Turning an Ordinary Meal into a Special Occasion

Have you ever had one of those moments when it perhaps suddenly dawned upon you out of nowhere that somebody’s birthday who is very special to you is coming up and it had slipped your mind? You had nothing planned and it’s perhaps a bit too late to try and run around to get things together for something like a special birthday celebration, but at the very same time you really don’t want to come across as that person who forgets the special occasions of those closest to them…

Well, all’s not lost and being honest about it will go a long way, especially if you secretly want to test just how deep of a bond you share with this person. We’re all adults with mounting responsibilities that seem to grow with each passing second, never mind with each passing day. So there might definitely be some times when you perhaps even don’t have the budget to throw a proper party in their celebration, let alone the effort it takes to remember the big days of everybody in your life.

That’s what Facebook is for…Haha…

But seriously though, the typical person perhaps has about 400 to 600 people in their network, comprised out of social and professional contacts, so if you let that sink in for a bit you’ll come to the extraordinary realisation that you know the names and surnames of more than 500 people and you likely know those people individually too!

That’s about two birthdays every single day of the year to have to remember, now just imagine having to celebrate each and every one of them. So don’t beat yourself up about it.

Rather try and make do with what you have available to you, such as how you could endeavour to turn an ordinary meal into the special occasion it deserves to be, in honour of your loved one.

Prepare more food

Do you have a four-course meal for dinner every single day? Probably not, so it’s as simple as that. Prepare more food and have a feast as a way to turn an ordinary meal into one worthy of a special occasion celebration.

Incite some entertainment

You won’t be scored out of 10 for the quality or the impact of the entertainment you incite, so go ahead and just start the party up with something fun (or silly) for everyone in attendance to do.

Do up the place

Finally, make sure all of this takes place in a setting that is spruced up a bit to mark the occasion. You don’t have to run down to the interior decor store and break the bank. We all have special ornaments, props and other stuff stashed away in the house somewhere, which we are ready to bring out in the event of a special occasion. Bring them out, and if you must go out to buy something, make it something with double value, such as how a chocolate basket perhaps makes for a party decor item which can be eaten as well!

Kelly Tate

Kelly is a full-time supermum, caring for two kids and a hardworking husband. A cook, a cleaner, a carer and all round hard worker, striving for the perfect family life (with a few bumps along the way!) Eternally honest and sometimes brutally forward, no topics are off limits with Kelly.
Kelly Tate