11 Creative 21st Birthday Decoration Ideas (2024)

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Searching for 21st birthday decoration ideas? Then Peerspace has you covered! At least in the United States, when a person turns 21, their milestone birthday is almost always alcohol-centric. But Peerspace is here to help you plan an incredible 21st that goes beyond the typical. The largest online peer-to-peer venue rental platform, Peerspace has bookings in hundreds of cities. They range from mansions to art galleries to professional kitchens. There’s an option for any birthday party celebrant.

And what’s more, you can decorate and personalize many of these spaces to your heart’s content – at least while you have the rental. Here are 11 creative 21st birthday decoration ideas far superior to the frat party look of empty bottles and smashed cans.

1. Cowboy up to a Wild West birthday bash

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Wow your friends at an Old Western cowboy mining town complete with a vintage saloon for the 21st birthday festivities. You’ll find this unique venue on 2.5 acres of land in a semi-rural area near Los Angeles, CA in Littlerock.

Decorate the staged scene further with still more Western kitsch or sparkle up the event barn with bling and glitter for a Space Cowboy vibe. Make vintage wanted posters in advance to post around the town and give to guests as memorabilia. It’s a fun and creative space that only invites more fun and creativity.

Another perk that comes with using Peerspace to book unique spaces? You can read genuine reviews from past renters before you make a booking decision! Here’s what one Peerspace user shared after booking a video shoot here: “A cute Western Town, with great props and a very nice standby area. It was an place to shoot in. Roy was very nice, accommodating, and understanding to all our needs and even had lots of extra props to use.”

2. Get all dolled up and enjoy a retro beauty shop party

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Pamper your favorite birthday pal at the Pink Palace beauty salon in downtown Augusta, GA. Show off your new look at the onsite bar and observe the traditional 21st birthday toast. This venue can accommodate a small dance party with up to 20 guests or try a creative beauty shop singalong in the retro sci-fi-esque salon chairs.

You can decorate the 21st birthday party with curlers and smocks, and maybe a bubble machine for a sudsy effect. Add tons of flowers to go with the all-pink scene.

3. Garlands and glow in an MCM Venice bungalow

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Celebrate 21 with a private beach party at a beautiful mid-century modern bungalow in Venice, CA. Accent the outdoor patio with flower garlands and paper streamers. and set out a luscious cake from a local bakery – remember, pretty food doubles as the ultimate decoration.

Shower the guest of honor with biodegradable colorful confetti to kick off an evening of dancing with the glow of the marina lights reflecting the water.

Here are more fun Los Angeles birthday ideas for celebrating in the City of Angeles (no matter your age!).

4. Delight your horror-addict friend with a gothic escape room scene in the UK

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Adventurous horror fans would delight in a 21st birthday party in this spooky escape room housed in a Victorian-era building in Staffordshire. Relax to music in the retro living room and play with the Ouija board – if you dare – until all the guests hopefully escape. After that, you can move the party to the private RedRum onsite bar.

5. Create Carnival vibes in this New Orleans boho flex space

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Host a birthday dinner party with friends in this upbeat, colorful New Orleans flex space dripping with the Bayou State’s creative vibes. This venue has tons of amenities for a Carnival-style party. You can jazz it up with even more birthday decorations by draping Mardi Gras beads around and spreading lucky coinage on the surfaces.

A Peerspace reviewer called it “a spectacular venue for any social gathering you are considering. I fell in love with its unique & comfortable decor which lent itself perfectly to our “Speakeasy” theme. Everything that one could need to make guests happy is there, but even if you should need something unusual, such as a mirror ball, Cam [the host] will do her best to make it happen.”

6. Enhance the natural beauty of an elevated mountain escape

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Nature lovers seeking a low-key – yet highly Instragrammable – celebration might consider a party at this mountain escape in Florissant, CO. This cabin all but guarantees cinematic sunsets to set the stage, and the wooded lands surrounding the area offer a sense of peace. Decorate the 21st birthday gathering with abundant fresh herbs and flowers. At 8,500 square feet above sea level, the space is so picturesque that you won’t need much to enhance it.

7. Throw a stylish dance party at an eclectic lake house

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Elevate their birthday with a bash at this artistic house on Arkansas’ Lake Hamilton. Each of the home’s three stories overlooks the beautiful lake, and the space is capacious enough to host a party with 35 guests.

Here’s a fun 21st birthday decoration idea: find some Vaudevillian-style French posters and ask guests to wear eclectic costumes that match the home’s hip vibe. Then enjoy a private dance party on the property’s 1.1 lovely acres.

8. Set sail and decorate a stranded ship with mountain views

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For a unique 21st, host a party at this abandoned ship in Topanga, CA, just outside Los Angeles. Swashbuckle around your own secret island hideout and share a toast as the sunset drenches the mountains. Decorate the event with nautical and pirate-themed elements and have the birthday star find their gifts using a sepia-toned treasure map.  

Check out this helpful review from a Peerspace user who booked a shoot here: “What a stunning location! We filmed a music video. Everything was just perfect and so much better than on the pictures. The views are amazing and the ship really is a beautiful home with gorgeous details. There are so many (inside and) outside spots you can use for filming.”

Check out these epic pirate party ideas to enhance your party at this awesome shipwrecked site!

9. Set the scene in a Seattle upscale speakeasy hideout

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Now that the guest of honor is 21, give them the 1920s party they’re too cool for in this Capitol Hill Seattle speakeasy. The speakeasy boasts unique decor thanks to its chemistry theme (think test tube chandeliers, a periodic table of the elements mural, etc.) and provides you mixologists and optional veggie catering from the adjoining bookstore. The venue is already dark and sultry, so as a 21st birthday decoration idea, honor the grunge scene with still more black accents. Consider a smoke machine if the host will allow it.

“This space was perfect for my 30th birthday soirée,” shares a Peerspace reviewer. “It’s an intimate space, perfect for a group of 20-30 people to have a classy affair. The venue has gorgeous details, including the cutest little nook, wall decor and lighting that make it a perfect turn-key space. The venue was also so accommodating, and Jordan is great at working with you to customize the space for your needs.”

10. Get decked out in deco at this FiDi historic bar

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Celebrate 21 with a Gatsby-inspired 1920s-themed party. This Art Deco bar in San Francisco, CA is the perfect setting for your Prohibition Era party. Ethically sourced ostrich feathers are a must for table settings and check out vintage shops and costume rental places for inspired décor elements. Think sequins and fringe, velvet and tassels. The lounge’s red velvet backdrop will make some incredible pics to help the guest of honor remember the night.

11. Throw a beach bash with all the flair at this Tampa hidden paradise

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Florida beckons not only retirees but the hippest 21-year-olds. This outdoor party paradise in Tampa, FL offers a pool, hot tub, a stylish covered bar, and a mini park with trails and bamboo. Imagine this darling space decorated with shells, starfish, sand buckets, and pink flamingos for your oh-so-stylish soiree. Go yacht rock, go tiki – you can’t lose in a party space like this. Bonus: it’s big enough to hold up to 40 revelers, young and old.

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