20 Birthday Traditions You Wish You Could Still Have As An Adult
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20 Birthday Traditions You Wish You Could Still Have As An Adult

You're never too old to celebrate.

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20 Birthday Traditions You Wish You Could Still Have As An Adult

As we get older with each birthday, we reflect on how we have celebrated in the past. Some of us were really fortunate to have had great celebrations each and every year. As I turn 20 and exit the "teens," I have started to think about how I spend my birthday compared to how I have in the past. Our childhoods were filled with some weird or silly traditions, but now they are ones we remember forever. Sometimes we can't help but think what if we could get away with still doing or having things for birthdays. Remember these?

1. Party Favors

Definitely the guests' favorite part. Of course there was always that kid who gave out goldfish as a favor and a kid whose parents wouldn't let them take it home.


2. Pinatas

Even though it was rigged so the birthday girl/boy always got more hits.

3. Recreational Party Locations

Bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, SkyZone, or pottery places.

4. Scavenger Hunts

Mall parties were always the best.

5. Birthday Hats

These accessories make for cute pictures although they are a little uncomfortable.

6. Face Painting

As ridiculous as you probably look, it always makes for great pictures!

7. Moon Bounces

You're never too old for a bouncy castle!

8. Getting More Than Five Presents

You're at an age where its normal not to be getting a million presents, but the ones that you do get are more special.

9. Singing Multiple Versions of "Happy Birthday"

Odds are some girls went to sleep away camp and each have their own version to sing.

10. Wearing a Crown

You had to have some way to draw attention to yourself.

11. Freeze Dance

A classic game. At such a young age people even found ways to cheat or were sore losers.

12. Assorted Snacks

The birthday kid's parents may have bought the whole store.

13. Character Visits

Sometimes a special guest like Sleeping Beauty may randomly get lost on her way home and stop by your party! My uncle and cousins have definitely dressed up as super heroes for my brother's birthday.

14. Themed Cutlery


No party is complete without plates, cups, and streamers to match your theme!

15. Petting Zoos

Some kids were lucky to have tons of animals come to their house. Now that we think back, our parents were probably not the most excited about dozens of animals running around in the backyard.

16. Birthday Present Scribes

An aunt, parent, or family friend would always write down gifts as you opened them. "Hold on, don't open the next one yet!"

17. Themed Parties

It was socially acceptable to have cute themes like princesses or superheroes at this age.

18. Paper Invitations

The time before emails and Evites were popular.

19. Relay Races

Water games, sock hops, and endless amounts of fun.

20. Having 30 "Friends" to Invite

You invited everyone in your class or grade, and it's funny to think back on this considering how many of those people you still talk to.


As we get older it's hard to come up with ideas for fun things to do on your birthday. As much as I would still love to have a Disney princess party this year, there are definitely other benefits of entering the twenties.

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