Don’t know what to do for your boyfriend on his birthday? It sounds like you may need a bit of inspiration!
From planning a cozy movie night at home for the two of you to organizing a competitive paintball tournament with your closest friends, there are plenty of amazing ideas at your disposal. What’s more, you’ll even find some useful organizational tips to help you plan out the ultimate birthday party for your bf.
What to Do for Your Boyfriend on His Birthday: Planning Out the Day
Before you rush off to the store to buy supplies, take some time to consider what your boyfriend would like to do on his special day. Ultimately, it’s easy to go overboard when planning a surprise for someone you love. Remember that not everyone enjoys elaborate parties.
Next, think about when you’re planning on throwing the party, or rather ― at what time of the day. If you’re going to invite other people, make sure that everyone is available to come over. This part can be pretty tricky since you have to take into account everyone’s work schedule.
Once you set the time and date, send out some cute invitations. You can opt to send them via email, but why not go old-school for this occasion? Consider ordering customized invitations along with an rsvp included.
What to Do for Your Boyfriend on His Birthday: Games and Activities
#1. Game Night for Two
Let’s face it, no matter how many friends your boyfriend has, the only person he can truly count on to be there on his special day is you. Ultimately, planning a fun game night for just the two of you can turn out to be a smart move, since you don’t have to worry about people canceling last-minute!
You can play anything from card games to darts, and if you want to make it even more fun, you can play for prizes.
If you’re stuck on deciding which games you can play, here are a few fun ideas to get you started.
As for the prizes, it’s up to you. For example, you can choose to buy them beforehand, or, write down what they are on pieces of paper. If you’re strapped for cash, you can come up with some prizes that don’t cost money, such as free massage coupons, free passes to choose the next movie you watch, etc. You can really get creative with this idea!
#2. Video Game Night
If your boyfriend enjoys playing video games, he’d probably love the idea of spending his birthday gaming with you.
Additionally, you could buy him a few of his favorite games as a present. Hopefully, he dropped a few hints here and there about what he likes to play. But, if not, you could give him a gift card instead.
Call it old-school, but Twister is a great game to play with your significant other. You’ll have a blast, and you’ll probably end up tangled at some point in the game. Is there anything more romantic?
#4. Drinking Game Night
If you’re having a hard time coming up with ideas for what to do for your boyfriend on his birthday, remember that you simply cannot go wrong with a drinking game! Just make sure to buy his favorite beverage to make it extra special. Here are a few suggestions for you to try out.
Movie Drinking Game
If you were already planning on watching a movie for your boyfriend’s birthday, then why not make it more interesting?
When it comes to movie drinking games, you can come up with your own rules. For example, if you’re watching one of your favorite movies, then you already know the plot. You can choose to drink every time a specific character shows up on screen, or someone does something stupid/funny/cute.
Alternately, if you’re watching a movie you haven’t seen before, you can try to guess the plot as you go along. The person that gets it wrong has to take a drink.
Trivia Drinking Game (For Two Players)
If you already have a trivia game at home, you can use it. However, if you don’t, you can make up your very own trivia game (which could end up being way more fun).
All you have to do is get some blank cards or cut up some paper into smaller pieces. Next, choose a subject that you’re both interested in. Then, you should both write down as many questions as you can think of, and add the answers below.
You don’t have to make this game educational if you don’t want to. You can both write down some questions and answers about yourselves for your partner to answer. Here is an example of what types of questions you could write:
• What is my favorite movie?
• In what grade did I start wearing braces?
• What is my favorite Holiday?
• What’s the name of my first-grade math teacher?
• Who was my best friend in middle school?
Take turns asking one question at a time, and keep score. So, your boyfriend will ask you questions about himself, and you will ask him questions about yourself. Whenever someone gets an answer wrong, they have to take a shot.
Trivia Drinking Game (For Multiple Players)
What’s so great about this game is that you can play it alone with your boyfriend, and you can invite over some friends and make it a party game. If you do so, then make sure to pick a theme you all enjoy. For example, if you’re all Harry Potter fans, check out these trivia question examples to get you started.
