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How adults can celebrate birthdays like ‘big kids’ in Portland

Just because you’re further on in life doesn’t mean you can’t have fun to recognize another trip around the sun.

People with a birthday party hold their crafty creations at DIY Bar in Portland.

DIY Bar hosts everything from wood burning cutting boards to string art.

Photo by @diybar

On the timeline of celebrating birthdays, festivities go from pin the tail on the donkey, often moving to brazen and boozy, and then... what? Look, we know calling more attention to the fact that we’re getting older isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we also think surviving another trip around the sun is worth celebrating in a big way, even as an adult.

So whether you’re planning a birthday bash for yourself or a loved one, here are some ideas to make the party pop.

Rent a movie theater
Since you’re the main character on your special day, why not create a cinematic experience to match? Various theaters around town — think 5th Avenue Cinema or Clinton Street Theater — are available to host private events.

Design your next masterpiece
Doing something creative with your hands is a great way to commemorate life’s milestones. DIY Bar provides materials for a range of crafts and Bottle & Bottega unlocks your inner Picasso with the beverage of your choice.

Go mini golfing
Just tap, tap, tap it in — and hilarity usually follows. Glowing Greens is a 13-hole, blacklit adventure, and Birdie Time Pub has courses where golfers spin a wheel for a special rule — like standing on one foot or using your off-hand — on the way to sinking the putt.

People enjoy a dinner with wine and food at Enoteca Nostrana.

Enoteca has two private venues: upstairs at Enoteca Alto (pictured) and beside the wine cellar at Enoteca Basso.

Photo by John Valls

Dinner for you and yours
Gather around a table with friends and family for a memorable meal at one of your favorite restaurants. Enoteca Nostrana and Dame offer particularly intimate settings, while Bethany’s Table can accommodate up to 32 guests.

It’s on the house
Fun doesn’t have to cost a thing with our list of birthday freebies, ranging from sweet treats to spa treatments.

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