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Look no further than New York City’s Flatiron Hotel, where $8,000 per person is the deal
The view from Toshi's Penthouse and Living Room is a done deal for us.
For some people, birthdays are a big deal.
You know, those friends of yours whose birthdays span a week or a month — we're talking about those people. What do you get, however, when you cross the birthday-obsessed with the affluent? An insanely expensive birthday party, that’s what. Renowned hotelier, Robert "Toshi" Chan, owner of New York City's Flatiron Hotel, is obviously one of these people, since he has created birthday packages fit for kings at his hotel.
Host an over-the-top birthday bash at Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse complete with massages, New York Giants tickets, a personal sushi chef, and a ride in a ’65 Cadillac Deville — and that’s not even all of it.
Although we’re can't imagine why you'd bypass this ridiculous package for something less extravagant, for those of you who are more modest in your birthday plans, the Preening and Strutting packages don't feature 10 pounds of Alaskan king crab, but they’ll do.
Take a look at these party packages:
Preening: All-inclusive, $95 per person, plus tax and tip.
Strutting: All-inclusive, $195 per person, plus tax and tip.
Pimping: $8,000 per person, plus tax and tip.
When it comes to pork dishes, there are so many delicious options to choose from. But for me, nothing beats mouth-watering, oh so delicious pulled pork.
Pulled pork is not only scrumptious, but also very affordable. Slow cook it right, and the melt-in-your-mouth texture will rival any expensive pork dish.
That&rsquos why I don&rsquot understand why some people neglect pulled pork as a main dish. It&rsquos more than just a simple sandwich meat!
It&rsquos kind of disappointing that the top Google results for &ldquopulled pork&rdquo are mostly different sandwich variants, when really, pulled pork is so much more!
With the right side dishes, pulled pork can turn a gathering into anything from a backyard barbecue cookout to an elegant summer dinner.
But figuring out the best sides for your cookout or family gathering can be quite a task. With barbecue, the sides are just as important as the meat.
And with pulled pork specifically, the sides can range from sweet to salty, soft to crunchy, light to heavy, and everything in between!
The sides can serve as a refreshing break from the heavy meat, or used to mop up whatever is left of the sauce on your plate. The possibilities are nearly endless!
And that&rsquos why I&rsquom here today. I&rsquove created a list of the most scrumptious breads, salads, and veggies that will really enhance your pulled pork experience. So without further ado, let&rsquos dig in!
Great question. The answer is hard to pin down, but one of the first people to publicly talk about them was blogger Sarah Schultz, who first wrote in 2017 about the fiver party she threw for her son. There&rsquos also something called a two toonies party in Canada, where the birthday child is given two $2 coins&mdashone to keep and one to donate to a charity of their choice. It&rsquos possible fiver parties were inspired by two toonies parties, or vice versa. But again, it&rsquos tough to say.
Boutique owner Joanna Jozwik Serra threw a joint fiver party for her 5- and 6-year-olds, and says it was an easy choice. &ldquoThe kids have too much stuff,&rdquo she says. &ldquoWe wanted to do the fiver party to purchase the kids a yearly Legoland membership.&rdquo
Serra says she explained to her children in advance that instead of getting toys they'll likely play with and forget about, the membership would be something that they could use all year. &ldquoWe took a visit there to let them experience it in advance, and they loved it,&rdquo she says.
Lunch or dinner menus for parties can be costlier for you as the host, but they don’t have to be. Here are some great cheap food ideas for lunch and dinner parties.
A pasta bar is one of my favorite things to serve at parties. Here’s what you’ll need:
You can serve a lot of people for a little bit of money with the pasta bar option.
Another super affordable party meal option is the baked potato bar. Here are some options for serving:
You can also add other items to your toppings list or ask each guest to bring a certain topping. Serve buffet style, with each guest adoring their potato as they please
Taco bars always go over well and are pretty cost effective at parties. Ingredient ideas include:
Some other topping ideas can include chopped cilantro, diced jalapenos or guacamole. Serve buffet style.
Now, here are some specific recipes I serve at parties sometimes that are relatively inexpensive and go over well.
You can’t beat sloppy joes for a good, cheap party meal. I always buy buns at the warehouse club or at Aldi, and I buy the beef on sale. Here’s the recipe I use.
For each pound of ground beef, you’ll want to add:
Brown the beef and onion together. When fully cooked, add remaining ingredients to pan, mix well and simmer until hot. Keep warm and serve in a crock pot for convenience when serving at a party.
