21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday

This month, there won’t be a Redefine Beauty featurette. I have been extremely busy with school, work, and on top of that, I was blindsided with a terrible cold this week. So instead, I though I would do a piece on things to do for a 21st birthday because I’m turning 21 this month!

1. Karaoke Bar

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I’m a sucker for karaoke, add alcohol and it just makes things all the more entertaining.

2. Amazing Pubcycle


In Ashville, NC there is this bicycle bar that gives tours of the city! How cool does that sound?! Click here to learn more!

3. Bonfire with Friends

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If you’d rather just keep it casual, you can invite a few (or a lot) of your friends over for drinks, s’mores, and other cool things like fireworks.

4. Release a Lantern

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Now, you have to be really careful with these. They are super cool but can also be super dangerous too. You need to make sure you’re in an open area where there aren’t any trees or buildings that could catch fire. But I like to see the lanterns as a wish. It’s like a giant birthday candle! Except you let it go instead of blow it out. When you release your lantern, make a wish and maybe it’ll come true!

5. Margaritas at the Beach

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Nothing’s better than margaritas on the beach!

6. Dinner at a Fancy Restaurant

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Nothing says sophistication like a glass of wine with your dinner! It may be a bit pricey, but you only turn 21 once, right? At least that’s what I’ll tell myself anyway.

7. Travel Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted To Go

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Weather it’s the next town over or across the world, why not?! You’re only 21! You’re young and carefree! The time is now to go where your heart desires!

8. Drink Whatever You Want!

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I don’t plan on getting wasted, but if you want to, do it! Try drinks, see what you like and dislike! It’s all part of the learning process, right? Just make sure you plan accordingly, which means having a DD (designated driver), and friends that won’t let you do stupid stuff that you’ll regret later.

9. Take the Whole Day Off!

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It’s your birthday! You shouldn’t have to worry about school or work, just a good time!

10. Treat Yo-Self

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Go where ever you want. Eat whatever you want. Wear whatever you want. It’s your day!

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I can’t help myself, I love Parks & Rec.

11. Spa Day

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Spend time relaxing at a spa. You deserve it! You can chose to go to an actual spa, or you can treat yo-self in the comfort of your own home with a spa kits you can get at places like Target.

12. Road Trip!

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Plan a road trip with your besties! Go anywhere you want! Just get in the car and drive! Adventure awaits!

13. Bar Crawl

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The best thing to do for someone new to the alcohol scene is a bar crawl. Well, it’s probably not good for your health, but it’s good to get to know the bars in your area.

14. Skydiving

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Because why not?!

15. Disney!

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Go to one of the most magical places in the world! You’ll get to try all of the Disney cocktails!

16. Go on a Cruise

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A cruise is the best place to be because you don’t have to pay for drinks! It’s usually included in the cruise package. Plus, if you book early enough, it’s usually a lot cheaper.

17. Concert

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Go see one of your favorite singers or bands!

18. Wine Ice Cream

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Yeah, it’s a real thing! 5% alcohol and 95% ice creamy deliciousness! Click here to get some from Mercer’s Dairy. They have pretty much every flavor you can dream of. Chocolate Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Cherry Merlot, Strawberry Sparkling, Red Raspberry Chardonnay…

19. Day Drink

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Start with brunch and mimosas because it’s your day and you can finally drink! Go you!

20. Try All of Those Recipes on Your Pinterest Board


If you’re like me, then you already have a whole Pinterest board of cocktails and different drinks to try once you turn 21. Well, you’re 21 now! Time to try them! Click here to check out my board.

21. True American

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I saved the best for last! True American is a drinking game they play on New Girl and probably the craziest drinking game ever invented. I’m still not 100% sure on how to play it. So I did what any person would do in the 21st century. I googled it.

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…right. So, it seems super complicated but also super fun. Oh, and you’re guaranteed to get trashed.

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So here are the rules, or what I can figure out anyway.

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Okay, so you create 4 zones for whatever reason, and in the middle of all of the zones is the “castle” made up of cans of beer, or the pawns aka the soldiers of the secret order. In the middle of the castle is a bottle of liquor who is known as the king of the castle. The floor is molten lava, so you have to jump around on a trail of chairs, cushions, and pillows.

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Bellow is an example of the set-up.

Example Layout

The game starts with a shotgun tip off. Someone chants “1, 2, 3, JFK!” then the other players yell “FDR” and they all run to the center table where the “castle” is and grabs a beer, then picks the nearest object to stand on.

Teams are optional. To pick teams, everyone holds up a random number of fingers against their foreheads. You are teamed up with anyone else that is holding up the same number of fingers as you. Unmatched players can team up as needed.

Players take turns attempting to earn moves. The three actions that can be taken on a turn are guessing a common trait, doing the count, or completing a quote. When guessing a common trait, the player names to people or objects that have something in common. The other players then yell out what is in common. For instance, “Abe Lincoln, George Washington” and “Cherry Tree”. Players who guess correctly drink and move. When doing the count, the player counts “one, two, three” and on four, all players put a number on their head similar to how teams are picked. Somehow this leads so someone drinking and moving. When completing a quote, the player begins a quote and all other players attempt to finish the quote. For instance, “The only thing we have to fear is…” and “fear itself!”. Players who complete the quote correctly drink and move.

Other rules include: everything that you hear in True American is a lie, when a player finishes their beer, they yell “All trash belongs…” and all other players yell “in the junk yard!” at which point empty cans are thrown into a designated receptacle, and a player may yell “JFK” at any time at which point everyone must yell “FDR” and finish their beer. In the end, whoever gets to the king and finishes him off wins the game.

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Like I said, the craziest drinking game ever invented. If you still don’t understand, you can click here for the official rules.


If you’re really feeling crazy, there is a True American: First Lady Edition, but I really don’t understand that one so good luck with that.






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