Is your upcoming birthday a normal birthday, or is this year your golden birthday? Hold up—what’s a golden birthday? A “golden birthday” is the year you turn the same age as your birthday. For example, someone born on the 13th of the month would celebrate their golden birthday when they turn 13.
The author Joan Bramsch invented this unique tradition when she began celebrating her kid’s golden birthdays in the 1950s. The idea caught on, and people continue to celebrate their golden birthdays to this day. So, do you have a golden birthday coming up? Here’s how to celebrate your golden birthday and make this once-in-a-lifetime occasion extra special. Missed your golden birthday? Don’t worry—you can always celebrate it late.
Paint and Sip
Did you know that some people refer to golden birthdays as Champagne birthdays? If you’re old enough to drink by the time your golden birthday rolls around, why not celebrate with drinks and an easel?
Pour some glasses and grab your paintbrush. You and your guests can paint freehand or base your painting around a theme. You can also head online and find a step-by-step tutorial for everyone to follow. After the party, everyone will have their own masterpiece to take home, frame, and hang proudly on the wall.
Love the glamour and glitz of Hollywood? Then the best way to celebrate your golden birthday is with a gold record theme. There are three things every gold record party needs—amazing music, well-dressed attendees, and an abundance of aureate decorations.
String a disco ball from your ceiling and turn your living room into a dance floor. Ask your guests to dress as one of their favorite Hollywood stars or pick an outrageous Met Gala-esque theme for them to follow. At the end of the night, you can hand out prizes to the best dressed. And don’t forget the décor! You can get plastic gold records at your local party store or create your own with old records from the thrift store and ample gold paint.
A Double (or Triple) Golden Birthday
Did you miss your first golden birthday? This is inevitable for anyone born in the first week of the month. But don’t worry! Many people choose to celebrate their double (or even triple) golden birthday instead of a regular golden birthday. Were you born on the 10th of the month? Your double golden birthday is when you’re 20, and your triple golden birthday is when you’re 30.
You can follow some of the same themes outlined above for your double or triple golden birthday, but one other theme you might want to consider is a Golden Girls-themed bash. Celebrate with some lemonade, cheesecake, and classy 80’s décor and fashion. A Golden Girls-themed party is more fun when you’re around the age you could pass for a Golden Girl yourself, but fans of all ages and genders can enjoy this theme.