Congratulations – you’ve officially made it to adulthood – so now it’s time to have a 21st birthday party like … an errr … adult.
It’s a traditional right of passage; the 21st birthday party – and we’re not talking last century’s tradition when your old man guzzled beer from a yard-glass wearing daggy denim and shoes from the school yard.
With young people in Australia able to vote, drink alcohol and do all things considered ‘adult’ at the age of 18, 21st birthday party venues and the party itself is more steeped in tradition than the boundary-pushing shenanigans of an 18th birthday.
Whether you’re planning an extravagant party for a guest list of 300 or an intimate dinner for your closest friends and family, functionbook™ has some great tips to help you celebrate like a champion at one of the great 21st birthday party venues in Brisbane, at the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast.
If you want to snub your nose at the entire ‘adulthoodness’ there’s no easier way to regress to your childhood with a theme for your party from super heroes and villains to a more upmarket Great Gatsby theme, you are only limited by your imagination. Want a more personalised theme? Try an ‘initials’ party with party-goers dressing as anything starting with the 21st birthday guy or gal’s initial – a bit tough for the Xanthe’s of the world, but you get the gist.
Once you’ve established your party budget you’ll want to get the best value for your dollar. Nothing kills the party vibe quicker than thirsty or hungry guests so choose a food and beverage option that caters to your guests and your theme remembering most twenty-somethings are great at making short work of a bar tab. Many 21st birthday parties start with an open bar or drinks package (where the host has pre-paid for drinks over a specific period of time/budget) and then swap to a cash bar where guests can buy their own drinks.
If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating a 21st birthday party in Brisbane, Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast there’s an awesome choice of great venues ranging from restaurants, beer gardens, roof top bars, clubs and dedicated function venues. Once you’ve selected your venue options on functionbook™, ask the venue about their closing time. Specifying a closing time on 21st birthday party invitations allows guests to arrange transportation home if they’re not kicking on afterwards. It’s best to state the closing time an hour before the actual venue closes to give ample time for those extended farewells.
If you plan on inviting guests under-18, check with the venue if they cater for underage guests before booking. A 21st birthday party in a restaurant with a full table service is far more relaxed for this but the average 21st party is done with a little more fire in the belly. Bars & clubs may choose a much more hard line approach in order to avoid unwanted liquor licensing division scrutiny.
Most venues will allow you to decorate the area. Balloons and sprinkling confetti across the table-tops can add extra sparkle to your event or if you want to go all out, hire a theming professional who can completely transform the look and feel of the venue. Naturally the more you indulge in all these nice “extras” for a party, expect a larger overall bill not just for the supply, but for the clean up also.
Here’s our top picks for 21st party venues:
It might be 110 years old, but the Normanby Hotel at Red Hill and is one of the all-time favourite 21st party venues in Brisbane. After a very impressive refurbishment, The Normanby Hotel is a true Brisbane icon wit nine different function areas and can cater for groups of 20 up to 300. Some of our favourite things (other than the great atmosphere, professional staff and versatile menus) is that there is no room-hire fee and there’s a large carpark on site adjacent to the hotel.
For a Gold Coast 21st party venue that oozes sophistication, fun and a bit of flippancy consider JaMm Dining & Bar in Broadbeach’s Oracle building. It’s a fresh and funky space, with a carousel-style dining table with chairs suspended from the ceiling and separate lounge bar areas out the back that have been decorated by two local tattoo-artists with a twisted-take on some of your favourite childhood fairytales. Their reputation for fanciful food, decadent desserts coupled with creative cocktails crafted by their resident intoxicologist, makes JaMm a great choice for your 21st birthday party Gold Coast style.
If you are looking for a laid-back venue for your 21st birthday on the Sunshine Coast – we like the Boat Shed in Cotton Tree. It’s got a chilled atmosphere with gorgeous views over the Maroochy River and it’s an easy hop-skip-and-a-jump to after-party venues in either Maroochydore or Mooloolaba. They specialise in events for lunch or dinner and can cater for up to 150 guests cocktail style or 100 guests for a sit-down dinner. Our favourite spot is the private lawn area under the “Cotton Tree.
Start Planning your 21st birthday party a few months prior. Request RSVP’s a month prior to your event so you’ve got plenty of time to finalise drink packages, catering and entertainment.
Check Your Party Date doesn’t clash with your friends, concerts or any major events in the nearby area.
Confirm Your Entertainment early whether it be a DJ, karaoke, photo booth or playlist. If creating your own playlist consider adding the top 21 songs from every year since you were born so both your friends and Uncle Bob both get to enjoy the music.
When Booking a Venue, ask if there are any additional costs like security, room hire charges etc. and check these expenses are within your party budget before committing.