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How to Celebrate Birthdays as an Adult!

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 your Birthday as an Adult!

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,

Gabrielle

 


Throwing a Fabulous DIY Summer: A How To Guide

Despite unseasonably cooler temperatures this week, summertime is in full swing here in the metro area and we’re excited for all the DIY Summer fun in store for your family this season. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is sharing her ideas for fabulous summer parties today on the blog. Take a look…

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Throwing a Fabulous DIY Summer: A How To Guide

Summer time can mean a lot of things. Swimming pools, drive ins, picnics and more. One of my favorite things to do is throw and attend parties. Just fun, let’s celebrate summer and have a great time party! So why not hit up your local dollar store or Target and put on a great party.

Here are a few ideas you can easily throw together AND entertain a large crowd for the low!

DIY Summer

Build a Hot Dog Bar

Who doesn’t love a good weenie roast?! Hot dogs are a great way to feed a crowd without spending too much. A simple hot dog bar doesn’t require much, grab some ketchup, mustard and all your favorite fixin’s and you are good go to go.

diy summer

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Take your love of ice cream to the next level with insane toppings! Gather all your favorite candies, nuts and sauces and let everyone build their own sundae. Don’t forget the root beer to make sundae floats too!

DIY SUmmer

Movie Party

This is probably the easiest way to entertain a crowd. Pick a cult classic of fave family movie, pop some popcorn, add a variety of pops and salty snacks and you are ready for an evening under the stars or your living room full of people in their pjs!

DIY Summer

Taco Party

Another fun way to feed a crowd is a taco party. Much like the hot dog bar or sundae bar, you and your guests can grab a bag of chips or shells and then add all their favorite toppings. Tacos are always a favorite among most people so this would definitely be a great way to celebrate Taco Tuesday!

DIY Summer

Carnival Party

A friend of mine through a summer carnival party two years ago and it was AMAZING! Popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs and of course carnival games! She even had a face painter or strong man there to entertain! A circus or carnival party can be done in so many ways that everyone will have a great time.

DIY Summer

Camping Party

Camping is one of my favorite past times. Fires at night, s’mores and ghost stories. The summer is the perfect time to have a camping party. Grab some stuff for s’mores and a sleeping bag for a late night.

DIY Summer

Luau Party

Luau parties are always fun too. Bright colors, grass skirts and pineapples! Grab some bright table cloths, throw some Hawaiian dogs on the grill (wrapped with bacon and pineapple) and get ready to dance the night away. You could also throw in some great games like a hula hoop competition or limbo.

DIY Summer

Southern Belle Tea Party

Want a more chic party? Throw a Southern Belle party. Have your guests dress in their Sunday bests, throw on some lace gloves and get ready for a variety of teas. Have your guests bring their favorite tea (preferably already brewed) and sip while eating bonbons or pecan pie.

DIY Summer

Beach Party

What better way to celebrate summer than a beach themed party? Head to the dollar store and grab some floaties, noodles and beach balls. Have everyone pot luck style their favorite food or make a spread of your favorite picnic foods. Don’t forget the pools! Get a blowup pool or have some bring theirs!

I hope these ideas were enough to spark your summer party planning adventures!

From iFamily to yours,

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