Subsequent month I’m turning 30 (!), and for the previous few weeks, each my husband Max and good friend Angela have been asking me the identical query: “What do you wish to do to 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 pals. You scan the room, and for a second, every thing 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 folks even wish to be right here? Ought to we do an icebreaker? IS IT HOT IN HERE?!”
That’s the inside monologue that nearly derailed my twenty fourth party. Since then, I’ve tried to determine which sorts of gatherings assist me really feel comfortable. Seems, simplicity is essential. Small dinner events with straightforward meals, like spaghetti and meatballs. A bar dangle with pals, speaking whereas nursing glasses of Merlot. A video games night time at house, the place I’m making an attempt to guess who killed me in a spherical of Mafia.
I like attending and planning large occasions for different folks, 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 pals. 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 suggest 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 ageing, and two birthday revelations.
(Picture from Rose & Crown.)