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- Things to do for your dad’s birthday
- Things to do for your brother’s birthday
- Things to do for your sister’s birthday
- Romantic things to do on your birthday
- Things to do on your birthday with family
- Things to do on your 18th birthday
- 21st birthday celebration ideas
- 40th birthday celebration ideas
- 50th birthday ideas
Things to do for your dad’s birthday
66. Childhood Friends: Find as many of his friends from his younger days, that he might not have seen in years, and get them together for a lunch or dinner.
67. Casino Evening: If your dad is someone who enjoys casinos, why not get him an all-day pass to a casino, taking with him whoever he wants, while having a blast doing whatever he wants.
68. Go Carting: This is perhaps one of the best bonding activities you can do with your dad. This combines exciting with fun and bonding.
69. A day of Golf: Golf seems to be one of the most favourite of sports for a lot of men, especially once they start to get a bit advanced in age.
70. Day at the Stadium: Is dad a sports fan? A day at his favourite game, especially if his team gets to win the match would be both a great bonding activity as well as a birthday well spent.
71. Camping: Another favourite past time for a lot of men. Also another favourite bonding ritual between a father and his kids. If this is something your dad is into, and perhaps hasn’t been able to do it in quite a while, chances are that he will love to celebrate his birthday this way with his children.
Things to do for your brother’s birthday
72. Paint Ball Fight: Many siblings go through the rivalry phase. Why not re-enact this by having a paint ball contest, perhaps with several of your mutual friends. With the brothers on opposite sides naturally, perhaps even leading their respective teams.
73. Beach Party: It cannot be hard to imagine how much appreciative your brother will be for the beach party you will throw him. For you know what beach parties are synonymous with- women in bikinis, booze, food, water, skinny dipping, music, women soaking wet, etc. etc.
How can all these not be an absolute blast of a birthday celebration?
Things to do for your sister’s birthday
- A Day at the Beach with her Girls: Girls often like to be and bond by themselves. So if she is in the mood for it, and you can seek the opinion of her friends, throw her a beach picnic just for her girls.
- Romantic Day with HER Partner: Don’t you love your sister so very much, as practically all guys do, that you would do anything for her? Well, her birthday is about her, not so?So why not make it about her, and the special guy in her life.No, I’m not referring to you, though you are just as special. I mean do something for her that involves her and her partner. If it’s a romantic dinner or getaway, or anything else. For one you make her happy, two you stack up some goodwill with her partner.
Romantic things to do on your birthday
- Hot Air Balloon Ride: How romantic would that be? Champagne, lovely view from the top, maybe soft music, and any other things you can think of to bring along.
- Manicure & Pedicure: Women love to be pampered and spoilt. Women also love their manicures and pedicures. Not exactly sure why, but perhaps because it makes them look and feel good for their man, or potential man.How romantic would it be if it was that very same man who was literally making the lady feel and look good by giving her a mani and pedi? Perhaps so she could return the favour in kind in the evening, in the bedroom.
Things to do on your birthday with family
- Board Games: Nothing beats a group of people having fun in a close knit environment playing some game or the other. Be it board games like Monopoly or Scrabble, Cards, or any other type. The amount of laughter and fun that is almost certain to ring out from everyone.
- Watch a Movie together: A good classic family movie would be nice. Sound of Music perhaps? Gone with the Wind?
- Amusement Park: An ideal family activity that includes fun, and laughter, or fright, or great food and drinks, and great pictures and videos, and memories, and family bonding, and more.
- Water World: I am yet to hear of anyone who has never had fun while splashing around in water.
- Truth or Dare: An absolutely fun family affair that is sure to have everyone in stitches.
- Cabin in the Mountain: A family that escapes to the cabin once a while stays together. Ha. I’m talking B.S. But what if that were true? Wouldn’t that make you want to spend a few days in a cabin every other year?
Things to do on your birthday: According to your age.
Things to do on your 18th birthday
- Themed Party: There are a million possible theme’s that you can adopt for your party. So I won’t even bother suggesting any here. Basically, you just need to settle for something that interests you or that you are a fan of and go with it.
- Limousine Night: Limo’s are awesome no doubt. So how about renting a Limo and drive around at night, with a few of your friends, champagne and grubs at the ready, cruising the city streets. Call it a party in a Limo if you will.
- Buy a Lottery Ticket: Just maybe turning 18 might be the year when your life changes in a big way.Besides many things which you will now be able to legally do, depending on which country you reside in; like voting, drinking, joining the army, getting a drivers’ license, etc.Add to the list buying a lotto ticket.Who knows, all of these new things will be accompanied with one more thing. Riches.
