We spend an inordinate amount of time each year meticulously planning birthdays for our children. But what about us?! When it comes to celebrating your special day as an adult, it can be hard to figure out exactly what to do. Gabrielle, from our blogging team here at iFamilyKC, shares four ideas she has for your next birthday adventure. Take a look…
How to Celebrate Birthdays as an Adult!
October is my birthday month.
I say that for two reasons:
1) To give you a heads up in case you were wanting to buy me lunch or send me a gift.
2) Because I have had all year to plan, and have absolutely nothing scheduled.
We tend to go all out for our children’s birthday parties, but when it comes time to celebrate our own special day, we tend to settle for dinner at a chain restaurant and a free dessert. Who doesn’t love a dining room full of strangers staring at you, while bored and/or overzealous wait staff bring you a brownie with a candle sticking out of it?
Surely, adult birthdays are a time to reflect and reevaluate. But they should also be a time to commemorate and celebrate. Here are a few ideas I’m kicking around:
Eat free for the month.
Sign up for rewards programs at all of your favorite restaurants. Most of them will send you at least a buy-one-get-one free coupon. For the cost of a single meal, you can catch up with a dear friend. Some restaurants take it a step further, and send you a voucher for a complimentary meal with no purchase required. Those are my favorite. Free pumpkin pancakes with apple sausage, and a notebook, so I can write down all of the things I learned since my last birthday. If you choose enough restaurants, you might not have to buy lunch for the whole month.
Spend a Day at the Spa
Some lucky mamas have standing appointments at their favorite spas. That is not my current situation. I try to go once a year, and my birthday is the perfect excuse. Several local spas have packages that can last from two to five hours that include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures. Some packages even include hair and make-up services. Find one that fits your budget and your schedule.
Take a cue from the kids.
A lot of popular birthday party venues offer party packages for adults. The pricing is generally a little higher than the kids’ party packages, as they incorporate activities that are inappropriate for smaller children. Why not get a group of your closest friends and race go-karts and play laser tag until your hearts are content? There are a couple of local bars who offer retro themed video games. Why not celebrate your birthday by being a kid again, even if it is just for one day.
Cake and Ice Cream
No birthday is complete without cake and ice cream, even if it is just you and your immediate family. Throw diet plans out the window. (Or cheat just a little, with a miniature cupcake). But get yourself a birthday hat, and dig in. Make them sing to you if you want. It sounds simple, and it is. We all long for simpler days, and what better day is there than your birthday, to appreciate the simple things.
Close your eyes and make a wish, but not for too long. You are a parent, after all.
From iFamily to Yours,