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No age limit on birthday fun

Every year, no matter what, we all turn a year older. It can be exciting or sad depending on the person and age. Some people will want to celebrate, but others won't.

Valley High School sophomores Brooke Pauley and Destiny Holden celebrated when they recently had birthdays. They turned 16, and did what most American teenage girls dream of but don't necessarily accomplish: they threw a Sweet 16 bash.

Pauley, Holden and two of their friends decided they needed to have a big Sweet 16 party with friends and family, so on Feb. 11, they partied at the WVU Tech ballroom in Montgomery with more than 200 friends and family members. They never picked a theme, but their color scheme was pink, purple, black, white and grey. Everything said "Sweet 16" on it.

Pauley wasn't quite 16 the day of her party; her birthday was four days later. She hasn't had any big parties in the past, and she said the Sweet 16 party probably will be her last. She doesn't think she's too old for parties; they just aren't her thing.

When it comes to birthday party age limits, Pauley doesn't think there is one. "A lot of people have parties, and there is no reason why there should be an age limit," she said.

Holden, who turned 16 two days after the party, has always wanted to have a big birthday party. "Turning 16 was just a good reason to have a big party," she said.

Holden had a party planned for her 15th birthday, but it was cancelled at the last moment, so her last party was when she turned 14. She and Pauley had a small party together. From now on, she just plans to have sleepovers for her birthdays.

Like Pauley, Holden feels that age shouldn't matter when it comes to having parties. In this case, she said lots of people have Sweet 16 parties, so why shouldn't she?

Age should never matter when it comes to birthday parties. Turning a year older should be fun and exciting. Whether you have a big theme party or just a little get-together, a birthday should be a time to celebrate.


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