casual with a grill and refreshing beverages while your best pals lounge in the backyard, the beach, or your favorite park. Don't forget s'mores and plenty of outdoor pillows and blankets for a comfy setup.

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Have a Luau

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This one's for our summer birthdays! Greet guests with homemade flower leis, whip up some cocktails in pineapples, and set up your own tiki bar. Bonus points if you throw this one on the beach.

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Do a Tarot Reading

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With the universe as guide, hire a tarot reader to guide your group through a collective reading and pay special attention to what the reading invites you to consider. Or, host your owntarot reading.

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Take a Trip

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Really feeling adventurous? Gather a few of your pals and take a road trip to a new locale. Whether it's a destination nearby that you've never gotten a chance to visit or a more luxurious trip, everyone loves an excuse for a vacation.

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Throw a Massive Picnic

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All you need is a bunch of blankets and your favorite people. Head to the park and ask everyone to pack their own lunch and snacks beforehand. Don't forget the portable Bluetooth speaker and sunscreen.

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Give Back

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If there's a cause you're passionate about, ask your inner circle to spend the afternoon volunteering for your favorite organization. You can also request that any funds intended for your birthday present instead be donated to the organization.

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Have a Self Care Day

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Treat yourself and your friends to a full day of wellness. Whether that means getting in touch with your spiritualityvia a psychic, trying crystal healing, or DIYing sugar scrubs, it's totally up to you.

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Belt It Out at a Karaoke Night

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This is fun at home or at a local karaoke bar, and nothing beats belting out your favorite tunes with friends. To bring out everyone's competitive side, have a prize for the winner. You can also give out awards for "Best Cover" and "Best Britney Spears Impersonator."

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Throw a Sleepover

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You probably haven't had one since high school, so take it way back with a classic slumber party. Do face masks, eat junk food, catch up on celebrity gossip, and watch your favorite films from your youth.

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Host a Dinner Party

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If you aren't one to make a big deal about your birthday, we get it, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate at all. Instead, throw a simple dinner party with a few of your closest friends. If you don't feel like cooking, order in from your favorite takeout spot.

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Get Artsy

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Grab the glue guns, craft paper, rhinestones, and scissors. Have a craft night with your best friends and make homemade paintings, origami, or even bedazzle your clothing and accessories, just like you did in the '90s.

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35 Adult Birthday Party Ideas to Celebrate Another Year of Life (2024)

FAQs

What I should do for my birthday at 35? ›

Here are 13 spectacular 35th birthday party ideas to make this birthday extra special.
  • Book a Peerspace. Source: Peerspace. ...
  • Take a road trip. ...
  • Come as your favorite star. ...
  • Channel your inner billionaire. ...
  • Relax with a yoga retreat. ...
  • Become a wine connoisseur. ...
  • Discover a new hobby. ...
  • Splurge on something you've always wanted.

How can I make my birthday very special? ›

Here are 10 ways to celebrate YOU on your birthday:
  1. Plan some alone time. ...
  2. Buy yourself a special gift. ...
  3. Make a monthly birthday date. ...
  4. Do something you love to do. ...
  5. Spend time with people who uplift and inspire you. ...
  6. Buy and read an inspiring book. ...
  7. Write yourself a letter. ...
  8. Thank the people you love.
21 Feb 2019

How do you make a party fun for adults? ›

20 Fun Things to Do at Any Party
  1. 01 of 20. Have a Themed Dance-Off. ...
  2. 02 of 20. Plan an At-Home Trivia Night. ...
  3. 03 of 20. Opt for Board Games. ...
  4. 04 of 20. Turn Your Place into a Casino. ...
  5. 05 of 20. On a Budget? ...
  6. 06 of 20. Put on a Scavenger Hunt. ...
  7. 07 of 20. Throw a Pizza or Cheeseboard Making Party. ...
  8. 08 of 20.
5 Jul 2022

