You only turn 18 once, so you might as well make the memory last a lifetime, right? A young woman’s 18th birthday is supposed to be exciting, memorable, and extravagant – but it doesn’t have to cost too much. Fortunately, there are several ideas that can make your 18th birthday more awesome without having to pay top dollar. And to make the most out of your entry to womanhood, here are some of the best affordable yet awesome add-ons you can have:
A Photo Booth
This is probably one of the first ideas that popped in your head when you started searching for birthday ideas. Professional photo booth rental services are affordable and they can capture perfect shots that you’ll be holding on to for a lifetime. But if you want, you can always have your own photo booth with great friends. All you need is a laptop computer, a high-definition camera, props, photo papers, and a printer.
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An Inflatable Pool
Taking a dip in a pool is always the best way to chill at a party. Since it is your night, feel free to incorporate your own theme. It shouldn’t be too hard since almost everything is better when you’re swimming. You can try watching a shark movie, having a food fight, and so on. You can even play a competitive game and toss the loser into the pool as punishment. Just make sure your friends are willing to help clean up the mess!
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A Balloon Room
Parties and balloons go together like peas and carrots. And a cheap add-on to your 18th birthday is to have a single area in your venue be filled with nothing but balloons. What’s the point? Use any pointed (but harmless) object and make balloons just for the joy of bursting them. There are many other creative ideas as well such as handing everyone permanent markers and telling them to write dedications, putting them in your pool, having a balloon popping game, or having fun with the helium tank.
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A Sweets Corner
What would a party be without sweets? Setting up your own sweets corner is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and remind yourself of the little girl deep inside you. To sweeten up this idea even more, you can hold a cupcake decorating contest to give your friends the opportunity to write their dedications. But if you’re not in the competitive mood and just want everyone to share a sweet experience; you can have one big cake that everyone can decorate. Just don’t eat them all at once – unless if you have some medicine for diabetes ready.
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A Marriage Booth
Girls simply love romantic setups – even if it’s just pretend. You don’t need to spend a dime when setting up your own marriage booth for your party. All you need is a friend willing to play as a priest, some wedding clothes, someone to capture the video, a few witnesses, and you can finally have your own happy ending right there. Of course, you should also grant some of your friends the chance to get married even just for a day. While it may be fun, just remember that you’re not supposed to take it too seriously!
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If you’re lucky, then your parents might just allow you to have alcohol in your party – there’s no harm in asking. And the secret to obtain your parents’ approval is to agree to have an adult friend to become the designated ‘bartender’ of your party. Alcohol remains one of the cheapest ways to have an awesome night no matter where you are.
If you want to enjoy alcohol more, especially if you’re a first-timer, then consider playing a drinking game that can actually slow down your consumption while making the activity more fun, such as movie drinking games. Lastly, try to avoid drinking games that may actually increase your consumption (beer pong, Russian roulette, etc.).
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What could be better than watching brilliant colors light up the sky and scaring the neighbors’ dogs and cats after a long night of partying? Consumer fireworks are affordable and can make any night worthy of remembrance. They also set a romantic mood if ever you choose to have your “first kiss” in this special night – just like in a fairytale. However, you’ll have to check first if it is legal in your area, which is probably the only downside of this idea.
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