in th uk it's like "hey mate... it's your birthday... let me buy you a drink... put your money back in your pocket... it's your special day... this one's on me...!!!"
While in Poland it's: "hey mate....It's my birthday....come with me, let's have some fun... put your money back in your pocket...I invited you to this party… it's all on the house".
18th Birthday is treated here just like the wedding. I must say, that if I were to organize a party, I wouldn't dare to expect from my guests to come with their own alcohol. The guests bring only presents for the birthday boy, and that's it.
Situation looks different when it comes to some dinner parties. It's nice and very polite to bring some kind of food, like a salad, or some kind of alcohol, but nobody would expect people to do so. It's just from their free will.
and when i am out with friends i get a round in... i buy everyone a drink because they are my friends and it's a pleasure for me to buy them a drink... and then the next person gets a round in.. then the next person...
The same here in Poland when you go in a pub.
[quote=Matyjasz, Post #35 ]don't worry about the alcohol!quote]
i know from experience the generousity of the poles but the way you write it makes it almost sound like people wont come to the party of they have the worry of buying their own alcohol...
It was suppose to sound extravagant and generous, and it came out rather desperate…:( But I think that you already know what I had in mind. :)
In conclusion, from the more economical point of view, it’s better to be a birthday boy in England and a guest in Poland. :)
Oh, and one more thing. I don't want to judge which custom is better and which one is worse. Their both fine by me. Hope I didn't came across as rude. :)