Birthdays are a big deal to me, but you probably already know that. And without trying to state the obvious, this next one is perhaps the biggest in the deal department yet.
I can only remember one birthday party as a kid. Just one. I may have singled this one party out, but I doubt it. The reason it may stand out the most is that was also the occasion that my younger brother, Brian, decided to stand on the fence and pee in front of my friends.
I was nine and mortified.
I don’t recall ever having a birthday party as a teenager, but maybe I did. My Mom died when I was eleven, and I know my Dad wasn’t much of a party planner or even cake buying type.
As a young adult there were a few times I felt my birthday was important to someone other than me, but that wasn’t an every year occasion. I had a few girlfriends who made me feel like a queen for the day, and I’ll cherish those birthdays forever.
But generally, people are busy celebrating someone else right around my birthday. I was born May 10, 1959 – on Mother’s Day. And, I know, that’s not a big holiday like Christmas or New Year’s, but I still got gypped out of a celebration on more than one occasion.
When my 50th fell on Mother’s Day, the only person who could make it to my party was my oldest son.
And for my 52nd birthday, I decided to run a Half Marathon and was so proud of myself for accomplishing that.
As soon as my daughter in law, Amber started living close to me, I’ve had a birthday cake (at the very least) almost every single year. She even found out I would be traveling one year and called ahead to make sure I had a special cupcake with a candle to celebrate with.
So even though I may have missed a few celebrations, I feel very loved and special.
And I’ve decided I want a big birthday party for my 60th… and I’m hoping you can come!
I’m not even sure where it will be, except close to where I live. But I do have a date: Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Amber started a Pinterest board even before I did and came up with a few ideas. She knows how much I love photos and photography and we decided that would be the theme of the party.
But I’m not sure where to have the party! I’ve looked at renting a big house near the beach, but I’m not sure I can pull $5,000 out of the budget for just the venue.
So I thought I’d ask you. Do you have any suggestions for me?