A birthday party, even a party for an adult, is a good excuse for a celebration, and people are looking for ways to celebrate. If you have a say in the planning of the event you will certainly want the party to be a success. This is an easy task, just start early enough so the needed items are ordered in advance.
The main things that need to be addressed are food and drink, decorations, and inviting the guests. Added twists can be included to make the party stand out, which is where knowing things about the guest of honor comes in.
I have no desire to celebrate royal events. Here we celebrate many national holidays, and those not of the particular heritage join in, and are welcomed. We even celebrate Canary Islanders, called Islenos, with a festival. But I have not seen anyone celebrate Saint George's Day. It may be too close to the Jazz and Heritage Fest.
April 23rd, St George's Day, which is also Shakespeare's birthday, is England's national day. There are some celebrations, but nothing like St Patrick's Day. Not every English person would celebrate a royal event. I would not.
I wish my English friends would have a national day so we could add it here. Boxing Day is not the answer, not any royal family events.
In this area we celebrate just about everything. We have the normal holidays, but also the national heritage holidays such as Oktoberfest (German), Bastille Day (French), Saint Joseph's Day (Italian), Cinco de Mayo (Mexican, but an artificial holiday no celebrated in Mexico), and Saint Patrick's Day (Irish), a Greek festival, multiple music festivals including Jazz and Heritage Fest, Voodoo Fest, Family Gras and French Quarter Fest. These accompany Christmas, Easter, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, and New Years. Ane there are other festivals that are smaller, although the Po Boy Fest is growing into a major event. Some of these are multi-day events. So we do also celebrate birthdays, since there is allways a celebrating mood. And everyone is allowed to participate, for example one does not need a German heritage to celebrate Oktoberfest, nor a French heritage to celebrate Bastille Day.
On the negative side, this is an over-weight community.
Hi blackspanielgallery - As adults, we hardly celebrate our Birthdays. Thinking of which, why not enjoy and have fun sometime. Good idea for having some frolic time with friends. Loved your collections of party supplies and decorations.
Many parties have people walking about and mingling. Paper plates serve this type of party particularly well. Seating or not is up to the host or hostess.
blackspanielgallery, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
In particular, I appreciate the gentle reminders about, and the welcome suggestions for, disposable props, such as cups, plates and utensils.
In a somewhat related direction, a problem can be the number and the type of tables. Sometimes it's nice to have everyone around big tables. Other times it's nicer to seat people at smaller tables.