Best ways to celebrate your birthday

Happy Birthday postcard on white marble table

Best ways to celebrate your Birthday

When we were young, we used to count the days before our birthdays, but nowadays, birthdays tend to sneak up on us. It may seem like a lot of work to organise things to do on your birthday, unless you’re celebrating a milestone year and someone is throwing you a party. And to be completely honest, there are certain years when you just don’t want to throw a party (or don’t want to feel pressured to). Therefore, if it means taking a bath and getting a head start on bedtime, go for it. Gather the group and reserve a hotel if you wish to go away for the weekend with your buddies.

Or… here are some of the ideas!

Tell your family to send you pre-recorded video messages. 

Just ask some family and friends to shoot 30-second videos wishing a happy birthday. It was lovely to be able to have everyone wishing you a happy birthday. 

Go online shopping. 

Pick a set amount of money (or not! it’s your birthday!) and go online for a shopping spree for a few new pairs of shoes, a home item you’ve been wanting, or whatever your heart desires!

Virtual game night with friends. 

There are tons of virtual board games, charades, drawing games, and more available right now. Set up a game night to celebrate your new year of life!

Dress up. 

If you’ve been living in sweats for the past 3 weeks (we’re all guilty!), take your birthday as an excuse to wash your hair, put on some makeup, and wear your cutest outfit.

Host a Private Movie Screening 

Whether you rent out your own theatre at the cineplex or camp out inside someone’s at-home movie room, one thing is for sure: You get to pick the flick. Make sure you have some movie theatre quality snacks on hand to complete the evening.


Have Your Own TV Marathon 

It’s all about what you want to watch, completely guilt-free. To make it extra special, have popcorn, candy, and ice cream on hand.

Bake Yourself The Birthday Cake

Why wait for someone to hop in and surprise you with the birthday cake for you. Be independent and do some cake baking for yourself. Get the cake making ingredients and make the oven the friend of the day and prepare your own birthday cake. I have got this idea from my mother who has never missed baking the cake for herself on her birthday.

Be The Kid From Your Childhood

Have you been going nostalgic for quite a while over your lost childhood days? This birthday it is time to live those childhood days again with the similar charm of those gone days.

The event of a birthday can actually help you bring back the childhood way of celebrating your birthday. Throw yourself in some childish clothes and ask your friends too to wear the best look from childhood and cut the cake together with some childish birthday caps on the heads. Don’t forget the theme: Childhood!

Cook at home. 

This is seriously one of the most underrated birthday activities, because most people want to go out to a fancy restaurant for their birthday. It takes some time to plan, gather ingredients, and make sure you know what you’re doing, but the act of preparing a meal with a loved one is so rewarding.

Plant something in the garden. 

If you’re lucky enough to get nice weather on your birthday, use it to work in the garden! Not so lucky? Plant some houseplants and bring some new life into your house as you celebrate a new year of your own life.

Reflect on Your Past Year 

What lessons did you learn? What were some of the best moments and which parts are you glad to be moving on from? Reflecting on your past year, and maybe even setting some goals for the future, can be a great way to honour yourself.

Let yourself be self-centred.

 For a day, anyways. It’s good to not want to seem self-centred, to want to put others before yourself, but this is your day! Do the things that give you satisfaction. You have permission to go just where you want and do just what you want to do.

  • Go to a concert or theatre show. Live performances, be they comedy, ballet, music, or stage plays, are a great way to make an outing special.
  • Have a picnic. Gathering some friends and family and having a leisurely afternoon sitting on a blanket outdoors is a perfect way to enjoy the simple pleasures of your day.Take a blanket, some drinks and snacks, and find a scenic spot. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, wine, cheese, and fruit are ideal for picnics.

Use your bucket list. 

Most of us have specific activities we want to do in our lives. Things on the bucket list should be large and small-travelling to a particular place in the world, eating at a particular restaurant, engaging in daring adventures-a birthday can be a great opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to. Having a literal list is not a bad idea. Writing out your bucket list can have positive effects on your life in general, such as:

  • Being a motivator. Writing out a list of things you want to do in life can help motivate you toward positive action.
  • Helping you feel successful and more accomplished. Checking items off your bucket list shows you proof that you’re getting things done.
  • Increasing focus. A list will help you have a clearer sense of what you want, and what you want to do with your life.

Plan for special years.

 Your bucket list should also include big dreams! Is it your 21st? Your 40th? 50th? Doing something really special on particular milestones is especially memorable (and no one will begrudge you the expense!). Consider checking off a big bucket list item for these special years; major milestones are good years to do the skydiving, or the trip to Paris, or the kayaking down the Grand Canyon.

  • Look at ways to do the things you’ve always wanted to do on a budget. There are lots of helpful resources out there to make it easier (and cheaper) to get on that trip around the world you’ve always dreamed of, or snorkelling in the Maldives, or even just cooking that special dish you’ve always wanted to try.
  • If you want to do something major, figure out how much money you can afford to spend on a special milestone birthday.
  • Select a few possibilities from your list that you think may be within your price range.
  • Narrow down ideas by looking at any travel expenses, ticket prices, lodging, and food expenses that each item will entail, and deciding if they will be possibilities.

Release the reins, release the tension. 

Until fairly recently, modern science didn’t have the abilities to understand the way stress can affect our health. Now we know that not needing to control every little element of say, a birthday party, can make such experiences beneficial to our health rather than a drag on it.

  • Be flexible. As with any event planning, don’t expect every bit of minutiae to happen exactly as you envisioned it down to each minute or birthday candle. Remember-it’s about having a good time and celebrating, not about accomplishing a task.
  • When things don’t go exactly as you planned, go with it-it’s your birthday, and, well, you can cry if you want to, but there’s really no need. Everyone will have a good time if the host or guest of honour is relaxed and enjoying themselves-so that’s all you need to worry about.
  • Things happening differently than planned makes for a great story! So when the section of birthday cake with your name on it falls off the serving knife, don’t sweat it.

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