However, the rules will be a bit different if you’re playing with five or more people. For instance, one person will need to ask all the questions, and the rest of the players can answer them either individually, or in groups. For every wrong answer, the players on the losing team need to take a shot.
Note: These are general rules so feel free to adjust them to your liking.
50 Questions About the Birthday Boy
If your boyfriend loves being the center of attention, then this will be his dream birthday party game! For it to be extra fun, invite his closest friends to join you. Before the party, come up with questions about your boyfriend that you know the answer to. For example, his favorite color, movie, the name of his first pet, etc. Basically, whatever comes to mind.
Similar to the trivia game, you can make your own cards with the questions at the top, and answers below. Or you can simply make a list of questions with the answers next to them if you prefer.
Every person that gets an answer wrong has to drink.
Also, you need to make up special rules for yourself and your boyfriend. Since the birthday boy won’t be answering the questions himself, and neither will you (because you’ll have the answers in front of you) you can spice things up by taking a drink every time someone answers a question correctly. But that part is completely up to you.
Truth, Dare, or Drink
The rules for truth, dare, or drink are basically the same as they are for regular truth or dare. The only difference is that in this version if you don’t want to answer a question or complete a dare, you can opt to take a shot instead.
The great thing about this game is that after a few drinks, people start to let loose, and then the fun can really begin!
If you’re planning a big party, and your boyfriend enjoys outdoor activities, then paintball is a great choice. Invite your friends over, and get ready for some adrenaline-pumping fun!
Afterward, you can go out for drinks or pizza — once you get cleaned up, of course.
But if your boyfriend likes the idea of paintball, yet isn’t a fan of getting dirty, the next option will be better suited for both of you.
#6. Laser Tag
Laser tag is pretty much like paintball, minus the mess. Additionally, it is a great option if you plan on going out afterward, as you won’t have to rush home to get the paint out of your hair!
#7. Surprise Picnic
If you’re struggling to figure out what to do for your boyfriend on his birthday because you’re on a tight budget, a surprise picnic is a great solution! You can plan a picnic in the park, your backyard, or even in your living room (if your boyfriend isn’t the outdoorsy type). Make sure to buy all your favorite snacks and drinks, pack them up in a basket, and don’t forget to bring a blanket to sit on.
In fact, if you’re keeping it close to your home, you have so many amazing possibilities when it comes to decorating!
Get out those string lights you’ve been saving for Christmas (hopefully ones that don’t have snowflakes or reindeer on them) and add some candles for a bit of romance.
#8. Escape Room
If your boyfriend is into solving mysteries and puzzles, then this is the best possible surprise. Escape rooms can be incredibly fun, especially if you invite a few friends along.
However, if you don’t have one near you, why not make your own?
DIY Escape Room
Creating your very own escape room can turn out to be more fun than visiting a real one. You basically have your entire home at your disposal, and you can really use your imagination when it comes to choosing a theme and setting up the clues. Check out these suggestions to get started.
#9. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is another creative idea that’s bound to bring a smile to your boyfriend’s face! You can create personalized clues that will make him think about all the fun things you’ve done together. You can opt to make riddles instead of clues, depending on what your partner prefers.
Also, you can either add small presents for him to find as he goes along or one big one at the end.
#10. Brewery Tour
If you’re both beer lovers, there are plenty of small breweries that organize affordable tours. You’ll get to try many kinds of delicious beers and spend some quality time with your boyfriend.
#11. Pub Crawling
Make a list of all the pubs you’d like to visit throughout the night and try to visit them all. You can opt to have one drink at each pub, or simply go with the flow and see where the night takes you.
#12. Netflix and Chill
Watching Netflix may seem like something you can do any day of the week. However, if you both have a hectic work schedule, then relaxing to some movies will feel like heaven!
Pick out some of his favorite movies and buy a whole bunch of snacks to last you throughout the night. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones!
