Birthday dinner ideas for kids are completely different from birthday dinner ideas for adults. Adults want something fancy, decadent, and special.
All of the recipes on our list are guaranteed to make your birthday amazing. With these awesome dinner ideas, you are sure to have the meal of your dreams!
Everyone loves mac and cheese, from adults to kids. However, our Simple Green Moms mac and cheese is the adult version of this kid classic.
We use white cheddar mac and cheese instead of the usual orange cheese. A little bit of ground black pepper makes the dish slightly spicy.
The sauce is incredibly cheesy and rich. It is perfect for splurging on your birthday. Don’t worry. It will only take you a few minutes to make this amazing dinner recipe.
Serve the mac and cheese with a side salad or some roasted vegetables. Having a complete meal is essential on a birthday!
Don’t go too crazy, though. Easy recipes are also best on special occasions. You want to have time to enjoy yourself while also eating great food.
Pizza is always a good birthday dinner idea. Everyone loves it, and it can be completely customized to be exactly what you like. Homemade pizza is even better, especially for an adult birthday.
Try this pizza recipe from Archana’s Kitchen. The pizza is cooked in a cast-iron skillet to give the perfect, crispy crust.
Choose your favorite pizza toppings or set up an entire pizza bar, letting everyone at the party make their own pizza. This is not only dinner but also a great birthday activity!
Try rolling the fillings inside the pizza to make little bite-sized pizza rolls. Pizza rolls and homemade pizza sounds like the best birthday dinner ever.
Looking for a decadent birthday dinner? Lobster bisque is definitely better than any everyday dinner.
This easy, creamy lobster bisque from Cafe Delites is rich, creamy, and clearly a special occasion food. The lobster broth is made with onions, carrots, tomatoes, and celery.
The perfect blend of spices is added to make the bisque slightly spicy and herby.
We love the garlic butter lobster pieces that are added to the soup. It is a birthday surprise that you are sure to enjoy!
Serve the lobster bisque with a side of garlic bread, homemade rolls, or even a side salad. Lobster bisque is quite filling, but you should have a little something extra to make the meal complete.
A whole dinner of chicken wings sounds like a great birthday dinner. These air fryer chicken wings from Stay Snatched are healthier than regular deep-fried wings, which many adults will appreciate, even on their birthday!
Once the wings are nice and crispy from the air fryer, toss them in your favorite wing sauce. Try making honey lemon wings, spicy siracha wings, or sweet honey wings.
You can also set up a bunch of different dips to go with the wings. A wing bar is a great birthday dinner idea that your friends and family will enjoy.
Flank steak tacos are a great adult dinner idea. This recipe from Well Plated will ensure you have a happy birthday and indulge in the finer things!
The tacos start off with an easy citrus marinade that gives the steak a slightly sweet taste. Grill the steak for the best flavor or sear it in a cast-iron pan.
Serve the perfectly seasoned flank steak with cilantro, red onions, queso fresco, or avocado. Any of your favorite taco toppings will do!
This incredible spinach stuffed chicken breast from The Seasoned Mom is exactly what you need to make on your birthday. It is surprisingly simple for such a flavorful chicken.
Chicken breast is stuffed with a creamy mix of cream cheese, parmesan, mayonnaise, garlic, and spinach. The chicken is roasted until golden brown, and the filling is bubbling hot.
Serve the stuffed chicken with your favorite pasta dish or a simple vegetable side. It is already stuffed with so much goodness that it really doesn’t need anything extra.
7. Sloppy Joes
Birthday dinner of sloppy joes will remind you of being a kid. So many kid birthday parties have sloppy joes as the main course, so why not bring that delicious meal back as an adult!
Natasha’s Kitchen will show you how to make the best sloppy joe sandwich ever. Ground beef is blended with Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and spices. The mix cooks and simmers, making your whole house smell amazing.
Serve the ground beef mix on a soft burger bun. Yes, this is a very messy meal, but birthday dinners should be fun!
These lemon garlic chicken thighs from Jo Cooks are amazing enough for a fancy restaurant but easy enough to whip up at home. That makes them the perfect birthday dinner!
Chicken thighs are tossed with lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, and garlic. Roast chicken until the skin is golden brown and slightly crispy.
Try adding some chopped potatoes to the dish to make a complete easy meal. This recipe makes enough chicken to serve everyone at your birthday party or just enough for your family with some leftovers.
A giant burger stuffed with cheese sounds like an incredible birthday dinner. The gooey cheese flowing out of the burger is something you are sure to go crazy for.
This recipe from The Chunky Chef is made with sharp cheddar cheese. You can choose any of your favorite types of cheese to use inside the burger. Blue cheese, American cheese, or even mozzarella would all be delicious.
