Of birthdays and similar celebrations, I have always hated the pain point…that appears at the very end.
It’s horribly awkward because of the following reasons:
The aim of any of my events is that there is no financial awkwardness or fear. It’s purely meant to be a joyous celebration of an event—that people come because they wanted to. Not because they could afford it, but because they took the time to travel, etc.
And so that is why on my 30th birthday, I took the liberty of picking up the full tab. As I had done for my 26th birthday, all of it was mine.