- Go Karting: You have permission to feel like a kid one more time, before you stop being referred to one by your family and the law, and officially become an adult.Not that you will not or should not Go Kart even when you are much older, but at least no one can accuse you of doing “childish things” if you decide to do this on your 18th.
- Fortune Telling: Get your fortune told. You know why? Cos I can foresee you are going to have an awesome life. But don’t listen to me, go and have a fortune teller confirm this for you. Then come back here to thank me.
21st birthday celebration ideas
- Kite Surfing: I am tempted to put this under the fun and exciting things to do category, as it is just that. But I thought, what the heck. 21 year olds like to have fun too.
- Quad Biking: This could easily have fallen into the list of fun and exciting things to do as well, but that group got quite some ideas listed, I think someone celebrating their 21st birthday is entitled to some fun as well.
Don’t you think so?
- Travel abroad: This will be particularly more exciting if you haven’t traveled abroad before. Travelling abroad for your 21st birthday can be seen as an adventure in 2 ways:First on its own merit, in that you get to see a new country and experience a new culture and more. Secondly it can also be seen as the start of new things to come in your life as you reach this milestone age.Unsure where to visit? This awesome travel guide website gives 10 amazing places to visit.
- Bury a Time Capsule: You are still young, and the hope and prayer is that in some 30 years’ time, when you (or your family) will be researching what to do for your 50th birthday celebration, you go online to research, and by some stroke of luck, you come across this very same web page.The same web page that gave you the idea to bury a time capsule for your 21st Perhaps a time capsule you completely forgot about.
Can you imagine the excitement that will come with remembering and going to dig it up?
40th birthday celebration ideas
- Comedy Roast: As in the famous Central Comedy Roast. If properly done, this will be a day of laughter and fun, as all Central Comedy Roasts I have seen on TV have been, and any other spin-offs.
- Remote Island Getaway: This is not like any other getaway perhaps to a 5-star hotel, this is to a remote island. This is so much more exclusive, romantic and breath-taking.All the more so if you can rent a private plane (or even fly it yourself,) be on the Island all by yourselves (though highly improbable.
- Vegas: It often said how 40 is the new 20, and for good reason. At 40, you have on one hand reached a milestone and hopefully accomplished quite somethings in your life. On the other hand, you are still quite young and still relatively energetic.So why not celebrate this milestone with a trip to the City of Lights, AKA, Las Vegas.
50th birthday ideas
- Charity Party: At this age, it is not unlikely that the celebrant might be slowly starting to think more of such worthy causes, having hopefully lived a rather fulfilling life thus far.At this stage, the realization might slowly start to set in that they are starting a new phase in life when sooner rather than later, kids and younger people will start to call them old.So it just might be OK to have a charity party where the party, while for the celebrant, is more for a charity of the celebrant’s choice.Therefore, the real intention of the party might be to raise funds for a favourite charity of the celebrant.
- Safari: At this age, is it not an awesome idea to want to wonder at the marvel that are animals, from the very large, to the very fast, from the very weak to the very strong (aka King Lion) and everything in-between.If the celebrant has never been on a safari, I guarantee you that a first time safari visit is always one to remember.
- Scavenger Hunt: Of course this does not be anything extreme that involves any particularly strenuous activities or hunt. But the main items can be things from both your lives over the years.Perhaps dug up from the attic.
- Live Band: At this somewhat unique milestone age, chances are that people celebrating their birthday might rather prefer something more low key, with family, friends, neighbours, and more. And the one thing that can make such a gathering even livelier is a live band.One more idea, make it a gathering for 50 people.
- Trip to Paris: What better way to celebrate a half-a-century birthday than with a trip to the eternal city of love.
- Book a Magician: Who says only kids are enthralled and fascinated by magicians? Provided you get a “real” magician, even 50 year young “children” will always get a kick out of seeing magicians perform the most amazing tricks.
In Rounding Off
Is there some idea or activity that you know of that hasn’t been listed in this Holy Grail of 101 amazing things to do on your birthday? Then do by all means drop a comment telling us about it. At the same time, is there an idea that I have listed that you have found interesting and intend to do?
Do please let us know which idea it Is and more importantly come back and let us know how your birthday went. Sharing pictures and videos. Lastly, *HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.*
Lastly, if you have gotten any ideas from this blog post that you think you will use for your next birthday, or that you will recommend to a friend, do please share with a friend.
Continued From The First list of 33 Amazing Things to do on your birthday in 2018
- Things to do for your boyfriend’s birthday
- Things to do for your girlfriend’s birthday
- Things to do for your wife’s birthday
- Things to do for your husband’s birthday
- Things to do for your mom’s birthday
34. Adopt a Birthday Buddy: There are several “Birthday Buddy” programs around the world, and for the most part, they typically work around the same premise of “adopting” someone with a similar birthday as you.
