Not sure about what adult milestone birthdays are and how to celebrate them? If so, read this blog post for ways to have an epic milestone birthday.
What is a milestone birthday?
A milestone birthday or landmark birthday is a significant birthday year of importance. An example of a milestone birthday year would be the 40th birthday.
A person will celebrate a milestone birthday every ten years after the age of 30.
The milestone birthday ages celebrated during early to mid-adulthood are listed below.
- 30th birthday
Making the transition from early adulthood to middle adulthood is a busy time during a life span.
With that said, use these milestone birthdays with a grain of salt. There are no official rules for celebrating milestone birthdays.
Many people consider turning 25 or 35 milestone birthdays.
Whichever birthdays you choose to celebrate, remember milestones in life are worth celebrating.
Milestones such as buying your first home, getting married, and having a child are life-changing events.
These events many times take place at the same time we celebrate milestone birthdays.
Since milestone birthdays are few and far between, Use these opportunities to do something out of the ordinary.
Milestone birthdays are the perfect time to plan an incredible celebration like no other.
Milestone birthdays are important to celebrate. They mark a pivotal moment in your life.
When people think of celebrating a milestone birthday, the first thought that comes to mind is throwing a party.
There are so many ways you can celebrate your special day besides hosting a big birthday bash.
Before we explore the many ways to celebrate your milestone birthday, let’s go over some tips.
Consider the Time of Year
Tip 1# During the winter months, try to book a birthday venue with heated amenities.
Make sure you pay attention to the season when having your milestone birthday. Utilizing indoor pools or outdoor heated restaurants are great options.
Avoid having your guests stand outside freezing your butts off in cocktail dresses downtown. I have done this hence the warning (wink, wink).
How far in advance should I plan a Milestone Birthday?
Tip 2# Waiting until the very last minute to plan a milestone birthday is not a good idea.
If you choose a domestic birthday trip, book your flight
three months to 3 weeks in advance.
Doing so will give family and friends more time to prepare for your birthday trip.
If you choose to plan an international birthday trip, book the flight at least six months in advance.
Keep in mind that some travel websites run last-minute promotions and sales for trips.
By holding off on booking your trip to catch one of these offers, you may risk not being able to book your entire trip.
If your book a milestone birthday party at a venue, book your venue or space at least 2-4 months in advance. Popular birthday venue spaces tend to book fast. The earlier you can book, the better.
Now that we covered all birthday logistics, here are some ideas for you to celebrate your special day!
How to celebrate a Milestone birthday
Plan a Birthday staycation
Planning a birthday staycation to celebrate your milestone birthday is never a bad idea. Staycations are easy on the pockets.
These types of trips allow you to explore parts of a city or town if you have never been before.
Consider traveling to the closest major city near where you live, If you want to celebrate your milestone birthday.
You’ll come back feeling good about celebrating your birthday all weekend long.
Have your birthday on a cruise
Some cruise lines offer weekend trips. So, if you are trying to save a little money, see if you can book a trip for less than four days or less instead of a week or 2.
Local cruises are jam-packed with a variety of activities. Celebrating your milestone birthday on a cruise would never be a letdown.
Book an extended Birthday vacation
Milestone birthdays are the perfect opportunity to book extended vacations. Spending a week or two away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is a must.
A Birthday vacation of more than a week requires a lot more planning. So you can start looking for potential birthday destinations 12 months in advance.
Visit a Resort
In need of some R & R? Spending your milestone birthday at a resort is the perfect way to escape from daily life. Visit the spa to get pampered with massages or get a well-deserved manicure or pedicure.
Sit by the pool or lounge near the ocean with your favorite cocktail. Enjoy water sports like jet skies or parasailing or visit local attractions.
There are so many ways to treat yourself while at a resort. That’s why visiting resorts is one of the best ways to celebrate a milestone birthday!
If you have a winter birthday, celebrate your milestone birthday at a ski resort. You can sip hot cocoa by the fireplace and get some spectacular views of the snowy mountains.
Take a class
Whether you choose a cooking class or a dance lesson, a taking class for your milestone birthday is a great option. Many dance instructors host dance theme nights.
You can book dance lessons for you and your guests in different dances such as salsa, ballroom, and hip-hop.
Signing up for a cooking class is a good choice for celebrating your milestone birthday.
Take cooking lessons and learn how to cook your favorite cuisine or specialty dish.
Rent a party bus
Head to your nearest major city and book a birthday party bus tour! Sightseeing is so much fun!
If you want to have a night out after-hours, tap the shoulder of your tour guide. They can spill the tea on the best party spots are.
Reserve a private room at your favorite restaurant
Go all out and rent the entire space or book a private room in a restaurant of your choice.
The best thing about a restaurant party is you can avoid cleaning up! Restaurants give you the VIP treatment for your milestone birthday!
Book a birthday party entertainment experience
Don’t settle for the same old balloons and birthday cake.
Hire entertainment for your birthday. You can get a caricature artist, local comedian, or fire dancer.
Try something different and book professional talent for your milestone birthday. It will help create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
Host a birthday dinner at home
Invite your closest friends and family over to eat a home-cooked meal.
You can choose a themed birthday dinner dish from other cultures different from your own.
Visit an adult-themed amusement park
If you want to feel like a kid again, plan to go to a theme park for your milestone birthday. Lots of theme parks have areas designated for adults.
When was the last time you and a few adults attended an amusement park without children?
If it has been ages since you did or you did it all, then what are you waiting for?
Take advantage of the opportunity and buy some tickets for you and your birthday guests.
Do something adventurous
Are you for an adventurous way to celebrate your milestone birthday? If so, why not go sky diving?
Sky diving is one activity on everyone’s bucket list.
If you want an adventurous celebration with your family, consider indoor rock climbing.
Many locations offer birthday packages and geat for guests of all ages. Another option is to go to a trampoline park facility like Sky Zone.
Although Skyzone has many activities for children and teens, they offer birthday packages for adults.
If extreme activities are not your thing, you can go on a hot air balloon ride. You’ll still get a chance to enjoy beautiful views but without jumping out of a plane.
Throw a party
I know, very clique. But throwing a party is a popular way to celebrate a milestone birthday.
Quotes or catchphrases about getting older make for an awesome milestone birthday theme.
If you’re tired of having a mediocre birthday celebration, shake things up a bit. Consider picking a birthday venue that is different from the ones you have booked before.
Booking your birthday celebration outside of your local area can be fun! Look for a place to have your milestone birthday that is not in your local area.
Get creative and think outside of the box. Expand your venue options and avoid only booking a banquet hall for your milestone birthday party.
If you’re celebrating a birthday milestone soon and you want to save money, check out my blog post on throwing a birthday party on a budget.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can celebrate your milestone birthday. Milestone birthdays don’t come around often, but when they do, extraordinarily celebrate them!
Hey, I’m Satarra, an Accredited Event Designer who loves coming up with creative ways to celebrate milestone events for less (coin)! In my previous career as a licensed social worker (LMSW), I supported many clients with reaching their personal milestones. Now, I want to help people like you to celebrate them!