Of all the holidays I celebrate (Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Valentine's Day, The Day I Got My First Period Day, etc.) I'd say my favorite is the half-birthday. I greatly enjoy my own half birthday, and if we are friends, I'd be happy to help you celebrate yours.
First, a little background. As far as I know, the half-birthday celebration has no basis in any religious or cultural tradition. They do mention an un-birthday in "Alice in Wonderland," but that is any day that is not your actual birthday. The half-birthday, on the other hand, is always six months from your birth-date. My own half-birthday is April 25th. That's why I decided to throw myself a half-birthday party last weekend. And man, was it freaking fun.
In my opinion, a half-birthday party should not be as big or elaborate as a birthday party. You can always go the cute route and serve a half-cake (or half-cupcakes!) at a half-table while wearing a half-outfit or something, and perhaps I'll do that one day. But this year, I decided that my half-birthday party would involve a few girlfriends, a few drinks, and a few glorious appointments at my friend Glennis McCarthy
's at-home nail salon.
If you don't know Glennis yet, you should. She is a very cool person who writes for xoVain
and who happens to have brand-new pink hair. She has a redheaded husband named Matt and a white Scottie dog named Gilda Raddog McArfy. She likes to dress like Jem
and take photos of Marilyn Monroe images all around Hollywood. She can sing and she does stand-up comedy and she enjoys rollerskating. She is going to cosmetology school for hair soon! She is basically a Francesca Lia Block character come to life.
Since Glennis would be invited to the half-birthday party anyway, I figured it made perfect sense to combine business with pleasure and put her to work using her nail tech training. She has very reasonable prices and she includes a hand massage and a free cocktail in the price of every basic manicure.
I mean, look at what this chick can do.
So I invited a few girlfriends to partake in this magical wonderland of sparkly sparkles, and of course they were down to party.
That's me, Alexandra, Alison, Joselyn, and Sofiya.
I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I needed a Jesus Christ accent nail, and Glennis delivered.
I immediately posted it on my Instagram
, and several people were like, "Jesus doesn't have a great history with nails! BWAAHAHAHHAHA!" and I was all like, "These people are sick" but also I was secretly proud of them for being so disgusting. But then I also felt latent Catholic guilt. I'm still working it out, you guys.
The question was this: What would my other accent nail be? We could do another Jesus, but why not get a little wild and do something else?
At this point, Glennis and I both looked at each other and told each other our ideas. Or I should say "our idea," because we both had the same one: an alien!
And voila: the complete effect!
Now, some folks may argue that a half-birthday is unnecessarily indulgent. After all, who am I to think I'm awesome enough to celebrate myself TWO TIMES a year? And I get that argument, I really do. But the truth is, I AM that awesome, and so are you. I think the key for a half-birthday party is not to ask for gifts. You can simply invite your girlfriends to join you in a fun experience, like an evening at a bar or a day at the spa, and they can choose to opt in or opt out.
They might end up spending some dough on the goods or services on offer at said location, but it's not like you expect them to show up. After all, it's just your half-birthday party. It's completely low-pressure and silly.
Do you celebrate half-birthdays? How do you do it? Share your stories in the comments!