Best 18th Birthday Ideas | 35 Insanely Fun 18th Birthday Ideas For The Best Day Ever

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18th birthday ideas

Coming up with 18th birthday ideas can be tough. You're too young to go to bars but you're also too old for any of the other cheesy birthday celebrations in the past.

We all imagined turning 18 for years. You are finally becoming an adult!

Party planning and gift ideas are all a part of the celebration, so why not make it fun?

Since they are starting fresh as an adult, it's important to consider birthday ideas that will truly bring out the new adult they are.

18th birthday ideas can be super fun and get the individual excited for the next chapter in their life.  

This post shows you the best 18th birthday ideas, as well as gift ideas that the birthday girl will LOVE!

18th Birthday Ideas:

18th Birthday Decorations:

Large balloons for any occasion are ALWAYS the way to go.

When it comes to 18th birthday ideas this is one decoration idea that any girl will LOVE! I personally use large balloons for most of my parties, events, or just for fun on Instagram.

2. Timeline Chalk Board

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This has to be the most unique idea ever! When it comes to 18th birthday party decorations this is a serious must have.

I tend to be an old soul and love personal ideas like this. Not only is this decoration item under $20 it also shows thought and is great and can even double as a gift! Plus, it's something that can be kept forever.


3. Donut Grow up Display

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If you've seen any party related ideas on Pinterest you would know donuts are all the rage this year!

For real though, I went to a 21st birthday party recently and it was donut themed!

You can make it a little more special for the birthday girl by customizing it on Etsy.

4. Inspirational quote center piece

When it comes to center pieces this is the perfect idea for an 18th birthday!

Not only is this easy to DIY, it is also the perfect girly decoration idea for any birthday party. You can easily take any frame you own and DIY the glitter frame and add in the Canvas from amazon which is under $15

5. Happy Birthday Banner

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Birthday banners are the "it" thing for most parties these days. 

When it comes to comes to 18th birthday party decorations I feel like most people want to keep it classic and not SO over the top. This is the perfect meet in the middle adorable but classic decor piece every 18th birthday party needs.

6. DIY Photo Booth

Photo Back drops are an essential for an 18th birthday party!

I love being able to go to events and take cute pictures, because I love creating memories. Photo booths are super easy to DIY for a low price and perfect for ANY party!

7. Birthday Sash

This is the perfect idea for any birthday girl!

Birthday sashes are so cute but inexpensive so it will not break the bank. This is an easy idea to make the birthday girl feel extra special. 

8. 18th cake topper

A cake topper can make any basic cake look like a million bucks! 

A glitzy glam topper is the perfect thing for any 18th birthday. You can DIY one yourself or easily purchase one from Amazon for under $10.

9.Create Birthday Mocktails

Let's be real, mock-tails are the PERFECT idea for any party. I had mock-tails at my graduation party and everyone LOVED them! 

Pinterest has the best drink idea for an 18th birthday, or any occasion. This is a great way to add something extra to your parry while also feeling super boujee sipping your mock-tail.

10. Glitter Cake Pops and Pretzel Stand 

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One of the number one party pleasers are food that doubles as decor! Lets be honest, we all love food and look forward to the food at any party.

These cake pops are so adorable and stunning. You can easily DIY them which is what I did for my sisters baby shower or you can purchase them if you are busy and on a time crunch.

11. "I'm 18 Bitches" Banner

How cute is this banner?!

This is one of the hottest birthday decoration items at the moment. I had a similar banner for my own personal 18th birthday and got so many questions as to where I got it!

12. Money Cake

This is the ultimate birthday decor piece! 

We all love money, so what is better than a money cake? I have been to multiple 18th birthday parties and these are a complete hit! 

13. Well Wishes Jar

I think all 18 year olds could use a well wishes jar ;).

I love this idea because it is personal, unique and adds to any birthday party as decor and an activity.

14. Make a cute "Now That Your 18 Bag..."

We all know when you turn 18 there are a BUNCH of things we have not been able to do. 

This is the cutest idea for anyone turning 18 because it is all of the things you can now do! Not only is this a DIY idea that will cost you little to nothing but a cute idea that the birthday girl will appreciate. You can also do all of those things on your 18th as a fun activity with friends or even family.

15. Hang Picture Polaroid Lights

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Hanging polaroid pictures are all the rage but look how fun this looks!

When it comes to 18th birthday party ideas Pinterest is flooded with SO MANY ideas just like this. I know I love my Polaroid camera so much especially for memories, so why not incorporate that into a celebration you will never forget!

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Things To Do On Your 18th Birthday:

16. Go On a Trip

Going on a trip with friends and family  is the perfect way to make memories. 

Go somewhere tropical, or maybe just take a road trip a state over!

Some popular places to travel to are Miami, LA, Nashville, and New York City.

17. Dinner and a Movie

If you are a more chill stay at home person this is for you! If you want to just kick back with friends and family going to dinner and a movie is perfect for any birthday celebration.

There are always SO many great movies out in theaters, or maybe in the warmer months go to a  drive in movie. 

This is the perfect way to spend time with friends and family on your big day.

18. Hotel Party

Rent a hotel room and celebrate with a girls night!

If you split the cost between all the guests it can be somewhat inexpensive and super fun! 

Go in the pool, do face masks, order room service, sit and gossip and enjoy your birthday.

