Beyoncé said it best, "At 14 they asked me what I want to be, I said 'Baby 21, so I get me a drink.'"
Yes, turning 21 is probably the biggest birthday that you will actually want to celebrate. But there are still do's and don'ts for celebrating your 21st year of life.
*I am in no way endorsing underage drinking... "Teen drinking is very bad..." -J-Kwon*
DRINKS COST MONEY.
You know how water is free? Drinks are not. For the past few months, that is all anyone has told me.
So long are the days of having an entire meal plus tip under $15. Drinks are at least $6 in a restaurant, and they always get you to buy more than one. So, yes you can expect the check to at least double. Don't think the bars are much better, you're looking at about $5 a pop. Of course you're not going to only get one.
So tips for ballin' on a budget for your 21st?
1. Budget how much you're going spend that night! Cash is the best, because when it's gone it's gone.
2. ALWAYS utilize the pre-game. Especially on your birthday, because everyone loves to give you free things on your birthday. Pre-game before, don't spend as much out!
CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS
Remember, F is friends who do stuff together! Never celebrate a birthday alone.
But, Kayla... I like to be alone. But, reader your 21st birthday is not one to celebrate alone.
Friends are especially great on your birthday because they are celebrating YOU! They are there to make sure that you have a great day. And guess what? This is the one day where what you say goes!
Now, I'm not saying that friends have to bend at your every beck and call on your special day like in an episode of "My Super Sweet 16," but it can be great to have a group of people shower with you love that day.
Tips for celebrating with friends? Easy.
1. Call them up, make a Facebook event, text, even send a carrier pigeon! Just reach out to them.
BONUS: Some friends love birthdays so much that they throw surprise parties. ;-)
KNOW YOUR LIMITS.
Drake said "Know your self, know your worth." I might add, know your limits. Everyone tells you to turn up for your 21st, but there are limits.
Before you go out, EAT! Please, please eat. This will make our break your night. Definitely, make sure you have a nice carb-heavy meal. Even a simple burger and fries works, drive-thru food is totally fine. If you're in a pinch, grab a few pieces of bread and keep it pushing.
Know how many drinks you will have, before you go out. Listen to your body, if it's telling you to stop-- STOP!
Tips for knowing your limits?
1. Never feel pressured to do something you're not comfortable doing. I promise no one will be mad at you for turning down a shot.
2. If you don't feel like you can monitor yourself, make sure you have a friend that knows how to cut you off. (Most halfway decent friends will make sure you don't make a fool of yourself in public.)
DO WHAT YOU WANT.
I know that I've talked a lot about drinking in this post, because that's what 21st birthdays are most notorious. But, there is no rule no law that says that is what you have to do on your 21st birthday.
If you want to have a nice brunch with OJ and no mimosas, go for it!
If you want to invite friends over to watch a movie and have a box of wine, go for it!
If you want to go to the bar and order an entire round of Shirley Temples and water for your crew, go for it!
The one day out of 365 when it's a celebration of all things you. It's your party and you can cry if you want to. You can pop Bacardi if you want to.
No one, not even me, can tell you how you need to celebrate. Always do what you want because it's YOUR day.
Let me know how you have celebrated or how you plan to celebrate in the comments below!