If you can get your roast on sale, this is a party food that will get rave reviews every time. I’ve never served it without getting multiple compliments.
Put all ingredients into a crock pot and cook on medium for at least twelve hours or overnight on low. Pull apart with a fork as it gets tender and add more water, salt and garlic if necessary. Serve with chips or any kind of salad.
This is a recipe that varies a bit from the traditional pasta bar. Basically, you’re spicing up the pasta before you serve it. It’s cheaper and easier to prepare and serve than lasagna, too.
The recipe listed here will serve at least six guests. Simply multiply if you’re serving more.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook and drain pasta as directed. Place in greased 13 pan. Add all ingredients except Parmesan and mix well. Top with desired amount of Parmesan.
Cook until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve with French bread and/or garden salad. Transfer to a crock pot to keep warm, or use a chafing dish.
If you’d rather be the one that’s bedazzled, you’ll find a wide selection of jewels to choose from at Disney World! If you want to give this adorable Roberto Coin Olaf Necklace warm hugs, it’ll cost you $2550!
Your birthday rolls around only once a year, and now's not the time to get modest about requesting something specific. Giving your friends and family a few suggestions about what you really want helps them shop with confidence &mdash they'll know you'll actually use and enjoy their present. But if you're totally blanking on a wish list and wondering, "What do I want for my birthday?", that's okay. Get inspired by these highly coveted gifts both GH readers and editors love, with options for every budget.
These cushy, washable walking shoes resist odor and sweat. Even Jennifer Garner and Mila Kunis have stepped out in the "world's most comfortable shoe."
Theme parties aren’t just for kids!
You can create some really unique birthday party ideas for adults by choosing a cool theme and putting your own twist on it.
Here are some of my favorites, plus ways to pull it off on a budget.
This is one of my favorite surprise birthday party ideas for adults!
Basically, your goal is to create the feeling of a whirlwind adventure around the world for the recipient.
Trust me, it’s not as expensive as it sounds, especially if you follow the plan below and enlist some help.
If you’re throwing this party solo, you can still save money.
Just choose a few different countries and make inexpensive recipes from each one. Try to find recipes that have ingredients in common to cut down on your grocery expenses.
For decorations, print out maps (or request free maps from tourism agencies) and use them to make your own table covers, banners, and more.
Use a world map to inspire your table arrangements. For example, North and South America off to the left, Europe and Africa in the middle, and so on.
There are so many different directions that you can take with a literary party!
Choose one favorite book as a central theme, make it a genre party, or make it an “any book goes” bash!
Personally, I’d keep it open to all books since not everyone likes the same thing.
I’m crazy about Alice in Wonderland, for example, but not all of my adult friends share my passion.
Here are a few tips for a literary party:
If you’re looking for classy party themes for adults, this is definitely it!
While many people think “black tie and ballgowns” when they hear “black and white party,” you can also turn it into a more casual (and less costly) event.
This type of party only has one rule: everything (including your guests’ outfits and the food) must be black, white, or both.
Here are some of my favorite ways to pull this off.
Think black and white bowtie pasta, Oreo cheesecake, black and white candy buffet, black olive appetizers and so on.
Buy black and white décor on Amazon or make your own decorations! For example, cut circles out of black and white poster board to create your own classy garland.
Stream old black and white movies on your TV or an outdoor projector, play B&W movie charades, or create a playlist from songs that have black, white, or both in the title.
You’ll find plenty of inspiration on Instagram! I love this one for décor ideas:
Take inspiration from your favorite night club and turn your party into a chance for your friends to strut their stuff! All you really need to pull this off is a microphone!
Decide whether you want your open mic night party to focus on a specific talent (like comedy or singing) or be more of a variety show (think America’s Got Talent).
If you opt for music, you will need to either rent a karaoke machine or download an app (and grab a good set of speakers). There’s also a YouTube channel dedicated to free karaoke songs.
When you send out your invites, let your guests know that they’re welcome to show off their talent.
I suggest mailing them out a little earlier than usual (at least a few weeks out) to give everyone time to prepare.
If you have shy friends (like me!) who don’t want to get up in front of the crowd, ask them to be judges! You can make your own award certificates in a Word program to hand out as prizes.
As for food, keep it simple. Think night club food, like wings, mozzarella sticks, sliders, and mocktails. Our Chutney, Cheese and Cranberry bites make a delicious yet easy appetizer!
