The Best 18th Birthday Party Ideas

Before you become an adult, check out this list of 18th birthday party ideas. There are many fun and exciting ways to celebrate your 18th birthday. Whether you like to stay at home or go out on the town, your 18th birthday should be a memorable one. Invite your friends and family to celebrate with you at a local amusement park or you can host a fun theme party.

What are some great ways to celebrate your 18th birthday? Get a group of friends together and head out to a paintball facility to have a unique 18th birthday event. Many paintball locations have party rooms where you can eat pizza and cake after your match. Or, host a Mardi Gras themed party by providing colorful masks and beads for your guests. Play traditional New Orleans style jazz and Zydeco music to give your party an authentic feel.

At 18, you're of legal age to get a tattoo or a piercing. Get a group of friends together to support you in getting your first body art. Make sure you research the tattoo shop and think long and hard about what you want to get. Regardless, there are plenty of things to do on your 18th birthday.

What do you think are fun ideas for an 18th birthday celebration? Vote up the best ideas. 

  • Surprise Party
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    900 VOTES

    Surprise Party

    Who doesn't love a surprise Party?  Send out an Evite to the guest of honor's friends and family indicating that this party is a surprise.  Book the party at the birthday boy's favorite restaurant and them lure him there under the guise of a small dinner with friends. 

    He will be surprised and touched that all of his family and friends worked together to throw him a great 18th birthday party.

    900 votes
  • Amusement Park
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    1,468 VOTES

    Amusement Park

    Ride your favorite roller coasters on your 18th birthday at a nearby amusement park.  Indulge in your favorite theme park foods and take a fun photo with your friends to commemorate the occasion.
    1,468 votes
  • Day at the Beach
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    1,335 VOTES

    Day at the Beach

    Enjoy some fun in the sun on your 18th birthday by celebrating at the beach. Organize a sand volleyball tournament and bring a Frisbee so your friends have lots of activities to enjoy. Don't forget the sunscreen!
    1,335 votes
  • Club Night
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    1,657 VOTES

    Club Night

    At 18, you can get into most night clubs. Put on your dancing shoes and check out your local scene to celebrate this momentous birthday.
    1,657 votes
  • Backyard BBQ
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    825 VOTES

    Backyard BBQ

    Invite your friends to celebrate your 18th birthday with a backyard BBQ. Grill up your favorite foods and organize a bean bag tournament for your guests.
    825 votes
  • Camp Out
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    903 VOTES

    Camp Out

    If you are an outdoorsy type, host a backyard camp out for your 18th birthday. Have your friends bring their tents and have a great time cooking over a bonfire. You can make hot dogs and birthday s'mores.

    If your backyard isn't big enough rent a site a your local forest preserve or campground.

    903 votes