December is a big month for us.  Not only do we have Christmas, but it’s also teens birthday.  This year it’s a pretty big deal too.  It’s his 18th birthday celebration, and I’m racking my brains as to how we can mark the ocassion in style.

There is always an 18th birthday party of course, but I’m after something a bit different,  something that will create many exciting memories and give us something to look back on for years to come.  I’m also conscious of the fact that there are a few trips planned without teen over the next few months, and it feels like he should have some travel plans to look forward to as well.

In a few weeks we are going to Costa Brava and after that I’m taking Princess to Nerja in Spain for a few days.  Teen isn’t going because of his school and work commitments.  He also doesn’t find the family holiday as exciting as he used to.  I can’t think what he means, when he’s got 1 year old and 3 year old sisters!

Ideas 18th Birthday

5 Alternative Ideas For An 18th Birthday Celebration

A Trip To New York

A trip to New York is at the top of my list, and I think it’s something we would very much enjoy together.  It would be a great Mother and son adventure, taking in all the sites such as the Statute Of Liberty and Ground Zero.

We could go for coffee and cupcakes, brunch the way New Yorkers do and stroll around Central Park.  OK, teen doesn’t really stroll but he’d do it for his Mother, I’m sure.  We’ll just have to take our chances with the weather, as New York is prone to snow at this time of year.

Tandem Skydive

Now, I’ve got to face facts, he might not want to celebrate his 18th birthday with me, especially now he has a girlfriend.  I might have to squeeze something in that takes less time, but is still just as thrilling.

We live near a professional skydiving centre, so the prospect of jumping out of an airplane could be a very real one. It’s something he wouldn’t forget in a hurry, and I don’t think I would either.  The question is, could I watch as he fell from the sky.  That bit I’m not so sure about.

A Paint Ball Party

My son has always wanted a paint ball party, but I’ve been put off because his birthday is in the winter.  Now he’s an adult, or nearly anyway, it really shouldn’t matter what I think. It’s something that would really appeal to him and his friends.  I’m not sure it would go down so well with the girlfriend, but who’s to say you have to do one thing to celebrate your 18th birthday.

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Go Out For A Celebratory Dinner

For an 18th birthday, going out for dinner would have to be a very special occasion.  We are lucky enough to live near a Two Star Michelin restaurants.  To mark this very special celebration it might just be the time to visit Sat Bains, as you only turn 18 once.

We all enjoy our food, and this would be a big hit with my son and something we would all remember.  It’s definitely not something you do everyday is it?

A Weekend Away With His Girlfriend

As much as I hate to admit it, he really might like to take his girlfriend away instead of spending time with his mum.  They spent a few days together in Scotland over the summer, which was a huge success but it was a Granny’s.  There’s nothing wrong with going to Granny’s, honestly there isn’t!  But it’s still family isn’t it?  They might like a few days away exploring somewhere special for a weekend.  Perhaps a city break in London, or maybe Cambridge as he has ideas about going to study there would appeal to him.

My favourite thing to do to celebrate his birthday is go to New York, and I think it would be a memorable event for him too!  He would still get to celebrate with his friends and of course his girlfriend, but this would be his ‘big’ present.  It could well be one of the last trips we take together, so it’s got to be special, right? If he did’t want to do that, I found some great cheap party halls in Chicago if he wanted a big party with all of his friends!

What would you do to celebrate your so or daughter’s 18th birthday?

17 COMMENTS

  1. You’ve got some great ideas there, and I have to agree that a New York trip sounds like the best! I’m still trying to convince my mum to take me there for my 18th… Which was nearly 6 years ago. :p Stephanie x

  2. What great ideas. I don’t even want to think about 18th birthday – (I can’t believe I am planning a second birthday party at the minute). I hope he has an amazing 18th birthday!!

  3. it would be New York for me as well! There’s so much to do there and so much to explore. Whatever he chooses to do I hope he’ll have a fabulous day xx

  4. Some brilliant ideas for such a special occasion, it would be amazing at 18 to do any of them especially a trip to New York or the tandem skydive!

  5. Granny absolutely loved having Teen and his girlfriend to stay, and I hope they feel they’d like to come again. And it certainly brought home to me that he’s a Young Man now! Have you asked him yet which he’d prefer to do? My guess is that the best present you could give this young adult is – the choice.

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