As we are now a week into 2017 that means, many hours, events, achievements, good days, bad days and birthdays have passed in just one week. Within the first week of the year, my best friend since we were in eighth grade turned 21 and it made me realize that all my friends from high school and I are all turning 21 this year. So is your 21st birthday coming up this year and you're trying to think of a way to celebrate your big day that is so you? Well, whether you like to drink or not, there are so many ways to make your 21st birthday memorable.
Here are 21 things to do on your 21st birthday:
1. Party and drink the night away!
You are finally legal today! So what better way to celebrate than take advantage of it. What's more fun than spending your night( or weekend) with some great friends, nothing! So call up your friends, grab your ID, turn up that music, pour yourself your first legal drink and dance the night away.
2. Go out for a classy dinner or lunch.
Who doesn't like getting dressed up for their birthday? If you want to start celebrating your 21st birthday in style, get a few of you closets friends, get dressed up and hit a nice place for lunch or dinner and order that drink, just make sure to make reservations first. One of the best parts besides it being your birthday, is this will be one of the first times you'll be showing your ID and saying you are 21.
3. Spend the day with a few of your closest friends.
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Have your best friend make you breakfast, grab the others, go to the mall, pretend you have money and window shop (because you will be saving your money when you go out tonight), but most importantly have the best day with your best friends! But don't forget to blow up your snapchat story about your afternoon with your best friends on your birthday!
4. Pop champagne.
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5. Take a shot without using your hands.
6. Take your friends and go bar hopping.
It doesn't matter if it is one friend or twenty friends, take your friends and go bar hopping. Bar hopping isn't as fun by yourself than it is with your friends (and it's safer with friends).
7. Chug 21 beers.
8. Get a birthday kiss.
9. Get a picture of being ID'd for the first time.
What is more exciting than going to buy your first beer, six or 12 pack and being ID'd for the first time? It might be something you'll want to document.
10. Do karaoke.
No birthday is complete than getting up on stage with friends and in front of friends and strangers and singing loud and proud no matter how terrible you may sound and singing some of your favorite songs. Make sure someone is on photo and video duty, though it will make great laughs for you all later.
11. Find yourself a birthday twin.
What better way to share your excitement of finally being 21 than sharing it with a total stranger who also just turned 21, too.
12. Take 21 shots.
Your 21st birthday is made up of a lot of firsts, but it's also made up of a lot of "21 things." So don't forget by the end of the night to have taken 21 shots with your friends!
13. Get the whole bar to sing "Happy Birthday" to you.
This could be very interesting to see what total strangers say as your name at the "Happy birthday dear _______" part.
14. Go to a big city.
It doesn't matter if it's New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles. Spending your 21st birthday in the city surrounded by plenty of places to eat, drink and dance will make it memorable by itself.
15. Learn how to mix drinks.
Now that you are 21, mixing drinks will become an art of yours. What better day to learn this skill than on the day of your 21st birthday, it's going to come in handy.
16. Take a shot at midnight.
17. Collect $21 in singles from strangers.
Try and get 21 singles from strangers. You'll be pretty surprised with how many strangers will give you a dollar just because it's your birthday — your 21st birthday. With the money you get you can buy yourself something nice or at the end of the night a nice big drink, no matter what you do with it just feel accomplished that you got $21 (or more) in singles.
18. Take 21 different selfies with your friends.
19. Take a shot with your boyfriend.
20. Get a stranger to buy you a shot.
21. Don't throw up.
Most say your 21st birthday wasn't great unless you puked in the bathroom on the floor in the bar. Well, I say your 21st birthday wasn't great unless you didn't puked.
In the end, it doesn't matter what you do for your 21st birthday as long as it's memorable and you have a great time that's all that really matters! Now here's to you being legal!
Please drink responsibly.