The Latest Trends in Luxury Birthday Party Planning

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For 20 years, DFW Events has been known for coordinating luxury weddings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the globe. While our team remains truly passionate about every aspect of the wedding planning process (from vendor selections to the vow exchange), weddings certainly aren’t the only milestone celebrations that we coordinate. Grand openings, corporate galas and fundraisers, dignitary dinners, holiday parties, anniversaries, familiarity trips…we’re serious when we say that the “DFW” in our company name stands for Destinations, Fêtes, and Weddings. So today, we’re highlighting one particular type of event that never fails to make our hearts beat a little faster: the birthday party!

If you thought birthday parties were limited to the 10-and-under crowd, think again. We’re not just talking balloons, candles, and confetti here (although these party staples will never really go out of style). Think more along the lines of private museum tours, celebrity guest appearances, and itineraries that keep the party going all weekend long. This is the birthday party all grown up—a reimagined, sophisticated celebration worthy of your special occasion. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of our most recent fêtes as we explore the latest trends in luxury birthday party planning!

The Trend: Personalized Parties

Personalizing a party begins with selecting a theme that reflects your individual interests, passions, and experiences. We’ve custom-tailored birthdays based on inspirations ranging from classic cars, to a classic television series, to the ambience of a European club, which has resulted in a portfolio of parties that look completely different from one another in the best way possible!

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this party here

photos: Jason Kindig | more from this Hawaii 5-0 themed 50th here

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this 50th birthday party at The Joule here

Up next after selecting a theme? Custom branding everything (and we do mean everything). From bar fronts to cocktail napkins, embellishing as many details as possible with a custom personal logo is an excellent way to establish a consistent through-line and create a completely unique atmosphere. Brynn’s House of Blues themed Sweet 16 was a perfect example of birthday branding done right!

photos: Jason Kindig | more from this Sweet 16 here

The Trend: Colorful Celebrations

This just in: 40th, 50th, and 60th birthday parties are no longer synonymous with black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs. Elegant jewel-toned dinners, festive fuchsia soirees, and multi-colored metropolitan bashes are the new indicators of a life well-lived (and sensationally celebrated).

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this colorful 50th birthday party here

photos: Karlisch Studio | more luxe 40th birthday party ideas here

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | more details from this jewel-toned 60th birthday party here

The Trend: Double the Fun

Why celebrate one milestone birthday when you can raise a toast to two of them? Take a cue from Ike and Eric, best friends who joined forces to host a blow-out 60th birthday celebration at 6500 that featured a putting green, 3D Mapping show, models, international cuisine, and more!

photos: Jason Kindig | more of this joint 60th birthday celebration here

The Trend: Rustic Ranch Getaways

Birthdays have a way of reminding us that life moves quickly, but our clients have discovered a surefire way to slow time down—by hosting a laidback-yet-luxurious birthday celebration on a ranch in Texas! If sipping margaritas, enjoying roasted corn drenched in butter, line-dancing the night away, and ending the evening with a Hill Country sunset alongside friends and family won’t stop and make you smell the wildflowers, then really…what will?

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more from this 40th birthday party on a ranch in Texas here

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The Trend: Element of Surprise

When you think of surprise parties, you might think of guests crowding together in a darkened room until the time comes to jump out and surprise the unsuspecting birthday girl or boy. Today’s version of the surprise party, however, has just as much to do with surprising and delighting guests as it does with catching the host unaware! Teresa’s recent 50th birthday party at The Perot Museum perfectly encompassed both concepts. Teresa’s husband contacted our team in order to surprise his wife with an unexpected celebration, and in turn, we surprised the couple’s guests by transporting them from Houston to Dallas by private jet to enjoy an intimate progressive dinner on a grand scale.

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

Preparing to celebrate a milestone birthday or special occasion of your own? Get connected with our team here to start planning an event that’s 100% unique to you! 

Fuchsia-Infused 50th Birthday Party at The Joule

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We had the best time working with Lisa Spraggins to plan her husband’s classic car themed 50th birthday party, so imagine our excitement when we got the chance to team up again—this time to plan Lisa’s own 50th fête! If you thought 50th birthday parties meant black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs, think again. Lisa wanted her soirée to reflect her favorite things, so incorporating plenty of fuchsia design elements and serving up French-inspired cuisine were absolute musts. The result? A hip, club-like atmosphere that was as vibrant and fun as the birthday girl herself!

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

When it came to choosing a venue, The Joule proved to be the perfect setting for several reasons. “It’s such a great, chic hotel and the rooftop terrace with the private elevator entrance was perfect for the type of party I wanted,” says Lisa. “So many of my friends said that the walk-up had my name written all over it, which I loved!”

Bordered silk drapes washed in bright pink lights marked the party entrance, where guests were greeted by a champagne tower and given the opportunity to sign their names in Lisa’s guest book. In addition to including a book about the “City of Light” on the sign-in table, nods to Lisa’s favorite city, Paris, were incorporated via the menu—pomme frites, chocolate and vanilla bean macarons dusted in gold flakes, and a St. Germain infused signature cocktail dubbed the “French Blonde” were all on offer.

