Buzz·Posted on 14 Oct 201922 Differences Between American And Australian 21st BirthdaysThe only thing that's guaranteed to happen at both 21sts is a killer hangover.by Marina NazarioBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. In America, turning 21 is a significant event in a young person’s life. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix You can legally buy alcohol for the first time or spend all your money at the bar, which is exciting and kind of overwhelming! Shot of Jäger? What does that taste like?? Beer on tap? The cheapest one, please! While in Australia, it’s more of a sophisticated event. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix Pinkies up! Australians are able to legally drink at 18, so turning 21 isn’t a huuuuuge woop. It’s more of a milestone with food, friends, family and ~classy~ drinks. 2. For Americans, the celebration is usually held at a bar or club. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix And if you're a keen bean, you'll usually walk into a bar at precisely 12:01 a.m. on the day of their birthday. While Australians throw a 21st birthday party that’s planned months in advance. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It’s usually a big bash with a swanky venue, DJ, friends and an extravagant cake to top it off. And if you don’t RSVP on time, you’ll end up being cut from the invite list. 3. If you’re the first person in your friend group to turn 21 in America, that might mean fewer people to celebrate with. 🐌 snail gay 🐌 @trex_rez I'm gonna have a second Birthday party for my 21st where I can invite all my friends who hadn't turned 21 by the time my birthday came around and we'll all go out and have a good time 10:23 AM - 27 Aug 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Via Twitter: @trex_rez Being the oldest means you can’t go out drinking and celebrate because the rest of your friends aren’t 21 yet. While it may be suck, the only obvious option is to throw two 21st birthday parties. But since Australians can start drinking at age 18, it doesn’t matter if you’re the first or last to celebrate your 21st birthday. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC Turning 21 is more of a coming-of-age celebration in Oz. It’s the time in your life where you want to be taken more seriously and, *gulps*, secure a job or commit to an area of study. 4. Although when you’re the youngest of the friend group in America, a 21st birthday might mean a trip to Las Vegas. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Basically, it’s time to get wasted. A trip to Las Vegas isn’t complete without a hotel, tickets to nightlife events, scoping out the best buffets to cure your hangovers and taking a ride on the Stratosphere. Yes, it’ll be expensive, but it’s the best way to celebrate turning 21. While if you’re the youngest in Australia, the shine of attending 21sts after 21sts has worn off a little. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC When you’ve attended five 21sts in the past month, it starts to feel slightly repetitive and expensive. And then by the time it rolls around to your turn, you’re kind of over it. 5. An American might hit up the bars dressed in a sash and crown to let the whole world know they can drink. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com It’s not really an American 21st unless you’re decked out in the ugliest, bedazzled sash and crown your friends have given you. If you’re super extra, you might even wear a bucket list board with tasks to complete throughout the night. While the dress code for an Australian 21st birthday party might be a lot more ~fancy~. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com There’s gonna be heaps of photos taken during the night, so you need to dress up and look your best. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off that fancy outfit you've been saving for a special occasion. 6. The details of an American’s 21st birthday are usually kept from mum and dad. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix Look, it’s usually one heck of a messy night as you’re drinking for the first time. Mum doesn’t need to know about how you nearly puked in the Uber home. While in Australia, a 21st is usually more of a friends and family affair. Average Lavigne @NuggetOfAoife My family did NOT just turn my fancy 21st birthday party into a Shrek themed party 05:17 PM - 13 Jul 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Think grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunties — they’re all invited. 7. The American 21st usually starts off with a plan in mind, but then turns into a sloppy ordeal by the end of the night. Wendy @wendyyy_02 Last year for my 21st birthday party I got soooo fucked up I was knocked out by like 1am. 💀🤦🏻♀️ 09:28 PM - 20 Aug 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite You spend ages planning this incredible night, only to have it go down the drain after you’ve had a couple of drinks. And then there’s the taste of your first beer — it’s kind of foul, but then you drink a whole lot more and suddenly it’s not so bad. While an Australian 21st birthday party has a much stricter schedule, with times planned out for speeches, cake cutting and dancing. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC At least one of these speeches will be delivered by a proud parent who nearly cries. And maybe a best friend who’s super pumped to be your partner in crime. 8. You can bet that the American birthday boy or girl will go balls to the walls mixing different drinks for the first time. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC As they say, liquor before beer, you’re in the clear. Beer before liquor, never sicker. While at an Australian 21st birthday party, you’re more likely to find an assortment of canapes. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Smoked salmon roulade? Australian oysters kilpatrick? Garlic butter prawns? Yes, please! 10. You won’t see any sort of fancy cake at an American 21st. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You’re lucky if your friends get you a birthday card. Plus, who needs cake when you’re out drinking all night anyway? As for Australians, you can bet on a big cake. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com They’re usually as extravagant as the ones you see at weddings. 10. An American 21st usually ends with someone being carried out from the bar by a bouncer, followed by an introduction to drunk food. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF SNL Loaded nachos, big slices of greasy pizza and cheesy garlic bread — these foods taste so much better when you’re drunk. While a 21-year-old Aussie needs no introduction to drunk food, as they’ve been doing this for three years. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix They know to have their Uber stop at McDonald’s for a double order of fries, McFlurries and cheeseburgers. 11. The morning after a 21st is tough for Americans, especially since it’s their first time going through a hangover. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix You’ll be experiencing a headache, crook stomach and a major inability to get out of bed. And even though you’ll probably say that you’ll never drink again, we all know that’s a lie. And for Australians, well, a 21st birthday is an excuse to celebrate, so they’re just as hungover as their American counterparts. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix 21 is a global magic number, so cheers to that!