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9. March 2019 - Anika Semmer

Alternatives to Birthday Parties - 5 Gorgous Ideas for Adults


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Everybody should at least try some alternatives to birthday parties in your live. Experience an adventure, do something really special – for this you need above all a good idea! My top 5 ideas how to celebrate your birthday differently are creative, exciting and sporty for body or mind..

In our opinion, you should do something exciting, exciting and unusual on your birthday at some age! Everything but sitting at home on the couch: Birthday you have only once a year and it is the perfect occasion to experience something special together! Celebrate the birthday with alternatives to birthday parties differently. Just do something unusual. For example, break out of jail together, or do a photo shoot with your best girlfriends or cook a menu together in a professional kitchen with a real professional chef or learn how to make chocolates.

My absolute favorites when it comes to celebrating a birthday in a different way are all interactive! Because for me, one thing has never changed since my childhood birthdays: the best birthdays for me were the ones where we had an adventure together or something creative was created. My mother was in this regard the madness – actually every birthday was a theme party, there were matching games, scavenger hunts, rallies or we built something, carved, tinkered. Logically, that my personal Best Of with my ideas for alternatives to birthday parties is characterized by my personal love for the playful and creative, right?

When you were a child, it was completely natural: the birthday is one of the most exciting days of the year. And that was because parents had lovingly prepared the birthday – with games, as a theme party, or a special experience like going mini-golfing, to the trampoline hall, to the indoor adventure playground. At some point, most people stop doing that and instead you sit together comfortably at home or in a pub and talk. That’s nice – but nothing special. Yet there are such great experiences that you should definitely have done and for which the birthday is the optimal occasion!

If you definitely want to celebrate your birthday party at home or in a party location, check out the theme parties list and the best 10 theme parties for adults and browse through our home party ideas.

5 Unusual Ideas for Alternatives to Birthday Parties

Alternatives for a birthday party - for example playing laser tag

Laser tag by heipei (CC BY-SA 2.0)

My ideas are not hierarchically ordered! But I’m interested in which idea you like the most or what you are missing and I’m looking forward to your comment! 🙂

1. Birthday Party as a Culinary Voyage of Discovery

  • Number of people: 2-20

Indulgence is the name of the game here. There are in every city (and in any case in every region of Germany) culinary delicacies that are typical for them. And that’s what it’s all about – discovering them!

If you want to celebrate your birthday party in a city, take the train there together and pick out some typical food and drinks on the Internet. Then walk through the city, feast, taste, compare and discover what it has to offer. My friends were very enthusiastic about this times quite differently designed birthday party in Leipzig and Regensburg.
In the wine regions of Germany, you can also go on wine walks and hike from winery to winery. I know wine hiking trails in the Palatinate and in Baden Würtemberg (Sasbach-Walden). Here you can get an overview of where there are wine walks – unfortunately I haven’t discovered a better site yet.

In Bavaria, however, there was a culinary hike for me that is hard to top: the beer hike! Since there is a high density of breweries in Bavaria, it is the Eldorado for every beer lover – but beer hiking trails also exist in Cologne and elsewhere, for example. On the website of the German Brewers Association there are some listed! Top tip: the Five Seidla Trail in Franconian Switzerland!

Do you know Schnapsbrunnen? Sounds like bachelor party and 18th birthday, but is a tradition in the Black Forest. Because there, every hiking troop while hiking always comes across cattle watering holes or beautifully lined up noble brandies with a donation box to strengthen in between. While hiking, the mood rises almost by itself. 🙂

I can only recommend the mill hike near Ottenhöfen in the Black Forest! Great old mills and good drops to discover!

Alternatives to birthday parties - with a wine hike

Wine Hike by Heilbronner Land (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2. Creative Alternative to Birthday Parties Party With a Workshop

  • Number of people: 2-10

If you ask me, being creative together is something of the most awesome there is! Especially when you make nails with heads and learn a skill together, which you always wanted to be able to. As a plus, you build, forge, sew, sculpt or chisel a keepsake – preferably something you’re dying to have.