Usually a child in need, or in foster care or such situations, and giving them an opportunity to be happy on their birthday, when they might otherwise not be. From Confetti Foundation and birthday-buddies.org in the U.S, to Project Primrose in the UK and South Africa, to any of the SOS villages in several countries around the world like the one in Canada for instance.
35. Learn a new musical instrument: There are very few people on earth who don’t like or appreciate music. How much more do you think you would appreciate this music if you could actually create it yourself?
In addition, there would be the sense of accomplishment you would feel when you have actually sufficiently learnt the new instrument.
36. Buy Lunch for a Homeless Person: But don’t just buy the lunch, sit with them while they eat and talk with them. Yes the day should be about you, but it can still be while you make someone else’s day. At the end of the day you will almost be certain to feel good about yourself.
37. Call Up an Old Friend: I’m talking someone you haven’t spoken to in donkey years.
Things to do for your boyfriend’s birthday
38. Gaming Tournament:
Is your boyfriend a fan of or perhaps even addicted to video games? Does he have friends who often come over to binge on these games? Or maybe he goes to them? Why not plan a tournament of sorts between his friends, promising your boyfriend a special “kinky” treat if he wins, or even loses. But don’t tell him he still gets it if he loses.
39. Perform in Sexy underwear: Putting on a Beyoncé type of show in some sexy ass underwear can hardly fail to get him excited about his birthday, especially if you tell him what is coming up, perhaps in the morning, telling him the show will take place at night. So that he has something to look forward to all day, while you do other things with him during the day.
40. Hire a Camper Van: And go on a road trip for a few days, just the two of you. It would be a mixture of an adventure and romance.
41. Lunch date at First Meeting Point: Unless you met him online, then it might be a nice idea to take him back to the place where you both met.
42. Treasure Hunt: Nothing like some mystery to spice up your love life.
43. Full Body Massage: With the stress a lot of people are under these days, how can it not be a birthday well spent when it is your girlfriend helping to melt all that stress away?
44. One Week Birthday Celebration: Why celebrate your boyfriend’s birthday just once on the specific day, when you can have a week-long celebration. Of course it doesn’t have to be partying and drinking all week. It can be a simple activity each day, such as a movie on Monday, a concert on Tuesday, etc.
45. Wine tasting: This is almost always a fun activity, more so when there is a high possibility that someone will be getting tipsy, which can lead to all sorts of fun activities afterwards.
46. Scuba Diving: This could easily have gone under the “Fun and Exciting Things to do,” but this also sits well as something awesome to do with your boyfriend on his birthday.
Things to do for your girlfriend’s birthday
47. 5 star Hotel experience: If she has never been to one, and if you can afford it, give her a 5-star hotel experience for one night.
48. Tour the City with her: Yes you might know every nook and corner of your city, or the main parts of it, but have you ever wondered what it is that keeps bringing people from other countries year after year touring the place.
Why not see your city from their perspective and hop on a tour bus.
49. Create a Facebook Page for her: Create a Facebook page for her and get as many people that know her to post a message on the page for her. This page should contain as many pictures and videos of her as you can find.
Perhaps you might be able to top the Facebook page below created by a mom for her kid on his birthday. A page that has over 2 million likes.
50. Rooftop Dinner: Weather permitting, a rooftop dinner with all the perks can be an extremely romantic event to celebrate a birthday.
Phew! We are almost half way through this list of amazing things to do for your birthday. First off, thanks for reading thus far. I can only hope you have at least seen some ideas that have sparked some interest in you. Whether it is you celebrating an upcoming birthday, or it you are planning for someone else’s birthday.
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51. Flea Market Day: We all know women love to shop, and more so get good deals while shopping. A flea market is perhaps one of the best places to find antique and rare items.
A day spent with the man you love, shopping for cheap, unique items is something she will cherish. More so if you can try to enjoy the shopping adventure with her.
52. Ocean Sailing: A day out on a sail boat, especially when the waters are calm and the skies clear can be magical. Add to that champagne, roses, maybe chocolate or some delicacy, and you can picture her bragging to her friends how she spent her birthday on a sail boat with her man.
Things to do for your wife’s birthday
53. Cook for her: I am not sure there isn’t a woman anywhere who wouldn’t appreciate her husband cooking for her. More so on her birthday, and more so when she spends a lot of time cooking for you and the kids. Go out of your way to cook something different from what she is used to.
54. Breakfast in bed: The best way to get her day started. Putting a smile on her beautiful face, with good food, beautiful and lovely smelling flowers, and anything else you can think of to start her day on a great note.
55. Weekend getaway: If you have kids, this is something she will very likely appreciate. A visit to a nearby city or town, to be alone with each other.