The burger is also stuffed with caramelized onions. This gives the burger a sweet, savory flavor that is sure to be a memorable meal.
10. Chicken Pot Pie
Make this simple chicken pot pie from A Spicy Southern Kitchen for your next birthday party. It is big enough to serve a large group of adults, and even kids will enjoy a nice, warm slice.
Use pre-made pie dough that you can buy at the grocery store. This will help cut some of your time in the kitchen, and the chicken pot pie will still taste fantastic.
The recipe calls for peas, carrots, cooked chicken breast, potatoes, and onions. Feel free to skip any of the veggies if they aren’t your favorite.
Add some broccoli, bell peppers, or even cayenne pepper to liven up the pot pie.
We have all heard of loaded nachos or loaded French fries, but sweet potato fried packed with toppings is a whole new dish. Why not give this incredible meal a try? Birthday dinner ideas this great don’t come around too often!
This recipe from The Girl On Bloor will show you how to make the perfect Tex Mex sweet potato fries. It may sound like an appetizer, but it is definitely a full, complete meal.
Don’t skip the avocado cream sauce, which makes the sweet potato fries truly outstanding. You can also serve the fries with some ketchup for a classic twist.
Skip the sliced jalapenos if you would like a more mild dish. This recipe is fantastic because of its flexibility. You can really choose whatever toppings you’d like to make the birthday person happy!
Pile those toppings high. It is a birthday, after all!
12. Dinner Rolls
When getting birthday dinner ideas, it is important to remember the side dishes and the dessert recipes. Dinner rolls are one of those side dishes you should never skip, especially on a birthday!
Mom on Time Out makes the best, tender dinner rolls that are perfect to serve with any birthday meal. The rolls are perfect for sopping up extra marinara sauce or serving with some melted butter.
Homemade rolls do take a little bit of time to make. Plan ahead, and the rolls will be coming out of the oven just as the birthday dinner is about to begin!
These meatballs from Yummy Healthy Easy are some of the best meatballs we have ever tasted. They are so incredible that they are worthy of your next birthday dinner.
The meatballs are made with ground beef, onions, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, parmesan, and seasonings. They are baked in the oven rather than pan-fried, making them less oily and healthy.
Serve the meatballs with a toothpick as an appetizer or alongside a pasta dish to complete the meal. This recipe takes just a few minutes to make but will definitely be loved by everyone.
14. Lamb Shanks
Birthday dinner ideas should be extravagant and not something you eat every day. Lamb shanks are the perfect, fancy, upscale dinner you can enjoy on your birthday.
These lamb shanks from Recipe Tin Eats fall right off the bone. They are just so tender!
The meat is cooked in a red wine sauce made from crushed tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, carrots, and celery. A little chicken sauce adds another layer of flavor to the sauce and the meat.
Serve the lamb alongside some creamed spinach. The tender meat of the lamb and creamy spinach make for a birthday dinner with so much flavor.
If you think a birthday dinner should be rich and indulgent, then this fettuccini alfredo recipe from Modern Honey is exactly what you need to make. It is a comfort food that we all love but transformed into something easy enough for even the most novice chef.
Heavy Cream, garlic, butter, and parmesan cheese are just a few of the over-the-top ingredients that make this dish.
Use your favorite pasta shape to make the dinner even better. See what your family requests, and it will surely taste great with this delicious sauce.
You can make a delicious dinner for a birthday in under 15 minutes. Great meals do not have to take long! Especially when you need extra time to make a birthday cake.
This recipe for roasted vegetables and chicken from Gimme Delicious takes about 15 minutes. The bright colors of the bell peppers, broccoli, and red onions are beautiful on your plate.
This meal is also pretty nutritious. Healthy eating doesn’t pause just because it is your birthday! But you won’t be sacrificing flavor when you make this dish. It is nutritious, quick, and great for special occasions.
17. Taco Bar
Set up a taco bar for your next special occasion, and everyone will be raving about the great dinner. Taco bars are fun, tasty, and let everyone create exactly what they want.
Use this guide from How Sweet Eats to make the perfect taco bar. The key is to have lots of different toppings to choose from.
Put the toppings in a big bowl, small ramekins, and even in small bottles for the sauces. Get creative with your setup and your toppings. You never know which side dish ideas will be a big hit!
18. Lobster Tails
These broiled lobster tails from Sweet C’s Designs are the epitome of a special occasion meal. It isn’t every day that you get to enjoy rich, extravagant lobster tails!
This recipe is very simple to make and only takes about ten minutes. The main focus is on the flavor of the lobster.
Serve the lobster tails with a side of mashed potatoes, some vegetables, or even a creamy sauce made from white wine, butter, and garlic. Don’t forget a slice of key lime pie or birthday cake for dessert!
