Subsequent month I’m turning 30 (!), and for the previous few weeks, each my husband Max and pal Angela have been asking me the identical query: “What do you wish to do in your birthday?” And I’ve been giving them the identical response: “I don’t know. I’ll get again to you!”
I haven’t dedicated to celebration plans as a result of I get weirdly nervous about celebrating my very own birthday.
Image this: It’s the eve of your birthday, and also you’re ending up a gaggle day journey. You’re at a pizza restaurant, consuming a pepperoni-and-mushroom slice and laughing with buddies. You scan the room, and for a second, every thing feels good. However then a query pops into your head: “Wait. Is it bizarre that we’re celebrating my birthday earlier than my precise birthday? And is everybody getting alongside? Cassie doesn’t know many individuals, is she feeling neglected? Is that this celebration excessive? Do folks even wish to be right here? Ought to we do an icebreaker? IS IT HOT IN HERE?!”
That’s the interior monologue that just about derailed my twenty fourth party. Since then, I’ve tried to determine which sorts of gatherings assist me really feel comfortable. Seems, simplicity is vital. Small dinner events with straightforward meals, like spaghetti and meatballs. A bar cling with buddies, speaking whereas nursing glasses of Merlot. A video games evening at residence, the place I’m attempting to guess who killed me in a spherical of Mafia.
I like attending and planning massive occasions for different folks, however relating to my very own, I’m studying to say, “Good for her! Not for me.” To ring in a brand new decade, I’m envisioning dinner at my place with shut buddies. Our counter shall be peppered with taper candles and salty snacks. We’ll play one or two video games and finish the evening consuming cake round our fireplace pit, gazing on the stars and feeling the brisk December air. However I’m curious…
How would you throw a enjoyable but straightforward party? Would you advocate any themes, recipes, or total ideas? Please drop a line under, the place I shall be taking all of the notes!
P.S. Ideas on getting old, and two birthday revelations.
(Picture from Rose & Crown.)