Outdoor Altbash party in the South of France with boats in the background and chandeliers hanging from trees | PartySlate
photog courtesy of & planner: Fête Event Planning
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11 Altbashes That Prove Every Milestone is Worth Celebrating

Outdoor Altbash party in the South of France with boats in the background and chandeliers hanging from trees | PartySlate

At PartySlate, we believe any milestone — no matter how small or alternative — is a reason to celebrate. Engagements inevitably result in weddings, the holiday season means endless festive fêtes, and, in the case of the latest event trend known as altbashes, often-overlooked milestones are marked with celebrations of their very own. After seeing the creativity and innovation on display at these 11 stunning altbashes, we hope this is a party trend that’s here to stay. 

1. When you get your first tooth… 

The tooth fairy has nothing on this sweet celebration. When baby Gigi got her first tooth, her parents hosted a butterfly-themed event — complete with a two-tier cake — to mark the occasion.

Butterfly Tooth Party with multi colored balloons and butterfly table | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Event Blvd. See More

2. When your dog is your best friend…

This birthday party might have the cutest guest list we’ve ever seen. Dog-friendly confections, balloon installations, and custom French Bulldog signage made this a celebration to remember.

Frenchie in Paris Party with blue color blocked wall behind | PartySlate
photographer: Playful Soul Photography | Jillian Nicole Events See More

3. When your girlfriends are your soulmates…

Though Galentine’s Day is hardly a new concept, we love how this group celebrated the holiday with a romantic, professionally-hosted event. We spy one of our favorite trends predicted for 2022: using your table as a floral vessel.

photographer: Elyse Hall Photography | Royal Palms Resort & Spa Phoenix See More

4. When you’re actually excited to go back to school…

School has never been this fun. A creative and vibrant installation featuring oversized crayons, sunglasses, and a notebook got kids excited to return to the classroom — and offered parents an ideal photo op.

Unique and Playful Back To School Installations in Dallas, Texas | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Social Llama Events See More

5. When there’s a rare lunar eclipse… 

This dinner party took “dinner under the stars” to a whole new level. A lunar eclipse inspired this backyard celebration, which featured romantic string lights, basket lanterns, and pink décor accents.

Magical Dinner Party Under The Stars | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Keren Precel Events See More

6. When the family gets back together…

What better reason to have a party than your family? The Agnello family reunited in Chicago for a celebration that involved custom cocktails, a charcuterie spread, and of course, plenty of family time.

Charming Family Reunion in Belmont Room at Guild Row | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Guild Row See More

7. When an annual family trip gets festive… 

No detail was overlooked — or too small — on this annual family ski trip celebration. Custom welcome boxes greeted family members at the stunning resort, and there was plenty of personalized swag to make the trip even more memorable.

Holiday Annual Ski Trip at Waldorf Astoria Park City | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: The Stamp Studio See More

8. When the wedding celebrations never have to end… 

Who says the celebrations have to stop with the wedding reception? These newlyweds treated guests to a post-wedding pool party, complete with festive cocktails, passed snacks and ice pops, and activities for the whole family.

photographer: Kristen Morris Photography – Tampa, Florida | Social Revelry See More

9. When you want to go big for your vow renewal… 

Couples are going big — and sometimes, international — for vow renewals. This couple took their three children and welcomed a small group of guests to the Seychelles for a beautiful and intimate beachfront event to celebrate renewing their vows.

photo courtesy of: KATE & COMPANY See More

10. When you’re about to run a marathon… 

Traditionally, runners celebrate completing a marathon, but why not celebrate reaching the night before the big race? LVMH honored their employees who ran the New York City Marathon with a luxe cocktail party.

Pre-NYC Marathon Reception | PartySlate
photographer: Noël McGrath | Meridian Events See More

11. When you want to warm your new home… 

Housewarmings are a longstanding tradition, but this was no ordinary housewarming party. If you want a memorable way to warm your home, take notes from this stunning celebration, with tree-strung chandeliers and a custom dance floor.

Outdoor party in the South of France | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Fête Event Planning See More

People Also Ask…

How can I plan my own altbash?

First, consider the events in your life that would be wonderful to celebrate. From a new pet joining your family to your kids leaving the nest for college — no event is too small to commemorate by gathering your closest friends and family.

Then consider the size of your creative celebration to decide if an event planner would be helpful. We think a planner can always lend insight and assistance (and an amazing trusted vendor list!) to any size of celebration. Your planner can then help you choose a venue and all of your other potential vendors like a florist, photographer, caterer and more. Then you’ll be able to curate every moment — from an interesting entrance to fun party favors.