As I get older I seem to be less interested in whether anyone remembers my birthday or not, especially since it symbolizes the fact that I am one year older. Isn’t it amazing how times changed? When we were young we could not wait until our birthday rolled around, with great expectations for what gifts our parents and loved ones would be giving us. I have been to a few celebrations in my time and to be perfectly honest, I don’t remember anyone ever throwing a party (surprise or otherwise) for me. The problem with a surprise party is when it was time to figure out the invitations, as it would not have been possible for my loved ones to know who I wanted to celebrate with me. I think it is important to consider the possible conflicts that could transpire from improper planning of one of these events.
Frankly I am not one for celebrating my birthday with other than close family members, simply because I firmly believe that birthdays are overrated and in many cases the invitees are only showing up for food and drink. On the other hand I believe a graduating party is a whole lot more significant and should not be taken lightly. I would go so far as to hire a photographer to take pictures of the occasion, because this will likely be a one time event and should be a memorable one. When it comes to the refreshments I believe that both food and drink should be supplied, with serious consideration being placed on the venue for the occasion. The event should be professional and the graduate should be given the opportunity to say a few words, but thats just me!