About to hit a big birthday milestone? Turning 18? 21, perhaps? Maybe even 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or beyond? If you've got a big birthday coming up and you haven't planned a proper celebration, why not just give everyone a shout?
Now, by "shout" we don't mean yelling at the top of your lungs or hiring a town crier to make a ruckus (that'll just bring the cops to your house!). We mean going by the age-old tradition of celebrating with a round of drinks at your local pub. But we're allowing it to get a little more sophisticated, and including trendy nightspots and tapas as part of your birthday shout. And even if you don't have a watering hole in mind, there are plenty of birthday venues to choose from on myBirthdayVenue - with over hundreds of function rooms, you can find the perfect location for your next party.
The beauty of shouting for your birthday is in the sheer simplicity, and it's a great way to mask your unpreparedness and not have to worry about cleaning up. Whether you're the one celebrating or the one throwing the party for the birthday girl or boy, shouting can be a great way to get you off the hook! Just send a few emails to your best mates and maybe a few family members, and off to the bar you go for a few nibbles and drinks.
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Use the net to select the venue
Yes, you were unprepared, but you should at least have a fair idea if your guests will like a venue. Is the bar big enough? Are there enough tables and chairs? Are there enough toilets? (Nothing can ruin an evening like being at a pub with not enough toilets! That or inviting Uncle Jim after he had curry.)
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Choose your guests
We don't want to sound like party poopers, but it's going to be quicker to find a good venue and not have skyrocketing costs if you make your celebrations invite only. If you can count on a select few mates, their partners and some family for good measure you should have a good idea of how many people you'll need to book for.
Shout the food
Shouting a bar is costly and not a necessity - most people are used to paying their way when they're out and about, so don't feel like you have to put up a huge bar tab and pay for all drinks all night. However, it is a good idea to offer a selection of food for your guests. Most venues will have food options either from their own kitchen, or a nearby restaurant, and will happily supply nibbles to your guests - just make sure you ask them about it.
Keep it short, but not too short
This one is aimed at the younger ones, as it seems to mainly be 18th and 21st birthdays with a notorious wrap. As fun as it may sound to binge drink 'til the wee hours - car accidents, a whopping bill, or the prospect of taking a ride in the back of a divvy van are no laughing matter. A few hours of shouting for your birthday instead of raging on until the crack of dawn won't kill you, and is less likely to kill your mates. Plan to end your party at a reasonable time which allows people to catch public transport home and avoid leaving people drunk and stranded. Besides, who says you can't have another drink the next day?
So there you go! If your birthday is coming up and you haven't made any plans yet - don't stress, shout!
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