Adults need birthday parties, too. Or at least that’s what I convinced myself about a week and a half before my birthday. I thought I needed a girls night in with my friends so I used my birthday as an excuse to get together.
My husband was going to be out of town, and I already needed a sitter the next night, so throwing myself a party at home was the way to go.
If you are planning to throw yourself your own adult birthday party, there are some things to take into consideration.
7 Things I Learned From Throwing Myself A Birthday Party at Home
1. Consider your guests
Since I decided to throw myself a party on a whim, I knew that not everybody I wanted to be there would be able to attend. I also knew it was a very busy time for many of my friends.
Of course, it’s preferred to invite your friends with a little notice, but that’s not always the case. Give them as much time as possible and consideration letting them know all of the information upfront.
I decided it would be very casual and after the kids were in bed to make the burden on myself (parenting solo) and spouses staying home as light as possible.
2. Plan out the food: Make it easy and fun
Since my little soiree was going to be late in the evening, I wanted to make sure we had some fun snacking food. It was also greatly important that it was easy for me to either prepare while the kids were awake or quickly after I got them to bed.
Hummus was a great pick. At Walmart, I picked up a can of Bush’s Beans and the Southwest Black Bean Hummus Made Easy – the perfect blend of simple ingredients like tahini, olive oil and spices – and “fancied” it up with a handful of fresh cilantro.
It took less than a minute from opening the can and package to having it ready in the bowl via the food processor.
Honestly, cutting up all of the fresh vegetables took longer than making the hummus.
In addition to this hummus, I also served the Classic Hummus and Roasted Red PepperHummus . All of the hummus tasted amazing and each had its own distinct flavor.
They were simple to make and offered a ton of flexibility to either make them as is or fancy them up. I like that I can keep them on hand for last minute entertaining and at a great value and quality with no preservatives I know I have something most people will enjoy.
I tried to get creative with the items to dip into it, including veggie chips, tortilla chips, pita chips and even chicken egg rolls (thank you freezer section for that). Everybody was able to find something they enjoyed eating.
3. Have something fun planned
Our fun was super simple. We had some wine and a little moonshine tasting. We also mixed up some bath salts and smelled various essential oils. There was a movie or two on the back burner, but it wasn’t necessary.
3b. Y’all, I have arm muscles. Yes, I learned that about myself because this picture wouldn’t have happened without the party.
4. Adults like goodie bags
I wanted to make sure that everybody got a little something to take home as well. I purchased a couple small glass jars and some epsom salt.
Everybody got a jar of epsom salt and was able to add their own relaxing blend of essential oils to use at home in their bath. 4b. Adults really like Stress Away! That’s was a huge hit.
5. Friends won’t judge your messy carpet or the shoes scattered in your walkway
I should know this. Really. But, it’s hard to get it ingrained in my head. Our house is very lived in. And the idea of replacing anything, only to likely have it destroyed again soon seems crazy.
So, I cleaned to the best of my ability, and not one friend said anything about any messes. In fact, I think it was mentioned that somebody appreciated my house for being lived in. Instead of taking it as a backhanded compliment, I went with it and said “thank you!”
6. It’s totally okay to throw yourself a party
I know some might think it egotistical or narcissistic, but I craved a little grown up time. Time that I could call my own. So, a party it is. Truthfully, it wasn’t like I bought a cake for myself or sang happy birthday, but I called it a party and so it was!
7. Friends can sit around your kitchen table for hours and have a blast
It’s great to have friends from various stages and places in life. I had a graduate school friend, an old church friend (from an old church, she’s not old), a new neighbor and a blogging friend.
Even though a few people had to cancel last minute, we had a great time hanging out at the kitchen table, snacking, and hanging out without any worries or concerns.
So, if you are thinking about throwing yourself a birthday party, or just having a girls night in, I’d highly recommend it. Good food, friends and fun are the perfect recipe!