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Top 10 Party Planning Tips for Having a Great 21st Birthday Party in Cheshire or Manchester

Saturday, July 20th, 2013


There are only a handful of occasions in your life when you meet a milestone as important as turning 21. These days, there’s nothing legally significant about turning 21 in the UK – you can do pretty much you want as soon as you turn 18, but in most people’s minds, 21 is still the age marking the true start of adulthood and is worthy of an epic celebration!

A 21st birthday party is a great chance to pull out all the stops and go all out, with a birthday party that you’ll remember for years to come.

1. Pick a great venue

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a great party venue in Cheshire or Manchester. Pubs, clubs, sports clubs and community halls are all great places to hire out for a 21st birthday party. If your birthday is in the summer, you might like to consider a garden party or celebrating outdoors, but remember that the weather in Manchester cannot be relied upon and you should always have a plan B in mind!

2. Book great entertainment

It’s the music and entertainment that really make the party so make sure you choose a professional DJ in Cheshire to make your party go with a bang. You may be tempted to cut corners when it comes to booking a DJ but remember you get what you pay for – an inexperienced DJ can easily ruin your special occasion. DJ Anton Joe of Floorfillas has many years experience working as a professional DJ in the Manchester and Cheshire areas and recently worked alongside Radio One’s Scott Mills, so you know you’ll be getting great quality entertainment.

3. Set the stage

Even the most uninspiring community centre can be transformed into an amazing birthday party venue with some creative decorations. Pinterest is great for browsing party decoration ideas and you can keep your decorating budget surprisingly low if you use a bit of creative thinking. If you’re low on ideas and crafty skills, it may be worth paying a professional to come in and transform your venue.

4. Don’t overlook lighting

One of the most vital parts of party decoration is getting the lighting right. If you book your birthday party DJ in Cheshire through Floorfillas, you’ll also have the option of upgrading to professional lighting which will really give an exclusive nightclub feel to your party.

5. Add special touches

Floorfillas can create a bespoke birthday video with photos, video clips and music of your choice and display it on the unique Video Jukebox double projection screen. This is a great way to display all those funny baby photos and embarrassing teenage snaps without trying to sellotape or blu-tack old photos to the wall.

6. Capture your memories

Hiring a professional photographer to take snaps of your and your friends enjoying the party can be a great investment and is a wonderful way to capture the atmosphere of your special night. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a professional photographer in Cheshire, you could leave out disposable cameras for your guests to go wild with – getting the film developed can be quite exciting!

7. Choose your soundtrack wisely

Floorfillas can provide a track listing based on your musical taste and you can choose to include any tracks that have a particular special meaning to you. It’s always a good idea to include a mix of genres that will appeal to all your guests and you may want to include some top hits from your teenage years that will bring the memories flooding back!

8. Go for finger food

Most 21st birthday parties in Manchester are not the best occasion for a sit down dinner. Buffets and finger food work best and allow your guests to eat what they choose, and help themselves. Remember to include a wide selection of different items and account for vegetarians and allergy sufferers. Food should also be clearly marked. If you’re catering for a large number of people, it’s usually easiest to employ the services of a professional caterer who has lots of experience in feeding the hoards at parties!

9. Go easy on the alcohol

Even if money is no issue, it’s generally not a good idea to provide an open bar at 21st birthday parties. To avoid the problems associated with alcohol over-indulgence, make sure that food is offered early in the evening and provide plenty of soft drinks.

10. Relax and enjoy your party!

Remember, you only turn 21 once so even if you’re a control freak usually, it’s best to let somebody else stress over the details and try to relax and enjoy it!

We’ve provided DJ entertainment at lots of 21st birthday parties in Manchester and Cheshire and we’d love to talk over your ideas with you. Remember it’s a good idea to book your DJ entertainment well in advance to avoid disappointment. Drop us an email at