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3 Ways To Celebrate Your 21st Without Going Out

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bradley U chapter.

I always felt like there were these massive expectations for turning 21. Expectations that involved intense partying and drinking until you’re sick and hung over the next day. That’s why as someone who hadn’t had a drop of alcohol before they turned 21, I was terrified. I think drinking in moderation is fine, but getting full on drunk for the first time at some random bar or club made me so nervous. Which is why I have three ideas on how to celebrate your 21st that don’t involve going out.

1. “Drink When” Games

As someone who loves movies and shows, playing “Drink When” games with friends sounds like a blast. You can easily find these games online. You can even find specific ones for certain movies or shows if you look hard enough. This is a great option for those who would rather just be comfy and relax with their friends.

2. Wine Tasting and Snacks

This night can be as complex or simple as you would like it. You could ask your friends to come dressed up or have them come in their pajamas, it’s really whatever you want. Also, if you’re the youngest of your friends, you could always ask your friends to come with their favorite wines so you aren’t just purchasing random wines you don’t know if anyone would like. I think this is a great option if you want something relaxed that has the chance of turning into something more party-like if you wanted it to.

3. Drinking Games with Friends

This is how I spent my 21st and it was honestly so much fun. We got food and drinks, played some music, and played some drinking card games. We played “Buzzed,” which I really enjoyed, but there are plenty of other drinking card games on the market. You can even play drinking games with just a deck of cards as well, you just need to search for them online. I honestly had a blast doing this for my 21st. I was able to choose how big my sips were when I had to drink, so I didn’t feel pressure to keep up with those around me. It really took the pressure away from drinking since I felt people weren’t just focused on me and what I was drinking, but rather what everyone at the party was drinking.

sophmore – 20 – keeping it simple – movie enjoyer