56. Love Poem: Remember the breakfast in bed idea in number 54 above? One more way to make that experience special is if you are able to write a moving poem straight from your heart that tells her why you love her and all the wonderful things about her.
57. Take her on an Ocean Liner: We all know women like to be spoilt as they should. So spoil her with that ocean cruise in that Titanic like cruise liner, and have her smiling for a month after the cruise.
Things to do for your husband’s birthday
58. Favourite gadget: Go out shopping with him so he can find some of his favourite gadgets, if that is something he is into. Point here is, don’t just go buy it for him, go with him to go hunting for it.
59. Sports equipment: Without doubt men and sports go together. In this case, if you husband does loves to watch any particular sport, consider going out with him to get him the particular sports equipment.
60. Skiing: If this is an activity he enjoys, then consider spending a day or several hours with him at a ski resort.
61. Go on a road trip: Is there any place in your state or province, or even country you have seen on TV, or heard about and thought how beautiful or nice it seems, but you have never been there. Well if it’s possible, why not take a road trip there.
This no doubt is an excellent way to spend your husband’s birthday, possibly making it the weekend of his birthday.
Things to do for your mom’s birthday
62. Make a Picture Collage: Make a picture collage of as many pictures of her you can find. Either with her alone in the picture or with people. Make a wall paper out of it and paste it all over the house. I’m talking every single inch.
Maybe invite her friends over for food and drinks.
63. Video Recording of Children: Get all her children to make a video recording of why they love her and why she is the best mom in the world. After all, she really is.
OK. Second best, only after my mum.
64. Write and Record a Song for her: I’m talking professional recording. Studio and all. Remember Boys II Men’s “A Song for Mama”? Or Tupac’s “Dear Mama?” How do you think those women felt the first time and every time they hear those songs?
How about you give your mum that same feeling? One to last a life time no doubt.
65. Video Recording of Her Friends: Get some of her best and closest friends and family members to make a short 30 second video recording wishing your mum a happy birthday and saying anything special about her and why they love her.
Then put all these clips together in one single video, perhaps putting your own message at the very end. Then after a day of whatever other activities she might have engaged in to celebrate her birthday, give this video to her to watch, preferably with her husband and all her children around.
So, your birthday is coming up and you are at a loss as to what to do or how to celebrate it. What if I told you I can give you a list of 101 amazing things to do on your birthday in 2018? Do you think that would help spark up ideas? Perhaps you are even asking yourself if or why you should celebrate your birthday?
Let’s start with the last point, why should you celebrate your birthday, each and every single one of them? Firstly, let me clarify that ‘celebrating’ your birthday doesn’t necessarily mean spending lots of money or having a party or any frivolous ‘loud’ activity to celebrate it. It can be something as simple as being alone in your house on your birthday, or going to a church or mosque or any other religious house, or any such quiet event.
‘Celebration’ as used this sense simply means recognizing and being grateful for the fact that you have lived another year on earth when so many other people have not. And perhaps at the same time, taking stock of your years on earth so far and resolving to spend the next year before your next birthday, by trying to live up to the potential that you have been giving and to make your world a better place to live in.
Also, Celebration, if it is to involve any form of celebratory activity, is simply your own way of recognizing the fact of being alive and living another year. It is simply a way of showing your happiness and gratitude at being alive.
For when people are happy, they usually exhibit that happiness one way or another, whether by smiling, or listening to music and dancing, or whatever the case may be.
So in your case, you are showing your happiness at being alive on the anniversary of your birth by engaging in any of the below activities that are being suggested you engage in, or any other one you decide to do, which is what constitutes the term ‘celebration.’
As to the other question of what or how to celebrate your birthday, I present to you my list of 101 things that you could do, or at least that might give you ideas around what to do on your birthday. You can of course do one of them, or as many of them as you are able to do in celebrating your birthday.
Also, just because an idea is under a sub-heading doesn’t mean it can’t be done for your specific circumstance. For example, just because an idea falls under “Fun and Exciting things to do” doesn’t mean you can’t do that same thing for your brother, or sister on their birthday.
So, let’s get started, presented below is my ultimate list of:
101 Amazing Things to do on your Birthday in 2018
- Fun and Exciting Things to do on your birthday
- Free or Cheap things to do on your birthday
- Cool things to do on your birthday
- Things to do on your birthday alone
- Unique things to do on your birthday
Fun Things to do on your birthday
- Celebrate with your Birthday Mates: Perhaps for obvious reasons, one of my most favorite celebration ideas is to celebrate it with people who share a similar birthday with you. It perhaps become more exciting if these birthday mates are people whom you have never met before. For you’ll have so much to talk about, new friendships and relationships to begin and more. And where exactly would you find these birthday mates? Well, one good place to start is on our Birthday Mates website.
