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 Post subject: How do you celebrate stuff (not holidays)?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:20 pm 
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I feel like a lot of occasions needs celebrating. Getting a new job, quitting your job, achieving something, people just being awesome etc. But I feel like I lack in the how-to-celebrate-department. How do you celebrate these stuff? All I can come up with is going out for dinner, going to a movie or something. But perhaps you guys are a bit more creative? big stuff, small stuff, whatever, bring it on! Lets celebrate!

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Food or wine. Not very creative!

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We do a lot of get-dressed-we're-going-out. For smaller thing, impromptu dance party? Making cards and crafty things that acknowledge super awesomeness? Could be a little sketch or could be something involved.

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A weekend trip/getaway for something like an anniversary or graduation. Going shopping, spa days/treatments, or having friends over to hang out, play games, and eat/drink if they want. Sometimes just staying home in our pj's all day and watching movies.


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if i could pick anything, i'd probably go for semi-active outings--bowling, mini golf, batting cages, amusement parks, that kind of stuff. there's a central activity to keep people from getting too bored, but it's loosely structured enough that you can carry on conversations the whole time you're together (or focus on the activity if you run out of things to say). my family always celebrated by going out to a restaurant, but i'd rather have people over for a dinner party than go out to eat. the chairs are more comfortable, i can take my shoes off, i'm less embarrassed if i spill something--a superior experience all around. note that these are not the kinds of celebrations i actually have; 99.7% of the time my friends just organize a meetup at a bar, because it's easy, and if we stay long enough it'll probably start to seem fun even if it actually isn't.

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We do a lot of get-dressed-we're-going-out. For smaller thing, impromptu dance party? Making cards and crafty things that acknowledge super awesomeness? Could be a little sketch or could be something involved.

cheesy, silly diy plaques and trophies are among my favorite things. they're definitely not universally appreciated, but i'll take them over a fancy dinner any day.

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i think this is a really good thread, btw- I came from a family where any accomplishment was rewarded with food, and it has taken so much effort to not fall back on that with my own family. I mean, nothing wrong with that, but it is really helpful to have non-food options too.

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love the idea of silly diy trophies!!

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I just read something that suggested celebratory breakfasts for more minor celebrations. I like that idea a lot.

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Pancakes.

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This makes me realize that I don't really celebrate things, aside from birthdays, and for those it's usually just dinner. For my boyfriend's birthday in July, we went to a comedy show in Napa and stayed one night at a fancy B&B. It was awesome but expensive, and only something I'd do very rarely.


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Dinner out with my SO, meet for drinks with friends. Pretty standard but fun!

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Good food and booze are mine and my roommate's de facto 'had a shiitake day' things. Nice bottle of tequila or wine on the table? Time to vent! Fancy meal cooked? missdelaney needs a shoulder to cry on. I'm also a stress baker, so when the house is filled with cookies, he knows I need to be calmed down.

For celebrations, it means going out somewhere we love- to a movie, shopping for something new and nice, getting dressed up and going out for a fancy cocktail or fancy meal. Happy things for celebrating mean leaving the house! We can't afford it much, so special occasions mean splurging.

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i like giving cards and chocolate!

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books ... we buy lots of books anyway but almost always when some life event is happening ... right now I could put my hand on the books I have bought every time my husband has set off on a BSES (British Schools Exploring Society) adventure ... there is always a giddy dinner when he returns ... always at the same venue ...

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pandacookie wrote:
Pancakes.


i hear that! we do pancakes with walnuts, chocolate chips & top 'em with caramelized bananas. oooorrrrrr, waffles with ice cream 'n radwhip.

other times it's making a favorite meal, getting a tasty fancy beer, and watching a fun movie on the couch with the kittehs.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you celebrate stuff (not holidays)?
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i was hoping Lutin would hop in here and explain the gifts of silly underwear thing.

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happyfaced wrote:
pandacookie wrote:
Pancakes.


i hear that! we do pancakes with walnuts, chocolate chips & top 'em with caramelized bananas. oooorrrrrr, waffles with ice cream 'n radwhip.

other times it's making a favorite meal, getting a tasty fancy beer, and watching a fun movie on the couch with the kittehs.

Yes to both. If I bust out the waffle iron, you know it's an occasion. Pancake are a lesser but still pretty intense occasion.

I know that not everyone drinks but a cider mimosa is usually featured at our infrequent celebratory brunches. And cooking shows in PJs or a nerdy board game.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you celebrate stuff (not holidays)?
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i was hoping Lutin would hop in here and explain the gifts of silly underwear thing.


True fact: Before important events (or even only "important" ones), my family gets together and finds the silliest pair of pantaloons they can and gifts it to the person doing the important ("important") thing. It started as silly socks and pantaloons when I was a kid, but sometimes adults have to wear actual socks, so now it's just silly underwear for everyone. New underwear is great! And being in a very formal/stressful/important situation in ridiculous pantaloons ... puts everything in perspective. Or something.

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lutin wrote:
torque wrote:
i was hoping Lutin would hop in here and explain the gifts of silly underwear thing.


True fact: Before important events (or even only "important" ones), my family gets together and finds the silliest pair of pantaloons they can and gifts it to the person doing the important ("important") thing. It started as silly socks and pantaloons when I was a kid, but sometimes adults have to wear actual socks, so now it's just silly underwear for everyone. New underwear is great! And being in a very formal/stressful/important situation in ridiculous pantaloons ... puts everything in perspective. Or something.


haha what a great tradition.

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I love that underwear thing, lutin! I'm going to have to start doing that with my friends.


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My friends and I try to do different things for birthdays in particular.

Tea parties, brunches combined with shopping, movies, and going to events like the Food and Wine Show.

Because my birthday is in May I usually get the best outings. One year they took me to a tea party/brunch at Casa Loma where we got dressed up and took a ton of pictures in the gardens. Another year they blindfolded me and took me to the Harry Potter behind the scenes exhibit. My friends usually get movies or meals, but one year we went to the ballet for one friend and the museum for the other.

I like to watch websites like Groupon for outing ideas - this year for the February birthday friend I want to take her snow tubing since none of us are skiers/snowboarders.

One idea I've seen on groupon a few times is drinking and painting parties, where you go to a bar and try to paint an example picture, with everything provided.

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oh holiday boxers - i have given the guy ridiculous holiday themed boxers the day before the given holiday!

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I have a really terrible habit of putting off celebrating things, because once I've achieved them, they don't feel like milestones anymore. I was gonna call my hs English teacher when I decided to go to law school....then when I got accepted...then when I made it past 1L....then when I graduated....then when I passed the Bar....etc. etc. etc. I still haven't called him.

I think that sharing the celebration with friends is a good idea. Have people over for dinner, or go out to dinner, or ice skating, or play board games, or any kind of shared activity at all, and document it. Take photos, make a big highlighted FB post, whatever. Something so you can be reminded of it in the years to come.

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lutin wrote:
torque wrote:
i was hoping Lutin would hop in here and explain the gifts of silly underwear thing.


True fact: Before important events (or even only "important" ones), my family gets together and finds the silliest pair of pantaloons they can and gifts it to the person doing the important ("important") thing. It started as silly socks and pantaloons when I was a kid, but sometimes adults have to wear actual socks, so now it's just silly underwear for everyone. New underwear is great! And being in a very formal/stressful/important situation in ridiculous pantaloons ... puts everything in perspective. Or something.

This is the best thing I've heard all week! Can your family adopt me?

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