25 Fun 18th Birthday Party Ideas for the Big Day


25 Fun 18th Birthday Party Ideas for the Big Day

Turning 18 is a major milestone, a noteworthy birthday that every teenager looks forward to. Eighteen is the official beginning of adulthood and this significant transition deserves a one-of-a-kind celebration. 

Whether you’re looking for ideas of what to do on your 18th birthday or are in charge of planning the perfect bash for a friend or family member, you’ve come to the right place. We know how to celebrate your transition into full-time adulting! 

The following list of 18th birthday ideas covers all kinds of celebrations. You’ll find suggestions for low-key intimate gatherings, once-in-a-lifetime adventures, fine dining options, and activities that will be fun for everyone in your party group. You’ll even find some unique and surprising ideas — hot air ballooning, anyone? — to make the day extra special. 

Whether the birthday guest of honor is a foodie, a travel enthusiast, a competitive athlete, or just perpetually young at heart, you’re sure to find the perfect way to celebrate among this carefully cultivated list of things to do for your 18th birthday.

How to Plan the Perfect 18th Birthday Party

Before you get started with your 18th birthday party planning, however, you will want to make sure that you’ve done your homework. You’re going to want to have the answers to the following questions:

  • • What type of activities does the birthday celebrant enjoy? Are they the type of person who likes to test their athletic prowess? Are they competitive by nature? Or are they more likely to want to be pampered in a relaxing setting?
  • • How many people will be invited to share in the celebration? Options for a four-person intimate gathering will differ from ones that have to accommodate dozens of guests.
  • • Are the guests all local or will some be traveling for the occasion? The answer to this question will help determine the day, time, and place for the event you are planning.
  • What are the ages of the guests? Obviously, some venues and activities will be inappropriate for younger children, while older adults (are grandma and grandpa invited?) might have physical limitations or other issues to take into account.
  • • What time of year will the 18th birthday party be held? Weather, especially if you are considering throwing an outdoor party, will be a big factor in choosing the right party venue and theme. Even the fact that it gets dark earlier during part of the year could be a factor.
  • • Will anyone attending have particular dietary restrictions? Before you order expensive catering or make reservations at a restaurant, you’ll want to make sure that everyone attending will be able to eat what you’re serving.
  • • Will anyone have mobility issues or require special accommodations? You’ll want to make sure that every one of your guests feels equally welcomed, and that means ensuring access for all.
  • • What is the budget for the event? Understanding your budget will help keep you from wasting time investigating options that aren’t viable or from missing out on exciting opportunities in your price range.
  • • Do you prefer to host a daytime or a nighttime party? Knowing the time of day will help inform what type of activity or get-together you can plan.

Having answers to all these questions before you begin the process of narrowing down memorable 18th birthday ideas will go a long way to ensuring that you plan the best celebration possible.  Once you’ve pinned down all the details regarding who will be attending, what you’re doing and when you’re doing it, then get ready to party!

25 Awesome 18th Birthday Party Ideas

    1. Have an Axe-Throwing Party
      Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like throwing sharp objects at targets. And if the guest of honor can get that nervous energy out in the company of close friends and family, even better! The axe-throwing craze has hit the country by storm, which makes creating a gathering around axe-throwing the first choice of many party planners.
      This fun way to celebrate that special someone’s important day checks off every item on your party-planning list. Just take a look at what axe throwing has to offer:
      1. • Fun for everyone at any age? Check!
      2. • An activity you can enjoy indoors regardless of weather? Check!
      3. • Able to accomodate parties of all sizes? Check!
      4. • Special event planning staff to help you make this an 18th birthday party to remember? Check!
      5. • Affordable with up-front fixed fee packages? Check!

      If you want to make sure every guest has a great time — and who doesn’t relish the opportunity to channel their inner lumberjack or woodsy Nordsman? — then consider hosting an axe-throwing 18th birthday party.


    2. Throw a Retro Music-Themed House PartyDoes the birthday kid love groovin’ to the psychedelic sounds of the ‘60s? Or do they have Saturday Night Fever dreams of doing the hustle as a ‘70s-era disco ball lights up the dance floor? Or maybe they are up for channeling their inner rocker with a head-banging hair band bash? Planning a birthday party around a music era theme is always a great idea when planning birthdays for 18-year-olds.
      Make sure to line up the playlist well in advance and encourage everyone to dress up in the fashion of the times. Give out party favors to the guests with the most authentic get-ups, the most authentic outfit, and the best dance moves of the night.
    3. Throw a Slumber Party
      You might think an 18-year old birthday slumber party is a silly notion — they’re too old for that now, right? But nothing could be further from the truth! Commemorate all the sleepovers they’ve had in their life, saying goodbye to childhood and hello to adulthood. Slumber parties are a great way to create a birthday they’ll remember fondly. Want some ideas for activities? Check out these fun ideas!
      • • Giving each other mini-makeowners, complete with facial masks, mani-pedis, and makeup
      • • Turn it into an all night movie marathon
      • • Hosting a video game tournament
      • • Having a clothing swap
      • • Setting up a photo shoot (pro-tip: hire a professional photographer to make the shoot one to remember)
      • • Weather permitting, set up tents in the backyard and make it a camp out
      • • Or, set up tents in the living room and make it a camp in
      • • Make sure everyone dresses in pajamas or their favorite adult onesie
    4. Spend the Day at an Amusement or Theme Park

      Thrill ride fans and anyone who enjoys funnel cake and all varieties of fried food on a stick will love the idea of spending their 18th birthday with friends at an amusement park or county fair. Whether it’s riding the scariest roller coaster or vying for bragging rights — and giant stuffed animals — at the arcade, amusement parks remind us that there’s an ever-present child in everyone. 

      If you want to give your guest of honor a thrill, an amusement park is a great way to get their endorphins pumping! All of the parks offer special packages for groups and birthday celebrations. Before you go, think about having everyone dress in custom T-shirts commemorating the occasion with a special 18th birthday message to the guest of honor. 

      Are they not fans of roller coasters and big crowds? Other options include going to a nearby zoo or finding  local state fair.

    5. Have a Casino Night Party

      If you’re celebrating the 18th birthday of a (would-be) high roller, you might want to plan a casino night party. To add an air of authenticity, you can find companies and caterers that will produce the whole affair – furnishing blackjack, roulette, and other gambling tables complete with cards, dice, dealers, and funny money to gamble with. 

