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21 may be one of the most awaited birthdays in the United States. Sure, turning 18 is a big deal. You can skydive, buy a lottery ticket, rent an apartment, and get a tattoo without your parent’s approval. But there’s something about twenty-one that makes it extra special. 

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Funny 21st Birthday Wishes

What’s a birthday wish without a little humor? Especially for a 21st birthday. A 21st birthday may be a big deal, but no rule says it has to be serious. Here’s some comedic inspo to wish your funny BFF a happy 21st! 

  • “Turning 21 is nothing to wine about!”
  • “For your 21st birthday, my present is not taking any pictures of you tonight.”
  • “21! The one night you don't get carded!”
  • “No matter what happens, you’ll never be underage again!”
  • “Finally legal — after all these beers!”
  • “Happy Beer-thday!”
  • “Here’s to a night you’ll never remember!”
  • “Tonight the drinks are on your friends. Tomorrow you have to start paying yourself.”
  • “Finally legal. Proceed with caution!”
  • “Hakuna ma-vodka: it means no worries on your 21st birthday"

Birthday Wishes for Daughter Turning 21

There’s no denying that a daughter’s 21st birthday is also a big deal for her mother! Although you might not be in all the celebrating, it is still an emotional milestone. It means that your daughter is growing up and becoming who she's destined to be. Finding the words to say might not be easy, but that’s why we’re here to help.

  • “Hugs and kisses and lots of 21st birthday wishes!”
  • “Turning 21 is a big deal, but this special day is just the beginning of great things to come”
  • “On your 21st birthday, you deserve all of the happiness and joy that life can bring.”
  • “Every parent wishes for a daughter like you, may you continue being yourself and never change. Happy 21st birthday!”
  • “A daughter is someone you can laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart—Happy 21st Birthday, my girl.”
  • “Watching you grow into a strong, independent young woman has been the joy of my life. I’m beyond proud of you. Happy Birthday my amazing daughter”
  • “As each year goes by, I’m more amazed by the wonderful person you’ve become. Happy 21st birthday, to a truly beautiful and talented soul.”
  • "A 21st birthday is an extraordinary and significant milestone in anybody’s life, especially when it’s the celebration of such a wonderful girl like you. Happy birthday."
  • “I cannot believe you are finally 21. You became such a beautiful young woman. May you have the best and unforgettable birthday ever. Sending you all my love.”

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Birthday Wishes for Granddaughter Turning 21

Seeing your granddaughter turn 21 is such a special occasion! As someone who has been there and done that, you hold some of the best life advice. As she gets ready to make her way into the real world, now is the time to tell her everything you know. While doing this, make sure you're reminding her how special she is!

  • “Wishing you all the best for this milestone of your life! Happy 21st birthday!
  • “Here is a word of wisdom for your 21st birthday: Great freedom comes with plenty of responsibility. So have fun and live smart.”
  • “You are the gift to our family. 21 years of bliss is what you’ve given me. I hope this birthday wish is a special treat. Happy birthday.”
  • “I’m proud of the person you’ve become, responsible and wise beyond years. I hope your 21st birthday inspires you to make the most out of life.”
  • “Watching you grow into the incredible person you are today has been a privilege. Happy 21st Birthday”
  • “On your 21st Birthday, I wanted to let you know how proud I am of the amazing woman you’ve become. You’re an inspiration to us all.”
  • “You are young, fun, and full of life, and I hope you enjoy these wonderful years to the fullest. Happy birthday to the most amazing son/daughter in the world!”
  • “Look out world, here she comes! My granddaughter is 21!”
  • “Don’t look back and count the years. Live in the present and count all the birthdays ahead of you! Happy 21st birthday!”
  • “Happy birthday. Now that you're 21, I have one piece of advice: keep laughing. It'll keep you young!”

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What's So Special About Turning 21?

Turning 21 is the most h birthday for a very specific reason. You can book a hotel room anywhere, get your horizontal ID, and finally buy alcohol. Now, the ID may not seem like a big deal out of those three activities, but it is.  Don’t be like me and wait almost two years to get a horizontal ID, or you may find yourself back to square one. Many places will assume that it is fake even when it is very real, and deny you.  Spending your birthday morning at the DMV may sound like the last place you want to be, but it’ll be worth it. Once you have that shiny new ID and can get carded!

