But one woman has created a wall of memories to mark her mother's 100th birthday.
Glenda White, 69, created ten memory boards - one for each decade of her mother's life - and proudly displayed them outside the family's home in Hillhead, Glasgow.
Although Gwyneth White received the traditional telegram from the Queen, it was the gift from her daughter that really made her day.
Surrounded by family, friends, and neighbours, Gwyneth, who is originally from Wales, yesterday celebrated her milestone.
Daughter Glenda, who she lives with in Great George Street, said: "I just felt reaching your 100th birthday is a huge achievement, it's very special. So it was important we marked it in a very special way.
"Each board tells the story of my mother's life. We worked on the boards together and it brought back lots of memories for my mother." The fit-as-a-fiddle centenarian said the secrets of her longevity were her "family, friends and faith".
Gwyneth, who has lived in Glasgow for the past 40 years, met her husband, Reverand Reginald White, in the 1930s. The couple married in August 1939 and were together until Reginald passed away in 2003. They had two children, daughter Glenda and son Landeg.
Gwyneth also has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She will welcome relatives from as far afield as Trinidad and Portugal when she has another family party later in the year.