      Make it interesting and stake everyone a certain amount and then award prizes to the top gamblers in your midst. You can even order a custom birthday cake in the shape of dice or a deck of cards.

    6. Dine Out At a Stylish Restaurant

      If a more intimate night with close family and friends is more like what you have in mind, take this opportunity to tantalize your guest of honor’s taste buds and plan a fine dining experience. Choose a place where the ambience is elegant and the food is fabulous and make sure the invitations specify that all are to dress to impress! Depending on the size of your party, you might want to try to reserve a private room.

      Start the experience off right by ordering a round of mock cocktails and appealing appetizers. After dinner, don’t forget to order a fancy dessert — or present the birthday guest with a fancy specialty cake — served with alcohol-free champagne to top off the evening in style.

    7. Go Cruising

      Nothing says party like planning a cruise for your crew. These ocean-bound vacations are one long part-tay! Stuff yourselves at the all-day buffet, dress in your best for the Captain’s dinner, and lounge by the pool or soak in the hottub. Cruising offers an all-inclusive vacation perfectly suited to celebrating an 18th birthday.

      For an added charge, you can plan to go on an exciting shore excursion. Many cruises offer hiking and other kinds of sightseeing adventures, water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing, and the opportunity to enjoy a day on a private beach. 

      Let the cruise line know in advance that you’re planning a birthday group gathering. Often, they’ll offer something extra — like a complimentary birthday cake or a tour of the bridge — that the entire party can enjoy. 

      If a days-long cruise isn’t an option, think about chartering a party boat for a private onboard party. You can even turn your private boat excursion into a dance party!

    8. Have a Private Karaoke Party

      If belting out tunes — whether off-key or on — is their idea of fun, consider planning an 18th birthday karaoke party. Many karaoke bars and clubs offer private Karaoke party rooms you can reserve for special occasions. You can order in food and beverages while taking turns performing to your favorite tunes or everyone can get into the act with singalongs.

      Some party planners choose a theme for the night and decorate the room, even going so far as to select the music to match. Others keep it open so guests can show off their talents as they perform to their favorites. 

      Prefer to set up your karaoke party at home? It’s easy! Simply get yourself a karaoke microphone and cue up your favorite streaming service’s karaoke videos and it’s showtime!

    9. Put Together a Party at the Roller Rink

      When choosing 18th birthday ideas, what to do depends on who is going to be in attendance. People of all ages enjoy roller skating. Why not appeal to your guest of honor’s inner roller-child by planning a roller skating birthday party just for them? Contact your local skating rink to see if you can reserve the entire space for a party or carve out a section to hold your gathering. 

      Consider making it a retro roller skating party that includes the involvement of a revolving disco ball and flashing neon lights. Be sure to ask the DJ to rev up the disco tunes so your guests can flip the roller rink lights fantastic. And don’t forget the pizza and birthday cake. You could even offer fuzzy skate pom poms as party favors for all the guests.

    10. Organize a Scavenger Hunt

      This is one of those group activities that you can go all out with or make short and sweet. Of course, the all-out option lets you stretch your creative muscles figuring out just the right clues and venues to keep all the guests guessing, at least for a while. 

      There are lots of places online to find and print scavenger hunt ideas and clues. You can even create a private social media page for participants to post their selfies as they travel their scavenger hunting journey. Make sure you include plenty of prizes and that you select a fun rendezvous point at the end of the hunt for everyone to enjoy birthday cake as they celebrate the 18th birthday milestone with the guest of honor.

    11. Enjoy a Spa Day
      A day at the spa is one of the most popular ideas for 18th birthday celebrations. If you want to do it in style, search around town for day spa birthday packages. Often these will include two or three services — choices usually include manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and makeup sessions — plus lounging in a steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi. Set up a white napkin lunch or arrange for afternoon tea to top off the day.
    12. Attend an Outdoor Music Festival

      Grab the birthday guest of honor, a few good friends, and your camping gear and head to the multi-day music fest of the guest of honor’s choice. Whether their taste runs to jam bands, country rock, or EDM, as long as the gang’s together to celebrate, a good time is sure to be had by all. 

      Don’t forget the glow sticks and birthday party snacks — like birthday cupcakes or S’Mores fixings — to keep everyone’s energy up and keep the party bumpin’! 

    13. Spend the Day at a Water Park

      Nothing spells fun like plunging down a jumbo slide and then landing in a giant pool with an enormous splash. If you agree, then planning an 18th birthday celebration around a day at a water park is just the ticket!

      If you’re in a southern climate or the guest of honor is lucky enough to have a summer birthday, you and your guests can plan a day of splashes and sunshine. But don’t worry if it’s cold outside — you can still splash the day away! In the winter months, you can plan your party for an indoor park. Either way, it promises to be a fun-filled day.

    14. Plan a Day to Shop Til You Drop

      Grab the gang and head out to the stores for an all-day shopping spree. Start off the day with an elegant brunch, complete with mock mimosas (sparking water and orange juice) or virgin bloody marys. 

      After everyone has the sustenance to get them through the day, you and the gange can make a day of it visiting all of the guest of honor’s favorite boutiques and shopping haunts. Want to make the day extra great for the birthday guest of honor? Decide in advance that you’re all going to chip in to buy that article of clothing or that one over-the-top accessory that they simply can’t live without! Then round out the day with dinner at a charming al fresco cafe’.

    15. Attend a Sporting Event

      Whether your honored birthday guest is a football, baseball, soccer, or basketball fan, an exciting way to help them celebrate turning 18 is cheering on their favorite team at a live sporting event. Enhance the excitement — and the celebration — by making sure everyone is decked out in the favored team gear like jerseys or hats. 

      Think about planning a tailgate party before the game or renting a box at the stadium. Bring plenty of snacks, soft drinks, and a team-inspired birthday cake.Birthday fall on a date out-of-season? Not a problem! Plan a team-themed party and present them with tickets to their favorite sporting event when the season starts up again.
    16. Have a Bowling Party

      Bowling is one of those timeless activities that people of all ages enjoy. All you need to do to get the party started is reserve several lanes in advance for your big day, order the pizza and bowling alley snacks for your guests, and bring the birthday cake. 