What to Do for Your Boyfriend on His Birthday: Bonus Idea
If you’re ready to really commit to the idea of making your boyfriend’s birthday amazing, then this bonus idea will rock your world! However, keep in mind that this is a pretty elaborate surprise, and it will require plenty of prep work. For example, you’ll need to start buying presents for your boyfriend about a month in advance.
Essentially, during a certain period, you will be giving him one small gift a day until his birthday. It’s up to you to decide how long the countdown is, but it’s best to keep it up to a week. Any longer and you’ll end up spending all your savings!
Here is what you will need:
• Paper cups
• Gift wrapping paper
• A box
• Small pieces of paper
How to Make a Birthday Gift Countdown
First, you will need to gather all the gifts you plan on giving your boyfriend. Leave the main birthday gift aside.
Next, write down all the small items on a piece of paper, and assign a number to them. For example:
Keychain – 1, wallet – 2, mug – 3, etc.
Then, take another piece of paper and cut it up into small pieces. Write down no. 1 (keychain) on one piece of paper, and place it into a paper cup. Repeat the same process for the rest of the gifts.
Tape some wrapping paper over the paper cups to create lids. Set your cups aside, grab your box and scissors and do the following:
• Wrap the box with the wrapping paper so it’s completely covered on all sides.
• Cut out as many holes in the box as there are cups. Make sure to cut out the holes so the cups can fit inside.
• Place the cups inside the holes and secure them with tape if needed.
Once you finish making the box, you can wrap each of the gifts individually. Then, write down the corresponding gift number on the wrapping paper. Finally, set the gifts onto a table or place them in a large box.
Ultimately, when your boyfriend pokes a hole into one of the cup lids, he’ll find the paper with a number inside that corresponds with one of the gifts. He gets to open only one gift per day until his birthday.
What to Do for Your Boyfriend on His Birthday: Additional Tips
Once you determine which activities your boyfriend will enjoy, these additional tips will help make the day even better.
The Birthday Cake
Regardless of whether you’re going out or staying in, it’s always a good idea to make him a birthday cake yourself. There are plenty of easy recipes you can find, and you don’t have to be an expert chef to make some of them.
And even if you’re not the best at decorating, whipped cream and sprinkles are pretty easy to handle. More importantly, they’re quite yummy.
Inviting People Over
Try to find out beforehand who your boyfriend wants to spend his birthday with ― friends and family, or just you. The worst thing you can do is throw him a surprise party with a ton of people he doesn’t really feel like spending time with.
Obviously, this requires a bit of sleuthing, so feel free to ask someone from his family for some advice if you’re not sure what to do.
If you’re still indecisive, you can compromise by throwing him a two-day party. Basically, that means you would spend his actual birthday alone with him, and then throw him a party with friends and family the day after. Come on, who doesn’t want a two-day birthday?
If your boyfriend is quite the party animal, why not set a theme for added fun? Make sure that everyone dresses the part too! Suppose you have a medieval-inspired theme for your shindig. Wear appropriate costumes and accessories to make it extra special and exciting.
Buying a Gift
For some people, buying a gift can be the most difficult part of the entire birthday planning process. Should you get him one big gift or several small ones? How much money should you spend? What does he want in the first place?
First of all, think about his interests. What are his hobbies? Does he play an instrument? Is he obsessed with video games?
Ultimately, your boyfriend will love anything you get him, but it won’t hurt to buy something that shows how much he means to you. A great option is personalized accessories for men.
You can also consider getting him something useful yet sentimental such as a men’s long-sleeve shirt. You can get it monogrammed or personalized to add a special touch. These don’t necessarily have to be super expensive but they’re always a good choice to make him feel special.
Hopefully, these ideas have gotten your creative juices flowing, and you’re ready to plan the best birthday party ever!
All in all, if you’re still wondering what to do for your boyfriend on his birthday, keep in mind that the most important thing is to show him how much he means to you. In the end, that’s the best possible gift you can give him!