As far as unique party ideas for adults go, you can never go wrong with a historical-themed party.
There are literally thousands of years’ worth of possibilities!
Some of my favorite time periods for a historical party include:
For food and décor, take inspiration from your chosen time. For example, for an Ancient Greece party, serve plenty of bread, figs, olives, and cheese.
For an 80s party, decorate with posters from 80s movies, music and television and grab some 80s candy to give out as favors.
Here are some ideas for a Roaring 20s party:
Another one of my favorite surprise birthday party ideas for adults, throw a bash that celebrates the year of your recipient’s birth!
For example, I was born in 1975 (or, as my son calls it, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth). A quick Bing search of “1975” brings up plenty of results for inspiration! Jaws came out that year, so we could play that on TV during the party.
A playlist would include songs from Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Talking Heads and so on. Bonus points if you make a mixed tape to play the music, since the cassette recorder came out that year.
Check on YouTube for playlists from your year. I found this one for 1975:
Décor can be inspired by big fashion from the era. Orange, brown, and green were apparently very fashionable back then. Another idea: blow up baby pictures of the birthday girl or guy!
Instead of a guest book , make a giant poster board collage with events from the year and leave space throughout for guests to sign.
Make sure you include prices for different things, it’s fascinating to see how much they’ve changed!
Miss the fun of throwing a kiddie party?
Here’s an idea! Look back on your childhood and pick your favorite party ever, then recreate it!
Everything old is new again, so this is easier than ever. For example, maybe you really loved your 10 th Birthday Mermaid Party!
Recreate it with fun mermaid-inspired treats, ocean-themed décor, and more.
I was a summer baby, so most of my parties took place around a pool. Pool parties are perfect adults, children, and adults who want to feel like children again.
For party favors, give out the mini versions of the toys that were popular the year of your favorite party. Think tiny Etch-a- Sketchs , little Slinky toys, and Lisa Frank stickers!
Combine your passion for gardening with a tea party for one of the classiest outdoor party ideas for adults. We have all the tips you need for the tea party part.
For the gardening part, invite friends who are as passionate about growing things as you are. Ask each guest to bring different seeds (or, depending on the time of year, sprouts from their own garden).
Grab some little seed starter pots and some soil, then let everyone put together their own ultimate garden to take home.
For food, serve tea party fare like cucumber sandwiches and, of course, tea.
Salads are also perfect for a gardening party, especially if you use local fruits and veggies. Bonus points if they come from your own garden. Try our Tomato & Cucumber summer salad with orange juice dressing!
Now that you have some fun themes to try, let’s talk party venues!
Since I watch money blogs and market reports pretty carefully, I wasn&rsquot surprised to learn an average birthday party can cost about $400-$500 for most families. Remember an average is made up of a lot of higher totals, too. Yikes! All you have to do is scroll on Pinterest for any amount of time, and you&rsquoll see some of the themed decor and menu ideas that can easily spiral many parents into debt.
Before you blow your budget on an afternoon celebration for your child, consider there are ways to make wonderful memories and still stay within your means.
Think about the things that make you feel special. Chances are it might be being remembered, celebrated, and treated a little better than the everyday.
Include something special to your guest of honor
People, including kids, want to be recognized as being heard and seen. When you take the time to include little things they love in your celebration, they will remember. Some ideas could be choosing a favorite flavor cake (or a unique dessert they enjoy if they don&rsquot like cake), letting your son or daughter dress in a favorite outfit for the day or everyone wearing something with the birthday child&rsquos favorite color.
Make the day a special occasion
However your family marks special days, chances are a lot of these things you have on hand and they are easily within your home. Do you use the dining room instead of eating in the kitchen (or in front of the tv &ndash guilty!)? Can you use the fancy china dishes and crystal? Maybe consider eating by candlelight?
Connect with special people
One value I have taught my children growing up &ndash it&rsquos not the things, it&rsquos the people. My best memories are those shared with my family and friends. Maybe it&rsquos Christmas morning with a houseful of relatives or a freezer swap now with my close girlfriends. Either way, it&rsquos the people that make the moments.
The important thing to remember is that celebrating an inexpensive birthday party at home doesn&rsquot have to be boring or uninspired. One of my popular posts centered around a Frozen-themed party with this wonderful homemade ice cream cake. A lot of the activities included were printables and items from around the house or dollar store.
