How to Throw an Unforgettable 21st Birthday Party

Turning 21 is a big deal! Finally you have the freedom to have your first night in town. Before you head out to the bars, you’ll want to start by throwing the best 21st birthday party ever. Thankfully, Tipsy Scoop has all the best 21st birthday ideas to really get the party started. These ideas are so good, you and your friends will be talking about them for many birthdays to come. So let’s get started planning your unforgettable 21st birthday party!

Get Creative With a 21st Birthday Cocktail Kit From Tipsy Scoop

What’s more fun than making ice cream cocktails? We bet you can’t think of a better 21st birthday ideaTipsy Scoop's Celebratory Cocktail KitTipsy Scoop has a cocktail kit for any taste!

If you haven’t heard of Tipsy Scoop before, you’re about to experience one of the best 21st birthday ideas ever. Tipsy Scoop makes alcohol infused ice cream in all kinds of delicious flavors. Better yet, they have ice cream cocktail kits now available. As part of your 21st birthday, why not grab your friends and try your hand at making the perfect ice cream cocktail. No matter what ice cream flavor or type of liquor you prefer, Tipsy Scoop has an option for everyone attending. For a 21st birthday we recommend trying your hand with the Tequila Lovers kit or the Celebratory Ice Cream cocktail kit. You could even hold a taste test to see whose ice cream cocktail turned out the best!

Can’t make it to the party? These cocktail kits ship across the US and make the perfect gift for any birthday or occasion.

Design an Instagram-Worthy Backdrop

Create a customized backdrop for your party that everyone will want on their feedphoto wall made with pink  and gold balloons and streamersImage Courtesy of Etsy

A signature backdrop is a classic 21st birthday idea. By designing a backdrop, you are making sure everyone’s selfies have the best background possible for the ‘gram. The first step is choosing a color scheme that represents you or fits with your overall party theme. Next, it’s time to purchase the items you need for your backdrop. You’ll need art paper, markers, balloons, streamers, stickers — and anything else you can dream up to add to your background. We recommend going to a craft store and finding materials that you feel represents your party and getting creative from there.

Capture the Moment With Disposable Cameras

Make your 21st birthday party a night to rememberyoung woman holding disposable camera outdoors smilingThe cameras may be disposable, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Even though everyone has a smartphone these days, you can’t beat the fun of a disposable camera. Encourage your friends to snap pictures of the festivities on disposable cameras. Purchase one camera for every guest, so everyone can document their experience at the party of the year. After the party, you can have the photos developed and give glossy photos to your friends. While anyone can have a photo album on their phone, you’ll have a real life photo album of your 21st birthday party!

Create a Signature Shot

Turning 21 means it's time for some signature shots! We’ll show you how to make delicious birthday cake shotsbirthday cake shots with sprinkles pink with strawsYou only turn 21 once so celebrate it to the max! Image courtesy of

No 21st birthday party is complete without a few shots. Depending on your taste, you may already have something in mind you want to try. Here, we’ll be showing you how to make a birthday cake shot for yourself and your friends. First you’ll need to gather your ingredients, you’ll need 

  • Tall Shot Glasses
  • White chocolate liqueur
  • Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka
  • Frangelico
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Sprinkles

To make your birthday cake shots, first rim your shot glasses with frosting and then dip them in sprinkles. Next, grab your cocktail shaker and add chocolate liqueur and whipped cream flavored, about an equal amount of each. Then add a splash of frangelico, and there you have it! Shake well and start celebrating! 

Games, Games, Games!

Show off your competitive edge with these fun and easy drinking gamesyoung people playing drinking games red solo cups smilingShow off your competitive edge.

There are so many drinking games out there today, but for a 21st birthday party, it is best to stick to something easy to learn. To add some pizzazz to regular old beer pong, why not try champagne pong. It's sure to add some extra fizz and pop to your party.

Another great game to play to get the drinks and conversation flowing is drunk Jenga. Ask your guests to write an action in a marker on one of the wooden blocks. It could be a drink or a challenge, whatever you think would be a fun challenge for you and your friends. After you have written down your challenges, it's time to stack up the tower and see what plays out!

Recovery Kits For The Next Morning

No one looks forward to the hangover the day after, so why not supply your friends with everything they need to recoverhangover kit with energy bar water bottle home made DIYYou’ve thrown a great party! Now it's time to help your friends recover. Image courtesy of

Now that you have thrown a successful 21st birthday party, it's time to go into full recovery mode. After a night of fun, friends and drinks you’ll likely need some supplies for the next morning. So, as party favors, why not hand out cute recovery kits to your friends. Pack all the necessities and call your friends an Uber and you’ve successfully thrown a killer 21st birthday.

A few ideas to include in your hangover kit could be:

  • Mouthwash
  • Eye drops
  • Gatorade
  • Bottle of water
  • Some snacks

And there you have it! You’ve successfully thrown an amazing 21st birthday party! It's a shame you only turn 21 once.

Stumped on 21st birthday ideas? Tipsy Scoop has you covered! Our stores in Kips Bay, Williamsburg, and Long Beach are fully re-opened for in-store sales and NYC delivery. Plus we have pop up locations all around the city, including a kiosk at the Mets Citifield! Be sure to visit our website to browse all of our delicious boozy flavors. You can try your hand at one of our boozy ice cream cocktail recipes, or celebrate with one of our signature ice cream cakes! Just make sure to tag @tipsyscoop when you post a photo of your boozy concoction to show off on Instagram. There’s never a dull moment with Tipsy Scoop!