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From Mordida To Having Enough Beer To Fill A Stadium, Mexican Birthday Parties For Kids Are Where The Real People Turn Up

There are tons of perks to getting older. You’re finally allowed to do all the things you couldn’t wait to do when growing up. You have more personal freedoms and — with every year you get another opportunity to celebrate your birthday. As awesome as these events can be, they never quite live up to the birthday parties of our childhoods. 

The piñatas, the presents, the pastel — these celebrations were really one of a kind and have set the standard for all the merry-making of our lives. There’s really nothing like the gatherings of our early years and we have plenty of fond memories that prove that our childhood birthday parties really couldn’t be beat when it came to food, fun and family.

1. Getting to go all out with your birthday outfit.

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Just like our parties nowadays, birthdays are an occasion to show out with our best looks. Back then it might have meant appearing in your prettiest princess dress or whatever outfit you had to grab everyone’s attention. Whatever it was, it needed to let the whole party know that they were there for your big day. 

2. Having your party be an excuse for a mini-family reunion. 

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Your birthday party was basically an excuse for your parents to invite every adult they knew. That mostly meant an invite to family members you couldn’t really remember. This wasn’t a problem, though. After all, more guests means more presents. 

3. Getting cash slipped to you as you greet all your tias and tios.

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Speaking of presents, remember when your older family members would causally slip you the best birthday present there is. We’re talking about cold, hard cash. Your birthday party was the one day of the year where your mom didn’t have to nag you about saying “hi” to everyone. You were already ready to get that green even if it meant letting all the tias pinch your cheeks. 

4. Going wild with your primos in the bounce house.

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The bounce house is a staple at any birthday party but they really posed an opportunity for us to go wild as kids. This wasn’t meant to be a relaxing jump; most of the time we were honestly trying to tip this thing over.

5. Taking that same energy to the dance floor when your favorite song came on.

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Another place that we were able to let loose was the dance floor. Back then, it didn’t matter if we didn’t know the dance moves or didn’t have the rhythm down. All that mattered was that we were tiring ourselves out and working up an appetite. 

6. The overwhelming amount of food your family prepared.

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Speaking of being hungry, if there’s one thing that our culture appreciates, it’s food. Back in the day, we all had bottomless stomachs and didn’t have to worry about la dieta. Those were the days. 

7. Having more beer than kids at the party.

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It didn’t seem strange when we were kids, but it definitely makes us laugh now. Growing up, there was always an excess of cerveza at every party we went to. Be it baby shower or christening, beer was always in supply but no time more than during our childhood birthday parties. Now we’re the one’s bring the six-packs into the parties.  

8. Whacking that piñata filled with all your favorite candy.

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No party is complete without a piñata. Who among us doesn’t have a picture like this from one of our parties. While most of us are now on piñata duty, back then we got to take out our aggression by whacking the candy out of these party staples. 

9. Having all your drunken tios singing “Happy Birthday” to you.

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Back during these childhood birthdays, we would have to sit through “Happy Birthday” in both English and Spanish. Sometimes, “Las Mañanitas” was also brought out depending how drunk the tios were. Now, when we suffer through that as adults, it’s usually our friends drunkenly singing to us. 

10. That one family member that just had to smash your face into the cake. 

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Some things you never grow out of and this is one of them. We call this a birthday facial and the sooner you get it over with, the sooner we can eat some cake. 

11. Surviving a cascarones battle with all the other kids (and some of the adults).

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Cascarones are the colorful, confetti-filled eggs that Mexicans have during Easter and at birthday parties. You definitely don’t miss these if you were the kid all the other kids targeted. We’ve still got confetti in our hair from our last cascaron battle. 

12. Having tons of pictures taken of you all throughout the party.

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Having a whole group of people yell at you to smile while blinding you with flashes doesn’t seem like it would be a fond memory but it is. Maybe that’s why we love taking selfies so much.

13. Planning next years party before your last guest even leaves the house.

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One year down and, hopefully, many more to go. When we were kids, we never minded growing older. Catch us at the next children’s birthday party, reliving these memories as adults.

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This Latino Family Went Viral For Throwing a Costco-Themed Party For Their Son

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This Latino Family Went Viral For Throwing a Costco-Themed Party For Their Son

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Is there anything Latina moms love more than Costco? The cult-favorite market supplies its customers with amazing wholesale items at can’t-beat-it prices (let’s be honest–our madres have enough frijoles and arroz stockpiled from Costco to survive the apocalypse at this point). We all have memories of visiting Costco as a kid and stocking up on delicious samples that always tasted better in-store than they did at home.

The love for Costco seems to be an inter-generational, bipartisan experience. Recently a story about a young family throwing their one-year-old son a Costco-themed birthday party went viral after it had everyone saying to themselves: “Why didn’t I think of that?”. The party, which 34-year-old mother of two, Josie Gonzalez, originally shared on Reddit.

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Sebastian and Josie Gonzalez of Canton, Massachusetts recently made headlines when they decided to celebrate their son Mason’s first birthday with a Costco-themed party.

