By Kim from Canada
If he's a kid at heart you will need lots of games. Check out that TV show, Minute to Win It. It has lots of easy games that can be easily replicated for home because they all use ordinary items.
What are his interests? If he likes music, a music theme would be good. Movies--an "Oscars" theme (Oriental Trading Company's website has movie-themed party goods). Whatever he likes, go with that. :)
I am male and having my 25th birthday party soon and would like to plan a real fun and unusual party. Something really different. Got any ideas?
Cameron from Adelaide, South Australia
I didn't have anything like that, but found a truly ugly dress cheap at a thrift store. Some of the guys borrowed from the back of their dad's or grandfathers closet, or went to the thrift store for a polyester leisure suit or powder-blue ruffled tuxedo shirt, or even just finding the worst necktie and shoes imaginable. You could also serve retro cocktails. The one I went to had a karaoke machine, and everyone sang so loudly and badly (en masse, usually) that the cops were called twice. It was loads of fun, but (thankfully) we had to shut down the karaoke machine early. You could add to the tackiness by renting a bubble machine or disco ball, or think back to the decorations at your high school dances. The possibilities are really endless here. (02/24/2006)
I then went on line and found different superhero's that most people might not know about (ie: not Batman or Superman or anyone else popular. There are a lot.) And for each superhero I had three different index cards: one with their given name, one with their chosen name, and one with a special ability or interesting fact about them. I then made each team sort through and gave them a point for each correct set they found.
Also I gave everyone 3 sets of beads when they came in the door. Each person was required to use everyone else's superhero name. Never their real names. If someone called someone by their real name they would have to give one beaded necklace to the person that caught them in the act.
At the end of the night I added the points for the first two activities and gave a prize to the winning team. They were little trinkets that weren't too horrible for guys or girls. I had bought $4 candy dishes and candle holders at Burlington Coat Factory. They were really nice and fancy.
Also at the end of the night I had a costume contest. I picked the three people who had gone all out or who had the best costumes. I also had the rest of the attenders pick between the three as to who had the best attire. Then I gave a first, second, and third place prize for each of them.
This party was so fun. My friends all went down to the mall to get the things required in the pictures. They had fun dressing in totally absurd costumes and then running around town and going to the mall. A lot of my friends said it was the best party that had they had ever been to. I think it was, as well. (01/23/2008)
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