I’m talking about birthday traditions this week. The first one was birthday breakfasts. I’d love to hear your birthday traditions, either growing up or new ones, in the comments.

I never need an excuse to throw a party and I love it when there’s an even bigger reason to celebrate. I was at a friend’s house the other day and she was showing me pictures of her son’s adorable birthday party. She explained that it was his “golden birthday,” also called a grand birthday, lucky birthday, or star birthday. Her son was turning the same age as the date of his birthday–he turned one and was born on the 1st. It’s a long tradition in her family and she always buys the same amount of gold balloons as the age they are turning, in this case one gold balloon. Oh, and of course she has a big party for them as well.

This tradition sounded vaguely familiar, but it wasn’t a big deal in my family growing up. However, I think that it’s an awesome idea and although both my husband’s and my golden birthdays passed when we were both young, none of my kids have had their golden birthdays yet. These are the birthdays that I have to look forward to: 10, 12, 19, 23. Not exactly super “important” birthdays, but I can’t wait to make those years extra special and hopefully pass on a new tradition to my kids.

Anyone else celebrate golden birthdays? Any tips?


  1. My golden birthday was when I turned 22 on 2/22 (2007). I got my first pair of diamond earrings from my dad for this special birthday and I will never ever forget that!

    Libby    Wednesday, March 17, 2010
  2. we love that tradition!!heres my sisters 21st/golden b-day!


    colleen    Thursday, March 18, 2010
  3. Libby–That’s so sweet that your dad gave you diamond earrings! What a cool gift for your golden birthday.

    Colleen–All of your parties are darling! Love them. Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany    Thursday, March 18, 2010
  4. I know you don’t like piñatas, but I’m latin so a party isn’t a party without one!

    luz    Friday, March 19, 2010
  5. We do golden birthdays in our family too – my bonus mom told me about it. I laugh at my husband because he was born on the 2nd, so he already had his. Not sure what I’m doing for mine since it’s going to be in the same year as my daughter’s massive first birthday party – something just for me I think.

    Angel    Wednesday, March 31, 2010
  6. my golden birthday will happen on the 28th i will be turning 28. I dont know what i should do that day?
    any ideas?

    jeremy    Thursday, May 6, 2010
  7. Delighted to be planning my Golden Birthday Bash. Here’s my inspiration board so far…


    Thanks for the ideas!



    Becky    Friday, September 24, 2010
  8. This is such a sweet tradition to pass on. My Golden Birthday is this weekend, 23 on October 23rd. Though I don’t have any really big plans, I’ll be spending time with some amazing friends, and I couldn’t ask for more than that. I know that either way, it will be a birthday I will definitely remember, and that is truly all I could ask for such an important day. =]

    Jennifer    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
  9. my golden birthday is this year… my golden sweet sixteen. my mom and i have been talking about it and trying to figure out what to do, and i really want this one to be special. i’ve only had a birthday party when i was 10 and 13, so my 16th doesnt have much to beat. i already bought my car, and i will be getting my license about a week later… im hoping to have about 6 friends + me, any ideas??

    Tabbz    Sunday, June 12, 2011
  10. My son will be 11 on 11/11/11…I am trying to find some awesome ideas for him. Thats more then a golden birthday. I may do the gold theme. Everything gold.

    Angie    Friday, August 26, 2011
  11. My daughter will also turn 11 on 11-11-11. Would love a cool idea that is not real expensive.

    Betsy    Thursday, October 20, 2011
  12. My son will also be 11 on 11/11/11 this year!!! I’d love to get some ideas from the two ladies above who also share the same day. We are having a surprise party, but that’s about all I know. Is there a way to contact Angie, and or Betsy to get some ideas on what they are doing?

    Sybil    Tuesday, November 1, 2011
  13. My birthday is also October 23rd, and I will be turning 23 next year and I wanted to start planning early, any ideas?

    Maurice    Monday, October 22, 2012

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