Birthdays are a time to let loose and celebrate the people you love. After such a challenging year, wanting to make each birthday fun and lighthearted is entirely understandable. With the right theme, decor, and gifts, you can create fun birthdays that suit the changing times of 2021.
Here are eight ideas to get you started.
Quarantine Theme Decor and Gifts
The quarantine birthday theme isn’t out of style yet. Many people will be celebrating their 2021 birthday virtually with family and friends. 2020 inspired people to get creative, introducing the concept of drive-by birthday parties and virtual gatherings.
Stick with the quarantine theme this year by decorating with biohazard warning signs and sending “you are not invited” invitations. Create a video birthday greeting as a thoughtful and fun gift from everybody. Give presents that fit the theme by offering at-home movie night kits, at-home spa kits, and other gifts that promote self-care during lockdown periods.
Outdoors-In Theme Decor and Gifts
For a twist on the quarantine theme, fight the cabin fever with an outdoors-in party. Decorate with shades of green and bring in foliage. Create a photo booth wall using faux vining plants and invite everyone to wear flower crowns. Instead of a traditional cake, create individual mud cake cups with gummy worms. You can even set up tents inside to create a faux camping experience.
Stick with the theme when giving gifts for this birthday. Send some beautiful birthday flowers from Bouqs, create an at-home S’more kit, or purchase gifts that can be used outside during the summer months when the lockdown is (hopefully) over.
Throwback Party Decor and Gifts
There’s no better way to celebrate and have fun than to create a throwback party to the best decade of the birthday boy or girl’s life. Whether it’s a bright neon 80s party or a boho-inspired 70s party, the options are endless. You can even celebrate a decade that you weren’t around for, like the roaring 20s.
Don’t forget to decorate with funny images and memories from that era. Does your 80s party need a poster of David Hasselhoff in a photo booth to be a success? No. Should you include it anyway? Absolutely!
Try to find a gift that resonates with the theme of the party. For example, a custom reel viewer of sentimental photos for the 80s or an original Beanie Baby with the tags from the 90s. Nostalgia is the heart and soul of this party theme, and it’s guaranteed to be a big hit.
Thrift Shop Dinner Party Decor and Gifts
Thrift shop dinner parties are the perfect balance of elegance and sheer ridiculousness. This option is fantastic for smaller gatherings with good food and friends. The twist is the dress code. All guests should proceed to the nearest thrift shop and find the most ridiculous outfit they can to wear to the party. This outfit could be anything from an ugly 1960s bowling shirt to a pouffy 1980s wedding dress. Complete the event with a fashion show and costume contest.
While you’re at the thrift store, be sure to pick up something equally ridiculous for the birthday boy or girl. This party theme is fantastic for thrifters and yard sale enthusiasts alike.
Travel and Tourist Theme Decor and Gifts
Many people are longing to travel again once the pandemic is over. While 2021 might not be the year it happens, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, planning a travel and tourist birthday party is a great way to celebrate a love of adventure while staying safe at home.
Incorporate dishes, music, and decor from your favorite destinations to set the tone for the party. This theme works well as a potluck, as each guest can bring a destination-inspired dish. Add a touch of fun to this party by asking people to dress up as tacky tourists. Flaunt your fanny packs and Hawaiian shirts, put sunscreen on your nose, and have a blast. Don’t forget to incorporate a green screen so you can get photos in front of trendy tourist destinations.
One of the best gifts for travel lovers is a travel subscription box that provides textiles, treats, and photos from various exotic locations.
Bob Ross Painting Party Decor and Gifts
Use the Bob Ross painting theme to create a happy little party. This party can be done in person or virtually, with guests setting up paint night kits in preparation. The idea is to complete a work of art while following along with Bob Ross. For adult parties, this can be turned into a fun drinking game that will ultimately impact how the finished product looks.
Invite everyone to wear Bob Ross-inspired clothes and glasses, and invest in party supplies showcasing his quotes and likeness. This party theme is fun, unique, and unforgettable.
Play into the theme for gifts, giving the recipient a Bob Ross Chia Pet or ornament.
Shades of Gray Decor and Gifts
While this party theme works best for a 50th birthday, you can adapt it for any age. This play on words parodies the “50 Shades of Gray” book and movie series, making it both “punny” and a lot less risque.
Decorate everything in shades of gray — cups, napkins, balloons, etc. Take some gray paint chips from the local hardware store to make streamers, and bask in the boredom of all gray decor. It’s that boredom and unexpected innocence that will make the event all the more fun.
Gifts for this funny party theme could be anything, as long as they are gray.
Target Themed Party Decor and Gifts
One of the most popular up-and-coming birthday party trends for 2021 is to throw a Target themed party. The idea is to create the Target shopping experience at home. This party idea is perfect for the Target-lover in your life, even if that’s you.
Decorate with red and white decor, incorporating the Target logo whenever possible. Have all of the guests dress in red shirts and khakis for the full effect. Include a little Starbucks station in the corner, and prepare to have a blast. The best gift for this birthday theme? A Target gift card, of course.
Bonus Tip: Medieval Theme Party Decor and Gifts
Everyone’s well aware of the current times that an escape every once in a while is warranted. A medieval-themed party is a good reason to celebrate the occasion and dress up for a change. Expect everyone to be in their most fantastic costume. They need not go out to find medieval-inspired and authentic-looking cloaks online. It’s going to be a night of mystery and magic. Lastly, treat everyone to a medieval feast for kings and queens.
Use these funny party themes to make a statement in 2021. Get creative and feel free to go wild. After the past year, we all deserve some fun.