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Choosing Birthday Party Game Ideas for Kids And Adults

If you are planning a birthday party, and you want it to be a great one, besides the venue, food, and decor, you need to plan the entertainment part really well. After all, your guests will not remember the food that they ate, nor the decor, but they will certainly remember how much fun and entertaining the event was! And one of the best ways to make these parties interesting, is by keeping some fun games.

Kids’ Games

Pass the Parcel and Dance!
We all know of the game passing the parcel, wherein music is played and the kid in whose hand the parcel remains, when the music stops, is out. Now, this can be made even more fun, by introducing a twist to it. Instead of the parcel, keep a bowl to be passed among the kids. In the bowl, place a number of chits, with things like, “moonwalk like Michael Jackson” or “stand on one leg for two minutes” written on them. So now, the kid who is out has to perform something to entertain his friends! Believe me, it can be quite amusing to watch the kids in action!

Hunt for the Cake!
Another interesting game for kids is to plan a “birthday cake hunt”. When the kids arrive at the venue, tell them that someone has stolen the cake and now they need to find it! Read a clue to them and send them on a hunt. This fun game needs a bit of pre-planning and you need to leave various clues, leading up to one another, at various places in your house. When the kids are one step short of reaching the cake, keep the hidden cake on the cake table. To add to the fun, the final clue should lead the kids back to the cake table!

Catch the Leader!
Start this game by sending out a boy/girl from the room. The rest then choose a leader, whose actions they will follow. When the boy/girl reenters the room, the leader starts rubbing his nose and the others follow suit. He changes actions after every five seconds, sometimes touching his lips with his fingers, sometimes slapping himself on the head and so on. The kid has to find out the leader among the followers. It can be lot of fun, looking at the child as he/she frantically looks around to find the leader! Likewise, this game is repeated with the other guests and every time the correct leader is identified, a small prize if given!

Games for Adults

Drink for a Miss!
Drinking games are always a hit at adult birthday parties. To play this one, sit in a circle and start with saying the name of any celebrity, say Shakira. Now, the person sitting next to you has to name another celebrity whose name starts with the last alphabet in the name of the celebrity mentioned earlier, in this case, letter “a”. Every person gets just five seconds to name the celebrity. The game goes on, till someone is unable to find a celebrity name. This person then has to take a drink. As the game progresses and more and more people gets intoxicated, the game can turn out to be quite fun!

How Well You Know Me!
If you are looking for 50th birthday party games, then this one fits the bill perfectly. It involves the birthday boy/girl asking certain questions about himself to the guests and giving away a chocolate or a candy for every right answer. To make it interesting, include some funny questions as well. Since it’s the 50th birthday, you can actually keep a 50 question quiz and also keep a count of who answers the most correctly. At the end of the quiz, give a small gift to that person. In most cases, it will be the spouse, so better choose the gift carefully!

Kiss Me!
To play this game, have your guests stand in a circle, with no two males or females standing adjacent to each other. Holding the beer bottle, you have to say something like, “I love this beer bottle and I feel like kissing it on the mouth (or bottom or middle or side or whatever a person wants to kiss it on!). The bottle is then passed to the next person and they too say the same thing, however, they choose a different part of bottle to kiss than the person before them had chosen. Likewise, the bottle passes through the entire circle till it reaches the end. Now, the fun part begins. The first person has to kiss the woman standing next to him, at the same place he said he wanted to kiss the bottle! Likewise, the female kisses the man standing next to her and so on!

Birthdays are a very special day for any person, whether he is six or sixty and it is the ideas such as the ones mentioned above, which make them memorable!

Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Best Friend

5. A Letter

If, like me, you don’t see your best friend that often. Write her a letter, a long newsy letter. It’s so rare to get a letter nowadays, it really is a great gift from the heart. Maybe even writing what it is about your friendship that you value. When ever I write my best friend a letter, I always pop in a tea bag. So even though I can’t be there for a good natter and a cup of tea, she can still read my letter with one!

4. The Gift that Keeps on Giving

A magazine subscription is a gift that’ll last the whole year through, right until it’s time to wish her happy birthday again. Pick one that she has an interest in. Fitness, cooking, health, gardening, fashion, the list is endless. Avoid weight loss magazine, she might feel you’re trying to tell her something.

3. A Gift Basket

At number 3 on my top 5 Best Friend Birthday Gift Ideas. Put together a selection of smaller gifts based on something she’d really like. For example if she likes Italian cooking, buy a pasta bowl and fill it with the finest pasta, olive oil, parmesan cheese and a good Italian cook book

2. A Calender or Diary

If you best friends birthday is near or around new year, buy here something for the coming year. To make it that bit extra special, make some notes in it, birthdays and reminders. Write a few memories in it. If you look online you can find photo calenders that you can edit with notes agaisnt each date. I did one for my friend last year and put all the kids holidays in, and all the birthdays I could think of. Including the family holiday we’d all planned together later in the year.

1. A Charm Bracelet

Make your best friends birthday gift special with that extra touch. If you buy her a charm bracelet, you can start off her collection with a ‘best friend’ charm. This also gives you future best friends birthday gift ideas, as you can add to her charm bracelet as years go by

Finding Birthday Party Games for Adults

A birthday is a day for celebrations and revelry. People attending birthday parties come with an intention of relaxing and de-stressing from their everyday routine. Hence, apart from good food and booze, one should organize some fun-filled games in the party as well. Doing so is not even a tedious task. All you will need is a little time and imagination to come up with some entertaining games. Take a look at the following examples.

