13 Awesome Winter Birthday Party Ideas

Winter birthdays sometimes get the short end of the stick — they’re competing with national holidays and are at the mercy of lousy weather. Winter babies learn to roll with it, although combined holiday and birthday presents can be a drag. Tired of being housebound? Book a Peerspace, then choose one of the following winter birthday party ideas and make it an unforgettable celebration.

1. Tubing

Lots of people can’t ski, snowboard, or ice skate, but tubing is something literally everyone can do. The only required equipment is warm, waterproof clothing and a little bit of fearlessness. Bundle up, hit the slopes, and laugh until your stomach hurts! This is one of those winter birthday party ideas for the outdoorsy types. When all is said and done, retreat to the lodge with your best buds for warm drinks and stories by the fire. Best birthday ever.

2. Just dance

Not every winter birthday party idea has to include an embrace of cold weather. Move inside to a dance or yoga studio — easily found on Peerspace — and have a dance class — belly, ballroom, or square. It doesn’t matter how uncoordinated or repressed your guests: among friends and with proper instruction, everyone is Fred Astaire. Put together a trunk of appropriate clothing and accessories to help them into character. Among laid-back winter birthday party ideas, this is one of the easiest to organize!

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3. Spa buyout

Winter is a time when we tend to neglect our self-care, making an after-hours spa party a necessity! Work with your local salon and spa to create a menu of services for men and women. Both men and women will enjoy massage and facial, manicures/pedicures (and any man who says he doesn’t like it is lying). Is your group full of guys? Add an additional service of straight razor shaves and beard care. 

4. Baking bash

It’s nice and warm in the kitchen! For a late-year, pre-holiday winter birthday party idea, get a herd of friends together to crank out holiday cookies and treats. What’s your favorite: cookies, pies, or cupcakes? Pick a few favorites, assign a list of ingredients to each guest, and book a spot with tons of counter space and a big oven. Brew plenty of coffee and splash them with warming liquors — coffee and Irish cream flavors are always a hit. Enjoy the spoils of your hard work!

5. Luau

Everyone loves a luau! Nothing shakes off the winter chill and sets a celebratory mood like bright color decor and Hawaiian drums. Winter birthday party ideas like this one can always involve a taste of paradise. Serve strong, sweet cocktails in a coconut, roasted meats, grilled fruit, spicy-tangy-sweet flavors. Grass skirts optional.

6. Winter camping

Warning: this is only for the truly adventurous! Winter should not be anyone’s first time camping, but for those who spend lots of time in the woods, it’s a blast! Provide a packing checklist with your invitations, including assignments of who is to bring firewood and meal prep. Three words of advice: foil packet cooking. It’s a crash course in survival skills, although chances are your winter birthday camping adventure won’t happen too terribly far from home.  

7. Beaujolais dinner

Among winter birthday party ideas for those who prefer to celebrate in a more intimate setting: wine and dinner with friends. Beaujolais nouveau gets a lot of press, but the region is more complex than a single wine! It holds more universal appeal than any of the bigger reds we tend to drink in the winter — it’s light and full of red berry flavors. Do a little bit of research and create a simple menu that celebrates the comfort foods of winter. It goes well with dark chocolate birthday cake.

8. Cross-country skiing

This winter birthday event will be best with some advance planning. Map out your route ahead of time and make sure to include stops at fire circles. Provide each guest with a list for a photo scavenger hunt and a backpack filled with rations: a small paper sack of roasted nuts and dried fruit; Thermos of broth-based soup; phyllo-wrapped brie with chutney, wrapped to be warmed over the fire; and, of course, water. Singing and blowing out of candles can happen once everyone has removed their gear for the day!

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9. Tree trimming

Just do it! Decorate your space with snowflakes and suspend garland made of puffs of cotton. Have an ornament-painting activity or, even better, ask guests to bring an ornament to hang on your tree. It is your birthday, after all! The menu is simple: serve festive canapes and mountains of cookies; offer spiked eggnog and peppermint cocktails.

10. For the quiet among us  

Step one: search Peeerspace for a creative space or floral shop venue. From there, choose what DIY class you and your friends would enjoy to celebrate your winter birthday. Create snow globes, grapevine wreaths, or garland made of fabric scraps. No need for party favors — they’ll create their own. This is one of the more creative winter birthday party ideas.

11. Caribbean party

Think warm thoughts! Reggae music and steel drums greet your guests as you welcome them with a fruity rum drink — Goombay Smash is a great way to get a party started! Serve conch and rock lobsters, rice & peas, then top off the meal with guava duff and rum cake. This theme is guaranteed to have your guests up and dancing all night.

12. Bonfire  

This isn’t any old fire circle: we’re talking about a towering, raging photo op of a bonfire! Cooking, of course, should happen over a smaller fire, and should be a small step above typical camping fare. Grill meat and veggie kabobs and foil pans of o’Brien potatoes as the entree. For dessert, serve sugar cones filled with fruit, marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips. There’s nothing better than singing around a fire, so musically inclined friends can be encouraged to bring guitars.

13. Chili cookoff

Celebrate the connoisseur of all things spicy and hearty! Guests should arrive with their favorite chili concoction or accompaniment. Tell them to let loose! Your menu will then include interesting, diverse selections: five-bean, three-alarm, white chicken, chili pepper and chocolate. Add a six-pack of hot sauces and plenty of cold beer and non-alcoholic beverages to wash it down. This is best enjoyed in a venue with pool tables and dart boards. Trust us.

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