Golden Birthday Party

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We had a Golden Birthday Party recently, when my daughter turned 12 on the 12th! I’m surprised how many people didn’t realize that meant it’s “golden” it’s just an extra fun way to celebrate!

Golden Birthday Party IdeasA Golden Birthday Party is when someone turns the age of the number day they were born. 1 on the 1st, 7 on the 7th, 12 on the 12th, and so on! My oldest was born on the 1st, and I pretty much just missed that golden opportunity. I’m ok with it. My 2nd turned 10 on the 10th of October, and we celebrated with a Golden Soccer party. Then, my daughter just turned 12, and hopefully I’ll remember when my youngest turns 17 in 9 years.

DISCLAIMER: I love throwing a theme party for my kids, and I know it’s not for everyone, and I feel like I almost have to make an excuse for the “extravagance” because a lot of people are turned off by the idea. I DON’T think you have to have a big theme party for your kids to be a good mom, but it’s something I love doing. The creative process is fun for me, and my kids have loved it, too.  I try to keep it within a certain budget, but I am able to swap services sometimes (teepee party), and use a lot as a business expense because I blog about it, too.

I suggested a golden party from the beginning, and she wasn’t too excited about my ideas. At first she wanted to do a Harry Potter party because she looooooves the HP books. Then when I started talking to her about ideas, she decided she didn’t necessarily want that theme, but something low key. I told her how LOW KEY it could be to just do some golden decorations here and there, mostly about food, but the activities could be whatever she wanted them to be. When she said a breakfast, I suggested our favorite chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes, donuts, and then when I mentioned bacon, her eyes perked up! We are bacon lovers, she and I. Hooray, she was all of a sudden excited about the golden birthday party after all, I got the green light!

I love decorating a party around 1 color. I did that with the pretty purple party, and found it actually pretty easy to just do everything in one hue. Because I collect things like paper lanterns in a bunch of different colors, I just had to dig into my party supply to pull out a bunch of a stuff. If you haven’t read my post, 10 tips for throwing a DIY theme party, you’ll see the essentials to have for one party, that I use on all parties. White and clear dishes, with the emphasis on the colors of the party.

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My daughter hopped online to find party games, and came up with all of them herself. Here are the games they played:

  • Candy game. All you need is a pair of dice. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and everyone starts with a random candy. When someone rolls doubles, the candy rotates. When the timer ends, what candy you have is what you get. Intense at the end!
  • Would you rather. She printed off questions and put them in a jar.
  • Questions on a ball. Like hot potato, we played music and when it stops, whoever has the ball, answers the question their thumb is on.

We started the party with the hot breakfast. Her favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes from the Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook. I wish I had a link for the recipe, but it’s the main recipe I use from a cookbook that’s not online!

I made a bunch of gold glitter glasses as a gift for the girls to all take home. My girls helped me make them this time, which was great as an assembly line! {See the easy tutorial and video on how to make those on the link}

Golden Birthday Party glitter glasses

Besides gold, I tried to stick with neutrals…NO FRUIT AT THIS BREAKFAST! With bacon, sausage, pancakes, I added the juices orange and apple, they fit pretty well into the colors.

Golden Birthday Party Breakfast

I threw in some golden dipped oreos, ferrero rochers (her favorite), and almond hershey kisses as take home treats. I gave them all a clear bag, and they filled it with glasses and candies.

The blue ball below has questions all over it , when the music stops, the person with the ball answers the question their right thumb is nearest.

golden birthday party games

Pajamas and gold glitter glasses!

Golden Birthday Party friends

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Here are some of the items I used for this golden birthday party:

With some confetti throwing at the end, I think we all had a grand ole time!

Golden Birthday Party ideas

If you love parties, too, you might enjoy looking around the past theme parties I’ve created for my kids.

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  1. I LOVE throwing parties! And while I stick to a really tight budget, I also do what you mention… I have neutral serving dishes that are used constantly (not only for parties), I have a silhouette printer which makes everything look really put together with only the cost of paper, and I save a bunch of decorations.

    I’m not a fan of character themes, and my kids are still small enough to not request them 🙂 I know they don’t NEED a party with all the trimmings, but I like it, and I’m very honest with myself (and others) about that. Going all out for a party (even with a tiny budget) is something I love, not something I think they need.

    • We think alike….I’ve managed to do characters in a round about way. With the Frozen party, it was mostly about snowflakes, but yeah, I try to steer my children into things beyond the character as much as possible. Your kids are growing up, Aline, so cute!

      • I have a mental file of some of your themes for the future 🙂

        And yes, they are growing… so fast! This is my favourite stage so far… 2yo and 4yo… every day is just so much FUN!

  2. What is it when your daughter turns 15 on the 15th in 2015? Platinum?

  3. Another great party! I like the idea of a morning birthday party, too.

  4. Thank you for your analysis. It is new and different aspects I know before. Looking forward to reading more of your posts

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience with a golden birthday party! My wife and I are getting ready to plan our son’s party and are thinking about doing something similar. I like that you even colored the foods in gold dips and sprinkles. We’ll have to keep an eye out for more birthday party ideas.