      Of course, you can always take the bowling fun to the next level by providing a special birthday-themed bowling shirt for the guest of honor and providing prizes and party favors for strikes, spares, highest score, and even a consolation prize for the lowest bowling score. There are no losers here!

    17. Go on a Group Staycation

      If you’re itching to get away to celebrate but don’t have the time or the funds to travel to a faraway destination, the next best thing is embarking on a staycation at a venue close to home. Look for a local hotel or resort to accommodate your group that provides fun amenities like a swimming pool, a hot tub, and a day spa. 

      If your staycation venue is near a beach or in the mountains, so much the better for planning some outdoor fun! Fill up your schedule with hiking, kayaking and whatever else your outdoorsy heart desires. If you’re staycationing in the city, look for a place that is close to the city’s bustling nightlife offerings. Whether it’s a fancy dinner at a new restaurant or bougie drinks in a VIP lounge, you can find anything in the city. Regardless of where you choose to gather with friends and family, a staycation is a great getaway without having to go too far.

    18. Go Skydiving

      If thrill seeking is the birthday celebrant’s middle name and they live for an adrenaline rush, try skydiving as a way to celebrate the quantum leap into adulthood that comes with turning 18. 

      If you’re new to jumping out of airplanes — remember there will be nothing between you and the ground but a parachute — you’ll want to go for a tandem jump where you’re tethered to an instructor/guide. More experienced skydivers may want to do a solo jump. Either way, you and any friends who dare to join you will create memories that will last a lifetime.

    19. Plan a Backyard Pool Party

      Break out the floaties and inflatable swans! There’s nothing like a pool party to celebrate a birthday on a warm summer day. You can encourage group play by setting up a water volleyball net or floating basketball hoops. Be sure to also provide plenty of lounge chairs for guests who prefer to relax poolside and big umbrellas to protect from the sun.  

      All that splashing around is sure to make for some hungry partygoers, so consider combining your pool party with a backyard cookout. Traditional grilling fare like hamburgers and hotdogs is always a hit, or you could try something different like grilled pizza or shishkabobs. Just don’t forget the sides, cold drinks and, of course, the birthday cake.

    20. Gather for Game Night

      Everyone loves a good game night. So why not design an 18th birthday party idea around a night playing the birthday celebrant’s favorite party games?

      If you’re planning on an indoor game night, pull out the classic board games like Risk, Battleship, Scrabble, or Checkers. Don’t have any board games handy? Break up into teams for charades or Pictionary. If you’re opting for outdoors, set up cornhole, horseshoes, or giant Jenga. However you choose to play, keep the party rolling with great music, plenty of food, and hot and cold drinks.

    21. Have a Fancy Potluck Party

      If you’ve got a bunch of cooks and foodies in your crowd, spice up the traditional potluck by hosting a fancy potluck party. Invite your guests to show off their culinary prowess by providing a delicious dish of their choice for all to enjoy, all while dressed in their finest attire! Be sure to cultivate the menu in advance so you have every course covered from appetizers to soup and salad to entrees. And be sure that you ask the bakers among your group to include an assortment of desserts, including a birthday cake to celebrate the guest of honor. 

      Pull out your finest china and crystal, add beautiful flowers and elegant candles, and dress up in your most elegant outfits to make the dining experience truly fine.

    22. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

      If flying in a basket through the clouds in slow motion sounds like fun, you might want to book a hot air balloon excursion for your party peeps. Many places have hot air balloon rides that can accommodate up to 20 people at a time. Some even offer customized hot air balloon banners and special made-to-order cakes.

      Since an 18th birthday is a milestone, you’ll probably want to spring for a professionally-shot video of the experience, something the guest of honor will treasure for a lifetime.

    23. Go On a Whitewater Rafting Adventure (and Picnic)

      If the 18th birthday celebrant is an adventurer, you can plan a whitewater rafting excursion. The daredevils among your crew can go the white-knuckle course, while the less adventurous souls can opt for a kinder, gentler rafting experience. 

      Whatever type of rafting adventure your guests decide to take, it’s a sure bet that a beautiful day on a river, followed by a picnic birthday themed lunch will be a treat for all. This is a special memory they’ll never forget!

    24. Gather Around a Backyard Bonfire

      Sometimes the best times are the simplest. That’s why a good old fashioned bonfire is one of our favorite 18th birthday ideas. Invite friends and family over for a backyard bonfire, an especially rewarding way to spend an evening when the weather starts to turn chilly (perfect for those autumn birthdays!).  Serve steaming cups of hot chocolate and don’t forget the marshmallows!

      If there are any musicians in your group, invite them to perform or lead a singalong. Otherwise, make a playlist with the guest of honor’s favorite music. Invite each guest to tell a story about how much the newly-minted 18-year-old means to them, how they met, or their proudest moments.

    25. Fight It Out On The Paintball Field

      Like a little birthday competition? If so, paintball just might fill the 18th birthday party bill. Have your guests divide up into two teams and choose names that go along with the 18th birthday theme. Then go for it! Who needs birthday balloons and confetti? Get your fix by shooting each other up with colorful balls of paint instead!   

      You’ll want to choose a paintball field that has a place to set up and decorate for an after-battle party. Bring plenty of snacks, water and soft drinks and sweet treats to celebrate the winning team. 

Host Your 18th Birthday Party at Axe Master

An 18th birthday celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for families and friends to gather together to celebrate a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. In other words, it’s a big day! The pressure is on to plan the perfect party, and picking just the right 18th birthday ideas for this important celebration can be daunting. 

Axe Master, a premiere axe-throwing venue, is the perfect place for families and friends to gather and celebrate milestones in a safe, affordable, and fun-filled way. We offer axe throwing in Atlanta for the big city wigs, but you can also throw axes in San Antonio. To learn more about how Axe Master can provide the perfect rental space or how we can help you plan your 18th birthday party, contact us today!  

20 Fun and Memorable Class Reunion Ideas


20 Fun and Memorable Class Reunion Ideas

Are you starting up a committee to organize a school reunion?

This is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with old classmates, see long-lost acquaintances as adults, and share stories from your glory days.

