Alternative Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
Whether you’re turning 21, 30, 40 or 80, adult birthday parties always seem to involve one major theme: alcohol.
However, if pouring back the shots isn’t how you'd prefer to celebrate your special day this year, then there are plenty of sober birthday party alternatives that mean you don’t have to miss out on the fun.
With that being said, the team at Inflata Nation have revealed seven birthday party ideas that you can enjoy, without the hangover!
Whether you’re after an intimate night in, or even a sophisticated night on the town, there are plenty of booze-free birthday party options to cater for everyone.
1. Treat yourself to a spa day
A spa is a great way to relax, unwind and pamper yourself as a birthday treat. Not only is it good for the body, but a hot stone massage or botanical facial can even reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain and aches, improve blood flow and circulation, and improve sleep quality.
You can choose to spend just a few hours pampering, or many spas even offer overnight stays, with bed and breakfast included, for the ultimate birthday treat.
Many spa centres around the country also offer birthday packages for group bookings, meaning you could save yourself some money too.
2. Go camping
Heading to the great outdoors means you get the chance to celebrate your birthday surrounded by mother nature. The Peak District or South Downs are just a stone's throw away from Manchester and London by train, however, there are thousands of camping spots found in every corner of the UK waiting to be discovered.
Spending your birthday camping means you get to enjoy some amazing nature walks, as well as stunning sunrises and sunsets. It’s also a chance to make some memories with those you love in the peace and quiet.
It doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg either. You can buy a tent for as little as £20, a fraction of the price compared to a boozy trip to Ibiza or Amsterdam.
3. Book a comedy club
For something different, why not book a comedy club? What better way than to spend your birthday laughing the night away.
All jokes aside, watching live comedy can lower stress levels and even reduce blood pressure. It can also help stimulate the brain as comical skits can improve your emotional perception, meaning you’ll be exercising your brain whilst also having fun.
All major cities offer comedy clubs with up-and-coming comedians, or if you’re looking to spend a bit more money, many famous faces tour the country all year long, making for a memorable night.
4. Indoor inflatable park
Unleash your inner child at an indoor inflatable theme park. Dive into ball pits, race down inflatable slides or challenge your friends in our inflatable obstacle courses, all in a safe environment designed for ultimate fun.
A bouncing session can also be an alternative to the gym, meaning you can spend your birthday working up a sweat and feeling great. Adult-only sessions are also offered, meaning you and your friends can enjoy the parks all to yourselves.
You can find the theme parks up and down the country. Indoor inflatable park Inflata Nation has venues in nine locations in England and Scotland, all accessible by car, train or bus.
5. Take an art class
For something a little more low-key, why not sign yourself up for an art class? Drawing, painting, sculpting or even pottery are all fantastic options to try something new and let your creative side flow.
Birthday art classes mean you can explore a new hobby, and even take home a reminder of your accomplishment at the end.
6. Watch a live show
If you still want to get dressed up and feel glam, a trip to the theatre could be the option for you. You can find hundreds of musicals, plays or orchestra shows running all year round, in iconic venues such as the National Theatre in London, Theatre Royal in Bath or the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.
Booking a birthday theatre trip might be a little more expensive, but is worth it for a night of fun and sophisticated entertainment, especially if your birthday is a big one!
7. Host a game night
If you want to celebrate in the comfort of your own home, why not host a game night with those closest to you? Monopoly, Cluedo or even Uno can make for an unforgettable night, even more so if you’re on a budget.
Game nights can also help strengthen relationships with those around you, especially if you’re working as part of a team, meaning this could be a great option if you have the in-laws round!
Adding banners, decorations and snacks can also elevate your game night into a celebration, making it feel like a proper birthday.