What is 35th birthday called? ›

Wedding Anniversaries Gifts and Names by Year
YearAnniversary NameModern Gift or Present
35thCoralJade
40thRubyRuby
45thSapphireSapphire
50thGoldGold
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Whats a good idea for a birthday party? ›

Birthday Ideas At Home
  • Card Games. Card games are a great way to celebrate a birthday with his friends and family. ...
  • Movie Night. You can always pick a movie that is your loved one's favorite and watch it together. ...
  • Board Games. ...
  • Cooking Class At Home. ...
  • Pool Party. ...
  • Brunch. ...
  • House Party Night.
9 Apr 2022

How do you celebrate a meaningful birthday? ›

Here are some things to do on your birthday to make it much more meaningful and special:
  1. Allot some “me time' ...
  2. Step outside your comfort zone. ...
  3. Eat a food you've never tried. ...
  4. Donate to causes you support. ...
  5. Create your very own masterpiece. ...
  6. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. ...
  7. Distribute gift bags to the homeless.
7 Dec 2020

Why are birthdays important of adults? ›

Sure, a birthday means you're another year older — but that's even more reason to celebrate. You have one more year of lived experience to your credit, and with it comes extra wisdom, learning, and personal growth. In fact, celebrating another year can help promote a healthy attitude toward aging.

How do you make a party Unforgettable? ›

10 Amazing Tips To Throw An Unforgettable Party Without Any Stress
  1. Create a Guest List. ...
  2. Remember to Send Invites to the Guests. ...
  3. Decide on a theme in advance. ...
  4. Make Proper Arrangements. ...
  5. Order Your drinks in advance. ...
  6. Make a Checklist. ...
  7. Plan a budget and Follow it. ...
  8. Choose a Food Menu.
9 Jun 2022

What are the three things that make you happy on your birthday? ›

How to Enjoy Your Birthday
  • Having a Relaxing Day to Yourself.
  • Doing Something Fun with Others.
  • Holding Your Own Party.

How do you make yourself feel happy on your birthday? ›

12 Ways to Conquer the Birthday Blues
  1. Don't overly plan your day if you're easily overwhelmed.
  2. Set it and forget it. ...
  3. Appreciate the people who are thinking of you.
  4. Think about the benefits of getting older.
  5. Mark the occasion in a way that feels right to you.
  6. Reflect on why you dislike your birthday.

Is 35 a milestone birthday? ›

All birthdays are special, but milestone birthdays often take the cake. Throughout childhood and into young adulthood, milestones are often marked when a person turns 1, 13, 16, 18, and 21. For adults, the milestones typically start at age 30 and recur each decade.

What is the color of 35? ›

This is a Bath Towel Cake decorated in coral colors for that perfect gift giving.... Coral is the 35 th wedding anniversary color.. This is a Bath Towel Cake decorated in coral colors for that perfect gift giving....

What is the traditional gift for 35? ›

The traditional 35th anniversary gift is coral and the modern is Jade. We have loads of great 35th anniversary gifts for her, including personalized items to help memorialize your many years of wedded bliss.

What does the 35th birthday mean? ›

Well, think of turning 35 as a pre-game celebration before you enter the middle-aged stage in life. Some people dread the idea of turning 35. But trust me, your life will not be over, all because you are approaching 35. All It means is that you have reached the next stage in your life.

What is it called when your birthday lands on your age? ›

Your “gold birthday” or “golden birthday” is the year you turn the same age as your birthday – for example, turning 25 on the 25th, or 31 on the 31st.

What is Pearl birthday? ›

Pearls for Landmark Birthdays

Typically, a 30th, 40th or 50th birthday, but could be any age really.

What should I do for my 36th birthday? ›

Here's a great roundup of birthday traditions around the world!
  • Go to the top of your city's/state's/country's tallest building at sunset.
  • Write a letter to yourself in five years.
  • Do something nice for your body.
  • Throw yourself an amazing party.
  • Go to a live show.
  • Plan a long weekend getaway with your closest friends.

