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The Birthday Balloons

My 5th birthday in 1979. My mom is not known for baking or photography skills, as evidenced in this blurry snapshot of my patchy cake. Fire displays and phallic balloon sculptures?”

(submitted by Kim)

Plaid On Plaid

“This picture was taken on Jan 8, 1980 on my cousins 1st birthday. I am the 11 year old child dressed like her parents with a father who was the only one wearing a party hat. The matching plaid couch along with our lumberjack wardrobe is what nightmares are made of or what makes your friends laugh at you hysterically. The bonus in this picture is that it was taken at a happy occasion but you wouldn’t be able to tell it by the look on my face.”

(submitted by Tawnya) 

One & Done

“Her first birthday. I’d say the joy is abundant.”

(submitted by IG @itsme_sharn)

Birthday Girl

“My 9th birthday, I guess I wasn’t having a great day.”

(submitted by IG @caro_tap

Grandpa Gone Wild

“I used to count how many cocktails it would take my Grandpa to drop his pants and shirt on his birthday. I think this year it took 5.”

(submitted by IG @davekinsler)

I Hugged A Clown Today

“It just wasn’t a real birthday party in the 80’s unless each kid left with some sort of lingering PTSD. This is me, clearly thrilled with the sticker on my dress that says ‘I hugged a clown today.'”

(submitted by IG @ca.rla2356

Sour Sixteen

“Our loving mother scheduled our youngest sister’s wisdom teeth extraction on her sixteenth birthday. Here she is celebrating afterwards. Cake, anyone?”

(submitted by Ashley and Kelsey)

Seven Heaven

“My beautiful 7th birthday. At least my father was happy.”

(submitted by IG @moonbiien

Just Say Yes

“This sign was hanging in my aunt and uncle’s garage when they bought their house and for some reason nobody realized the DRUGS sign was the backdrop for a children’s birthday celebration picture.”

(submitted by Kara)

The Birthday Bunny

“This is a picture of me and the (terrifying) bunny my mother hired for my 1st birthday party in the summer of 1988.”

(submitted by IG @veda.leone