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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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First Their Food Samples, Now Costco’s Canceled Their Sheet Cakes— What Next The Apocalypse?

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First Their Food Samples, Now Costco’s Canceled Their Sheet Cakes— What Next The Apocalypse?

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Life’s rough for a Costco customer these days.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, card-carrying Costco lovers have faced product restrictions, long lines, and the suspension of food samples. Now the membership-only warehouse has eliminated their iconic half-sheet cakes.

You know. The delicious sugary cakes that have been there for you for every birthday, pool party, and graduation. Even worse? the blow comes right on the heels of July 4th.

Costco quietly put a halt to selling the $20 half-sheet cakes in all of its stores.

The brand has instead been steering to customers toward its 10-inch round cakes and their other baked goods. Outraged customers were quick to spark complaints on Twitter and Facebook promoting the brand to explain in a statement to its Facebook account. “To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments,” Costco wrote on their Facebook page. In a statement to CNN Business, Costco confirmed it’s not selling the half-sheet cakes anymore but has “no immediate plans” to bring it back.

The decision corresponds with recommendations from various US states and health agencies to avoid or prohibit large gatherings amid the current Covid-19 pandemic. Real fans of Costco’s sheet cakes know that they serve about 50 people. And while of course, we know that the store’s decision to promote social distancing is a good one, we still can mourn the indefinite loss of one of America’s greatest comfort foods.

Man Has Bad Bunny Themed Birthday Party To Celebrate Special Day In Quarantine

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Man Has Bad Bunny Themed Birthday Party To Celebrate Special Day In Quarantine

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Birthdays are an exciting time no matter how old you might be. You can do and have anything you want, within reason of course. That means you can even choose to be completely alone. Or, like one smart young man, you can decide to have a birthday party dedicated to your favorite artist.

Twitter user @Mr_Octopus7 celebrated his 22nd birthday in style.

The young man turned 22 years old with the help of his family and Bad Bunny. The man, who geotagged Vega Baja Beach, Puerto Rico in his post, is likely giving a fellow Puerto Rican the love and respect he rightfully deserves. The special birthday tribute is more fitting considering the work he has done to fight for the people of Puerto Rico.

Of course, there was a big and wonderful Bad Bunny cake for the special occasion.

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We have so many questions about this cake. What was the flavor? What color was it inside? Was it inspired by anything Bad Bunny has done? We need answers. The cake is the most important part of any birthday party and this one was surrounded by Bad Bunny photos. Clearly, this man’s family knows how to throw the perfect quarantine birthday party.

Don’t worry. Entertainment of epic proportions was provided.

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Technology is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Not only are we able to know about this man’s special Bad Bunny birthday party, but he was able to get all of the entertainment in one place. The laptop speaker was bumping with Bad Bunny jams while the family enjoyed the special birthday celebration.

There looks like there was a costume requirement that, luckily, everyone honored.

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His mom was wearing some yellow glasses and his brother had to join in on the fun. Those glasses, while not unique, have become part of Bad Bunny’s signature style. The small glass lens is something we have seen the Puerto Rican trap star wear time and time again in different colors. Honestly, every man you know secretly wants a pair of these glasses so if you want to cheer anyone up, you know what to do.

The brothers matching in their Bad Bunny-themed outfit is just too adorable.

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This is something your parents will never let you outgrow. No matter how old you and your siblings are, mom will always make you match on special days. It seems like this cuarentena birthday party is no different. It just makes the whole birthday celebration seem more relatable because we have all been wearing the exact same outfit as our younger siblings many times.

People on social media felt the authenticity of the Vega Baja Beach experience.

@Mr_Octopus7 was not shy about admitting how much he loves where he lives. The beach town is 40 minutes east of San Juan on the northern shore of the island. Around 60,000 people call the northern beach city home and one man is really head over heels for it.

“I love this town and its people so much,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “Truly a blessing.”

And, back to the cake, we aren’t sure of the flavor, but the birthday boy did say it was good. At lease the bunny face was.

“It was good,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “I ate the little bunny.”

Happy birthday, @Mr_Octopus7! How are you all celebrating your quarantine birthdays? We want to see them. Tag us in all of your quarantine birthday celebrations so we can see how you all are making the best out of our current situation.

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