The main concern about the birthday dinner is making sure that all of your different friends get along. Your high school friends may not know some of your suitemates or housemates. However, different friend groups usually mesh well at dinners because they all love the birthday girl. Your old friends may not instantly declare your new buds as their future bridesmaids, but they will at least be polite. If your group cannot fit at one table then there is always the option of planning a besties only dinner. Invite only your closest friends to dinner and then gather a bigger group to party with later that night. Heaven help the group whose friends are feuding. If you are in this situation, have the pair work it out themselves. Hopefully, they will put aside their problems for the greater good -aka the birthday girl.
One Mexican restaurant near my campus brings out a gigantic sombrero for the birthday guest and a decadent treat of fried ice cream. Sadly, you do have to return the hat.
Two of my good friends turn 21 soon and I am gearing up for the adventure. I mastered the art of the birthday dinner, but I am new to the circus that is the 21st birthday. I have the guest list and dinner reservations covered, but someone else might have to dream up the 21st bucket list. So perfect that Facebook birthday invite complete with a hilarious and slightly inappropriate group picture, and sit back and wait for the RSVP’s to roll in.