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Making Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Come True: How To Plan A Music Lover’s Birthday Bash

What makes the ultimate music fan’s birthday party?  If you’re a Country Music Hall of Famer like Loretta Lynn, the answer is no less than an all-star birthday concert, featuring the likes of Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban.  For everyone else, an ice cream birthday cake might be a little more within reach, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate your coolest friends and family without breaking the bank.

Style it out

The US party planning industry grew by 2.9% last year to reach a revenue of $5bn, as more people engaged the services of professionals to plan their perfect party.  If you’re on a budget, you can still achieve great results by using your birthday person as your inspiration. From John Legend’s Casino Royale themed 40th, to Ric Flair’s extravagant surprise 70th, the key to any great party is to celebrate the birthday boy (or girl)’s style.  If they’re a country fan, how about camping under the stars, playing acoustic sets by the campfire? If they love discovering new bands, why not find a local open mic night or organise your own, by hiring a hall or outdoor space and inviting local bands to play?

Birthday wishes from near and far

One of the best things about birthdays is hearing from friends and family you may not get to see every day.  Studies have shown that everyone has around 150 meaningful acquaintances max; imagine if you heard from each of them on your big day?  Whether it’s a social media message, birthday card or phone call, everyone loves to hear from their friends.  Why not gather everyone’s messages together and present them as a book? For the budding lyricists among you, composing a unique birthday greeting is a really special, thoughtful way to mark the day and is bound to be treasured for a long while afterwards.  If music tech is more your thing, why not choose a song and ask people to record lines and send them to you to cut together?

What’s on the menu?

Of course, one of the highlights of every party is the food.  Whether you are cooking at home or hiring a caterer, make sure your invitation asks people to specify any allergies.  Around 32 million Americans experience food allergies so you will need to be vigilant about ingredients and cross-contamination.  Once the safety stuff is taken care of, you can get on with having a great time.  Whether it’s dirty burgers, Jack Daniels soaked ribs or pizza under the stars, there’s plenty of hearty food to match the mood. Don’t forget the cake; whether it’s shaped like a bass guitar or DJ decks, a customized cake is a great way to make the party more personal.

Turn it up

Any self-respecting Vents reader will love their music, so it’s bound to be a focal point of the night.  If live music or a DJ isn’t an option, you could put together a one-off playlist by asking friends and family to contribute songs that remind them of the birthday person.  You may need to do a little curating to make the tracks flow, but with a little effort you can soon have a soundtrack for the night that’s unique to the people attending.

Throwing a birthday party can be a lot of hard work, but it’s always worth it when the recipient has a great time.  Take your style cues from them, choose food and music to match, and put a musical twist on greetings and messages from loved ones for a truly unique night.  You may not be a Hall of Famer, but you can still put on an all-star occasion.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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