Pass The Shot

This game is a variation of ‘pass the parcel’. Instead of a box, pass an empty glass around the group with the music playing in the background. When the music stops, the one holding the glass will take a shot of alcohol and complete a pre-decided task. As the game goes along, it will be hilarious to watch people struggling with menial tasks like threading a needle.

The Blind Guide

Set up an obstacle course using the furniture in the house and keep some spoons and lemons ready. Divide the guests into two teams. Call a member from the first team and blindfold him/her. He/she is supposed to balance the lemon on the spoon using his/her mouth and navigate through the obstacle course at the same time.

The team members can guide the blindfolded person by shouting navigational instructions; the opposing team can try to mislead and confuse the person. Once the course is completed, pick a person from the other team and repeat the game. Every time a team member completes the task, re-arrange the obstacle course to keep the interest levels high.

Drunk Musical Chairs

Arrange a row of chairs and place a shot of booze beneath each chair. Make a few chits containing some embarrassing punishments. They could include singing a song, dancing alone with one hand tied at the back, or some other activity that is funny. Make sure you have one chair less than the number of participants; for example if you have 12 guests, arrange only 11 chairs.

Now play the music and ask the guests to circle the chairs. Stop the music abruptly and ask the person left without a chair to select a chit and perform the embarrassing task. Those occupying the chairs will drink the shot of booze kept underneath their chairs. For the next round, refill the glasses with booze, and remove one chair from the arrangement. The game will get crazier as the guests will get tipsier with every round.

These were a few examples of the kind of games adults would enjoy playing. You can even play the usual games like truth or dare, charades, bingo, and strip poker with fun-filled variations of your own. Do not forget to be safe while having all the fun. The games involving alcohol consumption should not be played by people who are going to drive later.

Tips on Planning a Big Surprise Birthday Party

Planning a surprise birthday party for your loved ones is not as difficult as it seems, except that you need to keep it a secret. And when you are planning a surprise for your husband, it could be tougher, considering the fact that he would be expecting it! So, how to plan a surprise birthday party for a husband and make sure that it is kept a secret? Well, it’s extremely easy, as the only thing you need to do is start planning well in advance so he doesn’t suspect your “strange behavior”, just before his birthday. Since, men are known to be great actors, one tip to all the wives would be; don’t ever underestimate their oblivious nature during the birthday week. You can plan a surprise with respect to their favorite restaurants, sport, his workplace, etc., so that he least expects something so radical. But whatever you do, make their birthdays special with some creative surprise ideas put together in the coming up paragraphs. Take your pick.

Ideas for Planning a Surprise Birthday Party

Doing something special for the man you have loved and will love for the rest of your life is a very beautiful feeling. After the wonderful roles he plays throughout the year, as a father, a husband and the “man of the house”, your hubby deserves a great birthday. Even though he won’t really expect you to throw him a party, arrange his favorite local band to play for him, or take him out for a vacation, surprising him with ideas like these will surely make his day special.

Pick an Idea for the Surprise
There are so many things you can do to surprise your husband on his birthday, but of course you need to plan it in advance. Thus, the first step is to come up with an idea for the surprise. When you come up with the basic idea for the birthday surprise about a month before, you get time to chalk out a plan and implement it with the required arrangements. The following surprise ideas might be of some help.

  • If your hubby is a sports person, you could plan a party in a sports bar, or get mementos such as autographed jerseys, accessories or helmets for him. You could get him tickets to a game, book great seats and announce a “happy birthday” on the score board.
  • Planning the party in a great lounge or his favorite restaurant, and having a theme party with dress codes, music, food and gifts can be an ultimate idea. If he is a bike or car crazy husband and loves collecting miniatures, making some exclusive additions to his collection could also be a great surprise.
  • An unplanned vacation to one of his favorite destinations could completely take him aback, as he’s surely not expecting this. If you have a low-budget, a simple weekend getaway to the city outskirts and throwing him a party there could also do.

Invite His Loved Ones
Once you have picked the idea for the surprise, the rest of the arrangements can be made easily. All you have to do is make a guest list and include friends and family from far away (those he hasn’t met for a long time). If you want to make the party a big one, you could arrange for his close friends and family staying overseas to come over just for the party and surprise him. Office colleagues, his boss, people he interacts every day, your friends, and many others could also join the crowd to make the party more enjoyable. But, make sure you mention it is a surprise, so that everyone keeps it a secret for him.

Make the Arrangements
After the invitations are out to all your guests, you need to take care of the rest of the arrangements such as booking the party venue, decorating it, arranging for the food and music, baking or booking the birthday cake, and buying him his birthday gift (all this without dropping a single hint throughout the month). Make sure you arrange for his favorite food and music, with a personalized cake idea. If the gift is going to be delivered, also find out if there are any delays, as you don’t want him waiting for it once he knows right? Well, after you have made these arrangements, you need to think about how to put up the surprise on his birthday! But we are going to leave those ideas for husband’s birthday for you to plan, so take all the time you need.

With these great ideas, I am sure your man is going to have the biggest smile on his face. So, enjoy your success and make that surprise the best one he’s got so far.