For many people it is a big milestone to be 18 years old = "Image". With the newly acquired rights and responsibilities, 18-year-olds are seen as adults in many cultures, so it should be celebrated appropriately. Whether you're throwing a party to your liking, whether it's a casual get-together with your family at home or a really big party, or you're heading out into town to celebrate, you can do it in style.
Method 1 of 3: Plan a classic birthday party
Step 1. Free the child in you
Forget the typical house party, just invite a few friends over and celebrate a birthday party with them! That can be a lot of fun. Hang streamers and balloons, eat cake, play games, and watch movies! Just because you are now considered an "adult" by the law doesn't mean you have to give up your youth. Enjoy the time with people you love, just give it a try!
Step 2. Consider a quiet party
Some people don't need a big party when they turn 18. A few quiet hours at home with your family? Unwrap gifts? Eat cake? If that worked for 17 years, it doesn't have to change now. Spend time with people you love and relax.
- Make beautiful moments out of it. Schedule a few hours at a spa with a sibling or parent, or hang out with your dad tinkering with the car. Do something you would otherwise, but take the time to really appreciate it. Most people assume that turning 18 means those moments will gradually decrease, but that's not entirely true. You can make them persist even as you take on new responsibilities.
- Make a list of the things you loved as a child from your childhood, and use your 18th as an opportunity to do all the things that you still enjoy. Relax with your brother and watch samurai movies late into the night, or take your family to your favorite ice cream parlor. Remember, turning 18 means taking on more responsibility, but you don't have to stop being a kid entirely.
- Plan something unusual like camping. You can go to a campsite for this or let the whole thing take place in your garden. Take a tent, have some snacks, and invite your dearest friends over. It's like partying all night long without your parents' controlling looks. This is a good opportunity to enjoy some freedom and escape from your parents.
Step 3. Invite a controllable number of people
A popular way to celebrate an 18th birthday is to throw a big house party for yourself. Depending on what kind of house you have at your disposal, you could have a big showdown or a small get-together appropriate for the occasion. Whatever you want to do, make sure you have a reasonable number of guests so that you don't get a large crowd in your front yard and alert the police.
- If you are discussing your party on Facebook or any other social network, leave it to private messages. Don't post anything publicly about your party or you could attract unwanted guests and attention.
- Consider celebrating several 18th birthdays together. When some of your friends turn 18 too, you can pool your parties and have one big party instead of several smaller parties. Think big.
Step 4. Make up a motto
Host your party in a way that fits a theme that you like or your personal taste. You could go about it elegant and tasteful, with some nice flower arrangements, photos, and crepe, or you could turn them into a fat dance party with a smoke machine, a disco ball, and a trap DJ. Maybe you want mason jars of lemonade, a country band, and hay bales. Decide what kind of atmosphere you would like for your part and organize your party accordingly.
- A little tip: get red or yellow bulbs instead of the usual white lightbulbs and get your home in the right mood for a house party quickly, cleanly and cheaply.
- Prepare your home properly by stowing all valuables and items that could break in a lockable room, or in a garage or shed.
- Also, think about cleaning up afterwards. If you start the day after by scraping off all the sticky stuff that caused the huge amount of jelloshots at the party, it could be a bad start to your next year of life. Try to keep it within manageable limits.
Step 5. Make the evening entertaining
Making sure your guests have something to do at your party is important, and by the time you're 18 there isn't much better than dancing. If you want to hire a DJ, don't forget to give him a list of songs that you like and that your guests would like to hear. When your guests arrive, ask them to write down two or three of their favorite songs to dance to, this will make sure they get up and the party gets going.
- Pick something that you and your friends will love to do. If you're a gamer, set up multiple stations of video games so that you have to move from room to room. Super Nintendo in the attic, X-Box One in the living room. Play your way from floor to floor.
- If you choose a live band, you need to make sure they have enough space, enough power connections, and all the other materials they need to play. Make sure they get there early enough to build up.
- There is also a photo box with which guests can take creative and funny photos for a lot of fun. There are plenty of accessories for this, including for themed parties.
Step 6. Warn the neighbors
Nothing destroys a party faster than a phone call to the police and a knock on your door. It is good form to warn your neighbors that you are about to be throwing a party and to clear them up on a few specifics. Walk around the neighborhood and make sure everyone is ready for your party.
