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8 Fun and Unique Birthday Party Ideas for People in Their 20s

8 Fun and Unique Birthday Party Ideas for People in Their 20s

At one point in our lives we just stop caring so much about ceremonies like birthday parties, and it’s around the time we move past our late teens and move into the supposedly more serious twenties. I guess people just start thinking of birthday celebrations as childish, but there is still a need to let go, have fun and mark the day in some way. If nothing else, it is a great excuse for all of your friends to go a little wild and forget all the little problems that keep stressing them out. Everyone needs a day when they can feel a bit special, blow off some steam and relax.

Since people have wildly different definitions of fun, we will be looking at some interesting and diverse party ideas for people in their 20s, be they more of a recluse with a few close friends or a party maniac who enjoys going out and meeting new people.

1. Host a gaming tournament with a special prize for the winner

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    Almost everyone enjoys playing video games from time to time, and some people have more of that “gaming spirit” than others and gaming plays a bigger role in their lives. If you are one of these people you can have a bunch of friends over and organize a tournament where the winner gets a special prize. Even noobs find great enjoyment in a bit of competitive gaming, so if you choose the right game you can have a very diverse group of people pitted against each other in an exciting battle for eternal glory–or, you know, a DIY trophy and some free drinks, which is also fine.

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    2. Invite people over for an amateur wine tasting night

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      If you and a few of your friends enjoy drinking wine, but don’t really know much about it, you can throw an amateur wine tasting party. You can pair people up and have them choose a bottle of good wine. You can get some surprisingly good wine for $20-$40 if you look around, so that it won’t cost much to throw this type of party and you will have several great bottles you can try out. Look online for some books or guides on wine tasting and try develop your pallet and learn some of the basics. Go for wines from different regions or of different varieties to pick up on the nuances, e.g. dry and sweet or Pinot Noir and Syrah. Nothing better than a good meal and some fine wine to recharge your batteries.

      3. Host a fancy dress dinner party

      Fancy cake

        If you don’t mind spending a little extra to celebrate the occasion and want things to feel more formal–or you just need an excuse to dress up like a true gentleman or lady–then a fancy diner party is an excellent choice for you. It will require some preparation, but it can be an unforgettable experience and even turn into a cherished tradition amongst your group of friends. Send out elegant RSVPs and make sure that everyone comes in their fanciest attire.

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        Make some effort to prepare tasty dishes, get some top shelf booze and set up your home to resemble a salon worthy of any royal. You will have tons of fun and some very nice pictures that you can share online.

        4. Hold a big party at a venue and create social media buzz with a hashtag wall

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          For those who like the thrill of having a lot of people dancing and fooling around, throwing a mid-to-large party can be a great option. Organize a venue and start promoting your party on social media, or by handing out fliers. Get your friends to share info about the party with their circles and create a big buzz. You can add an additional level of interaction by organizing an Instagram or Twitter hashtag wall where people can post the pictures they take with their phones. This can be a great way to promote yourself–DJs and party planners can get a lot of exposure this way–and your party, so that you can expect an even bigger turnout at the next party you throw. You can also have the hashtag wall up on big-screen TVs at the party so that people can see what’s going on in different parts of the venue.

          5. Organize a hike and spend the night out in the wild

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            If you are more of an outdoors type, an exciting and fun way to throw a birthday party is to have a nice long nature hike ending with a roaring camp fire, music, dance and drinking out in wild. It is a very private experience, and being away from the busy city and modern gadgets–well, most of them anyway–will allow you to focus on interpersonal communication. You can really strengthen bonds by spending a day or two out in the wild with the important people in your life.

            6. Have your own themed party in the VIP section of a big club

            People having drinks

              With a few select party animals at your side you can have a crazy night at your favorite club. You don’t want this to just be like every other night out, so look into some of the biggest clubs in your area and find out where the best party will be. Make VIP reservations for the night in advance and save up some money. You can have a theme for your group, depending on the dress code (e.g. come dressed as Victorian nobles, or pirates who only drink rum). It’s very easy to get plenty of people at the club involved in your celebration. As long as you are having lots of fun and doing something exciting and different, people will want to join in on the fun.

              7. Cruise the town moving from bar to party to an after-party

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              Bar scene

                You can try a variation on the traditional booze cruise and party for a good part of the day. You can start fairly early by getting everyone to sit down for some light drinks in a coffee shop or a late lunch at a nice restaurant. Follow it up by moving the party to a bar or two, then visit some clubs, and end the night with a big after-party back at your place. The beauty of winging it and moving around is that you have a chance to meet a lot of interesting new people, make friends and hook up with someone. Who knows where you might end up eventually, but you should have your home ready for an after-party as a backup plan–if you can find a better option go for it, if not invite people back and keep the party going.

                8. Throw a blackout sleepover

                Candlelight party

                  If you are looking for a private and casual setting, and a more personal experience overall, you can have people come over to your house dressed for a sleepover. Turn off all the lights, computers and TV, and light up the house using candles. You can move the furniture out of the way and throw some blankets and pillows on the ground, so that everyone sits together in a circle. You can play some music, enjoy drinks and snacks with interesting conversations, fun games and a healthy dose of flirting. It really brings you back to a simpler time and can get you in that carefree childhood attitude which helps minimize stress and allows you to just laugh and have a great time without worrying about anything. If you throw the party on a weekend, you can allow people to sleep over and wake your guests up with a delicious breakfast, continuing the fun for a good part of the next day.

                  They say that you should have as much fun as you can while you are young and full of life, so even if you don’t care much for birthdays anymore don’t look at it as an obligation and a hassle–try to see it as an opportunity to let loose and relax. Using some of these ideas you can throw a great party, whether you are looking for something low key and intimate or something big and wild.

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                  Ivan Dimitrijevic

                  Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                  How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                  How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                  Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                  Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                  I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                  You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                  Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                  When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                  I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                  Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                  Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                  Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                  1. The Inner Critic

                  This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                  The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                  Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                  2. The Worrier

                  This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                  The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                  3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                  This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                  This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                  The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                  4. The Sleep Depriver

                  This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                  The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                  How can you control these squatters?

                  How to Master Your Mind

                  You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                  Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                  There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                  This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                  The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                  Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                  For the Inner Critic

                  When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                  You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                  For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                  You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                  “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                  If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                  • They rile up the Worrier.
                  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                  Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                  Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                  For the Worrier

                  Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                  Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                  You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                  • Muscles tense

                  Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                  If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                  Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                  “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                  Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                  If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                  Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                  Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                  For example:

                  If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                  “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                  Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                  “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                  Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                  For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                  Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                  The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                  • Muscles tension

                  I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                  Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                  Breathe in through your nose:

                  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                  • Focus on your belly rising.

                  Breathe out through your nose:

                  • Feel your lungs emptying.
                  • Focus on your belly falling.
                  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                  Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                  Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                  One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                  Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                  For the Sleep Depriver

                  (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                  I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                  Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                  When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                  From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                  For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                  If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                  You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                  • Shut down your thinking.
                  • Calm your feelings.
                  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                  The Bottom Line

                  Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                  You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                  Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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