- Horseback riding: It’ll surprise you to learn that there are so many people out there who have never been on horseback (myself including,) but I know from ‘second hand’ experience that it can be an awesome past time. So if this is something you have never done before, or even if you have, consider getting on horseback for a few hours for your next birthday and ride (or at least learn to ride) around some place, be it at the beach, a farm, or anywhere in the city where such is doable.
Want to make it more fun? Take along several of your friends, say even a party of 10 people, including a significant other if he or she exists. Of course this isn’t something you would do all day long, so you can dedicate say 2 – 3 hours to riding, after which you would do something else for the rest of your birthday. And that something else could be any one of the numerous things listed in below list.
- Wonder wheel: Nothing beats being high up in the sky and looking down below. While yes, you can easily achieve this objective by being or going up in a high rise building, it can however never be the same when you do so in a wonder wheel. The difference being the circular movement. Being up in a building is quite boring in that you are stuck in the same spot. But when in motion, it takes the experience to a new level, and this is what a wonder wheel does. Not only do you get to be so high up in the sky, but you keep getting a different angle and take of things with the circular smooth motion.
- Roller Coaster: The rush and excitement that a roller coaster ride gives you just cannot be imagined or explained to you. It has to be experienced to be appreciated and enjoyed. The adrenaline you experience, the unexpected things that could happen, e.g. You or other people throwing up, the screams, and laughter, or possibly all of these combined and more makes this an awesome thing to do for your birthday.
- Take a Helicopter Ride: Still on the topic of being in the high up in the sky and the thrill it can bring, a helicopter ride might perhaps top this list. The ability to cover large distances while in the sky, the speed that a helicopter can travel, the views, are all things that makes this a worthwhile way to spend several hours of your birthday. A Helicopter ride is perhaps a roller coaster, and wonder wheel combined.
- Test drive a dream car (maybe an open roof car): If you have at any point in your life said or thought to yourself how a particular car or brand of car is your favourite car. And how if you had your way, that specific car would be the one you would get. Then why not look into going to find that car, or the latest version of that car and take it for a test drive. Cos let’s face it, unless you are doing quite well financially, you might not (presently) be able to afford buying this dream car of yours.
So, for the time being, why not treat yourself and at least be able to drive such a car as a ‘gift’ to yourself on your birthday. So why not head over to a car dealer and ask to test drive this dream car of yours. Provided of course you can meet any requirements that the car dealership might have before you can take the car out of their show room.
- Rent a good (speed?) motorbike: Have you heard the term “adrenaline junkie?” Or wondered what it is that makes so many people love to get on racing bikes and formula one cars? In one word, Speed. Speed brings out what is called adrenaline, defined as a “hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that increases rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and prepares muscles for exertion.”
One thing this increased blood circulation, breathing and metabolism can do, is get you amped up about whatever activity is causing these reactions, which in turn makes it more excitable. This activity is of course not for everyone, but if you think you are someone who can handle the excitement of speed, then this might be something worthwhile and fun to do on your birthday.
- Parachute from a plane (or maybe a tall building): Again, similar to the Renting of a good (speed?) motorbike, the theme of this activity is adrenaline and excitement. Of course this is also not for everyone, but if you have the ‘balls’ to do this, it is very likely one of the things that will stick to your memory for many years to come
- Go Bungee Jumping: Yet another extreme birthday activity you can do. If of course you have the heart for it.
- Karaoke: Ever watch Idols, or America’s got Talent (or any of the other country versions,) or any other such talent shows? Ever laughed at many of the contestants who sing or perform terribly? Laughing at them implies you can do better. Right? Well, why not prove it, by going to a karaoke for your birthday, inviting as many family and friends.
Of course the main objective would be to celebrate your birthday, while of course having fun, or at least giving your family and friends, and the other people at the venue, a chance to poke fun at you as you do those Idols contestants. However, an absolute must is that a video recording of you singing must be made, so you can also watch yourself sing at a later time and join your friends in laughing at yourself. Unless of course the video ends up on the internet and you end up being the next Taylor Swift or Chris Brown.
- Attend a comedy show: When was the last time you really laughed? And perhaps laughed so much and so hard until your tummy hurt? If you have never done it, you definitely need to try it, perhaps for your next birthday. If you have done it before, you know first-hand how fun it can be.
- Bumper cars: I have never heard of anyone who rode in a bumper car and didn’t have a helluva time.
- Have a Party: Of course, this is quite a traditional thing to do. But what if it has been several years since you had a party to celebrate your birthday. For instance, I can tell you that the last time I had a birthday party was 25 years ago. So if you were the one who wrote this blog and you were speaking to me and recommending I have a birthday party, it could actually make me think how it actually has been over 2 decades since I had a birthday party. And it would definitely sound like a fabulous idea.
