Sunday, March 25, 2012

Parties


Party! The word usually brings the image of hyped up kids and cheer.

There's nothing like a good party, especially among friends. Combine that with a sleepover and lots of sugar and you've got trouble. Oh and add to the fact that they're my friends and that adds to all of it.

Anyway, I've written about sleepovers here before and while that's applicable here, I believe the party element is more important here. It definitely has that vibe to it.

Of course, my birthday isn't technically until the 28th of March and not yesterday. But still. It was considered my birthday anyway and I was the birthday girl. I got the end of the table, the first piece of cake and a ton of different presents. And, of course, I got the wonderful honor of being the hostess and I didn't have to worry about being on the fringe of it all (that part, while demanding, was especially cool).

So, as I stated before, it took a little nerve for me to put this on. I was thinking about how no one would come and then I would have to go through the mortifying process of cancelling it. I was also super scared that it would suck and everyone would think that it was lame and hate me for it. Or that I would be a terrible hostess. And, of course, there was the planning part (which I'm not too good at). But I still did it. That part was good at least.

There's something nice about parties. If they are of the birthday variety, they only come once a year so they're super special.

Somewhere along the line, my birthday parties went from inviting the whole class to only inviting my closest friends. From carefully coordinated parties that only lasted a few hours to spontaneous sleepovers. Still, over the years, I've enjoyed them just as much.

I think the best part about birthday parties is that feeling of being at the center of attention. That probably sounds pretty shallow but it's true. You don't have to fight for it and you don't have to share it. It's all about you and that's something that I'm sure even the most modest person can appreciate. Being the center of attention makes you feel loved. I especially felt loved when I got my cards, many of them custom-made by my friends.

Not to mention it was super fun. One of my friends suggested we do this game we learned from acting class and we were cracking up at them. It was great! Not to mention that we all managed to make each other laugh and derp around quite well.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. Eventually, it fizzled out and we went home. Also, being the introvert I am, I needed a little bit of time to gain my energy and to recuperate from having a bunch of people over.

It didn't end there, though. I had my family come over for cake in the evening.

As my dad says, my sister and I have birthdays that never end.  I like it that way.

49 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had lots of fun!!! Sleepovers are awesome, aren't they?

    I'm stopping by from Jade Winter's email, asking us to visit your blog for present! So happy birthday :)

    It's always nice to meet another teen writer! I'm fifteen, too!

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  2. ...also from Jade Winter's email. Happy birthday, Tori--hope it's a great year, full of inspiration and writing.

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  3. Happy Birthday! I have a thirteen-year-old writer, and I love having that in common with her.

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  4. Shall I say happy birthday now, or on the 28th..? :)

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  5. Another writer who heard from jade...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We always have the family celebration and whatever bash with friends we put together so I know what you mean about those never-ending party. Enjoy!

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  6. Hi Tori,
    I'm another author who got Jade's email and thought it was a great idea.
    Sending you warm birthday wishes for the 28th and the year to follow. Keep writing - I really enjoyed your party post!
    Cheers,
    Alison

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  7. Happy Birthday. Here's to readers and writers! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  8. I'm an author who received Jade's email, and I'm here to wish you an early happy birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day.

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  9. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a marvelous birthday week. :-)

    Cat x

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  10. Got the email - what a fun present! Happy birthday and new follower :)

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  11. Happy birthday! Yet another author who got Jade's email. New follower!

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  12. Jade sent me. Hope you have a rockin' birthday!! Jade is certainly a good friend who wants to make your day special. So, Happy Day from me, too.

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  13. Happy birthday! I also got Jade's email. Also a new follower.

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  14. Happy Birthday! Someone named Jade emailed me...so here I am. :) I followed you!

    http://kissesandflowers.blogspot.com/

    That's my blog if you want to get to know me. ;)

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  15. Happy happy birthday! And yay on having birthdays that "never end"...I used to think that it was my birthday until someone else in the family had a birthday...which usually worked out to about three weeks. :D Not a bad way to celebrate, I say. Hope your day is great and konnichiwa from a new reader!

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  16. Happy Birthday! May all your wishes come true :) I ALSO got Jade's email so I really hope you know she cares and loves you enough to get people on your blog. I know I'd love it if one of my friends did that for me :) --Also a new follower :)

    http://klivinfortoday.blogspot.com/

    Check my blog out, wouldya? Thanks :)

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  17. Happy Early Birthday, Tori! I also got Jade's e-mail. What a sweet friend you have! :) I hope you have a fantastic day and good luck on all your writing adventures!

