Birthday celebrations are meant to be special, joyful occasions, but planning them on your own can be overwhelming and exhausting. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone.

Here at Pursuit, we love birthdays. In fact, they’re so important to us that we like to treat them like federal holidays. And right now, we’ve got birthdays on our minds because two of our team members, Caitlin and Sondra, are celebrating their special days this month. Happy birthday to these two boss ladies! 🥳

So, while we’re in this birthday celebration headspace, we thought it might be fun and helpful to talk about how we like to bring more joy to these special occasions. It should come as no surprise that, for us, the key to birthday celebration success (and happiness in general) lies within our ability to delegate.

You can have your cake and eat it, too.

Have you ever skipped out on celebrating your own birthday simply because you couldn’t find the time to plan and coordinate the experience you wanted? Or maybe you’ve run into momentum-halting roadblocks when planning a celebration for a loved one. Just like a day-old party balloon, this can be rather deflating. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. We believe that anyone can restore the magic and fun to this special occasion simply by asking for a little help.

We often say that you don’t have to do everything on your own. In fact, you can’t. Well, maybe you can for a little while, but it’s not sustainable. Planning special occasions is no different. Every step in the process has the potential to get a little hairy, especially if you have competing priorities and other life happenings. Before you know it, you may find yourself bailing on what’s supposed to be a joyous occasion – something that could and should, in theory, be a pleasurable experience – because it’s too overwhelming.

What a drag, especially because the odds are pretty high that you have at least one other person in your circle who would be willing and able to offer a hand. That’s what community and relationships are for, no? Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, planning a birthday celebration is just one more opportunity to practice (and thus relish the benefits of) effective delegation.

“Asking for help enables kindness and unlocks opportunities for positive social connections. It can also create emotional closeness when you realize someone trusts you enough to share their vulnerabilities, and by working together toward a shared goal.” –  Xuan Zhao, Stanford social psychologist, Why Is It So Hard To Ask For Help? 

By doing so, not only will you get to participate in a special birthday experience, but you’ll also get to enjoy the delightfully connective afterglow of co-creation and collaboration. That sounds way more enticing than the disappointment and potential guilt you might assign to yourself from an unsuccessful attempt to go it alone. 

That said, for some things, it might be easier or more practical to call on folks outside of your orbit. That’s where we come in.

You’re invited!

…to loop us in when you need birthday planning support. We can reduce your cognitive load around these special celebrations – allowing them to be the joyful experiences they’re meant to be. From ideation to execution, we can help with:

  • Brainstorming
    Sometimes the most challenging part is coming up with ideas. If you have no clue where to start, send us an email! We’re full of ideas and will curate a list based on any information you can provide. We’d also be happy to jump on a call with you to talk it out.
  • Research
    Maybe you already have some stellar ideas or want to try something we’ve helped you dream up, but you have no idea if any of it is feasible. We can do some digging for you. We’ll make some calls and send some emails to determine whether or not we can, for instance, make that potato-themed birthday party a reality for your little one.
  • Logistics
    Or maybe you just need help booking venues, making reservations, getting a detailed calendar invite out to friends and family, arranging food deliveries, hiring caterers, or acquiring gifts. We got you! We do this often and are happy to take these tasks off your plate.

So, next time you find yourself noodling on birthday celebration planning, let us know. We’d be thrilled to help you make some birthday wishes come true.

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Lyrissa (she/her)

Marketing + Design

Lover of sunrise, dancing, peanut butter, and the color purple.

Inspired by exquisite storytelling. Grateful for disco.