Other fun activities might include
Hosting a Game Night
I might be dating myself, but I used to LOVE Twister! And nothing got us in more giggles than having my parents contort themselves into crazy shapes and lose their balance! This was special because it wasn&rsquot something they did every day with us, but on special occasions, they had fun and enjoyed themselves.
Spoiling Them with a Spa Day
This is one of my favorite ideas! I get TONS of samples and free goodies from Sephora. No doubt you can find some nail polish at home or even make up some DIY face masks and hair treatments on your own to plan out your spa night. Make some mocktails with juice in a fancy glass to serve. Perfection!
Getting Creative with Crafts
Boys and girls can enjoy making things like crafts or even bigger projects for the older ones. Many stores have dollar sections and there are also tons of ideas on Pinterest. After everyone makes their finished project, they will have something special to remember the day.
Planning an Escape Room or Scavenger Hunt
This might take some more creativity on your part, but Escape Rooms seem to be all the rage right now. Come up with a great story, find some props around your house, and have fun. This blog on Insider.com shares all the details on how to make this work.
The important thing to remember when planning some inexpensive birthday party ideas at home is to still treat it like a special day. Don&rsquot let being home or your budget be a reason to minimize this special day. Since you aren&rsquot timebound by a restaurant or event-based party, get creative!
Breakfast in bed
This always made me feel special when I was younger. Mom would come into my room with a tray spilling over with my favorite foods and a bud vase with a little flower. Little ones still love this (adults too, but we often end up on prep and clean up in the kitchen, so this idea isn&rsquot for everyone!). You can even decorate the bedroom with balloons or little shaped notes about why you love them and what makes them special.
Picnic at home.
You can easily have an indoor or outdoor picnic in the backyard &ndash spread out a favorite blanket, some foods that are easily transported (or keep them hot or cold with a therms or cooler). Voila! Instant memories!
Celebrate virtually with family and friends
By 2021 people have had a lot of practice with technology like Zoom, Google Meet, and Alexa Show. Even non-tech savvy people are finding it easier to connect with loved ones from a distance. There are also fun party game apps you can all play together virtually.
Being home to celebrate your birthday on a budget doesn&rsquot have to be boring. This isn&rsquot an exhaustive list, but I hope I sparked some creative juices flowing with inexpensive birthday party ideas at home.
If you really need to get out of the house (2020 has been a year!), you might enjoy some of these ideas with birthday freebies. Free drinks or free meals for kids AND adults, there is a lot to choose from! Check out my posts on Birthday Freebies and Birthday Freebies for Kids for restaurants and businesses that participate in sharing the birthday love.
If you really want to give a birthday gift, opt for meaningful small gifts rather than big &ldquostuff&rdquo and more toys. Find really great items at a thrift store&mdasha pretty antique pot, a cool vintage purse, new-to-the owner books or games. Watch for jewelry and fun items at flea markets and other spots where prices are low but items are funky and unique.
For kids, watch for items that appeal to their interests. Kids love tiny items and activities requiring creativity, offering a chance to explore their artistic side. When we do give gifts (which is rarely these days), we love giving educational, creative or learning themed birthday presents.
Baskets are another great option for gifts&mdashpractical items pooled together and packaged in a fun basket or container (which are part of the gift). My family has a great $10 basket gift tradition at Christmas which you could easily use for birthdays as well. Put together creative and cool gifts specially made JUST for the recipient.
Edible and homemade gifts are another great option with a lot of meaning. Let your kids draw a card or picture for Grandma or design a game to play with their friends. Even if you aren&rsquot crafty, bake cookies, bread or another food gift, or even pick a bouquet of flowers for a birthday present.
Every dog has his day — and what better way to start it than with doughnuts? Dog Eat Cake pet bakery in Boston ships these delightfully pet-friendly “doghnuts,” as they’re called, all over the U.S. (prices start at $2.75). Whether it’s a party for two (just you and your dog) or something more elaborate, they can work to accommodate you by thoughtfully planning your entire birthday bash right down to the “invites and bone display” — just BYOD (bring your own dog!) If you’re all about some doughnut DIY, peanut butter bacon doughnuts do exist, and you can make them in your own kitchen with some guidance from SunnyDayFamily.com. Either route you choose, we fully expect some taste-testing (by you!) for curiosity sake.
We know birthdays are a big deal, and you’ve probably spent loads of money planning your own birthday or planning one for someone you know, but you’ve probably never spent as much as these people! From dancing girls to celebrity guests, it takes a lot to create the perfect celebrity birthday party. Here are some very expensive birthday parties held by people with a lot of money to spend! (If they’d only shopped at Party Supplies Now, they could have saved a fortune!)
