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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

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                  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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                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                  Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                  Why is this so critically important to you?

                  The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                  Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                  1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                  Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                  When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                  • The man facing the judge.
                  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                  These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                  Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                  Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                  2. Accept Your Fear

                  Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                  We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                  And here’s what can be done.

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                  3. Get Some Perspective

                  I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                  And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                  That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                  We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                  So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                  • Are you really at risk?
                  • Will this kill you?
                  • Which leads us on to..
                  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                  4. Hold a Hand

                  As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                  Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                  We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                  Ask yourself:

                  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                  • Could that really happen?
                  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                  By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                  5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                  This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                  Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                  The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                  It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                  For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                  Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                  6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                  I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                  Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                  Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                  Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                  Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                  Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                  7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                  Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                  I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                  It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                  One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                  Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                  It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                  8. Assume the Worse

                  If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                  Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                  And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                  When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                  Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                  9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                  If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                  Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                  Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                  10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                  One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                  11. Go with Fear

                  When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                  I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                  Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                  One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                  However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                  We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                  12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                  And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                  The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                  What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                  13. Own Your Fear

                  Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                  We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                  You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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