A great meal doesn’t have to take a lot of effort to make. In fact, birthday dinner ideas should be easy and quick, so you can spend more time celebrating and less time cooking.
Try making this slow cooker pot roast from The Daring Gourmet. The meat is slow-cooked for hours, simmering with potatoes and veggies. Cooking the pot roast in the slow cooker lets the flavor of the meat grow and become extremely tender.
The slow cooker is also super easy to use. Just toss all the ingredients in, set the heat, and walk away. Your perfect pot roast will be ready by dinner time!
Pot roast is fancy enough for special occasions and birthday dinners. Delicious recipes like this are definitely special meals.
Does the special person celebrating a birthday love Chinese takeout? Then sweet and sour chicken should be your go-to, special occasion dinner.
Make this recipe from Damn Delicious. The sweet and sour chicken is baked in the oven rather than fried, making it one of the healthy recipes on our list of birthday dinner ideas.
Chicken breasts are chopped and tossed with cornstarch, salt, and pepper. The chicken breasts are then baked until crispy.
The hot chicken is mixed with a homemade sweet and sour sauce. Sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce are all you need to make the delicious, restaurant-worthy sauce.
Serve the sweet and sour chicken over rice or enjoy it on its own like a birthday appetizer. It is way easier to make sweet and sour chicken than to order take-out. You will save time, save money and have a much tastier dish!
21. Pork Tenderloin
A nice big, oven-roasted pork tenderloin is perfect for birthday parties or special occasions. It is big enough to serve a large crowd by easy enough to make quickly.
Our favorite recipe for pork tenderloin is this one from Creme de la Crumb. The meat is seasoned with a blend of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and paprika.
Feel free to skip the chili powder to make a milder version of the dish.
Slice the pork and serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and sour cream. Some simple veggies would make this a full meal.
This delicious recipe is sure to be your go-to birthday dinner that your family loves. It definitely has those fancy, celebratory vibes!
Everyone from your mother-in-law to your kids will adore this amazing recipe from Sweet and Savory Meals. The incredible cherry sauce pork chops are the ideal birthday dinner.
The pork chops are cooked in butter, brown sugar, and cherry sauce. They are perfectly sweet and tender. Sweet treats for dinner are always a good birthday idea!
Serve the pork chops with a simple side dish of asparagus, roasted potatoes, or even just some French fries. Fries dipped in extra cherry sauce sound like something kids love!
This tasty recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, as written. Pick sides that also fit this dietary need to keep the meal perfect for everyone.
23. Beef Bourguignon
Beef Bourguignon is a dinner straight off the menu at an Italian restaurant. It is going to be a birthday dinner that will be remembered forever.
This recipe from The Recipe Critic is easy enough to make but still pretty fancy. While you could make it on busy weeknights, something this good should be saved for a special occasion.
Serve the tender, cooked steak with mashed potatoes or scooped over egg noodles. A good side salad is also very complimentary.
This recipe uses the slow cooker to perfectly roast the beef. However, you can also try making it in an Instant Pot for faster results. A simple pot on the stovetop will also work well.
24. Veal Piccata
Veal piccata is definitely something you don’t make every day. It is a meal that is reserved for adult birthdays and special occasions.
Try this tasty veal piccata from Recipe Girl. It makes a perfectly tender meal that you can slice without ever using a knife.
Thin pieces of veal are cooked in a mix of lemon juice, butter, and white wine. Capers and freshly chopped parsley add a lot of flavors to the sauce.
Serve the veal on a bed of pasta. Be sure to scoop some of the extra sauce from the pan over the noodles. A side of garlic bread is the perfect way to complete the dinner. Good food like this is exactly what you need for an adult birthday!
These pulled pork sliders from Kim’s Cravings will be loved by adults and definitely one of your kid’s favorites. It is one of our easy recipes that take minimal time but has big results.
The recipe uses store-bought pulled pork, which you can usually find in the grocery store’s freezer section
Barbecue sauce, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and some garlic salt are mixed with the pork to make it flavorful. Homemade coleslaw is whipped up to top the sliders.
Feel free to top the sliders with your favorite toppings. Try scooping some mac and cheese on top of the pork or even some crispy bacon. Get creative! This is a birthday dinner, after all!
Perfect Birthday Dinner Idea Inspiration- From Loaded Sweet Potato Fries to Beef Bourguignon
We know that one of these perfect, indulgent recipes will be perfect for your next adult birthday. Create the perfect meatballs, or try serving some tasty fettuccini alfredo.
Let us know which adult birthday dinners are your favorite, and have fun celebrating! Happy Birthday!