Yes, Rice, I like things to be very low key as well. I don't have people over for my birthday - though my family doesn't understand as they like to make a big fuss. It's really not worth it. It's nice to have people remember and wish you a happy birthday - that's good enough for me.
We always have family parties for birthdays in our family. Every family member gets a celebration. Why should I be left out? We have the family party. Any excuse to get the family together is a good one. My parents are always there, because without them, I wouldn't be here
Never call people to celebrate. My family sometimes decide to come here but husband usually gets stuck with the cooking so other times it's dinner at our favourite Chinese restaurant and I'm happy with either as long as I don't have to lift a finger. I don't mind home though because it means I can enjoy my wine and don't have to drive as I don't like to drink while out.
No, I don't call people. However, usually lot of people call me to wish me "happy birthday". Friends usually organise a girls' lunch which is always good fun.
Depending on what shifts my nurse son is working we always go out to dinner for my birthday, be it on the day, prior to, or after.