How to throw a luxury birthday party in 2024

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There’s nothing better in the midst of winter than having something to look forward to later in the year. And what better excuse is there than planning a milestone birthday celebration? But deciding you want to throw a party is the easy bit – it’s choosing what kind of birthday party you want that takes the effort! 

Luckily, our party planning experts at Henry Bonas are brimming with great luxury birthday party ideas. We’ve been planning and putting on incredible parties for over 20 years so we’ve got a few birthday party ideas up our sleeve!


Here are our top 3 tips on how to throw a luxury birthday party in 2024 

1. Get creative

Whether it’s a 21st birthday party or a 50th birthday party, this is your chance to be whoever you want to be. Always fancied yourself as 007? We’ll get the martinis (shaken not stirred) in for your James Bond birthday party! Always wanted to walk down the red carpet? We’ll help you write your Oscar acceptance speech! The point is, when it comes to luxury birthday party ideas, there are no limits. We have planned and designed some truly out-of-this-world birthday parties, perhaps none more so than our underwater Lost City of Atlantis party, complete with floating jellyfish and King Neptune!


2. But don’t go too far out of your comfort zone

Being centre of attention is not for everyone. We understand that, so, we also love putting on something more intimate and personal. We have access to some fantastic birthday party venues in London where you can host exclusive private dining experiences for your closest guests. You can discover more London party venues for intimate gatherings in our recent blog


3. Any date is the best date

We think the best time to throw a luxury birthday party is whenever you want to! If your birthday is in the depths of January and you’ve got your heart set on an outdoor cocktail party, then why not hold it in the spring or summer? Likewise, just because your birthday is the day before New Year’s Eve, why not go ahead and celebrate it on the day anyway? One thing you can guarantee is that whatever date you choose, you and your guests will have the best time. Birthday parties are all about the occasion – when that occasion might be is mostly irrelevant.


Some of our most memorable luxury birthday party ideas

At Henry Bonas, we’ve got every milestone covered, putting on fabulous birthday parties to celebrate every age. Here are some of our favourites:

1. Epic 21st birthday party in London

Catering for 200 guests of all ages, this 21st birthday party in London’s One Marylebone was the height of elegant simplicity and sophistication. Cocktails and canapes, followed by sharing platters and puddings led to guests dancing the night away to Soul Jets.


2. Gaucho BBQ 40th birthday party

A South American gaucho theme lent this 40th birthday party in the Cotswolds a relaxed and informal vibe. But that didn’t stop us pulling out all the stops – from the asado grill firepits and food to the roaming Cumbia band and bucking bronco, this was one wild night.


3. Black Tie 50th birthday party in the Cotswolds

Just to highlight that luxury birthday party ideas can be simple, one of the most delightful events we have organised was a black tie 50th birthday party in the Cotswolds. This took place at the client’s home, with a sumptuous five-course, sit-down meal in beautifully-decorated marquees in the garden. An evening of exquisite simplicity.


4. Egyptian 60th birthday party in the Cotswolds

We brought the greatest show to the Cotswolds with an Egyptian-themed birthday party that was full of wonder and awe. If the sight of pharaohs riding in on horseback and a real-life sphinx were not enough, imagine the guests’ surprise when they came upon the pyramids amongst the rolling hills of the Cotswolds!


5. Medieval Banquet 70th birthday party

Imagine a world of jousting knights, court jesters, opulent royal banquets and romantic castles – that’s what guests walked into at this magical 70th birthday party in the Cotswolds. Every detail was important, from the scroll-type invites and place names to the outdoor hog roasts slowly turning above specially created fire pits – this was a birthday party fit for a king!


Looking for luxury birthday party idea inspiration?

With over two decades’ experience planning and hosting memorable parties in London, Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, we have covered a lot of incredible party themes, many of which you can see in our portfolio.

If you’re thinking of hosting a luxury birthday party this year or next, talk to our party planning team first and let’s discuss how we can make your luxury birthday party ideas a reality.



Alice Smith

Alice joined us in 2022, and works alongside Henry in the delivery of our luxury weddings, parties and bespoke events across the Cotswolds and London, making sure every detail of your celebration is taken care of. Having started out as a luxury Chalet Host in the French Alps, she has nearly 6 years experience in the hospitality and events industry. She's always on the look out for the latest trends, and loves to bring a party to life with world-class entertainment.

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