A golden birthday is just that…it is golden! Otherwise known as Grand Birthday, Lucky Birthday or Champagne Birthday, it is your special day that comes only once in your lifetime. A “golden birthday” is when someone’s age matches the date they were born. So if your birthday is October 10th, then your golden birthday is when you are ten years old! Golden birthdays are celebrated from the first year of someone’s life to the thirty-first year.
Golden birthdays are special as they occur only once in your lifetime. Granted if a child is one the golden birthday may go almost unnoticed but if a child is a little older, it can be great fun! And if a teenager or someone in their twenties to thirty one has a golden birthday, it can be a special fun time to remember.
Again, the party can have a specific theme depending on what the birthday person likes, the attributes of that person, etc. Do they like sports or art or dance? Do they have any collections like bottle caps, stamps or miniature cars? These can all be incorporated into a theme for the golden birthday.
From the invitations to the decorations, and from the food and even the presents, the theme can be carried all the way through. Sometimes, it is easier if the guests are asked to bring something for the party. Maybe they each bring one food item to serve so many guests. This is called “pot luck” and helps the host and hostess out immensely especially if there a lot of invited guests. It cuts down on the food expenses and offers a special addition to the party in that you share some really good foods from others.
Another idea is to have the guests prepare some special gift for the party. It might be the sharing of a memory about the birthday person or a photo. Oftentimes people are asked to bring their own beverages to a party or a game to share. This game might be a popular game or a particularly fun game that you have that the host or hostess has planned to play. Sometimes people volunteer to bring music or to even play the piano or another musical instrument at the party, too.
Birthday parties may be hosted at a private resident, at school or a work place, or even planned to be held an establishment. These planned parties can be at public places (a skating rink or circus, restaurant or banquet hall, etc.) or private facility (characterized by renting out a space or having a designated private area).
Any combination of food could be served from snacks and beverages, to appetizers and drinks and even a full-course meal. Usually there will be cupcakes or cake served with candles and singing Happy Birthday. This is followed by opening of gifts and an exchange of birthday wishes.
A family may have a tradition of celebrating a golden birthday a special way. Maybe the birthday person gets to pick a favorite restaurant to eat at, maybe they select some special place to go to, etc. or a family may have the same “birthday treat” offered to each of their children on this golden day. This could be cash, a family trip, a larger useful item like a computer, etc.
The important thing is that the birthday person is honored and feels special for their golden birthday.
How have you celebrated or how will you celebrate your golden birthday? How will you make the golden birthday of someone else special?