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posted 1/21/2011 11:09:36 AM |
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A friend of mine will be hosting a birthday party this Saturday afternoon. She began planning it in early December. She has done this for years and the format is always the same. It will always be on a Saturday or Sunday and commence with ten to 35 people having lunch or brunch at a restaurant at around 11:00 AM for a couple of hours culminating with the birthday girl unwrapping gifts. Then, select guests will assemble for a smaller private gathering (420) until mid-afternoon. All of this is quite enjoyable and I get to see friends and acquaintances going back decades.

But there is something very different about all of this...she plans and hosts her own birthday party. She is the only person I have ever known to not only do this, but even consider doing it.

The people in this social circle kind of accept this as a good friend's quirk and everyone has a good time. Now virtually everyone I have known outside of that social circle, including my daughter, finds the idea to be arrogant, self-centered, and reeking of a grandiose prima donna.

1. Have you ever known anyone who did this or even consider it?
2. How do you feel about it?

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Jan 21 @ 11:50AM  
No, I've never known anyone to plan and host their own birthday parties. In my world, birthday parties are little gatherings at the birthday person's house, where we all get together, have a lunch/dinner, presents opened, cake and ice cream, and then we gather around and just hang out and talk.

As to your friend, I don't see where it's all of the sudden something arrogant if it's something she's always done. She knows what she wants...and I see nothing wrong with her planning her own party.

Jan 21 @ 12:16PM  
In my world, birthday parties are little gatherings at the birthday person's house

In my social circles there tends to be large birthday parties that are really parties, not punch and cookie affairs. The mom, dad and the kid affairs are separate. Eat, drink and be merry is the order of the day. These are usually hosted by somebody else on a Saturday at the host's home with no kids under the age of twelve. These often involve cookouts/barbecues (weather permitting) and are much more like Memorial or Labor Day get togethers.

When somebody croaks, there is a wake in the same format. The only difference is that there is one less drunk in attendance

Jan 21 @ 12:41PM  
Well I guess I was about to be one of those "arrogant" people. I was planning on going out to celebrate mine tomorrow night and had invited several people to go with me to hear my friend's band. But then I woke up yesterday sick as a dog. How did I get sick you might ask? Well that would have been a coworker that is so arrogant she thinks the office cannot operate without her no matter how sick she may be! This same woman came in to work once with Scarletina! While running a high fever! To me, that is much more arrogant than someone that invites people to their own birthday party!

Jan 21 @ 12:46PM  
When I lived in New York I hosted my own birthday party along with some band members who helped out. There usually ended up a couple hundred people there as these parties seemed to have a life of their own and by the end of the night we took over the whole building including the roof, much to the surprise and dismay of the old lady who lived on the first floor.(She was invited too but had rather stay in her apartment and bitch about the noise) Down in the Village back then you pretty much knew everyone and if you had a party the whole neighborhood tended to show up so you might as well invite them anyway.

These days the kids come over to the house for pizza and cake and I have to bake the cake myself so I guess I am still hosting it. I don't think my kids inherited the party like a rock star gene.

Jan 21 @ 3:55PM  
I've never , ever, had a b'day party..So I think it's a great idea.. Wish I would have thought of it 70 years ago

Jan 21 @ 5:32PM  
1. Have you ever known anyone who did this or even consider it? No, not really
2. How do you feel about it? To each their own...

Jan 21 @ 6:41PM  
1. Have you ever known anyone who did this or even consider it?
One of my aunts daughters was able to plan & invite who she wanted on her birthday but I didn't care cause they would plenty of good food.
2. How do you feel about it?
I do feel it might be a little prissy but it's their birthday so I guess they can have it as they wish I suppose. Maybe when they do that it could be because they know who they invite will not spoil the party for whatever reason.

Jan 24 @ 1:42PM  
Maybe she wouldn't have to plan her own if friends would let her know they are having one for ample time.


Jan 24 @ 2:50PM  
She has done it for so many years that I doubt anybody would give it a thought! It was really overdone this year. She gave toasts and four damned speeches at lunch exceeding two minutes apiece. I quipped to one of our friends, "I think that she is going to announce her candidacy for president." Our friend replied, "...or the sermon on the mount."

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