Earlier this week Dronfield Digital’s trusted, fearless dear leader turned 21. Inspired by this, here are 18 different ways you can celebrate a birthday in our beloved Dronfield. I had wanted 21 so the segment worked better, but I ran out of ideas. If you have any suggestions, let us know! And if you’ve not already, make sure to wish Gareth a belated happy 21st…
- The most basic requirement of any birthday celebration is your acknowledgement of the day. Everybody knows there’s a secret hierarchy depending on how much you like a person which dictates the method of birthday wishes you use. Acquaintances get Facebook posts, friends get texts and good friends/family get cards. For those people important enough for you to splash the cash on a card, head on over to Clinton’s at the Civic to peruse a wide selection of cards. If you REALLY like them, you’ll want to pick up some wrapping paper for that gift you’ve bought while you’re at it…
- Nothing says ‘Happy Birthday’ like going out for a nice meal. Dronfield has a variety of top-notch restaurants including Ayeshas, the Chequers and that one on Dronny Bottom which is constantly changing for you to enjoy.
- Don’t fancy leaving the house? Sometimes there’s no better way to celebrate than ordering in, having a few cans and sticking a DVD on. Whatever you’re in the mood for: Chinese, Indian, Italian, Dronfield has a Takeaway option for you. So get your ‘sweatpants are all that fits me right now’ on, grab a menu and chill out for the evening.
- The ‘I just want a quiet drink’ celebration. The birthday gal/boy and a couple of close friends going out and having a respectable bevvy or two. Dronfield has more pubs than it knows what to do with, so you’ve got plenty to choose from.
- The ‘I did just want a quiet drink but we might as well get absolutely smashed’ celebration. This is the inevitable result of the previous activity; one drink becomes twelve, your close pals becomes everybody you’ve ever spoken to and your respectable celebration ends with you waking up in a bush somewhere wondering if you should go to A&E to check out the bone sticking out of your shoulder. As with the last option, Dronfield has pubs aplenty to fuel your crazy drunken antics.
- How about a nice birthday shopping spree? We’ve got loads of boutiques, charity shops and supermarkets for you to treat yourself to a cute little top or that ‘to die for’ purse. The Forge is basically Meadowhall which is basically New York when it comes to shopping.
- In an ideal world, we’d all spend our birthdays at the beach, staring out at the sea and sipping on a nice cold cocktail. Well, Dronfield’s just about the most inland place you could be in England, so we can’t really offer you that. But why not go for a nice swim at the Sports Centre swimming pool? It’s pretty much the same thing, right? Right???
- I can’t really relate to this one, but some people, generally 40+ men, enjoy a round of golf or two. If that floats your boat, Dronfield’s golf course is just the way for you to spend your special day, leisurely hitting balls with a stick and taking in the scenic views.
- If it’s nice weather, why not rally up a few chums and go for a picnic? Dronfield has about 145 parks, including the famous Cliffe Park, for you to go and have a little food and play on the swings. You may be getting older, but I bet you’re still a big kid at heart.
- Two words: House Party. Dronfield has loads of houses. You might even live in one. Stock up on booze at your local Co-Op, make a bass-thumpin’ playlist, stick an event on Facebook and let the fun come to you. Make sure you hide anything valuable though, and be prepared for the clean-up operation when the party eventually ends.
- Lots of people enjoy music. A fun way to spend your special day could be to go and watch some people play music live. There are loads of pubs throughout Dronfield that host open-mic nights and other live music events.
- If it’s your birthday, you’ve probably been given some money by people who don’t care enough to buy you a thoughtful gift, which is burning a hole in your wallet. Unfortunately, Dronfield has yet to open a casino, but we do have the next best thing for you to get your gambling fix. It-Boxes. You can spend hours and maybe about a tenner playing the quiz games or a spot of Bingo on these brilliant little machines. Go crazy. It is your birthday after all.
- How about a pamper day? Another business Dronfield has an abundance of is hairdressers and salons, so get yourself down to your local beauty venue, have a facial, get your nails done and simply relax!
- Occasionally, people (not myself, mind you) like to indulge in something a little bit illegal. Like crack cocaine or a massive spliff. As it’s a special occasion, Dronfield has a thriving underworld of drug dealers to help get you in the party mood. Just hang out up at Greendale and someone will proposition you in no time.
- The ‘surprise party’ celebration. This usually involves a function room at your local boozer, a buffet, a couple of embarrassing childhood photos, an awkward combination of extended family and long-forgotten friends and absolutely zero element of surprise. Enjoy. Once you get a handful of shots down your neck and the DJ starts playing the cheesy classics, it’ll be a lot easier for you to let loose and have a bit of fun.
- Nights out in Dronfield can fast become stale. You’re in the same pub with the same people talking about the same things. For a special birthday drinking sesh, why not liven it up a bit and try a pub crawl? Work out the best route in advance, making sure you hit at least 10 pubs, and then have one pint in every place.
- The ‘garden party’ celebration. Basically, this is the same as the house party variety, except you all hang out in the garden. Fire up the BBQ, chuck a gazebo up if the weather looks dodgy and let the drinking commence. Avoid open water features and don’t let the person manning the barby drink too much.
- Sometimes, little people have birthdays too. This leads us to possibly the greatest birthday celebration of them all, the children’s party. Hire a bouncy castle and a clown, spend hours making up party bags and eat copious amounts of birthday cake. For the adults, a glass of wine can help dull the sound of screaming kids and One Direction on repeat.
Contributing author, Millie Murdoch (@Millie_Murdoch)