5 Over-the-Top, Celebrity-Inspired Birthday Ideas


I usually wouldn’t say this, but there is a lot we can learn from celebrities and I’m not just talking about “what not to do” either. When it comes to Hollywood stars, they know how to throw a party.

You don’t need the cash or celebrity status to rip off a few of their ideas and throw a mad bash of your own. Here are five extravagant lessons to learn from.

Get it on Film

Kristen Bell Sloth Birthday Surprise, EllenIf there’s anything we can learn from Kristen Bell‘s birthday-sloth meltdown is that every party requires a video camera capturing the chaos.

On the star’s 31st birthday her fiance, Dax Shepard, made Bell think that he brought home the coveted critter. But instead of the expected reaction of smiles and cheers, Bell freaked out and started crying hysterically.

“I knew it, I don’t know why, I knew it,” she says through her tears on the video that has garnered more than 13 million hits on YouTube. Take a lesson from the hilarious and thoughtful Shepard get the party on film.

Hire a videographer to make sure the party can be visually enjoyed again and again.

Lesson learned: have your camera ready.

Costumes Required

Tori Spelling - Alice in Wonderland Birthday PartyCelebrating their daughter’s first birthday, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott went all out in Alice In Wonderland style. Hattie had a Mad Hatter’s Party and all 150 guests were dressed to play the part.

Held in their backyard that was transformed into a tea party wonderland, family and friends portrayed the tale’s favorites: the Queen of Hearts, Alice and the Mad Hatter himself. Lesson learned: choose a party theme.

With the help of specialty stores that sell supplies for a birthday party theme, deciding on decorations, menu choices and party attire will be a lot easier.

Go Big or Go Home

Perez Hilton Birthday, Kary Perry and ElephantWhen celebrity blogger Perez Hilton threw himself a carnival-themed birthday party, guests probably expected acrobats, clowns and cotton candy.

But if you are going to throw a party, go all out, right Perez? Leona Lewis, Eve and Liza Minnelli performed at the party, but in reality the party didn’t start until Katy Perry arrived on an elephant.

When throwing your own birthday bash, follow this celebrity’s lead and go big or go home.

Lesson learned: every element doesn’t have to be extravagant, but choose at least one big thing that will knock your guests’ socks off.

Surprises are Better

Justin Bieber Birthday - Fisker Karma, EllenHe’s young. He’s famous. He’s won millions of hearts and quite a few American Music Awards. I think you know where I’m going with this.

Whether you like him or not, Justin Bieber is quite the guy and his 18th birthday is noteworthy for one particular reason.

Earlier this year, Bieber’s manager surprised the star with a guest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show and the keys to his very own Fisker Karma a $100,000 electric car.

Wide eyed and sputtering, the 18-year-old couldn’t even remember that the sun reflector went inside of the car.

Lesson learned: if you are going to throw a party or give a great gift, make it a surprise.

Who’s on the Guest List

Mason Animal Birthday PartyAt Mason’s first birthday, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick taught us a lesson on who to include on the guest list.

Don’t just think family and friends get with the bigger picture.

Invited to the party was a slew of barn yard animals. Yes, the duo brought a petting zoo and a circus carnival to the party.

Lesson learned: when planning, consider hiring princesses, clowns or even animal owners to entertain and put on a show.

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