And speaking of drinks…they were served at the coolest custom bars! Glowing white facades were embellished with Lisa’s couture monogram from Paradise Design Co., and the design was also printed on cocktail napkins accented by gold foil. White banquettes overflowing with sequined pillows, a chic runway leading to the dance floor, cocktail tables covered in pink paisley linens, and floral arrangements composed of hydrangeas, roses, and orchid blooms completed the event environment. “Cesar at Bella Flora did an amazing job designing our event décor,” shares Lisa. “He got exactly who I was and understood everything I love about an event space.”

In keeping with the party’s club-like look and feel, DJ Andy Austin kept the dance floor full by spinning hits from behind a sleek white booth. A prop-filled photo booth provided an added dose of entertainment when a break from the dance floor was in order, and a surprise balloon drop proved to be the pièce de résistance that ended the evening in style!

Cheers to not one, but TWO incredible birthday celebrations for the sweetest family! We can’t wait for party number three with the Spraggins!

Looking for more birthday party inspiration? Check out these fantastic fêtes!

Sweet 16 inspired by the House of Blues
Luxe 40th birthday party at Dec on Dragon
40th birthday weekend on a private ranch in Texas
Colorful 50th birthday party at Dec on Dragon
Hawaii 5-0 themed party at private residence
Joint 60th birthday bash at 6500

Vendors:

Venue/Catering: The Joule Hotel
Photographer: Jason Kindig Photography
Floral: Bella Flora of Dallas
Lighting: BEYOND
DJ: Andy Austin
Photo Booth: PicFlips
Balloon Drop: Today’s Balloons
Paper + Logo Design: Alyssa Reeves, Paradise Design Co.
Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Brooke Nappier for DFW Events

Sweet 16 Celebration Inspired by House of Blues

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When the birthday girl has a passion for music and performing, there’s only one way to celebrate her Sweet 16—by transforming eM the Venue into her very own concert hall à la House of Blues!

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

Neon lighting and decor created a vibrant backdrop for Bryn’s birthday party while custom pillows, signage, cups, napkins, and wristbands embellished with the party’s emblem brought the “House of Bryn” to life. And let’s not forget the live entertainment, flash tattoos, and loads of eats and sweets party-goers enjoyed throughout the evening!

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Needless to say, we had the best time rockin’ and rollin’ at the House of Bryn. Here’s a closer look at all the details that made this party sing! 

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Vendors:

Venue and Lighting: eM the Venue
Floral, Design, and Invitations: Dr. Delphinium
Band: Taylor Pace Orchestra
DJ: Andy Austin
Caterer: Farm to Market Catering, Savor Gastropub
Photos: Jason Kindig
Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Ice Cream Treats: Frost 321
Cake: Pink Apron Pastry
Piano Rental: Piano Gallery Dallas
Cups and Napkins: Paper Place
Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt and Tayler Simoneau for DFW Events

Jewel Toned 60th Birthday Party at Brook Hollow Golf Club

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With a color palette as rich as a ruby and a birthday girl capable of outshining any diamond, our vote for flat-out-fabulous party of the year goes to Robyn Conlon’s January celebration at Brook Hollow!

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer

The Garden Gate and Bella Acento perfectly captured Robyn’s vision for a jewel toned soiree saturated by color. “Junior knew how much I loved my Crystal Charity Ball theme, Jewels of the Garden,” says Robyn, who was the 2014 CCB chair, “and used a lot of things from that.” The result? A fantastic fête with equal parts color and class!

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Luxe 40th Birthday Party at Dec on Dragon

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again…there’s no need to go with dark decor for milestone birthdays unless black just so happens to be your favorite color. For Adriana’s 40th fête, hot pink was the primary color of the evening and we couldn’t have been happier about her selection!

From the sunset-hued arrangement of 500 roses created by Jackson Durham Events, to the incandescent bars and signage, to the take-home recovery kits provided for guests, all of the decorative details combined to create a bright, fun party atmosphere at Dec on Dragon  (no rose-colored glasses required).

photos: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Studio

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Classic Car Themed 50th Birthday Party at Chicken Scratch

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Classic cars, backyard games, southern cooking, and a surprise celebrity guest. This 50th birthday bash at Chicken Scratch had all the ingredients needed to create a perfect party atmosphere…and then some!

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

We had so much fun working with Lisa to plan a special event that her husband, Cary, would never forget. Cary’s enthusiasm for classic cars—especially his replica 1966 AC Cobra—served as the starting point for the party’s design and details. The look of the vehicle was specifically reflected via Cary’s custom party logo. Just like the AC Cobra, the logo was red with two stripes down the middle, and was showcased in various ways throughout the evening!

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Birthday Celebration on a Private Ranch in the Texas Hill Country

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This incredible weekend celebration (which was featured by Style Me Pretty Living) began with one simple request from the birthday girl: to bring all of her favorite people to her favorite place, her family’s ranch!

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The weekend began with a welcome on the front porch, after which guests were escorted to our very own (and super chic) “RV Village” adorned Texas-style with a handmade wooden sign naming each accommodation after a tiny Texan town.

