Yes, I expect my parents and my SO/man in my life to acknowledge my bday w/ some kind of gift or dinner or activity. But I don't expect or want a party or vacation or a weeks worth of events.

I throw my kids big bday parties. They have November and December bdays we can't ever do backyard or park parties. (And 'm not letting 15 kids in my house w/ punch and food!) So I wind up spending a lot to have them at places. But the kids love them! Really makes them feel special and important LOL

I have an Aug bday (like Lady V) and I felt kinda cheated bc it was too early to invite school friends and too late to invite camp friends, so it was usually a neighborhood party, either in my neighborhood or overseas if I was visiting my family.