In case you haven’t gathered from my previous two posts, titled ’21 Things I Learnt in 21 Years’ and ‘Replying to My Dear My 21 Year Old Self Letter’, I turned 21 years old this month. I was fortunate enough to have two entire days dedicated to my Birthday celebrations – one with my two best friends and one with my family – so I thought I would write a post detailing how I celebrated my birthday.
Saturday 6th January 2018
For the past three years, I have organised a Surprise Birthday Day for my two best friends since their birthdays fall within two months of each other and in the summer holidays, meaning it is often harder to meet up due to conflicting schedules. If you’re interested, Grace’s post on the previous one is linked here. This year, they decided to return the favour and organise a Surprise Birthday Day for me.
We started the celebrations at Anna’s house with me opening my presents. I was extremely spoiled this year as Grace had remembered how much I had loved it when Molly, aka Beauty Spectrum on YouTube, had received 18 presents for her 18th birthday, and had decided to recreate the idea for my birthday, except with 21 presents for 21 years. I was so impressed that they had actually managed to think of that many present ideas! The presents included a Starbucks gift voucher, two helium 21 balloons, vegan cookies made by Anna, a H necklace and an arrow bracelet to match my arrow tattoo.
We then decided to watch La La Land because I had actually never seen it before, followed by two, very competitive, games of Sorry. I believe Anna won both games although it was extremely close both times.
My 21st present was an envelope containing a reservation for dinner at Jamie’s Italian in London Victoria. In November 2016, I wrote a list titled ‘101 things to do in 1001 days’ and one of the items on the list was to visit a Jamie Oliver restaurant, which Grace actually remembered and therefore decided to book it for my birthday dinner! The food was incredible – I would highly recommend the Ultimate Garlic Bread for starters. It was the perfect end to the day.
Wednesday 10th January 2018
My actual birthday started out with brunch with Grace at Where The Pancakes Are in London Bridge where we ordered, you guessed it, pancakes! I ordered the sweet simple pancakes with chocolate sauce and banana – I would highly recommend.
My Mum then met me in Oxford Street for retail therapy. I had previously been given Gift Vouchers for Christmas and my Birthday so I was excited to spend them, especially since the January sales were on-going. Unfortunately I only ended up finding a pastel blue sports bra that I liked, but that just means I will have to go shopping again soon.
For dinner, my Dad and two siblings joined us at Mildreds in Soho, which is a vegetarian restaurant that also caters for vegans. Since my sister is vegan and I eat a plant-based diet at home, this was the perfect solution to ensure everyone was happy. I would recommend the sweet potato and green bean curry.
Comment below what you did for your most recent birthday!