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Guests put on their boots and headed to a welcome fiesta complete with margaritas and fajitas by Perini Ranch, not to mention Mexican roasted corn drenched in butter, all served on colorful Fiesta ware. Mexican inspired linens boasted bright colors and complemented the gorgeous wildflower centerpieces. Classic country tunes played as the night continued, and the evening was topped off by a Hill Country sunset.

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After a barbecue lunch and a day of enjoying longhorns, skeet shooting, and fishing, guests cleaned up and got ready for the birthday celebration.

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A lattice-lined tent was positioned in the middle of the property to take advantage of the sunset. The goal was to create a sense of “Southern Elegance” while not losing the feeling of being at the ranch.

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Jackson Durham created incredible balance with elegant floral and place settings combined with the birthday girl’s favorite pumpkins and antlers that were found on the property. The windmill, a treasured find by the event’s hostess, created a focal point, as well as the Edison bulb light fixture that ran the entire length of the tent. Shelves stocked with found china and milk glass pieces added a cozy feel.

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To close the evening, guests two-stepped the night away to the sounds of Three Fools on Three Stools and got a lesson in country western dancing under glowing stringer lights – a perfect ending to an unforgettable birthday celebration!

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Vendors:

Caterer: Perini Ranch
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer, Sarah Kate Barger
Florist/ Linens: Jackson Durham
Lighting & Audio: Beyond Lighting
Build: Stageworks, Nelson Robinson
Tent: Sandone Productions
Restrooms/Event Power: United Rentals Power & HVAC
RV Rentals/Generator: DFW Camper Rentals
Saturday Night Band: Three Fools on Three Stools
Saturday Night Caller: David Callahan
Birthday Cake: Dallas Affaires
Rentals: Ducky Bob’s, Bella Acento (chargers)
Flights: Strong Travel
Paper Products: Paradise Design Co.
Calligrapher: Laurie Harper
Transportation: Premier Transportation
Mules: Metro Golf Cars
Coordination: Eden Harkins and Sarah Kane for DFW Events

Colorful 50th Birthday Party at Dec on Dragon

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Fiftieth birthday parties may have been synonymous with “Over the Hill” signs and all-black decor in the past, but we are thrilled to announce that those days are behind us! Take this recent fête, for example. Décor in shades of gold and pink were selected in lieu of ebony. Guests lounged on day beds accented by patterned throw pillows while enjoying delicious bites and sips. Floral arrangements bursting with coral and yellow blooms sat atop everything from accent tables to a boxwood-covered bar labeled with custom signage. If you have a major milestone coming up, take a few cues from these colorful hues and throw a party that’s focused on celebrating life rather than mourning how quickly the clock seems to tick—no black balloons required!

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

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Vendors:

Venue: DEC on Dragon

Catering: Food Glorious Food

Entertainment: The Project

Photographer: Jason Kindig Photography

Design, Linens, and Rentals: Jackson Durham

Lighting: BEYOND

Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt and Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

60th Birthday Celebration at 6500

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A putting green, a 3D Mapping show, models, and stir fry. We’ll save you the guessing game and just go ahead and tell you what each of these elements have in common—they were all part of best friends Ike and Eric’s 60th birthday celebration!

[photos: Jason Kindig Photography]

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The Brown Green 60th birthday party at Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas, Tx.

Upon arrival at 6500 on Cedar Springs, guests relaxed and enjoyed the offerings from two separate bars until—surprise!—drapes were pulled back to reveal the main party room and a musical performance by Simply Irresistible.

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From the Food Glorious Food catering stations that featured Shanghai chicken stir fry, halibut tacos, and short rib sandwiches, to the visual feast of DJ and Drummer’s 3D mapping show, party-goers faced no shortage of entertainment or opportunities to nosh throughout the evening.

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When a break from the dance floor was needed, some guests lounged in u-shaped banquettes and upholstered car seats custom designed by Stage Works while others enjoyed golf instruction provided by models with Jan Strimple Productions. To reflect Ike and Eric’s love of sports and modern art, additional models were “outfitted” in body paint that was expertly applied by Sharon Hodges to look like Cowboys and Stars jerseys.

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Ike and Eric’s custom logo served as the basis of the party’s design, and was developed by Spun Creative Group’s Natalia Saenz to reference their names and date of birth. The unique motif was featured on everything from the event signage to the late-night cones of popcorn and fries guests enjoyed, and served as a constant reminder of the motivation behind this duo’s celebration—60 years of loving life!

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The Brown Green 60th birthday party at Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas, Tx.

The Brown Green 60th birthday party at Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas, Tx.

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Vendors:

Venue: 6500
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Design/Décor: Stage Works, Nelson Robinson
Rentals/Linen: BBJ Linen
Valet: Gold Crown
Photographer: Jason Kindig Photography
Band: Simply Irresistible
DJ: Focus 3D
Lighting: Beyond
Body Painting: Sharon Hodges
Golf Models: Jan Strimple Productions
Coordination: Abby Prude for DFW Events