How to throw yourself a birthday party worth its weight in gold

They say it’s your birthday – happy birthday to you! We have a suggestion for celebrating that works whether you are turning 26 or 60. Consider gold. Yes, gold. There’s something about a little shine that feels special, no matter what the occasion. And the occasion is you, and really, what’s more special than that? So, browse our birthday party invitations, follow this guide for birthday planning, and you’ll be good as gold.

A Very Foxy Birthday

Images (top to bottom): Gold Disco Ball: Amazon. “Foxy” Vibe for Flyer. Skating Trophy: Amazon. Sip Sip Tumbler: Ban.do. Heart Sunglasses: Ban.do.

 

Elegant dinner parties aren’t everybody’s thing, which is precisely why the gods invented roller discos. Gold is as disco as it gets and makes an equally appropriate theme for a casual throwback rager as a seated fête. Start with our Flyer Foxy Vibe, and the rest is no sweat. Ya, dig?

 

Decorate: Sprinkle the table tops with glittering ’70s-inspired accessories, hang this gold fringe party curtain, and wait for the Instagram photos to roll in. If you don’t happen to have a retro roller disco in your vicinity, make your own at home with a golden disco ball.

 

Serve: Keep the party going wherever the boogie takes you with these disco ball tumblers, and for the birthday celebrant, a flask fit for a Dancing Queen.

 

Do: Rollerskate; karaoke to disco hits; gift a gold medal (in the form of an adult sippy cup or old school trophy) to the guest with the best Boogie Nights-esque costume, or when all else fails, do The Hustle!

 

Golden Birthday

 

 

Images (top to bottom): “Impasto” by Paperless Post. Gilded Rim Coupe: Anthropologie. Spray painted centerpieces: Will Anderson for Martha Stewart Weddings. Cake: Jenna Rae Cakes. Shoes: Loeffler Randall.

 

Traditionally speaking, one’s “golden birthday” is the year they turn the same age as their birthday – for example, turning 25 on April 25th, but who’s counting? Your birthday should feel exceptional no matter how old you’re turning. That said, an all-gold-everything theme works especially well for a milestone birthday, but whatever your age, make it gilded.

 

Decorate with this: Spray paint leaves gold in any floral arrangement to instantly elevate the feel of the room.

 

Serve: A golden birthday is also sometimes called a “Champagne birthday.” This is fitting, as Champagne is always celebratory, and even more so when you serve it out of gold-rimmed coupes. Channel your inner King Midas by adding edible gold sheets to the night’s dessert.

 

Do: You may be the guest of honor, but let all your guests feel like royalty by granting them golden crowns at their place setting.

 

The first step in finding your Midas touch is browsing our birthday invitations.

 

Zodiac Birthday

Images (top to bottom): “Exuberant” by Kelly Wearstler. Golden Star Sparklers: Tops Malibu. Gold Mylar Balloon: Amazon. Zoë Chicco Itty Bitty Star Earrings: Bloomingdale’s. Meri Meri Star Plates: Amazon.

 

Give new (and better) life to the tired pick-up line “What’s your sign?” by hosting an elegant affair inspired by the zodiac. Start with one of our Kelly Wearstler invitations and the rest is in the stars. Not everyone believes in astrology, but everyone believes in a good party and, if nothing else, figuring out other guests’ signs is a fun way for your guests to get to know each other while celebrating the day (and moon, and sun) of your birth.

 

Decorate: Get your venue in celestial shape with these Mylar star and moon balloons. If room permits, fill a star-shaped piñata with gold confetti and flash tattoos. If you’re going for a more civilized dinner, use a metallic paint marker to add a dash of Milk Way to your tablecloth and napkins.


Serve: All twelve signs in the zodiac are composed of either fire, water, earth, or air, so if you can incorporate foods that nod to each of the elements, all the better. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds. For example, cocktails with cayenne on the rim represent fire, tuna tartare is water, shoestring French fries are earth, and cotton candy is air. Or, just serve whatever’s easy and add a little celestial sparkle with sparklers.

 

Do: Whether they admit it or not, almost everyone gets a kick out of getting a glimpse into their (possible) future. Hire a tarot card reader or astrologer to do readings for your guests, or have a deck on hand for people brave enough to read for themselves.

 

’90s Dance Party Birthday

Images (top to bottom): “Rad” Vibe for Flyer. Sashi Warrior Hoops: Shopbop. ‘90s Versace ad shot by Richard Avedon. Giant Chain Balloon: Amazon.

 

You don’t have to be a ’90s baby to appreciate a ’90s birthday party, but those that are will find it hella fly. Our new Rad Vibe for Flyer is just the thing to let all your Fly Girls and Backstreet Boys know it’s your birthday, and will make you want to move it, move it.

 

Decorate: Bring back the ‘90s in a big way by decking your pad out with oversized gold chain balloons.

 

Wear: When it comes to a ‘90s dance party, you simply can’t touch Hammer Pants. Alternatively, you could perfect your Running Man in these gold-splattered leggings, or work on your punny banter with a Carrie Bradshaw-inspired necklace.

 

Do: Play ‘90s trivia, reminisce about TRL, or crank up the jams and party like it’s 1990-something.

 

Now that you’ve got a solid gold party plan, get your guest list going with Paperless Post Flyer.