P Diddy Combs
Singer and superstar P Diddy knows how to celebrate. He regularly hosts parties for other people and has his own annual White Party where all his guests wear white. For his own 40th birthday he reportedly spent around $3 million (US). The event at the Plaza Hotel featured a Black and White theme and the singer used exotic orchids to decorate the event. The flowers alone are reported to have cost around $28,000, but the effect was probably pretty spectacular. We’re guessing that the cost of drinks for the night probably made up a good portion of this three million dollar figure, since P Diddy kept the champagne flowing.
You don’t have to have the budget of a rock star to celebrate like one copy P Diddy’s style and host your own Black and White themed event using some of our great black and white string lights, black and white paper lanterns and some black and white balloons. Remember to keep things simple and stick to the colour scheme, which is simple and elegant. The look is easy to achieve and classy enough for any big event!
For instant glamour on your table tops, try placing a black satin table runner on a white tablecloth. This contrast of colour is simple but effective and carries the Black and White theme to your tables. Serve foods that fit the colour scheme, like black (dark chocolate) and white Oreo Balls. They look and taste like a million dollars!
The celebrity judge of television shows ‘X Factor’ and the ‘Idol’ shows in America and Britain celebrated his 50th birthday with a lavish party packed full of celebrities, champagne, topless dancers and a shark tank. Pretty typical stuff for a celebrity, don’t you think?
While Simon’s party cost a small fortune, you can host a much less expensive birthday party with a fishy theme. Use the Ocean Projector Pod to create an amazing ambience at your event. There’s no need for real sharks when you add some fun Flying Nemo balloons … they are fun for kids and adults, too. There are so many ways to create an underwater theme for your party using party supplies and party decorations, and it’s a great theme for all ages.
Rather have an outdoor celebration? Get your pool party‐ready with a fun pool disco light. You can always give it a tropical theme with fruity drinks and tropical foods served by hula girls, topless being optional! We also suggest you skip the sharks, as they are nowhere near as much fun as they sound!
This actor celebrated his 38th birthday in style by having a lavish dinner party at famed restaurant ‘The Darby’ in New York. Guests such as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Cameron Diaz and Robert DeNiro dined on steaks, dishes made with truffles and scoffed loads of expensive bottles of wine and champagne. However, proceeds from every bottle sold during the party were donated to charity. DiCaprio managed to give $500,000 to charity from these proceeds alone. What a generous birthday gift!
A dinner party doesn’t have to be expensive to be glamourous serve foods that don’t cost a fortune and serve them on great tableware. Use pretty drinkware and don’t forget to decorate for the event. Candles are always stylish and look very glamourous on your own ‘celebrity’ table. Party supplies and decorations for a dinner party don’t have to be bold and bright, unless you want them to be!
Cocktail parties are another great birthday party option. Offer a selection of simple but tasty cocktails and keep the food simple. Finger foods and snacks are all you need with some great wine or cocktails. Let the drinks flow and enjoy the evening with friends and family.
Sir Elton John
When he turned 60, the singer, known for his flamboyant spending and amazing songwriting skills, spent a reported $1.6 million dollars (US). The party was held at a gothic chapel and celebrated with a few (400) friends, including Paul McCartney and Pierce Brosnan. Elton held a concert for over 200,000 people in New York as well, making it a great birthday celebration for the guests, too.
Don’t have the money or space for 400 people? Keep your guest list short and sweet, limited to just friends and family. Consider taking the party outdoors to accommodate more people. Barbecues and pool parties are a great way to entertain more people for less money, especially when you ask your guests to bring a dish.
If you want to take it a step further and have a music themed party you can do this easily with the right party decorations. An LED disco party light is a great way to add some drama to your decorating, while a cardboard jukebox adds a little bit of rock and roll with ease. Ask your guests to dress as their favourite musician or celebrity and make it a costume theme event for even more fun!
Take a cue from these celebrities and party in style. Get creative with the party decorations to create an event that your guests will never forget. After all, birthdays only happen once a year!
Throw a birthday party that looks like you’ve spent a million dollars without actually breaking your budget. Order your party supplies, party lights and party decorations online from Party Supplies Now for millionaire products at pauper’s prices. You can have a birthday that looks expensive for less, and no one has to know you didn’t spend a fortune!