Got another birthday coming? Just because your mom isn’t calling to reserve a jumpy castle doesn’t mean you don’t get to celebrate in style. In fact, now that you can create your own birthday extravaganza, you’re ready to make your special day truly great. Here are 10 ideas to get you started, and a ghost tour with Nightly Spirits is definitely on the list!
1. Take a Cooking Class
It’s always fun to talk to yourself and pretend you’re on a cooking show as you prepare dinner – it’s even more fun if you’re cooking something delicious. Have a group of friends join you for a cooking class, or hire a chef to come teach you in your own kitchen. Once you and your closest friends all know how to whip up a perfect pasta you’re ready to start impressing each other with a revolving dinner party.
2. Murder Mystery Party
Because really, what says “celebration” like a good murder? There are tons of murder mystery kits available, so pick a theme that thrills you, set up your meal, pass out the clues, and figure out which of your nearest and dearest is a bloodthirsty killer.
3. Roller Rink Party
There’s something uniquely thrilling about playing like a kid again. Hit the local roller rink and show your friends that you can still skate backward.
4. Paint Night Party
You don’t have to be a talented artist to enjoy playing with paint. Creating art with your friends is a great opportunity for conversation, laughter, and maybe even making something beautiful for your home.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is an excellent bonding experience and a great way to feel alive. Tour your neighborhood or head for a different city for an entirely new experience. Either way, our guides will give you the inside scoop on the area’s history and legend. Bring along some friends and prepare to meet new people…or possibly some people who have been hanging around for a very long time.
6. Axe Throwing Party
This is an excellent way to work out some aggression or show off those guns. It’s not as hard as it looks, but sinking an axe into a target will certainly leave you feeling pretty impressive.
7. Scavenger Hunt
Split your friends up into teams and send them off into the city to collect items from the list, such as: get a video of strangers singing “Happy Birthday,” bring a bar coaster from your favorite restaurant, or take a picture of the first place you worked in the city. Have the teams meet up at a bar or restaurant at a prearranged time, and award a cheesy trophy to the most successful bunch.
8. Host a Wine and Cheese Tasting
As elegant as this style of party is, it’s not hard to do. Ask everyone to bring their favorite pairing of wine and cheese, and let everyone sample the choices. You can provide a charcuterie board of cured meats, crackers, and fruits to round out the offerings.
9. Pizza Crawl
Have you ever tried to get your entire friend group to agree on who makes the best pizza in town? Settle the argument by mapping out some of the best pizzerias in town. Spend a half an hour at each, sampling a slice and discussing which one is the best. Even if you don’t end the night with a clear winner, you’ll still enjoy a lot of great pizza along the way.
Think of this as a combination of bumper cars and lacrosse. Each player rides in a small car called a “Whirlybug,” and catches and throws the ball with a scoop. The objective is to score by getting the ball through one of the hoops at either end of the court. The team with the most points wins, but when everyone looks this silly, aren’t we all winners?
No matter what your age, you deserve an excellent birthday celebration. Nightly Spirits would love to make your birthday special with our exceptional private and public tours, available in a number of cities. You may not have been ready for this kind of spine-tingling fun when you were turning ten, but you’re brave enough to enjoy it now – right?
Book a tour today and celebrate your birthday with a unique experience your friends will be talking about until your next birthday.