19. Go Camping

This is the perfect cheap idea for any birthday that will create so many memories that you will always remember. 

Camping can be super fun and a way to getaway with your girls for the weekend.

20. Birthday Party

Call me an old soul, but a classic birthday party is a perfect way to celebrate your birthday!

If you are someone who just loves being around the people you love this idea is always a great option.You can easily create a party for cheap and DIY a lot of your decor.

21. Amusement Park

Amusement parks are a favorite when it comes to my group of friends.

We all love getting out going on some fun rides, as well as spending time all together. This is a perfect way to celebrate any 18th birthday! You can wait for special offers or deals when going in a large group to save money.

22. Do "Adult Things"

Okay so lets be real, there are a lot of things you CAN'T do while being 17! 

This is a fun idea that maybe you didn't think of. Now that your 18 you can donate blood, get a tattoo, go clubbing, buy lottery tickets, go to a strip club (hehe kidding ;), or change your name! 

23. Go to a Concert

This has been a go to birthday idea since I was about 12, this is a perfect 18th birthday idea for anyone because tailgating before a concert can be super fun , and this is the perfect way to create memories with friends. 

Some upcoming performers are Ariana Grande and Travis Scott.

24. Shopping Spree

During the year I am constantly looking at items I love, so I feel like splurging on your birthday is the best time to do it! 

If you have been really wanting a luxury item or maybe some nice perfume, your birthday is the perfect excuse to splurge. 

On my 18th birthday I did just this. I purchased items I wouldn't usually purchase and spoiled myself.

Some examples of popular items you can purchase are air pods, a gucci belt, college apparel, etc. 

25. Spa Day

This is my personal favorite 18th birthday party idea!

I love my pamper days, it is so important to prioritize your self care. For any girl this is an amazing option can be done at a spa, or at home with your gal pals.

It is super easy to purchase some masks from target, give mani pedis and grab some pizza or sushi and enjoy your night.

26. Take Professional Photos

Okay, I am OBSESSED with cute Instagram photos as most of us are and this is a cute idea to do professionally or even with a few friends.

Take some cool photos with friends, and have fun while doing it. Travel to some cool destinations or even dress up and use props. 

You van easily do this with friends for cheap or maybe take some professionally with a friend who is into photography. This makes for great memories and cute Insta worthy pics!

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18th Birthday Gift Ideas:

27. Workout Clothes

Workout clothes are ALWAYS a great gift idea. If the 18 year old loves fitness, or just likes to be comfy this is right up their alley. 

Amazon sells such cute and affordable workout items that I personally LOVE! I cannot even begin to tell you how many days of the week I live in my workout attire. 

If you need a 18th birthday gift idea this is for you!

28.Dainty Jewelry

Girls love jewelry and any 18 year old would LOVE this because maybe they are trying to dress up their style, or get nicer pieces of jewelry.

This is my personal favorite gift I received for my 18th birthday because dainty jewelry is so classy and timeless. I wear a similar piece everyday and always remember  my 18th birthday every time I look at my ring!

PS- any personalized item will forever be in the birthday girls heart regardless if you are a friend, a mom, a boyfriend, etc the birthday girl will LOVE IT!

29. Airpods

If you're looking for useful 18th birthday gift this is the one for you!

Air pods are seriously so USEFUL, Mine basically never leave my ears. This is a more pricey gift option but something anyone would love. 

Fun Fact- Air pods were one of the most sold technology items this year, if that doesn't show you they are so useful then I don't know what will.

30. Wallet

Having a nice wallet is probably not something that the birthday girl will want to fork out money for, which makes it the perfect 18th birthday gift ideas.

These are two of the most popular wallets for girls and guys today.

31. Amazon Echo Dot kit

This device is SO cool and useful!

Not only does the echo dot respond to questions, but it also can turn off your lights!

If you are laying in bed you can simply say, "Alexa, turn off my lights" and with this kit, all the lights will go out. 

This is a perfect gift idea for an tech lover or simply someone who forgets their lights! You can easily turn off the lights from your phone while you are out or simply ask Alexa to turn them off.

32. Perfume

Every Girl needs a signature scent!

Perfume is the perfect 18th birthday gift idea for any girl. Perfume is one of my all time favorite gifts to receive for any occasion.

Fun fact: Some of the most popular perfumes for 2019 are Gucci guilty, You By glossier, and Daisy so fresh by Marc Jacobs.

33. Makeup palette

If you want to give a really cute gift AND make it extremely easy on yourself, then a makeup palette is the perfect idea for you.

This is a gift that any girl would LOVE! This Palette is super neutral but glam for any makeup lover, or anyone just getting into makeup!

34. Manicure and pedicure gift card

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A gift mani pedi gift card is always a good gift idea!

This is perfect especially when it comes to an 18 year old.  One of my favorite things to do is get my nails, and toes done. Pampering yourself is ALWAYS a good idea.

35. Tattoo

Okay, so now that you are 18 you can get a tattoo!

The perfect 18th birthday gift idea is to get a tattoo. Maybe give the birthday girl money, or a gift card so they can go get a tattoo.

One of the most done activities on an 18th birthday is going to Get a  tattoo. Personally a majority of my friends did this when they turned 18!

This post showed you 35 of the best 18th birthday ideas.

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