Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 2915 - The Lovin Life Linky - Big Birthdays

I like big birthdays (and I cannot lie) 

All set up and ready for the party

(You need to sing my header to the "I like big butts" tune to fully get that stuck in your head for the day.)

So the thing I'm lovin' most about life this week is that we held our daughter's big 18th birthday bash last Friday night and everybody survived.



As with any 18th there is the worry of ensuring the kids can enjoy it without going overboard with their new found freedom to drink alcohol.  Plus the ability to police everyone so that we aren't breaking any laws by serving alcohol to minors.

So we decided to pay the money to have someone else do this for us.

We held the party at a function centre with a barman and a DJ.  Plus we combined the "friends" party with the "family and family friends" side for one big celebration that was fun and civilised. 

It went off without a hitch.

We had 70 people there ranging in age from 1 to 81. 

partying under a sea of fairly lights

the photo wall of memories from day of birth to the current time

an amazing cake and the obligatory family snap

there was dancing
lots of dancing
and gifts which were opened the next day over breakfast.

So the stuff I'm lovin' about life this week is that:

  • We've raised an amazing 18 year old who makes us proud every single day
  • Her party brought everyone in her world together for a mass celebration
  • The police didn't have to come
  • Nobody threw up (in front of the crowd at least)
  • She had fun
  • We had fun
  • We were able to scrounge the money together to pay for it
  • It's all over
I love big birthday parties. The kind that celebrate significant milestones.  It's such a great way to get everyone together and not only celebrate the person in question, but to celebrate life in general.

What was the last big birthday bash you threw?

Anyone had to throw an 18th recently?

What would your preference be:  having an 18th at home or would you prefer to have it at a venue?


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31 comments :

  1. My husband organised a day on a boat for my birthday a few years back. I got to invite 20 of my friends and it was a superb day! That was the last special birthday celebration (it wasn't evwen a big one!) before that, probably my 21st....80 years ago!

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  2. My twins turn 18 next year in February so I'll have to start party planning soon!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Yep! That will be a big one. Two for the price of one.

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  3. It certainly looks like fun! I love that photo wall you did - fabulous idea for a party.

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    1. T spent a lot of time cross legged on the floor in the days leading up to the party going through all her photos. Then we had to go through Facebook and print a bunch (because we don't have that many printed anymore). She had a ball going through them all.

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  4. What a fabulous 18th! Happy Birthday, T!

    SSG xxx

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  5. Happy Birthday PARTY!! That was such a good idea combining everyone there in a place where you did not have to do all the work (just pay for it!). Loved the pics. The last BIG birthday I organised one aspect of was my Dad's 90th in January 2014. He will be 94 next Jan but he said after the 90th (which blew him away....with emotion!) that he wanted no more parties. My DD did the invites, Dad booked and paid for the private function room at Dee Why RSL, I organised a photo booth - self made and did the 'trip down memory lane' powerpoint and the photo and memorabilia display, my bro did MC and our son and my nephew organised 'the roasts and toasts'. Invitees were family - from a 1 year old to those who are part of his friendship group where he lives. He still talks about it AND recently my DD finished the memories via DVD and he has been loving that. I am so glad you got to do this birthday celebration for your lovely T. D xx

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  6. Looks like a great party. I am turning 40 soon and I really need to get onto organising a party.

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    1. Yes! My 40th was the best party I'd ever had. It was red and black themed and I went as an 80s rock chick. Everyone dressed in red and black from geisha girl, to vampire, to The Cat in the Hat, to a pirate and then we had people just wearing red and/or black clothes. It was a great colour scheme and the photos looked amazing. It was so much fun.

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  7. It looks great and I love that you were able to blend the family stuff with the friend stuff, which can be hard at times. And I'm all for outsourcing!

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  8. What a lovely way to celebrate your daughter's 18th. The last big bash we had was our daughter's 21st birthday which we hosted in our back yard. It was a spectacular party, except one girl remained behind and threw up in our son's wardrobe! (It's a long story!) It's great getting family and friends together to celebrate these occasions.

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    1. T got to choose whether she wanted the big 18th party now or a 21st later. She chose the 18th. so no big 21 party for this little chickadee

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  9. Congratulations on raising a beautiful, smart and wonderful daughter to 18! The birthday venue looks gorgeous and I'm so glad it all went well for you. The last event I held was my daughter's 21st. We too held that at venue in the Brisbane Valley. IT was fabulous and so much easier for me! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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  10. What a fabulous party you put together!!! Congrats on raising such a fabulous daughter---she will be our future!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  11. That's my kind of 18th birthday party - friends, family, parents and no drunk/drugged out teenagers trying to prove something to each other. Well done in raising such a great daughter :)

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    1. Thanks Leanne. It's a relief that it's all over with no dramas, that's for sure.

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  12. Wonderful looking knees up! Family and friends celebrating together are the best 'dos'! x #Lovin'LifeLinky

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  13. It was a great idea to arrange for someone else to manage the alcohol, when you had so many teen's in attendance.

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    1. I've seen to many 18ths at peoples homes go pear shaped. Definitely didn't want to go down that path.

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  14. My daughter turns 18 in April. I wonder how it will go. Looks like your party was a big success.

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  15. sounds like you all had a fabulous night. I think it is a great idea to take off the pressure by getting someone to organize it all, and hiring a venue. I hope our grandies don't reach 18 too quickly! Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for the link up.

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  16. I have had thrown three 18ths and twos 21sts ranging from 30 people to 80 all at home! Lots of fun!!

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