Birthday party venues on Peerspace typically cost between $100 — $150 per hour.
Looking for 18th birthday party ideas that usher in adulthood in the funnest way possible? We get it! Every teen wants to celebrate their imminent adulthood in high style. And while saying goodbye to childhood can be difficult for parents, teens definitely want to mark the occasion and party. So help them ease the transition by hosting a truly memorable birthday blowout!
Ahead, we share 11 unforgettable 18th birthday party ideas that are sure to delight the newly grown-up guest of honor, and sweeten the adulting deal – at least temporarily!
Be sure to pair these incredible 18th birthday party ideas with a perfect party venue through Peerspace. Peerspace is the largest online marketplace for hourly event venues. And not just any venues — we’re talking stylish lofts, rustic cabins, sky-high penthouses, and mansions with pools, to describe but a few options.
Check out Peerspace with your teen to see what venue stands out to them! The cool thing is that you and your guests will enjoy a private venue with all the amenities you can ask for. And with the help of your venue’s local host, you may even be able to enhance your booking with tasty catering, special lighting, and a skilled DJ.
Without further ado, here are our favorite 18th birthday party ideas!
1. Book a Peerspace venue
Check out Peerspace for some highly original venues where you can host an unforgettable 18th birthday party. All spaces are available to book by the hour, are owned by locals, and provide you with the ambiance and amenities you want.
So what types of spaces can you rent on Peerspace?
Here are some of our favorite options for 18th birthday parties:
- This industrial warehouse venue in Oakland, CA (pictured above) with space for 60 guests, modular tables and chairs, a kitchen, outdoor space, a sound system, and plenty of dance floor space
- This central loft with skyline views in Sydney, Australia with space for 50 guests, an open-plan living area, a full kitchen, and color-changing lights
- This luxury lakefront condo in Orlando, FL with a pool that has a grotto, waterfalls, and custom LED lighting, as well as kitchen access, hammocks, and a volleyball sand court
- This Soho loft penthouse in Manhattan, NYC with space for 50 guests, a sound system, a projector and screen, and a gorgeous rooftop garden with views for days
- This beautiful gallery space for events in London, UK with space for 20 guests, an open floor plan, a grand piano, and optional catering services
- This industrial chic loft in Detroit, MI with space for 20 guests, a modern and rustic ambiance, a kitchen, comfy seating, and parking
As you can see, Peerspace offers you access to exciting 18th birthday party-friendly venues in cities across the globe. There are thousands of similar, reasonably priced venues where you can host a truly unforgettable party for your 18-year-old. To find the latest and greatest spaces near you, visit our platform, conduct a search, and get excited!
2. Mocktails, anyone?
Alcohol is still a definite no-no for American teens at age 18. Remind them that they don’t need alcohol to celebrate a birthday and host a mocktail-making party! This is a fun way to get everyone together and make something tasty to sip during the party.
Mocktails are heavy on fruit juice and seltzer, so variety is key to ensure there is an option for every taste. Search Pinterest and TikTok for mocktail recipes that will delight your teen and their friends.
You can also opt to book a charming Peerspace venue that has plenty of countertop space for all the mocktail-making hijinx. For instance, we love this contemporary roof deck lounge in Boston! It has a huge buffet-style dining table that seats 10 indoors, an electric fireplace, and a spacious outdoor lounge with plenty of seating and amazing skyline views. It’s perfect for 19th birthday party mocktails in a sophisticated setting.
And if you’d rather leave it all to the professionals, check in with the host to see if they can connect you with a professional bartender who’s excited about the prospect of making mocktails for the young crowd.
3. Host a drive-in shindig
Rent a projector and a giant inflatable movie screen and show a couple of the birthday person’s favorite films. Invite all their friends and family, tell them to bring blankets or other seating, and walk around serving popcorn, soda, and maybe some finger food. Don’t forget to provide a cake! You could even embarrass the guest of honor by projecting some of their baby photos.
If you don’t have enough space available, book a Peerspace home with a big backyard or an indoor private movie theater. There are plenty of stunning options out there!
For instance, you can book this drive-in movie theater in Santa Monica (pictured above) which is a 60,000-square-foot outdoor space just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier. This is one of those 18th birthday party ideas that are fun year-round and that create lasting memories.
Learn more with: how much does it cost to rent a movie theater for a birthday party?
4. Throw a sleepover
Now that the birthday kid is technically an adult, host a co-ed sleepover which no doubt would have been illicit before this big milestone date. Show horror films, eat junk food, and play those fun sleepover games that everyone with actual responsibilities looks back on longingly. It will thrill the guests to keep one toe in childhood before being pushed out into the big, scary world of being a grownup.
Want to host this one outside the home? We get it! Why not book a totally amazing glamping space for your teen and their friends? And of course, you can do so with ease through Peerspace.
Here are a few of our favorite spaces to get you started:
- This glamping yurt/tent in Alfred, ME for small groups of four with a grill and seating areas
- This luxury camping site on four acres of woodland in Lancashire, UK with lodges, pods, and yurts
- This desert hilltop glamping site in Joshua Tree, CA with patios, hammocks, and a bar and kitchen area
- This retreat rentals space in the Catskills in Woodridge, NY with cottages, bungalows, tiny homes, and geodesic domes
- This glamping cabin on a flower farm in Newfane, VT with a mini cabin, an outdoor shower, a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, and a hammock on six acres of land
- This boutique event and glamping space in Elgin, TX with several cabins, tents, an Airstream, and gathering spaces
5. Personalized party
Is the newly 18-year-old into cooking fine food? Host a collaborative dinner party with their friends and family. Do they like making music? Why not have an old-fashioned sing-along with or without a karaoke machine? Maybe they’re a fan of magic. If so, hire a magician!
