Kids who grew up in the 1990s were lucky. I know because I was one of them. When our birthdays came around there were so many things to make us feel special and spoiled. Here is everything you need to know about how elementary school students in the 1990s celebrated their birthdays.
Each birthday the kid celebrating the result of his parent’s conception would have the opportunity bring in their favorite snack to share with the rest of the class. Popular choices included classics like cupcakes and brownies or another popular idea, munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. As long as everyone in the class had the chance to indulge, whether they be enemy or friend, you were doing things right. For somewhat sinister business reasons, the kid whose dad was a dentist always had the best and most sugary snacks on his special day.
There were two types of parties you could have: one that takes place at your home or one that takes place somewhere else. Parties taking place at the birthday kid’s home usually involved swimming, games, or other physical activities adults only do while drunk. The parties taking place somewhere else were usually a lot more fun. Bowling alleys, laser tag abandoned factories, and Chuck E. Cheese style fun centers were always well-received. The more options you could give the kids, the better. The real goal was to tire the kids out as much as possible the point where they couldn’t cause too much trouble.
Strutting around the school letting everyone know it was your birthday could come off as a little too conceded. Instead teachers would hand out colorful paper crowns or tiaras for the person celebrating their special day to wear. These were similar to the golden ones available at Burger King throughout the early part of the 1990s. At a certain age it became more important to turn down special outfits as a sign of maturity. There comes a point in every child’s life when they have to forego wearing a paper crown and let the world know they are about to sprout new hairs.
The proper way to invite someone to your birthday party was to be as secretive about it as possible so you do not upset other classmates. At the youngest age teachers would place the invitations inside the desks during recess. All this really meant was that nobody would be able to kill the messenger, the birthday kid. Instead we would all wonder who mysteriously placed these magical invitations in our desks while we were outside getting picked on by the bullies.