Considering the (non-verbal)age of Mason, it’s safe to assume that the decision to go with a Costco theme was the brainchild of Sebastian and Josie. And according to Josie Gonzalez, the idea was exactly that. “We were honestly just making fun of my husband because that is what my friends and I usually do is make fun of his love for Costco,” Josie told TODAY. “He has always loved Costco.” According to Ms. Gonzalez, Costco is a group activity that the family partakes in multiple times a week. While Josie’s husband takes the children with him to Costco on Sundays, Josie goes on Mondays to load-up on household items.

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One look at the birthday photos, and it’s evident that the family left out nothing when it came to throwing the most authentic Costco party they could imagine.

As for the guests, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy the commitment the Gonzalez family exhibited. “There was plenty of laughter every time someone walked in the house,” Gonzalez told Insider. Guests of the Gonzalez family were supplied with Costco name tags that they could personalize themselves. Some party goers even arrived in their own costumes, wearing Costco shirts, red aprons, and accessorizing with Costco’s signature hairnets. It seemed as if the guests were just as enthusiastic about the theme as the Gonzalez family was. “[Some guests] arrived with bottles of Kirkland wine and liquor, someone even brought one of Costco’s famous rotisserie chickens,” Gonzalez told Insider.

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As for the food, the family supplied their guests with Kirkland cheese, crackers, meatballs, and stuffed mushroom “samples”. The hors d’oeuvres were served on red trays and labeled with signs that mimicked Costco’s recognizable placards. The family even added semi-accurate pricing to the signs. The Gonzalezs also decked their house with a red balloon arch and red and white flowers held in Costco’s Kirkland-brand liquor bottles. The family literally thought of everything.

The Gonzalez family even went one step further, naming Mason Costco “Employee of the Year” with a commemorative collage that displayed photos of him from every month of his life.

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As for Josie Gonzalez, the Costco theme wasn’t just a lighthearted way for her to elaborately make fun of her husband. According to her, Costco holds sentimental weight for entire family.”My husband is obsessed with Costco…he goes to Costco for it all”, she said in a Reddit comment. “He was even in the Costco parking lot in Puerto Rico when he called my dad to tell him he was going to propose to me. Costco is a huge part of our lives, and our son is kind of a huge part of our lives, too, so it just seemed perfect”. As a postscript, she added, “and ridiculous, and we like ridiculous”. So do we!

A brief scroll through Twitter will show you that the Gonzalez family are not the only ones who have an undying devotion to Costco.

The culture of Costco-stanning is alive and well in the Twitterverse.

This person is so addicted to Costco that she thinks of her next visit before even finishing her current one.

There should be a Costco Addicts Anonymous group at this point. The addiction is real.

This person made a very astute observation about Costco crowds around the holidays.

Costco employees should hand out helmets and protective padding to customers at the store’s entrance during the holiday season. It might prevent unnecessary injuries.

Of course, this person made an on-point tweet about how aggravating Costco’s long lines can be.

If there’s one thing the store can work on, it’s line-control.

This person wrote a very relatable tweet about how hard it is to be frugal when you have a Costco membership.

Yes, the point of the store is for customers to save money, but it can be so hard to save money with all those samples convincing you to buy them in bulk.

His Parents Gave Him A Dream Come True With His Very Own Costco Birthday Party And We Have Serious FOMO

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His Parents Gave Him A Dream Come True With His Very Own Costco Birthday Party And We Have Serious FOMO

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We all know the wonders of Costco. Everything you might ever need is available in mass. Who doesn’t love buying three gallons of salsa and pounds of tortilla chips? Well, one little boy named Armando took it to the next level by hosting a birthday party at the Costco in Norwalk, California. The Costco location closed its food court to host the little man’s special birthday. This is one of the greatest things you will see on the internet today and you’re welcome.

Armando knew that his fourth birthday could only take place at one place: Costco.

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Like, OMG! How did we not get invited to this party? So many people have memories of wandering around Costco with mami y papi for hours. Obviously, the best part of the trips was always free samples everywhere.

Of course, he had his own Costco employee outfit because, duh.

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Legit, this is the greatest Halloween costume in case you need some inspo. Everyone will recognize you and Costco fans will love it. If you have any costume contests coming up, give this a try.

Every party guest got a very special name tag.

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It is important to pay attention to details and this family spared no expense when it came to celebrating their little man’s special day.

The party included some fun and challenging activities, like guessing the price of items in Costco.

A true test of knowledge and appreciation. Who thinks they would be able to win this game? Costco is one of the greatest establishments for Latino families. We know we all have big families and Costco has been a lifesaver for us.

Of course, there was a piñata.

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Broke my custom @costco piñata ????????

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That’s right. They bought Armando a custom Costco piñata and we are all screaming. What a treasure for this boy. And, tbh, this family seems a lot nicer about letting him hit the piñata than ours were.

Just look at how happy all of the party guests are celebrating at Costco.

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Looks like the conga line is still a thing, folks. No matter how long it’s been since we had a birthday party like this, the conga line will never die.

Now, Armando is not a fair-weather Costco fan.

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His Instagram account is named after his love for the chain store. He clearly likes to spend time at his local Costco and his love for the store is something we can all relate to.

Like, he would clearly make it home if he could.

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Literally, same. There is nothing you can’t find at Costco and this little one is already years ahead of his peers with his appreciation of the bulk store.

Happy birthday, Armando!

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This is one birthday party everyone should be talking about.

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