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How to Celebrate It’s My Party Day (You Can Cry if You Want To)

It’s okay to take a little time to yourself, and by the same token, it’s also perfectly fine to have a huge party for yourself. It’s My Party Day on October 11 keeps this idea close to its heart, where participants are free to get a little selfish and celebrate the positive people and achievements in their lives. Of course, this idea can be a little contradictory if everyone does it. But hear us out, and we think you’ll agree that It’s My Party Day could be just the ticket.

Where Did It’s My Party Day Start?

Like many of the stranger celebrations that we take a look at, the origins of It’s My Party Day remain a mystery. That said, it’s possible that the celebration was a direct result of the success of the song It’s My Party popularised by Lesley Gore. Though she didn’t write the song, her cover quickly became the most successful version, hitting number one on the charts in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


The only problem with this interpretation of the day’s origins is that the song is melancholic at its core, reflecting feelings of humiliation during what should be a happy occasion. For the sake of not throwing a self-defeating party designed to make us sad, we’re going to go with a happier understanding of the day.

Celebrating It’s My Party Day

Here’s where things get tricky. If everyone knows about It’s My Party Day, then you probably aren’t going to be able to have a party dedicated to you. Since the day isn’t well known (yet), it could be possible to throw a party without revealing the true reason and secretly using it as an excuse to celebrate yourself. That’s sneaky though, and we’re not outright suggesting it as something easy, fun, and in line with the day’s theme.

For something a lot easier, and subtler, you could also consider booking a party at a club open to hosting. Buzz Bingo does this for Christmas Parties, for example, but places like this are equally happy to cater to more original celebrations.

Taking another angle, the day doesn’t have to be about you, and can also be used as an excuse to celebrate a communal feeling of underappreciation. This is especially useful for those of us who work in teams who have our work constantly undervalued and underappreciated.

Hang out with the workmates you like, and use the time to discuss the important projects you worked on, and how you overcame the hurdles on the day. In a quieter voice, you might also lament the inference of those who thought they knew better, as long as it’s done respectfully (and doesn’t get you in trouble).

As for the specifics, that much is up to you. Whatever makes you and yours happy is the goal, though running Gore’s song in the background might be a fun addition if you really want to drive the day home. Just don’t expect anyone to know the lyrics to anything but the chorus.

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