Such a highly personalized event will let them know that they are truly loved and heard. They will forever look back fondly on this unforgettable 18th birthday party idea.
6. Have an in-home makeover event
If the birthday guest of honor is interested in shopping and/or makeovers, hire stylists to come to the party and do the guests’ hair and makeup. Partygoers (or in this case, their parents) are expected to purchase items from these services, so let the guest of honor select their own birthday gifts from the smorgasbord of fabulous temptations.
Nationwide examples of these services are Glam Squad and Pamper Party, but if they’re not available in your area, just do an internet search for in-home makeover party services. Alternatively, you could always have an in-home spa party with homemade or store-bought facial masks, colorful pedicures, or whatever would make the birthday person happiest.
Our relaxing spa birthday party ideas help you plan this suggestion to perfection. Check them out!
7. Retro roller skating
When was the last time your 18-year-old went roller skating? Probably too long ago. Rent out or just take over your local rink and host an unforgettable eighteenth birthday party under the colorful lights. Skate to the sound of the greatest disco hits of all time. Shoot the duck, play limbo, and enjoy a corndog or slushy at the snack bar.
With Peerspace, you can find all types of skate parks in cities across the globe to rent for your event. For example, check out this 2-acre outdoor roller rink in San Diego! This colorful open-air facility boasts skate rentals, graffitied murals, a DJ booth, party lighting, selfie stations, and more.
Let the DJ know that there’s a birthday in the house, and they’re sure to play the guest of honor’s favorite song. Again, don’t forget to bring a cake, because that’s one of those 18th birthday party ideas that fits everywhere!
8. Take a birthday vacay
If it’s in the budget, invite the newly minted 18-year-old’s besties and family members on a getaway. The birthday person could choose a carpool day trip party to a state park for a picnic, a week-long bash at a people-pleasing destination like Disneyland, or a day sprawling on a sandy beach. Heading out of town with friends and family is an 18th birthday party idea that they won’t soon forget.
Opt to rent a luxury home on Peerspace that will make it feel like a birthday vacay retreat for everyone invited.
Learn more about renting luxury homes by the hour on Peerspace here!
9. Get crafty
It’s always fun to get together and make stuff, so another idea for an unforgettable eighteenth birthday party is to host a crafting party. Crafting parties can take place at your home or at a local venue, like a paint-your-own-pottery boutique. Guests can make anything from beaded jewelry to paint-by-number posters, learn to knit, or tie-dye some team birthday shirts.
If you’re short on ideas, consider this list of adult craft party ideas!
10. Mighty mysterious dinner
Wannabe detectives of all ages love a good murder mystery, especially when it doubles as a birthday dinner party. While you can invent your own clandestine narrative setup, you can also find prepackaged thematic mystery party games online.
Simply answer the questions about how many guests will be attending, download and (sometimes) print the materials, and pay for the package. Voila! You’ve cracked the code of how to host an unforgettable 18th birthday party.
You can even rent a unique home on Peerspace and play the murder mystery within its eccentric walls! Like, for example, this 70s retro vintage home in Las Vegas! It’s a mini-mansion with luxury furnishings, colorful art, and cool knickknacks in every corner. Oh, and let’s not forget the saltwater pool, the stone fireplace, and the Prince-inspired room that will delight and awe your 18-year-old.
Our how to host a murder mystery party post offers all the tips and tricks you need to pull off this idea brilliantly!
11. Dessert potluck
If sweets are your teen’s jam, host a collective dessert party. Everyone brings a cake, cookies, soda, pie, and other tempting treats of their choosing, so you can all enter a sugar coma together. What a way to ring in adulthood! Your 18-year-old will thank you sweetly.
If you host your event at a Peerspace venue, you can even book a private event at a local ice cream or dessert shop. That way, all you, the birthday person, and your guests have to do is show up and eat!
Check out our sweet ice cream party ideas here!
Bonus: 18th birthday photoshoot … with a theme!
We love this idea! Why? Birthday photoshoots are all the rage right now. And, it’s an excellent way to humblebrag your way to more Instagram attention. Oh, and what better milestone birthday to enjoy a professional photoshoot than for your 18th? All you need is a theme and a killer Peerspace photoshoot setting to make your shoot come to life.
How about neon disco? The lights and colors will make you stand out gloriously! If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, why not book this funky historic church-turned-event space? It’s 150,000 square feet of lights, visual projections, and audio hookups, not to mention incredible decor!
After you book a Peerspace, you’ll need to enlist the services of a professional photographer in your area. You can consult our photography resources page to discover popular photographers in your area who matches your style. Plus, if you plan ahead, you can book a Peerspace venue for your birthday party that is wildly stylish so that it doubles as the perfect photoshoot background!
Finally, gather all your friends and let the photog do their thing, capturing candids of you and your crew while you celebrate and while you pose. You’ll end up with tons of incredible photos that you will cherish forever! For more 18th birthday party photoshoot ideas, check out our article on this very subject.
Peerspace brings your 18th birthday party ideas to life
An 18th birthday only rolls around once! Help your teen start their adulthood right with a few of these party ideas at a sensational Peerspace party venue. With thousands of Peerspace venues available by the hour in towns and cities across North America and beyond, you’ll find something that suits your teen’s style. The only problem you may have is narrowing it down to just one space!
And remember, you can rope in the help of your chosen venue’s host to maximize your booking with catering, a DJ, a photographer, and anything else you want. You don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility to arrange and host an 18th birthday party blowout when you have Peerspace at your side.