Check out this pissed-off selfie I uploaded on my birthday, a few weeks ago:
The problem with my birthday is... me. I expect it to be the best day ever, while doing nothing to make that happen. It's time for me to tackle my birthday like a grown-ass woman. I've got a year to get my next one right, so I asked around the office for tips to make sure it's as sparkly as possible next year.
1. Take control of your day.
Our number one tip for enjoying your birthday? Take charge.
If you want special food, fun activities and friends around you, you need to organise it yourself. Or at least drop enough hints and breathe down your friends' or partner's neck as they type out that Facebook birthday event invite (which you will of course dictate directly into their ear).
Yes, it is lovely when people spontaneously remember your special day, but let's face it: everyone is too boringly busy to for that. Why be disappointed when it's your birthday? You are responsible for the magic in your life. Once you kick off your own celebrations, then your festive spirit will be infectious.
2. Tell people it's your birthday.
Don't be shy! I learnt this the hard way. A few years ago, I went to work on my birthday and then got into an extremely bad mood because no-one said "happy birthday" to me. This wasn't because I worked with assholes; it was because no-one knew it was my birthday. They weren't mind-readers, and this was pre-Facebook birthday notifications.
I've noticed that the happiest birthday people are the ones who mention their birthday with subtle hints as the big day looms. So start your nattering now, whether it's a casual mention that the eighth of June is your favourite date ever (because it's when you were born, duh) or pondering aloud how you will organise a party. Just don't forget to invite the person you're talking to, otherwise it's just awkward.
Watch: No time to bake yourself a birthday masterpiece? This delicious mug cake will deliver a mini dose of cheer. (Post continues after video.)
3. Make it delicious.
Party food will instantly add birthday flair to your day.