Questions tagged [birthdays]

Questions about awkward moments, etiquettes, etc. related to birthdays.

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How to be a good host when organizing a birthday party with “mixed” friends?

I'm thinking about my birthday party and who to invite. My idea is to rent the "party room" of my favourite pub, invite my dearest friends (6 people) and offer them cake, snacks and drinks. The ...
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Etiquette when someone’s birthday is on the same day as the funeral of one of their loved ones

Bob’s grandmother passed away last week. Her funeral is today. It is also Bob’s birthday today. I am attending the funeral. Obviously, I offer him condolences, but do I wish him a happy birthday too? ...
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How to tell my mother that my wife does not want to attend a family birthday party? [closed]

After returning from an Anniversary trip last week, my sister informed us of an upcoming birthday party being held for her daughter this coming weekend - the drive there is several hours away, so we ...
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How to reassure my mother about the fact that forgetting my birthday does not mean I'm mad at her?

Background I turned 23 yesterday. Last year, my mother forgot my birthday, mostly because she was working in a country in a timezone 6+ hours behind mine and didn't realize it was that late at my ...
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I'm worried about why my friend forgot my birthday, how can I ask her about it?

I am wondering how to go about handling the situation of my lifelong best friend having forgotten my birthday. We are not in habit of giving gifts as we live across many states from each other and ...
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Tactfully finding someone's birthday you forgot?

I had a good colleague a few years ago, who started at my company at the same time as me. The last time we worked together was around five years ago and we didn't have any contact since, but we still ...
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I forgot my friend's birthday, how can I convince him to forgive me?

TL;DR I forgot the birthday of my best friend. Later, when I called him to wish him a Happy Birthday. He is refusing my phone calls. I think he is angry at me. How can I convince him to forgive me? ...
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How would one greet a person on his/her birthday today, especially when his/her father died yesterday?

How would one greet a person on his/her birthday today, (at least some sort of greeting to acknowledge his/her birthday) especially when his/her father died yesterday. I am from Sri Lanka and he is ...
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How to convey (non-awkwardly) that its my birthday? [duplicate]

First off, I know that this question is very close to mine, but has no answer that would match my needs. Secondly, I find it shocking how many people answer for a workplace situation. This question ...
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What is the typical expectation for a gift to a male neighbour on his 60th birthday? [closed]

Apologies if it's a silly question but I am from a different country and therefore culture and so would be keen to learn about British gifts etiquette if there is one. In particular, a nice middle-...
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How to imply that the gift is meant for the two of us

The birthday of a friend is coming up. A month after that, there is a concert we both would like to see. So giving those concert tickets would be a great gift. If I just gift her two tickets, she ...
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How do I effectively explain to my colleagues that they should wish me a happy birthday on a different date?

I'm about 26 years old. I don't know my day of birth. I just know I was born in 1992 in either October or November, because I know the birth date of my cousin who is around 1 month younger than me. My ...
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Appropriate Birthday Message for Best Friend [closed]

So, one of my friend's birthday is coming up in a few days and I've bought a gift for her which has a little message as follows: "No matter how many candles are on your birthday cake, you sweeten up ...
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How can I give a friend a present I brought her some time after her birthday? [closed]

I recently moved to a foreign country and I made a small group of friends using a Whatsapp group chat. I also happened to have birthday next month after I moved here and invited them all. Since I am ...
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How can I communicate to friends and family that I don't want a specific type of birthday gift?

Disclaimer: It is not really a sock. It is an everyday, non-consumable article that I have way too much of. My birthday is in a few months, and every single year several people give me socks. It is ...
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A birthday greeting [closed]

What could be a nice birthday message for someone I haven't talked to in a while? We were best friends at school, but, due to the course our lives took later (different colleges, less contact), we ...
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What is the etiquette for hosting your own birthday event? Who pays?

I've never really had friends, so I've never really celebrated my birthday. This year, though, I wanted to invite my friends out somewhere, perhaps Topgolf [1] (not an advertisement, trying to give ...
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Do I need to go to a family member's birthday, when they never come to my birthday [closed]

I have a pretty close family on both sides (mother's and father's), but there are 4 family members (who are living together (aunt, uncle and 2 cousins (girl and boy)) who are never going to anyone's ...
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How to stop buying presents? [closed]

How do you stop buying presents for someone (and their child) you don't know very well, when you have to see them and are giving other people presents at the same time, without appearing rude? The ...
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How to politely turn down my surprise birthday celebration at work?

I have been working for a company for more than five years. It is a fairly small company with less than ten employees. Yesterday, I overheard one of my colleagues discussing about a surprise party ...
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How to avoid wishing my coworker on her birthday? [closed]

My coworker has been announcing that her birthday is coming soon. I work in a small office with only five employees. I like her but I don't want to wish her because I don't believe in birthdays. Never ...
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What's the proper way to react to hugs at a workplace? [closed]

I'm not a hugs person, and even less at work, so I always have trouble reacting to hugs, I don't mean random hugs but like birthday hugs, hugs when someone is congratulating you about something ...
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How to politely express a wish for a gift [closed]

Background: I have found an item online that I wish I had. Although technically I could afford it, currently I have other expenses so I couldn't really justify that purchase. I have a birthday soon. ...
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How to ensure that I will see my friend on her birthday?

Background: I am from Hong Kong, studying in a university. My friend's birthday is coming and I prepared a gift for her. In order to actually give her the gift, I have to meet her somewhere on her ...
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How to invite people to an event who don't get along?

I'm hosting an event in a couple of weeks - my son's first birthday party. I have several people who I would like to invite. Unfortunately, some of them don't get along. This seems to be a one-sided ...
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It's my birthday! How do I tell people who don't know, who might want to know, without being awkward?

It's my birthday*! It's a rather important birthday. There are a lot of people who might want to know such a thing, because of social customs or friendliness or something. One of those things. ...