Hot tip: Don't say it like a warning, but more like an invitation. Tell the neighbors that you are throwing a party for your 18th birthday and that you wanted to let them know that they can stop by. Include a little warning: "I'm not expecting too many people, but there will be music. We'll try to end it at a reasonable time. I hope you can come too!"
Method 2 of 3: going out
Step 1. Invite only a selection of people
18 is a huge milestone, so grab some of your friends and make it a fun night out. Try to stick to a wolf pack size group - no more than about 5 close friends - and move to town. When you go out, you should always move around in a group.
- If you have a large group, make a reservation to make sure you can get into the restaurant, club, or other eatery you choose. If tickets are needed, buy them early. If entry has to be paid for, make sure everyone has enough cash with them.
- Depending on when your 18th birthday is, this could be one of the last few opportunities to meet up with your close friends before you go to college or before you start your new job. Going to a noisy club can be fun, but it could also be nice to spend time together and talk quietly. Do what feels natural.
Step 2. Find a club that is only accessible from the age of 18
If there is one in your city, finding a club like this can be a great opportunity to explore your city further and have some fun. Many venues require a minimum age of 18 to be admitted, and if an event is happening there, around the time of your birthday, it can be a great way to celebrate.
While this can be fun for you, you still need to consider those in your group who are minors. Don't make plans to go somewhere not everyone is allowed in, or only invite people who are 18 or older. Make a plan so that no one is left out
Step 3. Let yourself be driven from place to place
Before you set off, you should make sure that you already know how to get from one place to another and that your means of transport are organized. It is best to let someone else drive, especially if you are going to have a drink, but also if not. Eliminating the stress of driving around can make the whole evening a lot easier and funnier.
- Taking a taxi is a safe bet or arranging rides with family members or close friends. If you want to make your 18th birthday a memorable event, there is also the option of renting a limousine.
- If there is something like that in your city, you can use sites and apps like BlaBlaCar, mytaxi and the like. Maybe you can even arrange for a car to pick you up at a specific location at a specific time.
Step 4. Take lots of photos
In a few years' time, you will probably wish that you had your 18th birthday duly recorded. It's easier than ever these days, but make sure you take enough group pictures to capture everything you do that night. These photos are invaluable.
Step 5. Have fun but be careful about your safety
Your 18th birthday should be a night of freedom and fun, but when you go out you need to be extra careful with your safety. Always stay in a group and make sure you've swapped all of the numbers before you go, and let your parents or someone else know where you plan to go and what you are going to do. Make sure you approach your birthday right.
Method 3 of 3: Celebrate your adulthood
Step 1. Find out what's legal in your area as of now
Depending on where you live, there are a ton of different things that become legal for you to try and explore as a freshly baked adult. Whether you're planning a party for someone turning 18 or preparing your own party, it's common to include those kinds of things that you couldn't do when you were 17.
- In some countries, 18 is the minimum drinking age. If you plan to have a few drinks to celebrate the day, make sure that you drink responsibly and don't push your limits. You have a lifetime of legal drinking ahead of you. There is no need to pour everything into yourself at once.
- Lottery tickets, tattoos, tobacco products, marriage certificates, military service, and voting rights are all things that are suddenly available to 18-year-olds in most areas. Learn what is available in your area of life and plan to party like an adult.
- You can now get a driver's license or ID card in many areas. While this might not be the funnest way to party, it's a good idea to get your new ID as early as possible.
Step 2. Buy a lottery ticket
One of the first things many 18 year olds do is buy a lottery ticket or two. It's a quick and fun way to use your new ID and new adulthood. Buy a scratch card or a lottery ticket and have some harmless fun. Who knows, you might even win some cash to fund your party.
Step 3. Consider getting a tattoo for a birthday
18 year olds don't need parental consent to legally get a tattoo. Getting a tattoo just because you can is not recommended, but if you've decided on a design for a while and are serious about wanting one, this is one of the most commonly used ones Opportunity to celebrate this special birthday. Find a good tattoo artist in your area, schedule a meeting with them to discuss your chosen subject, and make an appointment for your 18th birthday.
Step 4. Apply for an entry on the electoral roll
Yeah, yeah, that's not exactly what big parties are made of, spending part of your pre-party birthday doing adult things, but it can be an exciting and fun way to celebrate. Exercise your right to be registered on the official electoral roll in your area so you will be ready when the time comes for the next election.