OUT-OF-THE-BOX WAYS TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY!
Tired of doing the same-old birthday dinner scenario year after year? Consider supercharging your next celebration with one of these fun ideas.
WHERE TO GO: LIPS IN BROOKHAVEN
THE EXPERIENCE: Ring in your new year with the performers at Lips, a dinner and drag show experience available five nights a week, plus brunch on Sundays. From the campy and hilarious “Twisted Broadway” show featuring tunes from “Annie” to “The Lion King” and hosted by Brigitte Bidet to “Glitz & Glam” that promises a glamorous good time hosted by Christian Valentino, expect major laughs from the over-the-top entertainment. Enjoy the prix fixe, three-course dinner, offering entree selections such as shrimp and grits and wild mushroom ravioli, under a plethora of disco balls. Make your reservations at least two weeks in advance.
Tickets are $17-$46 per person, depending on the showtime.
WHERE TO GO: PAINTING WITH A TWIST IN SANDY SPRINGS OR BUCKHEAD
THE EXPERIENCE: No artistic skills are required to paint the town with your friends. Just grab a brush and follow the instructor-led, stepby- step instructions (or not) to create your own canvas. Choose from scheduled events or customize your private party by selecting from themes, such as Zen Collection where you paint an original peaceful scene, or Paint Your Pet, where the focus is a portrait of your animal family member. To book a private party, the venue requires a minimum of 10 painters on weekdays and 15 on the weekends. Feel free to bring your own wine, beer, food and birthday cake.
Tickets are $37-$40 per person for two-hour classes; inquire for private party pricing.
PAINTING WITH A TWIST
WHOM TO HIRE: PIC-NIC, A MOBILE SERVICE
THE EXPERIENCE: Select a location, from your backyard to a public park, that’s within a 15-minute drive of the I-285 Perimeter for your catered, boho-chic birthday pop-up picnic. Then go barefoot and fabulous while the PIC-NIC team sets up your lounge blankets, pillows, umbrellas, flowers and table with sweet and savory nibbles, such as antipasto, paninis and lemon curd-filled raspberry cake ($100). Customized specialty cakes are also available with advance notice. Addons include cornhole, photography and a live vocalist or musician.
Prices start at $350 for two hours for two to four people.
WHERE TO GO: THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA IN BUCKHEAD
THE EXPERIENCE: Feeling like an elegant affair this year? Share the afternoon tea ritual at The St. Regis Atlanta’s Astor Court with up to 12 of your loved ones. Sip an artfully blended Lavender Earl Gray (or choose Champagne!) and enjoy a selection of bites, such as cucumber and curried chicken salad sandwiches, marzipan scones and bourbon crème brûlée, while live local entertainment sets the soothing ambiance. Tea times are on Saturdays and Sundays between 12:30-3:30 p.m. for the 1.5-hour experience. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 24, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, bringing holiday treats and festive decor to the tea ritual. A mischievous hotel elf will also be making the rounds.
Pricing is $65 per adult and $50 per child aged 3 to 10. (Tea with Santa is $95 for adults and $75 for children.)
THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA IN BUCKHEAD
WHERE TO GO: PUTTSHACK, THE PAINTED DUCK AND TOPGOLF IN UPPER WESTSIDE
PUTTSHACK, THE PAINTED DUCK AND TOPGOLF IN UPPER WESTSIDE Score birthday fun points at one of these upscale gaming venues featuring big and bold decor, top-of-the-line tech, music, food and cocktail service. Mini-golf rules at Puttshack; Topgolf offers a driving range experience; The Painted Duck provides bowling in addition to other games such as horseshoes and shuffleboard. Whether you’re a golf pro or bowling champ, or are just in it for casual competition, all levels are welcome to get their games on.
Pricing varies by venue.
THE PAINTED DUCK
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