Friday, 22 February 2019

18th Birthday Ideas

As the celebrations for my 18th birthday begin on the 2nd March, I decided that there's really no better time to do this post than now. Turning 18 is such a special, memorable occasion for all of us. It isn’t just about being another year older, but it also marks your transition from childhood to adulthood. You only get to turn 18 once and celebrating in style is definitely called for!

How you mark your special day is up to you, of course, but since this is something particularly monumentous, you might appreciate some guidance from someone, who is also in the same boat. Here are a few ideas to consider before you start your night out in style.

What to Ask For

So, it goes without saying that your parents are likely to want to mark this event with an extra special gift. No matter how big (or small) the budget is, the aim of this gift should be to give you a way to mark your transition into becoming a fully-fledged adult, whether that's with something like a sentimental, pretty ring, or an experience like your first independent holiday.

A luxurious diamond ring is a traditional gift for young women turning 18 and is the perfect chance to start building her jewellery collection. You can read all about the different types of cuts and diamonds available here:

Many young people now put much more emphasis on experiences than on materialism, and turning 18 certainly opens more doors. Instead of a ring, you might like to ask for some funds to go towards an incredible adventure with your friends. Travelling while you are still young is a brilliant way to make the most of your new-found independence, and start taking on more responsibilities.

Party Ideas

Hosting an 18th birthday party is the perfect opportunity to bring your family, and friends together for a proper bash. As you and your friends all turn 18, you will probably have a couple of years of 18th birthday celebrations, so it’s important that you personalise your own party to make sure it's memorable.

Lots of people will go the standard route of hiring a hall, or venue, and a DJ, but there are plenty of ways to personalise the party and the space. Having a themed party is a fun way to celebrate, but you don’t have to do the standard. Why not try going for a cooking class with a few close friends or hosting a movie marathon? Do something you will enjoy, and don’t worry so much about appearances!

No matter what your theme is, it’s always a good idea to put out some food. Obviously, you will need a birthday cake, but a simple cold buffet is easy to put together and everyone can nibble throughout the night. Keep in mind that as not everyone will be 18, some people may prefer not to drink at your party. It’s a good idea to have a few non-alcoholic cocktails around to pace yourself anyway!

Whatever you choose to do for your 18th, making it a memorable event is really important. Take lots of pictures of you and your friends and put out a memory book for people to sign and leave messages. These are things you will treasure for the rest of your life.

For my 18th, on the day itself, my Aunt, and Uncle are taking myself, and my older sister up to London for an evening meal, and cocktails in The Shard. You only turn 18 once, so you need to celebrate in style, however that may be!

What did you do for your 18th if it's already been, and gone? If it's coming up, what are your plans?!

Love and light always,


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