However, creating clever class reunion ideas can take time and effort. While you want to give everyone time to catch up, especially those returning to their hometown for the event, you don’t want it to drag on into boredom. 

Instead, plan out a class reunion game or two!

Whether you’re planning your 1st, 5th, or 50th class reunion, these ideas will surely be memorable!

How to Plan a High School Reunion

If it’s getting close to the customary reunion year and you haven’t heard anything about preparations, it might be time to take the initiative and begin organizing things on your own.

Organizing a great high school reunion can be a lot of work, so you may want to recruit other classmates to assist you. After all, the hurdles of organizing such a large gathering are rarely depicted in class reunion films. However, with a committee at hand, designating roles and tasks become much more manageable. 

Find as many classmates as you can after you’ve settled on the most popular day to get an estimate of how many people will be able to attend. The school office can help with a contact list to help you reach out to as many alums as possible. 

Once you have your team and a list of students in place, it’s time to set a date for the party. Start by asking around to your fellow students or setting up a poll on social media. It’s essential to select the reunion date well in advance, considering the distances many attendees will have to travel.

Next, it’s time to choose between the different themes for class reunions. Your theme and color scheme will inspire everything from the invitations to the table settings to the menu. While school colors are traditionally used at reunions, you may also want to decorate with a color that relates to the event’s theme.

Finally, with everything sorted, it’s time to book a spot, organize refreshments, set a price, and send out the invites.

20 Exciting Class Reunion Ideas for Everyone

A school reunion is an excellent opportunity to see old friends after what can feel like a lifetime has passed since you last saw them. Here are 20 high school reunion ideas so everyone has a blast while riding a wave of nostalgia:

    1. Prizes
      Giving out prizes at the reunion is a fun way to find out what everybody’s been up to in the last few years (or decades!) The awards can be for any number of things, similar to the superlatives given at the end of your school days. Award prizes to returning alum with the most intriguing jobs, or give out funny ones like “most gray hair.” You can honor classmates for looking the most like they did in high school or college. You can also celebrate the person who has earned the most advanced degrees or whose contributions have influenced the world. Remember that you shouldn’t take these awards too seriously. After all, inexpensive class reunion ideas are typically the most fun. They will cherish an old mix tape of classics from their graduation year more than an actual medal.
    2. Axe Throwing
      Are you looking for class reunion ideas that everyone will talk about for years but don’t require much work to plan? Venues like Axe Master are fully prepared to host your event, giving you more time to rekindle old bonds and maybe old flames. However, the best part is that it’s an activity that everyone can enjoy! Feeling the heft of a genuine throwing axe is unparalleled. It’s an exhilarating experience that the attendees of your axe-throwing reunion will never forget. Axe tossing is a great way to get people talking and bring together large groups. Whether through strategy sharing or friendly competition between rivals, axe throwing gives your former classmates a chance to settle into the party, relax, and hit a target with a primal rush.
    3. Photoshoot
      At a class reunion, you can take memorable pictures. Investing in an event photographer can be worth it if you want images that the whole group will enjoy. Alternatively, you can bring a digital camera to the party as a treat or purchase disposable cameras for nostalgic picture ops. Reenacting high school images with the same classmates years later is just one of the creative class reunion ideas made possible by photography.
    4. School Tour
      Even if your alma mater isn’t the best choice for hosting the whole reunion, a visit for a tour could be a lot of fun for everyone. Find out from the school administration if a tour is possible, and then enjoy exploring what time has done to your former school. This would be a wonderful way to kick off the party and begin reminiscing.
    5. Bingo
      Large-scale class reunion ideas might be overwhelming for people who just want to see old friends and catch up. Class bingo and similar low-key games are perfect for these kinds of celebrations. Include questions such as “Find who ran for local government” and “Find the person who quit law school to help the underprivileged” on the bingo card. The classmates that these interesting tidbits pertain to can “approve” the bingo card by signing it.
    6. Celebration on the Water
      A barge or cruise on the water is an excellent option for a night out if you live in a city with access to water. Getting out of town and doing something different with your old pals is a great way to break the ice and bond in a novel setting.
    7. Then and Now Slideshow
      It might be challenging to recall specific details from one’s high school years; therefore, a fantastic photo slideshow is a perfect way to refresh everyone’s memory. You can also use local, international, or pop news articles and photographs from that era. It’s one of those reunion plans that’ll get people talking and possibly even solicit a few laughs at what used to be in trend.
    8. School Jeopardy!
      Split everyone into teams for a round of Jeopardy! Have the teams compete to see who has the best recall with questions like “This English teacher was known for his impossibly bushy eyebrows.” Jeopardy! is one of the best 10-year class reunion ideas because it’s been long enough that some of the trivia isn’t too fresh, but it hasn’t been too long that answering questions would be impossible. While you want to have most of your questions be about your school, you can include topics such as popular bands or recalling local events from when you were in school together. Just remember to answer in the form of a question.
    9. Never Have I Ever
      The goal of the popular party game Never Have I Ever is to persuade old friends to share exciting anecdotes about themselves. Though this is typically a drinking game, you can easily convert it to a liquid-free version by having participants stand in front of chairs, sitting whenever they’ve done what’s being called out. Questions can cover a wide range of subjects, from “Never have I ever had a navel piercing” or “Never have I ever kissed someone in this room.”
    10. Go to a Brewery
      Craft beer is the perfect icebreaker. These days, craft breweries and beer bars are all the rage, and many have large indoor and outdoor areas perfect for hosting parties. In addition to giving out personalized can coolers as party gifts, you could also inquire with the Brewmeister about brewing a one-off beer in honor of the occasion.
    11. Make a Soundtrack
      One of the easiest class reunion ideas to incorporate is a musical soundtrack. Play old jams from your teen years to keep the nostalgia train rolling! Play some slow music to dance to and feel like you’re back at prom, songs that people will recognize, and then some upbeat tracks that will get people moving.
    12. Guess That Tune
      You can add to the audio mix a game of Guess That Tune. Make a playlist of hit songs from your era of schooling and play them all night long. Remember to add in some one-hit wonders as well! Have the audience try to identify the performer and song in exchange for token rewards.
    13. Have a Prom Party
      Do you remember how every prom had its own memorable theme? Under the Sea, Starry Night, Masquerade Party — you get the idea. It may have seemed silly when you were a too-cool-for-school teen experiencing it, but now that you’re an adult with a lifetime of experience behind you, a theme party is just the ticket! Either reuse your old prom theme or create the one you wished you had, this time without the teen-angst.
    14. Fun Park
      Throw your party at the local fun park or fair, relive your childhood on the Ferris Wheel, and win stuffed animals with friends. An amusement park makes it easy. Just designate a central gathering spot where everyone can chat over funnel cakes and head off for some rides.
    15. Four Corners
      Four corners is a sorting game that can answer some of the most common questions that pop-up at a school reunion. The game works by having an announcer read out questions such as, “Who’s never moved since graduation?” and “Who’s moved once, twice, or more?” The people will then be directed to the appropriate corner for their answers. Allow everyone a minute to chat with their fellow respondents after each question.
    16. Wild it Up
      If there is a zoo or aquarium in the area, that might be a great place to hold the reunion. If the aquatic or furry buddy who serves as your school’s mascot is on display, remember to take a group photo with the whole gang! As they peruse the displays, former classmates can share stories and laughs over shared memories for a reminder of the good old days.
    17. Gathering for the Holidays
      Consider holding your reunion during the holiday season when many of your classmates will be back in town. By having it near significant events, more people are likely to say they can attend, and many locations will already be decked out for the holidays with tinsel and lights, so you won’t have to do much decorating.
    18. Scavenger Hunt
      Are you looking for class reunion ideas to get you moving? Divide the class into groups and send them on a city tour to see the places they used to hang out in when they were in high school. As they visit each location, they should find a clue that leads them to the next. Food and drink can be included at the final stop. Rewards like POGs, beanie babies, or something more culturally relevant to your class can be issued to the fastest team.
    19. Speed Meeting
      Similar in vein to speed dating, this game offers an opportunity to meet people who you just may never have crossed paths with back in school. Everyone who wishes to play should form two parallel lines and stand across from a stranger. Ring a bell, have everyone switch partners, and talk to someone else for three to five minutes. This is an excellent opportunity for members of a large graduating class to reconnect with classmates they may not have known well during their time in school.
    20. Casino Night
      Playing blackjack, mini-baccarat, and roulette at a casino party is just as exciting as playing for real money. Still, your classmates won’t have to worry about losing any of their own money. However, it would be best if you considered which games to include. Attendees are more likely to mingle and reconnect with one another if party games don’t take up too much time and are easy to learn. If you want to go all-out, consider a casino event organizer. They can offer decor to transform the event venue into a genuine Las Vegas casino.

