Subsequent month I’m turning 30 (!), and for the previous few weeks, each my husband Max and buddy Angela have been asking me the identical query: “What do you wish to do in your birthday?” And I’ve been giving them the identical response: “I don’t know. I’ll get again to you!”
I haven’t dedicated to occasion plans as a result of I get weirdly nervous about celebrating my very own birthday.
Image this: It’s the eve of your birthday, and also you’re ending up a bunch day journey. You’re at a pizza restaurant, consuming a pepperoni-and-mushroom slice and laughing with associates. You scan the room, and for a second, every part feels excellent. However then a query pops into your head: “Wait. Is it bizarre that we’re celebrating my birthday earlier than my precise birthday? And is everybody getting alongside? Cassie doesn’t know many individuals, is she feeling neglected? Is that this occasion excessive? Do individuals even wish to be right here? Ought to we do an icebreaker? IS IT HOT IN HERE?!”
That’s the internal monologue that just about derailed my twenty fourth party. Since then, I’ve tried to determine which sorts of gatherings assist me really feel comfy. Seems, simplicity is vital. Small dinner events with straightforward meals, like spaghetti and meatballs. A bar grasp with associates, speaking whereas nursing glasses of Merlot. A video games night time at house, the place I’m attempting to guess who killed me in a spherical of Mafia.
I really like attending and planning large occasions for different individuals, however in terms of my very own, I’m studying to say, “Good for her! Not for me.” To ring in a brand new decade, I’m envisioning dinner at my place with shut associates. Our counter can be peppered with taper candles and salty snacks. We’ll play one or two video games and finish the night time consuming cake round our fireplace pit, gazing on the stars and feeling the brisk December air. However I’m curious…
How would you throw a enjoyable but straightforward party? Would you advocate any themes, recipes, or total suggestions? Please drop a line beneath, the place I can be taking all of the notes!
P.S. Ideas on growing older, and two birthday revelations.
(Picture from Rose & Crown.)