- Paragliding: This is smooth sailing in the air, without the noise of an engine from a plane or chopper. This is almost like you being a bird and gliding from place to place. Feeling as free as a bird has to be a good way to spend a birthday. Not so?
Free or Cheap Things To Do on your Birthday
- Go on a Picnic: Being out in nature enjoying a picnic with a few special friends with good food can be quite a relaxing past time. More so if you are one who is constantly busy with work or school or any other project all the time. Weather permitting, this might be an excellent way to spend several hours of your birthday, while at the same time spending minimally, as most picnic food can be made at home.
- Go window shopping: Unless you are a monk who has vowed to live a life of detachment from worldly things. Or unless you are a Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey, or at least do very well for yourself financially, the vast majority of people have things that they wish they could have, but can’t afford it. Perhaps something seen on TV, or in the magazines or online? Why not treat yourself to the next best thing to actually buying the item- window shopping for that those items. But hey, why limit yourself, by all means don’t just window shop, go into the store and touch it, play with it, wear it, or whatever the case may be.
- Go on a hike: This can be considered a fun “work-out.” Heaven knows I won’t recommend you go to the Gym as a way to celebrate your birthday, cos you most likely won’t listen to me, but keeping healthy still is something that you should do, even on your birthday. And given all the food and cake you might eat later, why not go on a hike? Hikes are always sure to leave you in awe and reveal new things to you that you haven’t seen before, even if it is a regular trail. But of course, by all means, go find a new trail. And oh remember the picnic I spoke of in number 15 above? This is easily something you could do after your hike. Maybe even while still on the trail.
- Ride a Bicycle around your city: This would obviously be more appropriate for someone who does not do this on a regular basis, or has not ridden a bicycle in many years, as is my case.If you spend your every day, week, and moth driving on your car, or taking the bus or train or subway, no doubt you would be very familiar with the routes you take daily.
Well for your birthday, why not ride around your city on a bicycle, to places you hardly visit, and with a companion of course. One thing it does is it lets you see your city from a different view point, with you riding by ever so slowly and noticing things more intently, as you won’t be zooming by in a car or train.
Cool Things To Do On Your Birthday
- Visit a theme park. Theme parks are fun without a doubt. And every day spent in one surely has to be considered a day well spent. Especially if you are in your teens.
- Climb a mountain: I have never climbed a mountain, but all the people I see on TV who go climbing mountains over and over must keep doing it for a specific reason. My best guess, and I have watched an interview of a mountain climber say this, is the sense of personal accomplishment they feel when they get to the top.
So I guess if you do decide to climb a mountain on your birthday, you would have accomplished 2 things: making it another year on earth, and making it to the top of whatever mountain you decide to climb. And in case you are wondering just which is the best mountain to climb in the whole wide world, in my opinion I’d have to give it to Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Things To Do On Your Birthday Alone
- Get yourself a spa treatment: Of course this is for the ladies. This no doubt is one of the favourite once-a-while past times of women. If you can afford it, why not go one up and get a 5-star spar treatment.Heck, make it a 6-star if such exists. It is your birthday after all.
- Get a very (unique) Tattoo: Unique is key here. And by unique, I mean a well thought out tattoo that will make people say “wow” one way or another when they see it. This is the exact same way I said “wow” when I saw the tattoo on my friends arm that read something along the lines of: “Everyone needs a hand once a while. Here, take mine.”Imagine your friend who is going through something at some point, who then sees such a tattoo on your arm, and how much more special would it be if you do indeed go out of your way to lend a helping hand or ear or whatever.
- Get Some Me Time: Everyone needs some ME time every once in a while. With this extremely fast-paced world we live in, sometimes you just need to stop and shut out everything for a little while and hear yourself breathe and think. Or maybe don’t think. Give your brain a recess. One often feels a bit more energized after such alone times.
- Buy yourself a Gift: Is there something you have always wanted but for whatever reason never got around to buying it? Even if it was because you could not really afford it? Well, even if things might be hard on you financially for a little while, why not say to yourself, “what da heck” and get yourself that item. It’s your birthday, enjoy life while you have it.
- Movie Night: Not a lot of people are keen to go to the movies alone, saying how weird or strange it is, or whatever other reason they give. Just like going out to a restaurant alone to eat, there is nothing wrong with going to a movie alone.You will simply be enjoying a good movie. And if by chance it turns out that you are single and wouldn’t mind being in a relationship, these are the kind of things you need to be doing and places you should be going to try and find that special person.
- Go to a Music Concert: Is there a particular band or artist you like but have never seen perform live. Treat yourself to some good music and an electric atmosphere that a live concert can be. The music and environment will get you pumped up for the next activity you might want to engage in after the concert it over, should you wish to do more things. Oh, remember that “that you are single and wouldn’t mind being in a relationship” comment in idea 25 above? Yup, hot single chicks and single hunky “6-packed” dudes also go to concerts alone as well. Catch my drift?