Host the Perfect Reunion at Axe Master

If you want to throw a class reunion that everyone will remember, come check out everything we offer at Axe Master.

Axe throwing is a fun and unique venue for any reunion. The best part is that we have everything ready for you and enough space to accommodate your party needs. Whatever you can imagine, we can make it a reality for you.

If you’re looking for the best spot for axe throwing in San Antonio, contact us today to start planning your next class reunion!

15 Awesome Guys’ Night Out Ideas


15 Awesome Guys’ Night Out Ideas

Are you and your boys sick of the same old routine for guys’ nights out? 

Whether it’s spending a night hanging out in the man cave or grabbing a beer at the local sports bar, it might be time to consider some different guys’ night out ideas.

Most guys have too many commitments to make a guys’ night a regular thing. So how do you make that time you have more exciting? 

Axe Master’s got you covered if you’re looking for guys’ night ideas to liven up your next get-together.

The Benefits of a Guys' Night Out

No matter how stoic a guy is, no man is an island, and the lack of company can have significant ramifications outside of loneliness.

According to German studies, men benefit physically and mentally from having regular opportunities to socialize with other men.

The study surrounded the behavior of male macaques and how they developed connections that serve as a safety net against the pressures of daily life, much like those that people have with their peers.

In the study, the group of males tended to compete aggressively for the attention of females, but they may form close friendships with a select minority of their fellow males. It has been proven that the strength of these “friendships” can buffer against the harmful impacts of social and environmental stressors.

Researchers found that when monkeys were cleaning fleas out of each other’s fur, they quickly became close, a phenomenon that might be compared in human terms to sharing a beer or cheering on a favorite team. 

This is pretty compelling evidence that guys should prioritize spending time with other guys, and coming up with things to do with the boys is a great idea.

15 Fun Guys Night Out Ideas

Going out with the boys is a time-honored tradition for men. However, it’s not always easy to think of something to do outside their routine activities. If you’re looking for something new, here are 15 fun things to do for a guys’ night out:

