Your Birthday Party - Why Wait For Someone To Throw You A Great Party When You Can Do It Yourself?

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So no one is throwing you a big spectacular party this year to commemorate your birthday? Then this is the perfect opportunity to finally get the birthday party of your dreams by planning it yourself! No, you're not going to raise any eyebrows or get any strange looks. Just follow these simple tips.

Birthday Party Invitations

It doesn't matter whether you go for the beautiful 5 x 7 photo birthday invitations with multiple photos of yourself or just invite people over the phone. What does matter is how the invitation is worded. Instead of projecting that the party is all about honoring you, let your guests know that, In fact, it's about honoring them. They are the blessings in your life. And as you come to the close of another year, there's nothing that would make you happier than to share this special day with them.

What About Gifts?

Their presence is your present. So, of course, you don't ask for gifts. Actually, you might want to discourage them. You could even include that point in the invitations. You may still get a few gifts, but the objective of this birthday party is to have a great time celebrating with people you care about, and not accumulating more stuff.

Another option would be to say something like, "I don't need anything, except your company. But if you still feel like you should give me something, a donation to the animal shelter would be cool." Let you guests know that you're not having this party to get a pile of presents, but to spend meaningful time with them.

Yes, to Party Favors!

With most parties, favors are a nice gesture, but optional. However, if you decide to throw yourself a birthday party, it's a good idea to invest in these little thank you gifts. Your birthday favors can range from inexpensive tokens to homemade creations to full-blown goodie bags. But it's not how much you spend, but the sentiment you convey.

Make your famous chocolate chip cookies and pack them in a decorative container with the recipe. You can select favors that tie into your party's theme or reflect your unique personality. If you're inviting only a select few to your party, you might want to purchase individual inexpensive gifts for each person. Another idea is to choose personalized photo favors that include a message that spells out how much you appreciate your guests.

Let's Get The Party Rolling

Now, comes the fun part. You and you alone get to decide how you want to celebrate your birthday. Do you want a big bash with a DJ? How about an intimate gathering of your closest friends? Should it be at home or at a restaurant? You can choose exactly who you want to invite, what food you want to include, where you want to have the party and every other detail.

You don't even have to have a traditional party. What do you imagine as your perfect birthday party? Here are some ideas to consider:

Theme Party - These can be a lot of fun! You could go with a luau or fiesta. Other possibilities are Hollywood glamour, casino night, winter wonderland or jungle safari. You might want to throw a retro party, either 50's do-wop, 60's rock or 70's disco.

Destination Party - Is there some place you're dying to go? Plan a trip to coincide with your birthday. Send out save the date cards with a website address that includes all the trip particulars, like air fare, hotel rooms, itineraries, etc. It takes a lot of planning to get a whole group of people organized for a trip, but it could make this the birthday to remember.

But destination parties don't have to be just to some exotic locale far away. You can invite your friends to your party at your local zoo, the beach or a night out on the town in the city. Take a dinner cruise. Organize a picnic in the park. Choose an interesting nearby location for something different.

Activity Party - Is there something you would like to do or even learn how to do on your birthday? You could get a group of friends together to go horseback riding, take a hot air balloon ride, take dance lessons or learn to surf, just to name a few possibilities.

Whatever you do to turn your birthday into a party, don't just let it pass you by. Seize the day! You have a right to celebrate your birthday with the people you love. You don't have to wait for someone to plan a great birthday party for you. So, go for it - and have a really happy birthday!

Since 1992, Linda Kling, as the owner of Photo Party Favors, has offered ideas to people planning birthday parties and other celebrations. She recommends these Year You Were Born photo birthday favors, featuring your photo and fun facts from the year of your birth, plus these unique photo birthday invitations. Free printables, party recipes, quotes, trivia, and more are available on her website.

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