Adult Birthday Party Decorations

19 Best Adult Birthday Party Decorations

Adult birthday party decorations do not have to be dull and boring. The possibilities are endless and in these types of events, you get to let out your creativity to the maximum. However, we understand if creating a perfect atmosphere can be troublesome in an ocean of vast ideas. That is why we have taken the time to create a list of ideas to help you organize the best birthday party ever.

Do you want to spice up a loved one’s birthday party with some fun decorations that your guests will love? No matter the age, from your 20’s to your 60’s, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of Adult Birthday Party Decorations:

Top Adult Birthday Party Decorations

1. Cut-Out

Order a life-size cardboard cut-out of the birthday person. This is a fun way to welcome your guests to the party. It’s also a great souvenir for the birthday person to have. 

2. Sign-In Item

The guest book is a classic memento to have for any party. This can be switched up and made into a unique idea by signing a shirt instead. You can do this with anything. Some people have stamp ink and leave their thumbprints on a canvass. There are many unique ways to try this. 

3. Tabletop Décor

Create some unique centerpieces, confetti, and napkin holders. If the honoree loves skiing, have ski paraphernalia around the room or on the table. If your honoree loves the occasional gamble, try making a centerpiece out of lottery tickets. Go to your local antique shop for an easy hack for a centerpiece. This can be vintage candles or a nice silver platter. Either way, a centerpiece adds a nice touch to the party. 

4. Personalized Decorations

With so many free computer programs out now, it’s easy to edit and print any design to fit your party’s decorations. Some examples of personalized decor would be printing out pictures of the birthday person to put on party favors or even t-shirts. You can even have a picture of them printed on the cake!

5. Wine Bottles

Spray paint wine bottles with shimmery paint to spice them up. Insert a candle inside them to turn them into a candle holder. This adds a classy touch and you help the environment by reusing old bottles! You can use them year-round as well. 

6. Adult Piñata

Who doesn’t like pinatas? No matter the age, pinatas are a fun touch to any party. Fill a piñata with some adult gifts such as small bottles of liquor, plastic shot glasses, candles, etc. If you have kids at your party, go for treats or little toys!

7. Balloons

Place small surprises in balloons and attach them to a wall. Guests can throw darts at them to pop them and receive the gifts inside, making for a perfect game! Some great prizes for an adult party are money, gift cards, or lottery tickets. 

8. Mismatched Candlesticks

For a party that falls around the holidays, set different sizes and colors of candles on the mantle for a unique look. You can go to a thrift store for these or any antique shop. 

9. Globe Lights

Find some inexpensive globe lights and hang them low around the room to give the party a glamorous feel. These can be found online or at any party store. They come in various colors and sizes. Mismatching size and color create a great contrast. 

Adult Birthday party tabletop decor

10. Lights

Use Christmas lights or rope lights for special effect lighting. They come in plenty of colors, so you can match them to your theme! Drape these around curtains or doorways or even on the table itself. 

11. Scrapbook

Before the party, create a scrapbook with important moments in the birthday person’s life and display it for all of the guests to look at. For an added activity, place the pictures in chronological order and have guests chime in with what they remember from those events.

12. Edible Bouquets

Why not create a yummy centerpiece too? Try a lollipop bouquet, cake pop bouquet, or a bouquet of chocolate-covered strawberries.

13. Chocolate Fountain Centerpiece

For an interactive centerpiece great for all ages, buy or rent a chocolate fountain. Make sure you have fruits and treats to dip!

14. Birthday Person’s Memorabilia

Set out the honoree’s awards, trophies, certificates, or yearbooks for everyone to enjoy and let them reminisce. 

15. String Chandelier 

One way to utilize traditional birthday balloons is to create a stunning string chandelier piece. Start by wrapping a balloon in assorted colored string or yarn, using colors that match the overall theme of your party. Fix the string to the balloon with clear fabric glue then wait for it to dry. Once everything is dried, pop the balloon and you have a beautiful decoration!

16. A Pop of Color

Streamers are also classic party decorations, but instead of just stringing them up all around the room, try something a little different. Take some assorted colored streamers and hang them vertically from the floor to ceiling against a wall.

They’ll end up looking like whimsical stripe pattern wallpaper and add a very festive vibe to your birthday party. You can also use this idea for baby showers by hanging up different shades of blue or pink. 

17. All About the Theme

You can get a number of creative ideas from the theme of your party—it’s what ties everything together! Once you decide on a theme, you can base many of your decorations around it. For example, you can use vases filled with sand and shells for beach-theme centerpieces. For a grayscale color-coded party, you can use old black and white photographs to create a unique collage to place on your dessert table.

chocolate fountain for adult birthday party

18. Candy Cones

If you have candy, popcorn, pretzels, or any other kind of finger food that can be placed inside a paper container, then check out this idea! Create cone shapes out of scrapbook paper and make sure the ends are secured with tape. Then fill them with whatever treats you are providing. Guests can even use these to take some treats home with them as a party favor. 

19. Canopy

Whether you’re hosting the party indoors or outdoors, you can try this innovative décor choice. Hang a large piece of fabric from your ceiling (or poles or trees if you’re outside) to create a colorful backdrop for your party as to either decoration or a photo background! 


Considering all of these ideas for adult birthday party decorations, the possibilities to create a lively atmosphere for your honoree’s birthday party are endless. No matter what ideas you decide to incorporate into your party planning, your party’s guaranteed to be a success!

Written by Brittany Schmidt, Chelsea Muzar, and Elisabeth Blair 

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