    1. Enjoy a Night of Axe Throwing
      Axe throwing is becoming increasingly popular for spending a fun evening out. It’s a great way for friends to hang out and catch up while having a good time, knocking down a few beers, and making unforgettable memories. Axe throwing is a terrific way to spend an original and entertaining evening with the guys. And thanks to places like Axe Masters, planning and preparation are a breeze!
    2. Shoot Some Pool
      Are you looking for hang-out ideas with a guy group that is slightly competitive but fun? A game of pool is more of a social activity than a serious sporting event. The excitement of the game comes from measuring your angles, chalking your cube, and being the first guy to attempt a behind-the-back stroke. You don’t have to kick off the night with the Color of Money, but it won’t hurt.
    3. Deal Out the Poker Chips
      Poker nights are rapidly becoming a national phenomenon in the United States and have been a staple among things to do with the guys. When a group of men gets together to play, the result is more than just light diversion. Playing poker is more than just a game of skill and strategy for guys; it’s also a chance to test one’s mettle against rivals. Toss in a boatload of “competitive spirit” loaded with adrenaline, and you have the whole package. So, grab your chips, lay out the felt, and tap your inner Sherlock as you try and figure out your friends’ “tells” for an exciting guys’ night out.
    4. Enjoy a Delicious Steak
      Every man should be able to treat himself to a hot, delicious steak once in a while. Make it a group activity by making a reservation at a steakhouse and inviting all of the guys you know. But don’t just order the steak; get some appetizers and cap the night with some delicious dessert.
    5. Roll into Game Night
      Games are an obvious choice among fun activities for guys to do. If you choose virtual balls over physical ones, grab your competitive buddies and load up your console of choice. We promise you will have a great time with whichever type of game you choose, from first-person shooters to platforming party games. You’ll have more fun than if you played alone because your buddies will be there to join in the action. If you don’t want your list of guys’ night out ideas doesn’t involve a screen, there may be alternative hobbies. Board games can be just as exciting when victory is one dire roll away.
    6. Duck, Dive, Dodge with Laser Tag
      Putting on the gear and heading out on a laser-tag adventure with your friends is a great way to spend an evening full of high-octane excitement. Gather the gents in squads and relive your youths racing around the laser tag arena. There’s little doubt that the night will go down in history as a time filled with heart-pounding excitement as you dash around the playing field, cutting through the fog and blasting friends across the arena.
    7. Shoot Some Hoops or Toss the Ol’ Pigskin
      While many guys like a good game of FIFA or NBA 2k, nothing beats getting out and playing ball with your pals. It may not be the most innovative among other guys’ night out ideas, but it’s good for bonding and your health. As long as there’s some competition, you’ll all have a great time playing against each other and coming out on top as friends.
    8. Relax at a Hookah Bar
      Not every night out on the town has to be a big, boisterous event. If you’re a shisha fan, a hookah lounge is perfect for chilling out and enjoying good company. Hookah’s flavorings make it popular amongst people who don’t smoke cigarettes. Fruity varieties like apple, mango, and cherry sit alongside herbal and spicy flavors on the menus of most hookah lounges. If you’re not a hookah fan, a cigar bar is another popular option for relaxing and communal time with friends. These spaces are typically lavishly furnished, include a wide variety of spirits, and offer top-notch service your group of friends could enjoy.
    9. Wild’Out While Camping
      Camping is one of the quintessential guy activities you should consider adding to your list of guys’ night out options. Camping is a fantastic solution if you’ve ever hosted a guy’s night but dreaded the chaos and clutter that ensued. Best yet, camping gear is widely available to ensure you don’t sleep on a rock. You and the boys can sit back and relax because most modern sites have electricity, facilities, showers, and minimal rules regarding noise. Fire is also an option. A large bonfire is a favorite pastime that everyone will love adding to throughout the night.
    10. Gather Everyone for a Movie
      Sometimes, guys’ weekend activities need to be simple. Get the men together for a movie night when you want to chill out and don’t feel like going to bars or clubs. Since men tend to have hectic schedules, it’s crucial to settle on a film to watch, a meeting time, and the number of tickets everyone will need in advance.
    11. Get Messy with Paintball
      Everyone enjoys a good round of COD: Warzone, so why not take action away from the TV and into their own game of paintball? Looking for fun things to do with the boys? Well, get the guys together, devise a plan, and rev up to take down the local teenagers! It’s a fun way to compete with other teams and get your adrenaline pumping.
    12. Strike Out to the Bowling Alley
      It’s time to find out who can throw a perfect game. While getting 300 might be outside the scope of most of your bros, it’s not really about the score at the end of the day (unless someone gets under 100.) It’s a healthy and fun way to hang out with the guys, so pick a ball and try and hook it into the pocket.
    13. Get in Some Target Practice
      The local shooting ranges might provide a fun and exciting evening if you’re looking for a new social activity. It’s a lot of fun to shoot at both moving and still targets. If you don’t have your own firearms, don’t worry; most shooting ranges will rent high-quality firearms for a small cost.
    14. Burn Some Rubber on a Racetrack
      This could be a fun night out, depending on where you live. Visit the track and discover all it offers if you have the chance. Occasionally, you’ll get to drive a supercar. You might also try looking for go-kart tracks instead. It’s a fun way to pass the time because you can have the same excitement without breaking the bank. There is a proliferation of go-kart racetracks, many of which are connected to nearby amusement parks.
    15. Grilling Out (in Your Backyard)
      Sometimes, a guy’s night out is just outside your patio door. An outside barbeque is an excellent way for the guys to spend an evening together since it allows them to bond over their love of good food and the great outdoors. After all, what could be more enjoyable than hosting a little backyard barbecue for close friends? An advantage of this get-together is that you can hold it throughout the year!

Give Guys Night a Boost With Axe Master

Look no further than Axe Master if you want to test your axe-throwing skills while having a fantastic time with the squad.

It doesn’t matter whether you or your boys have never used an axe before; we’ll show you all you need to know to get started. You’ll be hitting bulls-eyes in all your axe-throwing games before you know it.

Contact Axe Master today for a great guys’ night out!

How to Throw an Axe Like a Pro


How to Throw an Axe Like a Pro

If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of axe throwing, you’re not alone. The sport of axe throwing — once something you’d only see in lumberjack competitions — is taking its place beside darts, bowling, and other popular league sports as a beloved American pastime. 

In fact, with axe throwing being featured on ESPN and dedicated axe throwing venues popping up everywhere, it’s hard to ignore the fact that axe throwing has become an international phenomenon. The World Axe Throwing League (WATL) boasts more than 6,000 members from 28 different countries, while the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) (formerly the National Axe Throwing Federation) counts 20,000 members from nine countries. 

Whether you are about to try axe throwing for the first time, you’re thinking about joining an axe throwing league, or you’re learning how to throw a hatchet for the first time, it’s important to know the fundamentals of axe throwing. This article covers the basics of axe throwing, how to improve your throw, and where you can learn to throw an axe.

The Basics of Axe Throwing

Simply stated, the sport of axe throwing consists of throwing your axe at a target with as much precision as possible so you rack up points. There are dozens of axe throwing games that feature variations on this basic structure, but all of them boil down to throwing an axe with just the right force and velocity to hit a certain place on a target with precision. 

Like all sports, axe throwing requires the right equipment and safe axe throwing location to practice. You will need an axe, a protected space, and a target.

Choosing an Axe

Just like golfers have a preference for their clubs, axe throwers have a preference of their gear. Axes come in a variety of types and sizes. For example:

  • – Tomahawks are light and can easily bounce off of a target. You want some weight in an axe so it will stick to the target.
  • – Hatchets are ideal for recreational throwing as they are heavy enough to stick in a target but still light enough to handle.
  • – Splitting and double-bit axes are used for splitting firewood. They are heavy and have thicker blades. There are some competitions just for these heavier axes.

Regardless of the type of axe you choose, the sharper the blade the easier it is to stick the axe in the target.