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  18. Many Happy Birthdays (and Unbirthdays) to you!

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  19. Happy Birthday! Another popping over from Jade's e-mail and a new follower!

    Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

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  20. I'm here via Jade, too
    Happy early birthday! I hope you rock it out!

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  21. Happy Birthday to you, tomorrow!! Looks like we all got the same email from Jade--sweet. So nice to meet you, and I had to laugh about the introverted part and having to recuperate. I am SO like that too. I like people, but I need some down time after all that extrovertedness. :D

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  22. Well, since that e-mail from Jade was too well written to be spam, I did cautiously check out your blog and must say that I am impressed by your writing. That was a very creative thing of Jade to do, gaining you birthday hoopla and new followers all at the same time!

    You have officially been visited by Everyday Underwear. Nice to meet you and best of luck with your writing!

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  23. Happy birthday tomorrow! I hope you get to be the center of attention ALL DAY LONG. Have a great one!!

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  24. Happy Birthday! I'm another recruit from Jade's email. It's cool to hear that you enjoyed your birthday party. I had 4 siblings so my family's rule was that we usually had smaller, family celebrations and each got one big birthday party and I was so afraid of being the center of attention that I kept postponing until they just threw me a surprise party on my 18th.

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  25. Happy Birthday tomorrow! :D Enjoy your day! I am glad you had a great time at your party and can I say I love hand-made cards too! They do make me feel very very special!
    Jade sent me your link and I´m happy to be a new follower! :D

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TORI!! I hear your one heck of a writer! In middle-grade, my best friend was names...Tori! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day!

    I'm now your faithful follower. Your friend sent me too! ;)

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  27. Happy Birthday! Glad to hear you had a blast. :)

    (You have a great friend. I'm sent here via Jade, too.)

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  28. Another Jade referral. :) Hope you have an amazing birthday!!

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  29. Happy Birthday! I wish I would have known at fifteen that I wanted to write!

    (And holy crap!! Did you see some of the people who dropped by your blog? Writing rock stars!! Give Jade a big hug!)

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  30. Happy birthday Tori! I can't believe you're only fifteen - your writing is better than a lot of the college students I teach. ;) Hope you have a great day and a lovely celebration. (Also, Jade is a great friend!)

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  31. Happy early birthday, Tori!!! Hope you have a good one tomorrow. :) Keep on writing.

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  32. Jade told me to come meet you. Happy Birthday!

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  33. Wow, Jade has been busy! You are so loved! I hope you have an awesome birthday.

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  34. Hello dear! Your birthday has gone a bit viral on facebook. I wish you a happy 15th birthday, with many more birthdays ahead of you. I appreciate your insights on birthdays and parties. You are right, birthdays are special and should be celebrated with family and friends yearly. Make this year a great one!

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  35. Aloha from Honolulu... :)

    I got the message from Jade, too :)

    Happy Birthday :)

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  36. Happy Birthday! Got the message from Jade, too! Hope it was a great one! :)

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  37. Happy Birthday, this website is awesome!! Bookmarked for sure! :D

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  38. hhheeyy yeah was a great post, and many many happy returns of the day.... hoping you have many years of successful writting.. Happy Birthday... :)

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  39. Happy Birthday! - or as we say in France, 'Joyeux Anniversaire'!

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  40. Hey you :) Have a great birthday - it's my birthday a month yesterday so I am so excited for it to rock round :)

    (Jade messaged me - you have a great friend there - hold on tight to her and don't let her go!)

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  41. Happy birthday! The real one, you know. :) I've always been fond of Wednesdays.

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  42. Happy birthday!! Sleepovers and parties are the best. I hope this day is just as wonderful! :D

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  43. Happy birthday! Looks like Jade sent a bunch of us. I hope you have a wonderful day (and birthday week)!

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  44. I see that people have started wishing from 25th
    So that's lot of wishes ..... :-)
    Well I am here on the right date at the right time......for the piece of cake.
    And lots of happy wishes from the far east :-)
    Have a good time and enjoy life.

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  45. Happy Birthday from another Jade recruit. :-D I hope your official birthday is as enjoyable as the party!

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