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Celebrate Your Golden Birthday!

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This is a popular holiday, but mostly in the Midwest. When I moved to California and no one knew what a Golden Birthday was, it became my goal to spread the good word on this exciting year.


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Lucy Riles: As long as I can remember, I couldn't wait to turn 28. Why? It's not a milestone year, so what's so great about that age? Well, that was the year I celebrated my Golden Birthday. See, your Golden Birthday is the year you turn the same age as the day you were born. For example, mine was when I turned 28 on the 28th of January. If your birthday was October 7th, your Golden Birthday would've been when you were 7 years old (sorry).

Celebrating your Golden: On my Golden Birthday, I asked everyone to wear gold ... and I decked myself out in a gold, sequined dress. Use your imagination for this one. If your daughter's Golden Birthday is when she turns nine, buy her a gold locket. If it's your Golden, treat yourself to a mani/pedi with gold nail polish. Buy your husband a gold watch for his Golden. If you can't think of anything, jewelry is always a safe bet ... gold jewelry, that is.

Bottom line: Just like the milestone years (16, 21, 40, 50), it is another reason to celebrate. BUT unlike milestone years, everyone has their own, individual Golden Birthday. If you've missed your Golden, please make sure this doesn't happen to your children ... You only get one Golden!

When was your Golden and how did you celebrate?


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18 comments so far | Post a comment now
ashley July 9, 2009, 1:07 PM

YES! I remember. We did this in my family.

Anonymous July 9, 2009, 1:35 PM

I missed mine. I turned 3 on the 3rd.

Lyris July 9, 2009, 1:43 PM

Yikes! It’s bad enough remembering that most people were too broke to give me a birthday present since they blew all of their money at Christmas and now this!…..My birthday is on the 2nd. of January!

I may never be the same…LOL :)

Molly July 9, 2009, 2:45 PM

The uber fabulous Elle Gallagher’s GB was her first birthday. Although we did have a big bash we considered that a rip-off, so we made her 11th birthday her GB. My family did not do the GB, but Tom got a pony for his.

Kathryn July 9, 2009, 3:04 PM

I’m from the Midwest and had never heard of a golden birthday, so I missed mine! I’ll be sure to celebrate my kids’ golden birthdays though! Fun ideas!

fab4fan5 July 9, 2009, 4:09 PM

I’m 28 so( Jan14)..I missed it..But my second son was born june 6 and his 5 so we’ll be celebrating his golden B-day next year..YaY!!..Thanx.I didn’t miss it ..Can’t really say that about my 10yr old(dec27) and my 2 year old(sept23)..lol..Long ways to go

Rachel July 9, 2009, 8:30 PM

I had my Golden Birthday when I was 25! Not too many people knew what I was talking about either. I was so excited though! Didn’t do too much except had drinks with my friends. The Oscars landed on the same day, so I could have thrown a big party, but didn’t. I’m going to make sure my son enjoys his Golden Birthday when he turns 19!

Liz July 9, 2009, 10:08 PM

I didn’t know it had a name, but I had a big 23rd birthday party… part of what made it cool was that it was also 2003 - so 23 on the 23rd in 2003!

Anonymous July 10, 2009, 10:41 AM

Lucy this is your cuz Jim I have one more for you, I dub it your Milleniun Birthday. That’s when you turn the same age as the year you were born. Mine was 1953 so at age 53 I made a man law that every day for that year I can celebrate it as my birthday! Party On West Coasters!

Lucy July 14, 2009, 5:29 PM

Jimmy…I LOVE the Milleniun Birthday idea…Brilliant! I will be celebrating mine when I’m 80:)

Amanda October 2, 2009, 3:12 PM

I’m turning 30 on the 30th and have been waiting for this since I can remember. My mom always called it the “lucky birthday” and said whatever you wished would definitely come true b/c it happened on her 9th birthday, 8/9. I’m throwing a huge bash with all gold decorations and drinks - can’t wait!

Amanda October 22, 2009, 5:59 AM

My golden is in 2 months and I can’t wait! I’ll be 14 on the 14th of december!

zozo January 6, 2010, 6:55 PM

my golden birthday was on 8/8/08 and my real birthday is 8/8/97

Elena January 28, 2010, 4:47 PM

I just turned 55 and I was born in 1955. I was hoping there was a name for it other than old :) Millenium birthday! How do other people celebrate this? Thannks!

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Molly Szymanski December 2, 2010, 9:12 AM

Hello everyone my parents never did the golden birthday thing. But I always thought it to be important for my kids. So I need ideas for my son, he turns 8 and it is his golden birtday!!Running out of time and want to make it extra special for him..Was thinking to have a themed 8 party; 8 friends, 8 mini cakes, 8 balloons? I like the eeryone dress in gold! Its a hard time just becauseof the holidays.. So please help..THANK you in advance

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