There’s a lot to celebrate about being 21. Even if you're not the one reaching the milestone, it's important to celebrate the person who is.

What is a Unique Way to Wish Someone a Happy 21st Birthday?

Of course, you can send a text or call to say Happy  21st! But what’s the fun in that? This monumental birthday deserves all the attention. Here are some of my favorite ways to wish someone a happy 21st birthday: 

  • Make a boozy Barbie cake - If you’re not sure what this is, google it ASAP! I promise you’ll be turning your house into a bakery to make a creation of your own. 
  • Personalize a wine glass - it will for sure get a lot of use! 
  • Create a playlist with party songs and songs that remind you of the birthday girl! 

    Or, my personal favorite… 

    • A piece of jewelry that holds meaning. It will always be something to commemorate the special occasion. Fortune & Frame’s Key Necklace is the perfect 21st birthday token. It represents all the doors she can open and the bright future that lays ahead. 

    What Do You Write on a 21st Birthday Card?

    Now you may be asking “How can I write Happy 21st Birthday to make it meaningful? 

    There are so many different ways and styles to say Happy 21st Birthday. Whether you want it to be short and sweet or long and heartfelt, you can do it all. Here are some ideas to get you started, but you can customize them in any way you want!

    • “Hope your birthday is twenty-onederful!” 
    • “Wishing you all the best on your 21st. Hope you enjoy every second!” 
    • “Wishing you a safe and happy 21st birthday!”
    • “Happy 21st Birthday! May you never find a day when you’re lonely or sad and may all of your years be filled with great friends, happy memories, and happiness!” 
    • “Even if there are more candles on your cake, it doesn’t mean you can’t still be a kid at heart! Happy 21st Birthday!” 

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      What Do You Say for a 21st Birthday?

      Is writing a card your style? That’s ok! There are a ton of different ways to say Happy 21st Birthday instead of writing it! 

      When saying Happy 21st Birthday, you want to make sure to personalize it. Speaking from the heart is always a great way to go, it comes off as genuine and sincere. Being heartfelt is the way to go and will be the most appreciative. These quotes are very generic and may not always apply to you, but that’s okay. We've included tips on how to personalize each one.

      • “A remarkable year to come!” - Here is a great opportunity to bring in all the memories you have together. Add in what you hope to see them accomplish in the year to come. 
      • “Happy Birthday to my dearest friend.” - Friendship is one of the most important and cherished types of relationships. On your best friend's special day it is important to remind them how much they mean to you and how much you care. Use this quote to inspire a reflection on your friendship and how valuable it is! Take a trip down memory lane to past birthdays that you have spent together. 
      • “I hope your day is incredible. Spend it with friends and family because they will always be there for you…when you’re turning 21 and when you’re turning 51.” - There is nothing more important than spending time with loved ones. Make sure to remind the 21st birthday girl of that! If she is away from her family and friends at home on this big day, she may be feeling down. Make sure to remind her to still surround herself with those who care about her. It will make for a fun and memorable birthday! 
      • “You know I couldn’t miss your birthday, especially since it’s your 21st birthday. Wishing you all the best on your special day.” - Say this if you’re making a trip to see the birthday girl! Whether she’s at college or traveling abroad, you can’t miss her birthday.  Remind her how you would never miss the special day and that you want to celebrate this milestone with her. 
      • “The day you’ve been dreaming of is finally here. The countdown is over! Happy 21st birthday!” - Has she been waiting her whole life to turn 21? If this is a big deal to her, make sure to help make it an even bigger deal. Acknowledge the excitement and share it with her. After all, it is her day! 

      21st birthdays are one of the most meaningful milestones of a young person’s life. Not only are you now able to drink, but you can travel the world, see new places, and focus on your growth. You have your whole life ahead of you and it’s all in your hands! If someone you know is turning 21, celebrate it! After all, you do only turn 21 once.

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        Allie Berloco

        Allie Berloco is a writer for Fortune & Frame. She graduated from Marist University with a double major in Media Studies, TV & Film Production and Communications, Journalism. She's sown here in her official Harry Styles fangirl outfit after seeing him perform live on the Today Show in NYC.