Celebrating Significant Birthdays
Years ago, nobody celebrated any significant birthday, except their 21st and their 100th to receive the much coveted telegram from the Queen.
50 or so years ago, 18th birthdays started to be celebrated as well as retirement at 60 or 65. Today, though, it has become much more fashionable to celebrate all of the decades from your 30th and each year through to your 90th and of course the centenary!
The most popular ways we’ve found people tend to celebrate these decade milestones are:
Going on holiday with significant others
Although cruises are popular, these tend to be reserved for anniversaries rather than birthdays. When money is tight people will often prefer an experience, like a holiday, to spend their money on rather than more stuff!
If the birthday ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ has a lot of friends with children, then a weekend away is a popular option. There are lots of options to rent a self-catering country house or converted barn which can accommodate 20 to 30 people. Couples with children who all get along may choose this as an ideal way to celebrate together. If the birthday falls in the summer months, then camping or glamping might be the way to go!
Going out for a birthday meal
Lunch, tea or evening meal with friends and family is probably one of the easiest ways to celebrate a significant birthday as once the venue is chosen and the invitations are sent out there isn’t too much else to organise. You just have to think about what to wear!
On the other hand, it can be more elaborate, like my friend’s mother who is celebrating her 90th this month. The family have organised a marquee in the garden, caterers to supply afternoon tea and a small jazz band to entertain the guests!
A Treasure Trails birthday treat
Rather than just eating and drinking, we have found that lots of birthdays are celebrated by doing an activity with friends and family, especially ones that work best with lots of people. We can think of nothing better than a competitive afternoon exploring a pretty city, town or area with a Treasure Trail! But then, we are biased.
Or, simply throw a party!
And finally, there is the good old fashioned knees up type parties either at home or in a local venue where providing entertainment and dancing as well as food and drink are usually the thing!
What will you do to celebrate your next decade birthday?
Author: Amanda Ingham, Treasure Trails Herefordshire & Worcestershire