When did you stop having birthday parties?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: When was your last birthday party/event?
    Never had any birthday celebrations : (0 votes)
    Stopped having them at 10 or younger : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Stopped between 11 and 16 (Had to have a Quinceñera/Sweet 16) : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Stopped between 17 and 21 (Finally an adult/over the drinking age!) : (0 votes)
    Stopped between 22 and 30 : (0 votes)
    Stopped after 31 : (0 votes)
    Will always celebrate! Each year! : (21 votes)
    51 %
    I only celebrate milestone birthdays, ignore the rest : (3 votes)
    7 %
    I go all out when celebrating : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    Commenting to follow. My daughter just turned 11 today. Wondering when to stop having b-day parties for her.  I’m thinking now is just a time for sleep overs, pizza, cake, movies….

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Okay, so I absolutely adore birthday parties.  I want to throw them for EVERYONE, but my husband, for example, hates attention and doesn’t want people celebrating him.  It’s his 30th this year, so I’m hoping to pull off a surprise party and hope he doesn’t find out and make me cancel it like he did with his 25th…lol.

     

    So, each year I have a themed party for myself!!!

     

    this July was my 27th birthday – Toy Story themed.  I go all out with all the decor from Party City, pinata, make cupcakes, tons of food, etc.  I also asked my guests that instead of gifts, to please bring a toy to donate to the local Ronald McDonald House.  My couch was covered in toys/diapers/arts&crafts…it was amazing!

     

    Last summer I had a Pirate themed party, and the summer before was a circus theme, where entry to the circus was a donation to the local food bank.  I set up games and prizes in the backyard…it was great.

     

    I’m already planning my next birthday…still almost 11 months away 🙁  I can’t wait to have kids!!! 🙂

     

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    HonoraryNerd

    I think threw out the years ive had birthdays that havent been that celebrated and other years where i turned it into a birthday week lol. My DH is gone for most of the summer/spring months so he usually isnt here for it. This year we celebrated it the week before since he happened to be in town. then i actually worked my birthday but went out for dinner with all my girlfriends. :)Last year i thew a 30th birthday for my DH and that was fun. But one year i tried to invite people for my birthday party/dinner. but only 4 of my closest showed :/eeee that was a little disapointing.  When things like that happen you start to not want to plan another one lol. But this year was a good turn out, eight of my friends were able to come out and we had a great time. But when i turn 30 i def want to have a big birthday bash!

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee

    After I grew out of the family bday parties (probably starting in second grade), I had a sleep over every year until I graduated high school. The nature of these parties changed a bit 😉 but I still celebrated! I still do something for my birthday every year but not a “party.” Birthdays are a big deal in my family though, so it’s normal for us I guess?

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I still celebrate birthdays, but now it’s usually an activity with friends or DH (winery, amusement park, etc.).

    I never really did birthday parties – even as a kid, I remember one party when I was 8 or 9, other than that, it was always just an immediate family thing growing up, with cake and presents or maybe a sleepover with 2-3 friends.

     

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @HonoraryNerd:  ….you’re supposed to stop having them at some point???

    Where was I when that became a rule?  Two years ago, Mr. 99 threw a birthday party for me with pointy hats and board games….it was dumb and I loved every minute of it!

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I always do something for my birthday!! But the last time I had a party was for my 27th!  It was a bbq at my house and I had about a dozen friends over.  It was fun!  I can’t even remember when I had a bday party before that one…probably when I was in middle school. 

    I typically go out with friends for my bday to brunch (b/c I love brundh!) dinner or for drinks/dancing. One year, I went on a mini roadtrip with my mom.  That was fun too.  I wouldn’t let the day pass without celebrating somehow but I don’t need a party like I did when I was a kid.

    Post # 10
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    2851 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I was 16 when I had my last birthday party.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I was around 12 when I didn’t want them anymore. However I always throw one for my FI and son.

    Post # 12
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    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I still have parties, but they’re more like relaxing get-togethers. I invite people over for cake, and we just hang around and talk. It’s usually way too hot to go out and do anything, so we relax in the AC. My FI invites friends out to bars every year, but he only got super hammered for his 21st. Nobody brings presents to either (and we would not expect them to!!), we just enjoy each other’s company.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @HonoraryNerd:  I stopped having ‘party’ parties when I was pretty young, maybe 6 or 7? Aside from my 21st birthday of course! But we always used to do something like a meal out or a cinema trip with a couple of friends, so it wasn’t that I didn’t celebrate, it was just that it wasn’t a cake-and-jelly-and-icecream sort of affair.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2007

    I stopped having them after I turned 13.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I’m 31 and I haven’t stopped yet!  My birthday is in the summer, so we usually have a big weekend BBQ or camping trip.  No presents or anything, but just a fun excuse for a party.

     

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