- Switch off all Electronics: No doubt this might be a tough one. But how about you give yourself a break from all things electronics for one day. I confess I have never consciously done it before, but in suggesting it to you, I think I am also giving myself a challenge come one of my upcoming birthdays. With all the distractions in our lives, and all the noise, wouldn’t it be nice to just “switch off” for a short while?
No doubt you can still do any of the things mentioned in this list, but no taking your phone with you, or checking your email, or Facebooking or Twittering or whichever one you do. Imagine spending a few hours at a picnic with your partner with no distractions whatsoever by way of a call or text, WhatsApp, Facebook message, etc.
- Create a Bucket List: This is someone everyone should do. And what better time to create a bucket list than on your birthday. More so when you give yourself a time frame when you hope to have accomplished a certain number of items on the list.
Unique things to do on your birthday
- Give to Charity: Do you have more clothes, shoes, or other possessions than you need, or even want? Your birthday might be the right time to de-clutter your home, and make you feel good about helping others who have much less than you have, and whose lives can be made a bit better and easier with your un-used items. There are a gazillion charities out there that you can give to, be it your time, money, advice, etc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a good starting point if you are in the U.S, as is Make-a-Wish Foundation. If based in South Africa, there is True North as there is Kids Haven.
- Volunteer at a charity: Is there a children’s home that you know of? Or any charity or cause close to your heart? Your birthday might be the right time to visit them and give them some of your time.
- Give Blood: This might even be more unique if it is something you have never done before.The thought that there is a very big probability that your donated blood might at some point in time in the future save someone’s life, or at least help them recover from an illness, perhaps a life threatening one. That would be your birthday gift to them.
- Become an organ donor: Like giving blood above, this no doubt will be a life saver. And while you might or will never know the person whose life you will save in the future. The fact that it will likely happen should give you something with which to feel good about yourself, and that would be your gift to yourself. For no doubt, one often feels good when you do something good for someone else. More so something as significant as saving as life.
- Donate your Received Gifts: Still in the spirit of giving. Why not tell your family and friends who might want to get you gifts that you intend to donate any gifts you receive to kids who have the same, or near same birthday as you.Therefore, request that your gifts should be age-appropriate.
Planning children’s birthday parties can be an overwhelming project. Each birthday is special, and you will want to celebrate your child’s birth in a way that will be memorable. Whether you are planning a birthday party for a baby, toddler, elementary school age, tween, or a sweet sixteen, you want to make each party a joyous occasion.
The process of planning children’s birthday parties does not need to be overwhelming. Following a few easy steps, baring in mind what works and what often does not, and organizing a timeline will give you ease of mind as you plan each special occasion.
Here is the ultimate guide to children’s birthday party planning. Enjoy!
The first thing to consider when planning children’s birthday parties is your budget. How much do you want to spend? For big events, like a sixteenth birthday party, you may want to spend a little more money. For a child’s 1st birthday party, you can keep expenses to a minimum. Having entertainment or hosting a birthday party at an offsite venue will cost more, but could be worth it because it relieves you of much of the stress of party planning.
Having a theme for your child’s birthday party will actually make the birthday party planning process easier. The theme can carry over into all aspects of the party. Invitations, decorations, crafts, activities and entertainment, food, cake and party favors can all be wrapped up in one theme. For younger children, you will obviously have a good idea of a theme that is exciting. As your child ages, let them be a part of the selection of theme process.
Here are some good themes that can be coordinated with all aspects of your child’s birthday party.
One year: The number “1”, balloons, rainbows, flowers, trucks, characters.
Two to four years old: Give them some say about the theme that they would like most.
Elementary School: Definitely let your child be involved in planning their birthday party theme. Include him or her in all aspects of the theme including invitations, decorations, crafts, activities and
entertainment, and food.
Guest List and Invitations
The tried and true rule of thumb when considering which guests to include is add one person to your child’s age. Obviously, a first birthday party will consist of family, close friends and perhaps neighbors. As your child grows, consider adding one guest his or her age in addition to his or her age.
For example, a two year old is fine with one other friend his or her age. A three year old is fine with four friends his or her age, etc, etc. This time tested rule helps to keep parties in check and your child, guests and you will be happy. Once your child is in school, you will need to consider your guest list a bit more in depth.
Start with your child’s best friends. If you want to add more people to the guest list, expand your child’s circle of friends to include good friends and kids they hang out with once in a while. Inviting classmates may work, but be careful of feelings. If you send invitations through your child’s teacher, be prepared to include all classmates. No one wants hurt feelings.
