After a certain age, it can feel like birthdays just aren’t a big deal anymore - or they’re a big deal for the wrong reasons. But a birthday should always be a big deal! It’s about celebrating you, and your importance to the people around you. That’s why no matter the number, you should always celebrate your birthday.

That being said, there are certain milestone birthdays that should definitely be acknowledged. In some cultures 15 is a big deal, while others celebrate turning 16. Twenty-one is another big deal, as is 40, 50, or really any number that ends in zero.

But how do you celebrate those milestone birthdays without resorting to cheesy old themes like “over the hill”? Here are a few ideas for throwing a creative milestone birthday celebration privater event at Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC.

Party Like It’s 1999

Okay, maybe not 1999, but make your party theme the year of your guest of honor’s birth. Born in 1973? Have everyone dress up like it’s the 70’s for your 50th birthday party. Use retro colors like yellows, greens, oranges, and browns. Dress in bell bottoms. Research food trends from that year and serve your guests an upscale version of the snack of the year. Play music from that year, or from the decade, and let yourself feel young again.

The Future Looks Bright

If the past isn’t your thing, look ahead to the future. A future theme such as “where will you be in another 40 years” is a fun way to engage your guests. Have everyone dress like they think people will dress in the future, or when they’re double their current age.

Play Favorites

What does your guest of honor like to do for fun? Are they a sports fan? Do they enjoy crafts, wine tasting, or reading? Make that the theme of your event. Guests can dress as their favorite players, or as members of your honoree’s team.

For the bookworm, decorate the event in vintage books, and have guests share their favorite books as gifts for the recipient.

If your honoree enjoys wine, set up a wine tasting event for your guests, with bottles of their favorite as favors to take home. Our in-house catering team can even help with the food pairings to go best with the wines your guests will be drinking and sampling at your party.

There is no shortage of ideas for making a memorable and creative milestone birthday party. Just remember, life is a celebration! To learn more about hosting a birthday party or any other gathering with us, please contact Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC today!