Wednesday Whatabouts: Birthday Celebrations

  • Whatabouts (noun): the matters which one is occupied with

The hubs and I both celebrate our birthday this month – so naturally – I am obsessed with finding something fun and unique to do!   With most of our close friends and family being spread out all over the place, it’s hard to throw a birthday party where everyone can attend.  However, I still like to think of fun lil’ birthday extravaganzas in case we ever get a chance to spend birthdays with others (instead of alone in the love nest!).  Below are some unique ideas that I have come across:

Birthday Celebrations!

Game Night
Vintage games are the best, but not everyone has the original version of Tiddlywinks or Twister tucked away in a closet – but the number of multi-player games in today’s world is endless. You could even have tournaments for specific games. If you aren’t into board games, then find out if any of your friends have an old Atari or Nintendo game system. Even though the newer game systems blow these two machines right out of the water in terms of graphics, they are still great for hours of enjoyment!

via Google Images

Backyard Drive-in Movie Night
If you happen to have a projector or know of someone who will loan theirs to you, creating a drive-in movie atmosphere is easy. You can have people sit on the lawn and enjoy a movie projected on a large white sheet that is hung between a couple of trees. Pop a ton of popcorn or have friends bring their favorite type of candy and pop.

Backyard Drive-In! (via Blisstree)

There’s something fun and simple about a potluck feast. It could be brunch, lunch, dinner, or even a midnight potluck gathering. This is a great way to gather together those you care most about and not have to stress over how to feed everyone. To make things a bit sweeter, you could even have a potluck where each person brought their favorite dessert instead of a main dish! YUM!!

Dessert Potluck (via

Do something you haven’t done since you were a kid…
Have a bowling party or maybe even a skate party. Remember going to roller skating parties as a kid? A lot of my friends held their birthday parties at the local roller rink, and we were free to roam the place, eat snack food without making a mess on the living room carpet, and could be as loud as we wanted!  There was also great music and lots of lights to create the ultimate party mood.

via Etsy (MadeYouLookPhotography)

Theme Party
This is something I’ve never done, but I think it would be great fun. I think themes can created an exciting atmosphere and make for some excellent photos too.  (Casino Night, Western Party, etc.)  There are endless variations of themes…so let’s get this party started!

Western Themed Birthday!

Be Spontaneous.
There’s no need to plan every birthday festivity out – go for some spontaneity now and again. Write down a bunch of restaurants on a piece of paper, making sure to have the names placed randomly all over the page and not in a straight column or row.  Throw a dart at the sheet – where it lands is where you will go for dinner! You can do this with movie listings too.  This is a perfect technique for someone who wants to be spontaneous, but can’t quite decide on what to do.

His! (via

Maybe these tips on celebrating a birthday are ones you’ve also thought of or participated in?!  Feel free to add your own ideas in the comment section below.

Hers! (via Flickr: fraley_tera)

What are some ways you’ve celebrated past birthdays that made them truly memorable?


3 thoughts on “Wednesday Whatabouts: Birthday Celebrations

  1. When is Nick’s birthday? I love March!! 😉

    I’m pretty lame, but I just love going out to eat on my birthday. Spending hours at dinner, sipping on wine, and enjoying the company of loved ones. Oh yeah, and live music is always a plus.

    • Hey lady! Nick’s b-day is the 24th! Yep…I am a whopping 5 days older. LOL. Since he is currently offshore, we celebrated this past weekend for me…and will celebrate his the weekend when he gets back 🙂 We had a fun day…shopping for some designer jeans…home-made lunch…movie (Red Riding Hood) and then…PIZZA! My first in 3 months!!

      • Oh my gosh, seriously? We shopped for designer jeans for me on my birthday, too!!! That’s hysterical. 🙂 Look at you cougar. 😉 I’m glad you had a wonderful early birthday! I bet that pizza tasted amazing!!

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