If you are planning an off site venue such as an event at a park, inflatable business, a trampoline or rock climbing business, a pool, inviting a whole class could be feasible. Parents can sign waivers or you could hire extra help to supervise the children.
Depending on your child’s age and the amount of guests you are expecting, planning the right venue is important. An off site venue might be easier to plan than to have the party in your home. Here are some suggestions for venues to consider when planning a birthday party.
Movie Theater: For a small group of more mature children, a matinee is a fun choice. Some movie theaters even have party rooms where children can be served food and presents can be opened before or after the featured movie. The caveat is transportation, but if you have some parent helpers, this should be no problem.
Park or Community Center: Having your party in a park or in a facility such as a VFW or Eagles Hall or a church is a great way to host a birthday party for a larger group of children. The cost to rent a facility usually reasonable. You want to have some helpers such as family, close friends or a few of the children’s parents to help with the party, crafts, games and food. You can make food that goes along with your theme, order food, or have a pot luck party depending on your budge.
Pool Party: Most public pools offer times for pool parties and provide life guards. For a big group of kids who are able to swim, a pool party offers a lot of great themes such as a luau. The kids are sure to have fun and the life guard supervision will put you at ease regarding the children’s safety.
Inflatable Gym: Younger children love inflatable gyms. Bouncy cages, slides, and obstacle courses are often a part of these gyms. Many inflatable gyms provide supervision by employees and a party room for presents, food and cake after the children spend an hour playing in the inflatable arena. Some places even offer employees to help serve food and keep track of the presents opened.
Trampoline Park or Rock Climbing Facility: Older children love trampoline parks and other entertainment gyms. Just as with the inflatable gyms, children are allotted time to play and join together in a party room where employees help serve the food and presents can be opened. These facilities cost a bit, but the hassle free party may be worth it to you.
Choosing to have an entertainer when birthday party planning could be expensive but well worth it because much of the party can be centered around the entertainment. Face painters, caricature artists, balloon artists, or a disc jockey are some ideas for hassle free entertainment that the children are surer to love.
Whether or not you choose to host your party at an off site location or hire entertainment, you want to keep the children busy and limit free play as much as possible. As guests arrive you may want to have a craft table set up.
Perhaps have the children make their own name tag or put together a simple craft that they can take home with them at the end of the party. Once guests arrive, you can move on to organized activities such as games or other entertainment.
Break for a snack and refreshment or a meal if that is what you have planned. Next do some more organized activities. Finally, cake and presents. Moving younger children around in a timely fashion will help keep children from getting into trouble and everyone can enjoy the party.
To serve food or not to serve food may be a question. Shorter parties for younger children do not really require a meal. Snacks and refreshments may be sufficient. For longer parties, you may want to provide a lunch or dinner for the party guests.
Whatever you decide, planning the food to coordinate with the birthday party theme is fun to do. For a luau, serve kebabs. For a picnic, serve hot dogs. You can even get the kids involved by letting them make their own meal such as individual pizzas or a taco bar.
The birthday cake is often a must for any birthday party planning. If you like to bake, you may enjoy creating a unique cake that matches your party’s theme. if you order the cake, there are many designs to choose from at most bakeries.
Whatever your party’s theme, have fun with the decor. Banners, confetti, balloons, lights, and crepe paper are party standards. You can also be more creative depending on your party theme. For example, a beach theme could include sand buckets and shovels, a luau could feature grass skirted tables and tiki lamps, a character party can include images of the character, or a construction theme could include loaders and dump trucks.
Having a timeline can ease your mind during the month of planning a birthday party. Here is a general timeline to consider. You will find yourself checking off the list and have a feeling of accomplishment.
4 weeks before the party
•Decide on your child’s party theme.
•Decide on a guest list.
•Consider the party venue, entertainment, decorations and food.
3 weeks before the party
•Send invitations. For a smaller party, you can call or send an email or e-vite to your child’s friends
•Purchase decorations or, if you feel creative, plan homemade decorations which will also help with your budget
•Get together party favors
•Arrange for extra help (family, friends, parents, neighbors or a professional party planner)
1 – 2 weeks before the party
•Prepare or buy party favors
•Call guests who have not responded to invitations – they could have been lost or misplaced
3 days before the party
1 – 2 days before the party
•Bake the cake if you have not ordered it from a bakery
•Gather together supplies
•Prepare make-ahead food
Other things to consider…
Opening presents at a birthday party can be an important event for the birthday boy or girl but also for the guests as younger children look forward to seeing their gift opened and appreciated. It is an important part of birthday party planning. Keep a list of all birthday gifts and who gave them so you can send a Thank You note after the party. Taking a picture of each gift and including it with the Thank You note is a nice touch.
Have fun planning your next birthday party!