When we were kids, we counted down the days to our birthdays, but these days, birthdays have a way of creeping up on us. Unless you’re celebrating a milestone year and someone is throwing you a party, it may seem like a ton of effort to plan things to do on your birthday. And to be honest, some years you really don’t want a party (and don’t want to feel guilted into having one). So if that means you want to take a bath and go to bed early, go for it. If you want to spend a weekend away with your girls, round up the troops and book a hotel.
To make your birthday planning a cinch, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do on your birthday—from going out, to staying in, and everything in between.
Plan a Spa Day
Want a mental detox? Find the most relaxing spa in town and check yourself in for a full day of pampering (Chillhouse is worth checking out if you're in New York.) Mud baths, massages, facials: It's all on the table.
Make Prime Dinner Reservations
That place you've been trying to get into for a while? Enlist your S.O. or a friend and go for a relaxing, low-key meal that's all about celebrating you.
Don't stress about inviting everyone you've ever met to this shindig. The smaller the group, the easier it will be to get a reservation.
Buy Yourself a Gift
Give yourself a budget and then set out to treat yourself. There's something special about going to a store to pick out a present versus adding something to your online shopping cart.
Go on a Vineyard Getaway
What better way to celebrate that things get better with age than by sipping some vino? Spoil yourself rotten with wine and all the cheese plates. Many wineries also offer subscriptions to their products, so you'll always have the perfect wine on hand.
Rent a Food Truck
Instead of going out to dinner, have a food truck pull up to the park or outside your place to serve guests. It's so much cooler than regular catering.
Get a Room at a Karaoke Bar
This way you can sing/scream to your heart's content, without having to embarrass yourself too much. We suggest picking one that serves bubbly for an unforgettable celebration.
Hire a Private Chef
Want a fine dining–style meal without having to leave your home? A private chef will cook your favorite dish (for one, two, or even 10).
Whip Yourself up a Cocktail
Not the best bartender? Request a delivery from Cocktail Courier so all of the ingredients for your favorite beverage are already measured for you.