What should I do for my 37th birthday? ›

For those reasons, here are 13 fabulous 37th birthday ideas that will make this year special.
  • Enjoy lushing scenery with Peerspace. ...
  • Enjoy a one-day nature trip. ...
  • Write and map out your goals. ...
  • Tribute to your ancestors. ...
  • Treat yourself to a live show. ...
  • A weekend with friends. ...
  • Organize your dream party. ...
  • A beach trip.
11 Oct 2021

What is the perfect way to celebrate? ›

Take time out for a little fun and self-congratulation. You deserve it!
  • Take a break. ...
  • Write a gratitude letter—to yourself. ...
  • Unleash your inner child. ...
  • Have a “celebrate us” gathering. ...
  • Give yourself the gift of extra time. ...
  • Give yourself a social media shout out. ...
  • Start a joyful ritual. ...
  • Put some happy in your workspace.
10 Feb 2015

What is the most important thing of birthday? ›

A day to celebrate how much you love and appreciate them

Birthdays are important because they give everyone a day to feel special and see how much those around them love them. Many cultures say that your birthday is more than just a special day of the year.

What is the most important birthday age? ›

1st birthday

The time when all parents reflect on how quickly the year has gone, a child's first birthday is one of the most special anniversaries in life.

Is 35 a birthday milestone? ›

All birthdays are special, but milestone birthdays often take the cake. Throughout childhood and into young adulthood, milestones are often marked when a person turns 1, 13, 16, 18, and 21. For adults, the milestones typically start at age 30 and recur each decade.

Do people celebrate their 35th birthday? ›

Birthday parties are ideal to celebrate friends, life, and family. Age is just a number, and one is as young as they feel in their heart. All birthdays should be celebrated, but the 35th birthday is quite special. Read on to see some of the most amazing 35th birthday ideas.

What should I plan for my birthday? ›

How to Plan a Surprise Birthday Party
  • Budget. A budget is still needed for a surprise party. ...
  • Theme. You also have the freedom to decide on a theme. ...
  • Date. Make sure to find out when the birthday boy or girl is free. ...
  • Venue. Once again, the venue is up to you. ...
  • Guest List. ...
  • Invitations. ...
  • Food. ...
  • Party Favors.
2 Aug 2018

What is the most important birthday? ›

Milestone birthdays are those special landmark ages which are deserving of a little more attention than a simple card and cake.
...
What are the milestone birthdays?
  • 30th birthday.
  • 40th birthday.
  • 50th birthday.
  • 60th birthday.
  • 70th birthday.
  • 80th birthday.
  • 90th birthday.
  • 100th birthday.
22 Jul 2020

How many days old is a 35 year old? ›

At 35 years old, you'll be 12775 days old!

What are significant birthdays? ›

a special birthday such as your 18th, 21st, 30th, or 40th birthday: Jack was 28 in his first movie part. Now he's reaching the milestone birthday of 40. We all like to think that milestone birthdays lead to exciting turning points in our lives.

What does the 35th birthday mean? ›

Well, think of turning 35 as a pre-game celebration before you enter the middle-aged stage in life. Some people dread the idea of turning 35. But trust me, your life will not be over, all because you are approaching 35. All It means is that you have reached the next stage in your life.

What is the traditional gift for 35? ›

The traditional 35th anniversary gift is coral and the modern is Jade. We have loads of great 35th anniversary gifts for her, including personalized items to help memorialize your many years of wedded bliss.

What is the gift for 35th? ›

Traditional: Coral

The traditional 35th anniversary gift is an unusual one: coral.

How do you plan a perfect party? ›

Ultimate Party Planning Checklist:
  1. Select a date and time. Keep a date in mind, but don't narrow yourself down to just one day. ...
  2. Decide on a theme. ...
  3. Plan your guestlist. ...
  4. Determine your budget. ...
  5. Hire a venue or host it yourself. ...
  6. Book entertainment and extras. ...
  7. Organise home cooking or hire a caterer. ...
  8. Invite your guests.
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