Safety Concerns

Safety is of paramount importance in axe throwing. Before you throw, you need to be absolutely sure that there is nobody standing between you and the target and that the area around you is clear. Remember that the axe is sharp and if you throw it too hard or with too much rotation, it could bounce back and hit you if you’re too close. Don’t go to retrieve your axe after throwing until you are sure has stuck in the board or landed safely on the ground. The safest place to participate in axe throwing is at a professionally supervised and maintained axe throwing venue.

The Right Target

Axe throwers typically use targets that meet either WATL or IAFL standards. 

WATL-compliant targets have a bullseye dead center and then four concentric circles surrounding it. Six points are awarded for sticking your axe in the bullseye. Then, going from the next inner ring to the outermost ring, you are awarded 4, 3, 2, and 1 point or points, respectively. The target also has two blue dots — known as killshots — on the right and left upper quadrants of the target just inside the outermost circle. These killshots are worth 8 points.  

The IAFL standard target has three circles surrounding the bullseye. The bullseye is worth 5 points and then 3 points is awarded if you land your axe in the next ring and 1 point is awarded for the next ring. Two green dots — known as the clutch — are outside the last right on the upper right and left sides of the target. Hitting the clutch is worth 7 points.  Some backyard axe throwing enthusiasts create their own targets, but usually they will approximate one of these popular league targets.

How to Throw an Axe: The Fundamentals

Learning how to throw an axe is not difficult, but it does take practice. Like most worthwhile endeavors, perfecting your own personal style on how to axe throw can be an enjoyable lifelong pursuit. The following offers the fundamentals you will need to start on your own axe throwing journey.

Two-Handed Hatchet Throwing Technique

If you’re a beginner, start with the basic static two-handed throw using a hatchet. Start by taking your dominant hand and pick up the hatchet at the base of the hand. Make sure your grip is loose — don’t hold on too tight — but also firm. Next, place the foot opposite of your dominant hand on the edge of the throwing line, which will be about 12-to-14 feet from the target. 

Now, stretch your axe-holding arm out in front of you, making sure that your fist is pointing in the direction of the spot you are aiming for on the target. If you practice this correctly you will see that the axe is now perpendicular to your forearm and your wrist is locked. Because this is a two-hand throw, you are going to wrap your empty hand around the hand holding the axe. 

Now draw the axe back over your head, taking a breath in while placing your weight on your back foot. Stick out your chest and exhale as you move your body and axe arm toward the target and as you transfer your weight to your front foot and release the axe. 

You may want to practice this move a few times in slow motion before attempting your first throw. Try to get a feel for the weight of the hatchet, as well as create fluidity in your movements.

Making Corrections

Invariably, you will have to make corrections as you learn how to maneuver the axe with enough strength of motion to cause it to stick in the target, but not too much so that it bounces off the target. The following can help correct any problems you’re having with dropped axes.

  • – Over rotating. One of the most common throwing errors that results in a dropped axe is over rotating. To correct this, try gripping the axe handle with your thumb up, moving your grip up an inch or so on the axe, or even moving closer to the target.
  • Under rotating. You might also be under rotating, which requires a different set of corrections. Try moving your grip down an inch or so, bending your elbows when you draw back so the axe goes behind your head, and moving a bit further away from the target.
  • Wrist flicking. Another common axe throwing problem with this basic static throw is wrist flicking. If your throwing motion is over-rotating to the extent that it almost looks like you’re shooting at a basket, you’re probably flicking your wrist. You can try to correct this by keeping your axe perpendicular to your arms, locking your wrists, and following through with your arms before you release the hatchet. You can also try moving your grip lower on the axe handle, keeping your elbows straight, and then leaning forward a bit just before the release.

How to Perfect Your Axe Throwing Technique

Now that you know the basics, these tips can help you as you learn how to throw an axe.

  • – Choose the axe shape that is best for you. Axes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and weights. Some come with thinner handles and flat edges and others have round handles with more flattened edges down the sides. Some are lighter and some are heavier. There is no one-size-fits-all hatchet — experiment with different axes until you find the one that feels right in your hands and sticks when thrown.
  • – Keep a sharp axe. Sharp axes stick better, and everyone seems to have an opinion on how best to keep an axe edge as sharp as possible. Many people thin their axe blades for the ultimate stick and other use sanders, stones, and all sorts of knife sharpeners. Consult with the experts at your axe throwing location for sharpening tips.
  • Throw to the board in front of you. Understanding the board is an important part of learning how to throw hatchets. Different boards present different issues when it comes to avoiding a drop. You’ll want to inspect the target to determine the hardness of the wood, whether there is moisture present, the cut of the wood and the angle of the grain, and how much use the board has already withstood. Depending on the type and condition of the wood, you may need to adjust your rotation or your throw distance.
  • Choose a focal point before each throw. The best axe throwing techniques start with the thrower picking a small point on the target to hone their focus. By keeping your eyes on this point, you increase your chances of an accurate throw follow-through.

Practice Your New Axe Throwing Skills at Axe Master

Now that you have had a chance to learn about proper axe throwing technique, it’s time to put that new knowledge to use. Test your skills with axe throwing in Atlanta and San Antonio hatchet throwing. Our axe throwing experts are on-hand to help you build your skill set and help you perfect your throw. Book a session today!

7 Best Axe Throwing Games to Test Your Skills


7 Best Axe Throwing Games to Test Your Skills

If you’ve been looking for a way to channel your inner lumberjack or just want a fun and unusual way to blow off some steam, then axe throwing is for you. Once a way to show off warrior prowess and demonstrate hatchet-wielding precision, today’s axe throwing adventures are a way to engage in a fun-filled family activity or create unforgettable memories with colleagues and friends. 

One of the best ways to improve your skills and show off is to train your arm and practice with axe throwing games. Some axe games are designed to test your accuracy, others to improve your strength, and some will increase your endurance. If you’re up to the challenge, there are quite a number of hatchet games that will test all three at once! This article will cover seven of our favorite axe throwing games that can be played either one-on-one or in a group setting. 

At Axe Master, we always put safety first, which is why we remind you that you shouldn’t be trying any of these games at home. Instead, visit a safe and supervised axe throwing location where both novice and expert axe throwers can learn new techniques, hone existing skills, and enjoy the exciting sport of axe throwing.

