As my 21st birthday approaches I’m overwhelmed with the possibilities of how I will celebrate. Not being a huge fan of alcohol in the first place I would also like to remember the night and not feel like death the next morning. On that note I think I’ve crossed out the most obvious answer of getting wasted with my gal pals at a dingy bar in Tigerland. Once that was out of the question I was stumped. I came to realize being a college student who is often surrounded by inebriation, you have to get creative with celebratory events. Here are a few, what I think to be unique, ideas of how to celebrate the big two-one.
1. As Tom and Donna put it, “Treat yo’ self.” Get dolled up, invite your closest friends, go to that raved about restaurant and indulge. You and your friends are there to celebrate the fact that you exist, that you’re on this earth, and that you entered this world exactly 21 years and however many hours ago. What better reason to go all out?
2. Bring together old and new friends. Going to college out of state and being away from my family makes my friends some of the most important people in my life. When celebrating such a big birthday, of course I want all of them to be there. Throwing a party is an easy way to bring friends from every part of your life together. Parties DON’T have to be a huge financial burden or mean throwing a rager. Order some pizza’s, buy some fire wood, put together a quick s’mores bar and let the conversations flow.
3. Be a kid again. I feel like your 21st birthday is the last expectable point to act like a total child, so embrace it. After that you have to worry about graduation, getting a real job, paying bills and all that nonsense. This winter break I am lucky enough to be going to Disney World with my mom, sister, and some close friends. If you can’t afford to take a trip to the most magical place on earth (which is totally understandable) opt for a Disney movie marathon with some popcorn, teen magazines (the kind with the good quizzes about your crush) and some great gals.
4. Give back. This one was inspired by my incredible mom who spent her birthday this year volunteering at a local nursing home. I started looking into charities that focused on event planning and discovered The Birthday Party Project. It’s an amazing organization that throws birthday parties for homeless children, who otherwise might not ever get to experience one. They have made getting involved ridiculously easy through #shareyourbirthday. It asks that you collect birthday party supplies for donations in lieu of gifts. They should be expecting a pretty large package come December 2nd. 😉
Hope these ideas sparked some of your own as you approach this milestone in your life. Whatever you end up doing to celebrate have fun, make memories and savor this time.