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This week's questions are brought to you courtesy of oxinterruptedxo, the letter F, and the number 5...
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Birthdays.

1. Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your birthday?
2. What was the best present you've ever receieved?
3. What kind of cake did you usually have at your party?
4. Did you have 2 separate parties: one for family, one for friends?
5. Do you still have birthday parties?


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tabular_rasa
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Time:2013-11-15 10:33 pm (UTC)
1. Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your birthday?
Essentially the same as it is now, getting to call the shots for the day, and just having it be something more *special* than the rest of the day.

2. What was the best present you've ever received?
I got my BA diploma on my birthday, lol.

3. What kind of cake did you usually have at your party?
I usually wanted chocolate in some form, whether chocolate cake or white/yellow cake but with chocolate icing. I preferred store-bought cake (homemade cake in our house had a habit of, um, ending up with like peach yogurt in the frosting or something nasty; I do not wax sentimental about home-baked goods from my childhood, lol) and I wanted the corner piece with at least one icing rose.

4. Did you have 2 separate parties: one for family, one for friends?
Sort of. Since I’m born in mid-May, we usually did a family Mother’s Day + my birthday brunch a week ahead of my birthday with my grandparents, where the mothers and I all got gifts. Then I usually had a birthday party (or some kind of birthday outing, like going out to eat and see a movie) with my friends, but not always.

5. Do you still have birthday parties?
Not in the typical sense of gathering up a bunch of people for drinking and cake, but usually I do something special with some friends. The past few years I’ve been lucky to have out of town friends in town over my birthday to do something fun.
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lillibet
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Time:2013-11-16 04:06 am (UTC)
1. Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your birthday?

It was fairly soon after Christmas, so I often got the "it" toy that had been impossible to get two weeks earlier, and on sale.

2. What was the best present you've ever received?

Alice was the best belated birthday present (two weeks later) that I could possibly wish for, but in terms of tangible items, I think it might be the gorgeous Egyptian-style lapis and gold necklace Jason gave me on my 32nd birthday, the day we visited King Tut's tomb, both for the beauty of it and the memories attached.

3. What kind of cake did you usually have at your party?

White or yellow cake from a mix. My mother, while an excellent cook, was very much enamored with the convenience of modern prepared foods and mixes.

4. Did you have 2 separate parties: one for family, one for friends?

No. There was usually a pizza party with my closest friends (my mother's version of pizza is a whole 'nother story) and I don't really remember a special family thing. Starting when I was twelve I turned it into taking a carload of my friends to the movies and out to dinner someplace casual.

5. Do you still have birthday parties?

In the past I sometimes have. The most spectacular one was the time I rented out the local library (it's gorgeous) for my 40th birthday and had a huge cinnamon cheesecake and about a hundred friends and family. But usually by the time my birthday rolls around I'm ready for a break from parties and just go out to a particularly special dinner or to a show or something like that. One of my favorite things is when Jason makes the plan for my birthday--that's a huge treat.
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riseand_thefall
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Time:2013-11-16 03:46 pm (UTC)
1. Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your birthday? That it's during the summer so I never had school!
2. What was the best present you've ever received? The one that I was most excited about was a Tamagotchi when I turned 7 or 8. I always get what I like for my birthday from my parents because I pick it out myself.
3. What kind of cake did you usually have at your party? I've always had an ice cream cake from Carvel. I don't like sheet cake.
4. Did you have 2 separate parties: one for family, one for friends? I did for a few years. I would have a family party at my house the weekend before or after my birthday. For a few years I had a party for friends at the local bowling alley when I was younger.
5. Do you still have birthday parties? No, I really don't like attention being focused on me. I don't make a big deal out of my birthday, ever. I just ask a few friends if they're around to go to a bar on the weekend before my birthday.
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versailles_rose
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Time:2013-11-16 04:29 pm (UTC)
1. Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your birthday?
Presents!
2. What was the best present you've ever receieved?
An easel and paints.
3. What kind of cake did you usually have at your party?
My mother usually made a marachino cherry cake.
4. Did you have 2 separate parties: one for family, one for friends?
No, just one. When I was a teenager, I'd have a party, then my uncle and his partner usually took me to an expensive restaurant to celebrate my birthday.
5. Do you still have birthday parties?
No, unless someone brings me a cake or something.


PS, if anyone is interested, I posted the recipe for the cake on my lj.

Edited at 2013-11-16 04:30 pm (UTC)
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niccat23
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Time:2013-11-16 06:47 pm (UTC)
My answers are posted here: http://sweetmemes.blogspot.com/2013/11/friday-five_16.html
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fenixinthedark
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Time:2013-11-20 01:18 pm (UTC)
1. Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your birthday?
I don't think I had a "favorite thing". It was another day, this time, with cake and maybe a present.
2. What was the best present you've ever received?
Anything at all from my daughter.
3. What kind of cake did you usually have at your party?
Don't overly much like cake. And, now, I would have to bake it myself, and I hate baking.
4. Did you have 2 separate parties: one for family, one for friends?
That presumes there was even one party.
5. Do you still have birthday parties?
See number four.

This is not a morose post. I just don't overly much give a crap about my birthday. If I have a meal with my immediate family at my fave restaurant, that's enough for me.

Edited at 2013-11-20 01:19 pm (UTC)
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