18th Birthday Party Ideas

18th birthday party ideas for the best milestone party ever!

Turning 18 is a big deal.

You want to celebrate in a way that makes it fun and memorable but doesn't destroy your credit rating at the same time!

So take a look at our 18th birthday party ideas and if you have some of your own, we want to hear them! At the bottom of this page, you can tell us all about your 18th birthday party and share them with the world!

We have all kinds of great ideas, things to do on your 18th birthday and some fun games for 18th birthday party(s) and much more. So read on.

Great 18th Birthday Party Ideas

Surprise Party

For great 18th-birthday-party-ideas, Surprise party ideas top the list and are always fun if you have a plan. It's a pretty easy birthday party to plan and can be whatever you want it to be. There are plenty of teen party themes to choose from!

The first thing to do is to ask a couple of your teenagers friends to help out. After all, coming up with 18th birthday party ideas should be second nature to them!

They can put together a guest list of your teens friends, and clue you in to what the kids are into these days as far as music, party food ideas and fun party ideas. Be sure to have one person in charge of getting your teenager to the party at the specified time.

The biggest decisions will be to choose a location and pick a theme. One your theme has been decided you plan the party food, 18th birthday decorations and music around the theme. Add a few fun games and your done! The hardest part...getting everyone to keep a secret!

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A Wild Scavenger Hunt

A Scavenger hunt party is hot and if having one to celebrate your 18th birthday sounds like the same old, same old, you need to hear our ideas!

Forget going door to door to collect clothes pins and paper clips, we have some fun hunts that will not only be a great time, but it will be remembered!

This type of hunt can be done in any town but the city version is really the most fun because you can walk and run around as needed.

You will need:

  • A camera/video camera
  • A list of quirky items
  • Awesome friends
  • Your sense of humor
  • A little money in your pocket. (Just in case!)

The List

For your scavenger hunt list, you want to make it as crazy as you can think of!

Here are a few ideas to get started.

  • 1. Having the guys get made up at a make-up counter.
  • 2. Singing in a public Place.
  • 3. Starting a conga line in the street.
  • 4. Posing for a photo with a fire-fighter or police officer.
  • 5. Buy a hot dog for a stranger.
  • 6. Create a 15 person pyramid.
  • 7. Convince a man to wear high heals.
  • 8. A photo of 18 hands.
  • 9. An old woman and Man holding hands.
  • 10. Get a photo of your team eating spaghetti.

Now, you don't need to stop there. I'd bet your teenager and their friends could come up with some really crazy ideas that would be great!

Birthday Adventure

Teenage party ideas that appeal to older teens? They love to go out and do something fun. 18th birthday party ideas that are a real hit are heading to a baseball or football game, heading to an amusement park, or even a show is a great way to spend your 18th birthday!

Be sure to invite a few of your teens closest friends and if possible, have a happy birthday message posted to celebrate the occasion.

Toga Party

    Did you say toga parties are good 18th birthday party ideas?

    Yes, I said toga party. This is the type of party that parents are a bit afraid of, mostly due to the movie Animal House. Yes, I feel your pain! But honestly, when done right, this party is so much fun.

    To really get the feel of the toga party you will have to decorate your house a bit, we are not talking bringing roman sculptures in, just adding a few touches here and there can do wonders for the mood.

    Of course, the invitation should let your guests know that togas are mandatory! You want everyone to get into it and wearing a toga is the best way to do it.

    The food served should be Mediterranean type dishes that consist of mostly fresh foods and might include different types of:

  • fish and poultry
  • Vegetables and Fruits
  • Grains
  • Nuts
  • Olives
  • Dairy

And don't forget to have some great Music for dancing!

Some other great entertainment for the party is

National Lampoon's Animal House

This can also make a great themed gift!

This is a really fun idea for college parties too!


Road Trip

Excellent 18th birthday party ideas for those who love adventure is to plan a road trip! This is a great way to celebrate your 18th birthday! The best way to do this is with one or two good friends, a reliable car, and find someplace not too far away to go.

Whether your heading out to go camping or to a resort, being prepared is the key to a good time.

A few things to bring:

  • A GPS
  • A cooler with some cold water and food
  • Information about your destination
  • Reservations
  • Music
  • Camera
  • A journal
  • Maps
  • Cell phone
  • Sense of humor

Remember, Don't text and drive!

Have fun and be safe!

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