7 Fun and Challenging Axe Throwing Games

You’re probably familiar with the original sport of axe throwing, where you aim your axe at a target consisting of three or more concentric circles. But let’s break down the rules of a throwing axe game a little bit more. 

The center circle is called a bullseye and is worth five points in most axe throwing contests. If your axe lands outside the bullseye but within the next circle, you get three points, and outside that circle but inside the next will earn you one point. The target also contains two dots to the top of the circles, called “clutch” and are worth seven points each. If your axe lands outside these circles and dots, you get zero points. And if your axe doesn’t stick to the board at all, it’s referred to as a drop. 

While you can certainly find hours of enjoyment keeping score or just engaging in hatchet game target practice, there are a lot of different axe throwing games. Here are seven of our top picks, as well as how to play. It’s up to you which hatchet game suits you best, so give them all a try till you find your fit!

  1. HORSE Hatchet Games (2 Players or 2 Teams)
    You probably remember the two-person basketball game called HORSE. The following are a couple of axe throwing game variations of this popular schoolyard game.
    • 2 Player Horse: Instead of moving around a court throwing shots from different vantage points like you do in basketball HORSE, in the two-player hatchet throwing game HORSE, Player 1 stands 12 feet from the target and calls out the points and location they aim to hit before each throw, such as “3 on the bottom right.” If Player 1 hits the target as called, then the opposing axe-thrower (Player 2) tries for the same outcome. If Play 2 fails to hit the target as called by Player 1, they get the letter “H” and Player 1 will lead again, throwing their axe and calling the location. If Player 2 misses again, they get the letter “O.” If Player 2 makes the throw, however, no letters are assigned and Player 2 gets to throw the next axe and call the points and location and Player 1 follows. If Player 1 misses, they will be assigned a letter. The two players take turns until one spells out the word HORSE, losing the match.
    • Team Horse: Players divide into two teams. Players from competing teams throw head to head with the team with the lower cumulative score receiving a letter. The first team to have HORSE spelled out loses. In the event of a tie, one player from each team will throw head-to-head to determine the winner.
  2. Around the World (2 Players or 2 Teams)
    This one’s pretty straightforward, which is probably why it’s one of the most popular options out there. It’s a great way to hone your aim and get control over your throwing arm. Around the World is considered one of the best axe games that can be played one-on-one or in teams. The idea is to throw the axe to hit each area of the board first from the outside in and then from the inside out. The first team to hit the board in this order — 0,1,3,5,3,1,0 — wins.
  3. Landmines (2 Players or Teams)

    Landmines can also be played either between just two players or in two or more teams. Players accumulate points as they throw, adding to their team’s overall score. The first team to get 51 or more points wins. The “landmine” occurs when a team’s score is equal to a multiple of 10, such as 20, 30, 40, or 50. If the team’s total score hits one of these landmines, their score goes down to 10 points. 

    A variation on landmines is for each team to start at 50 points with a goal of playing until one team reaches 100 points. Four landmine numbers — typically 65, 75, 85, and 95 — are set. If you land on a landmine, your team is set back 10 points. Landmines are only dangerous once. So once a landmine is hit, it won’t “blow up” the next time someone hits it.

  4. Killer (Best Played in Teams)

    The game begins with a board that is modified so it has enough numbers evenly spaced around the board for each person playing on each team to end up with a different number. Whatever number they hit becomes their assigned number. Since no two players on the same team can have the same number, players have to keep throwing until they hit a number that hasn’t already been taken. 

    Every player has three lives. The initial goal is to become a killer. You do that by hitting your own number twice. Once you’re a killer, your goal is to hit the number of a player on the opposing team, which causes them to lose one of their lives. The game is over when one team takes all the lives from the players on the other team.

  5. Cornhole (2 Teams)
    Chances are you’ve heard of this game before, popular at tailgates and backyard barbecues. So how can you play one of America’s favorite pastimes with axes? Easy — players throw their axes to accumulate points instead of bean bags. The team that reaches 21 first wins. However, the twist with cornhole is in how the scores are calculated. After a player from each team throws, the lower score is subtracted from the higher score and the higher-throwing team member achieves a score equal to the difference. For example, if Team A throws a 3 and Team B throws a 1, Team A gets 2 points. If Team A throws a 2 and Team B throws a 3, Team B gets 1 point.
  6. Humans and Zombies (The More the Merrier)

    Humans and Zombies is played with two teams, but the makeup of these teams keeps changing. And if Human players aren’t careful, they become one of the walking dead. 

    Starting out, one player is the lone member of the Zombie team and everyone else is on the Human team. The Zombie throws against a Human using the same scoring method as used in Cornhole (subtract low score from high). If the Human wins, the Human team gets the difference in points. If the Zombie wins, the Human player becomes a Zombie and no points are awarded. If there is a tie, they keep the status quo. No points are awarded and the Human stays a Human. 

    Humans win if they reach 21 points before all Humans are converted to Zombies. If everyone is a Zombie, then the Zombies win.

  7. Blackjack (2 or More Players Divided Into 2 Teams)

    To win at Blackjack, your team has to accumulate 21 points. Each team gets to throw 10 times with the goal of getting a score of 21 or as close as possible to 21 without going over. If a team goes over 21 then it “busts” and loses the hand. It’s important to note that if a team reaches 21 before completing the 10 throws, the throws that remain need to land in the 0 points area. If they land in a points area, the team will bust. 

    When you score Blackjack throws, you only count the points if the axe is 100% within the scoring zone. If the axe blade is not entirely embedded in the zone, the thrower is awarded 0 points. In addition, if a player drops their axe, they score a negative 4. So players on a team that has reached 21 can’t just drop their axes and move on.

Axe Master Offers a World of Axe Throwing Fun

Of course, the list above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to axe games. There are dozens of games you can play with a hatchet, and most have multiple variations so players at every level of axe throwing skill can find a way to compete. If you find axe throwing as much fun as we do, you are invited to join one of our axe throwing leagues

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at axe throwing, let Axe Master be your guide. We have packages available for individuals, groups and team building events. We offer axe throwing in San Antonio and axe throwing in Atlanta — so come on down Georgia!