Whether you are turning 21 or 50, those who are planning a party for a milestone birthday may be searching for the perfect theme. For a truly celebratory atmosphere, draw inspiration from an upcoming event and host a Mardi Gras-themed party.
Just because you aren't in New Orleans doesn't mean you can't capture its festive feel. Fill the room with purple, green and gold decorations, elaborate masks and strands of beads. Create a playlist of your favorite party music and mix in some tracks of horn-heavy jazz.
Encourage guests to dress-up for the fiesta, and hand out a prize for the best costume of the night. Of course, just because they didn't win the costume contest doesn't mean that guests should go home empty-handed. Give out personalized shot glasses to thank your friends for celebrating your birthday with you.
Finally, don't forget the food. Select finger foods and hors d'oeuvres that boast Creole and Cajun flavors. This will be a birthday celebration your friends won't soon forget!