No preparation required: for this, you book a class for everyone on the birthday. That can go into the purse, but does not have to. You can also ask around beforehand who would like to do a course with you as a birthday event in making chocolates, jewelry, sewing, building a table and pay for it yourself as a birthday gift, so to speak, that you do it together.

Or you acquire everything you need for your own workshop and organize a creative party where you make something. For example, decorations with concrete, modern jewelry – even sculptures you can chisel at home. Of course, you have to gain experience on your own what works well and what doesn’t, while at a workshop a professional shows you how to do it best, reveals tips and tricks and thus guarantees optimal success.

3. Go on Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt and Catch Gangsters: One of the Most Fun Alternatives to  Birthday Parties

  • Number of people: 2-30, ideal with children

Adults crawl on all fours through the bushes and explore with shining eyes dilapidated factory buildings: the geocaching fever has seized them. Go on a treasure hunt and use the GPS to find a treasure that someone has hidden: that’s geocaching. Makes tremendous fun and is perfect if you want to celebrate his birthday times differently and children are present.

Geocaching can be done outside in nature as well as in the city. Because everywhere in Germany there are hidden treasures to lift – you just have to pick one of these GPS scavenger hunts. For this you can look on the Internet or you fall back on a guide (costs about 13 euros). Of course, you can also book geo caching with providers and will then fully equipped with everything you need (GPS device, etc.).
Less adventurous and muddy, there’s also the option of exploring a new city on a scavenger hunt. I can highly recommend the City Scavenger Hunt Dresden – you don’t need a city guide anymore and you discover the city yourself during a scavenger hunt.

What I really want to try is to add some action to it: there are also real scavenger hunts, where you start a mission with your GPS.

Treasure hunts and scavenger hunts – aren’t they actually the same thing? Nope! With the one, there’s treasure waiting to be discovered at the end, and with the scavenger hunt, not necessarily.

4.Go On an Adventure Together

Celebrate birthday in a different way - at Escape Game

Play a Escape Room Game at your birthday

  • Number of people: 2-6

Who ever wanted to slip into the skin of Indiana Jones or James Bond and solve tricky puzzles, crack codes, find secret doors, lift lost treasures and master a mission? And all that in just 60 minutes. Together with your guests. In cool designed worlds, where you immediately leave your everyday life behind and have a lot of fun together.

I confess to being a escape game fan. And I’m not alone – who has started once with the Escape Game play the does not stop so quickly. 🙂
It’s great if you want to celebrate your birthday in a different way in the evening. Before and in the middle of a pub crawl, for example, or as a highlight after going out to dinner together. For Adventure Friendship we have already tried some Escape Rooms in Berlin and reported about it, if you want to read in, how exactly you can imagine.

You can get an overview of where there are which Escape Games throughout Germany here. However, not all Escape Games that exist are listed! Best to research again regionally 😉

Tip for home: There are also Escape Games for home! They are much cheaper than a Live Escape Game and are also super fun. Whereas you can’t really compare the two – it’s a different experience!

5. Laser Tag in the Black Light Course as an Alternative to a Birthday Party

  • Number of people: 2-20

Together in a team master a course with obstacles, score points and perform tasks – and the whole thing in the black light in a horny atmosphere. Laser Tag is currently next to Escape Games the trend in indoor games and super for everyone who wants to celebrate his birthday differently and sporty in the Laserdrom.
At the beginning, each player gets a vest equipped with sensors and a phaser. As soon as one of the sensors is hit by an infrared or laser beam from the phaser, a comupter saves it and deducts a point from the player, eliminates him or deactivates him for a while. In addition, there are often so-called targets – targets that the team has to hit. With many laser tag providers, you can play missions in the course as a team or compete against other teams – or even play against zombies.

Discover ingenious birthday ideas, find special personal gifts and lots of inspiration for leisure activities: at Abenteuer Freundschaft there are new ideas every month for activities with friends, family and partner. Stay up to date and Like our page on Facebook and Instagram and recommend it to your friends!


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