Birthdays are so exciting, even when they’re not your own. Being able to pick out a cute gift and find ways to help make someone else’s day that bit brighter and more exciting can be a lot of fun. Even more so when the birthday girl or boy is your best gal pal. Our best friends do so much for us, and so when it comes around to their birthday, it’s natural that we should want to make their day extra special. The question is, what’s the best way to go about doing that?
I love helping my friends to celebrate their birthdays in style, so I thought I would share a few tips and tricks with you. These are all things that you can do to make your best friend’s birthday that little bit more special.
Do you always celebrate your friend’s birthday in a similar way each year? Perhaps you always treat her to a fancy lunch and a spa day? Well, this year it’s time to mix things up a little and do something different. If you’re stuck for ideas, don’t stress, there’s plenty of inspiration online. From planning a flash mob to arranging to take a cocktail making class together, there are so many ways you can celebrate.
Ask other friends for suggestions - has she mentioned to them anything that she’d love to do? Think outside the box and get inspired and you can plan her a birthday with a difference. When it comes to success with birthday planning, lots of inspiration is crucial. It’s also important to remember that it’s the small details that make all the difference.
Let’s talk cards and gifts
The best place to start is with her card and gift. Now, we all know how hard it can sometimes be to find that gift that we know our friend will love. But that doesn’t mean just settling for the first thing that you see. Personally, I like to shop around when I’m present shopping. I make an effort to look both on the high street as well as online. It’s best to look in stores your friend shops in, as well as in places that she may not have heard of.
Sometimes, you just see something and know that she will love it. Other times, finding that perfect gift is a little more tricky. Get creative and think about what she likes - her hobbies, and what her style is like. If for example, she loves cute, quirky things, these unique gifts for her from Cuckooland could be ideal. Or, for instance, if she’s a makeup addict, perhaps you could find her a cute new makeup bag and a set of beautiful brushes? Take what she likes into account and your gift is sure to be a success.
Once you’ve got her present sorted, the next step is to pick the perfect card. Don’t just select any old card, look for something that relates to your relationship. Photo cards are a great option, as are cute, artsy designs. If you’re feeling creative, you could even go DIY with her birthday card. There are lots of design ideas online, should you want to add a personal touch to your friend’s card.
Decorate her home
If your gal pal lives alone or maybe the two of you share a house, start her birthday in the best way possible by hanging lots of cute decorations. Get bunting, a birthday banner, and lots of balloons, and fill her house with them. If you don’t have a key to her home, find a way to get her to lend you hers - maybe say you need to borrow something and then slip in a decorate for her birthday!
You can find lots of cute decorations online, as well as on the high street. If you’re creative, you could even make the decorations yourself. Bunting and paper chains are incredibly easy to make, as are banners. So if you’ve got a talent for design, get creative and make some cute decorations for your friend’s home. She’ll really appreciate the gesture - that’s a promise.
Plan a day out that she’ll love
To mark her birthday, plan a day out for the two of you and any other close friends. If she’s busy on her actual birthday, that’s fine, instead, do something the day after or before. Get together with the others who are attending and plan the most amazing day. Perhaps you could go on a day trip somewhere, or maybe you could have a relaxed day of shopping and pampering? It doesn’t matter what you organise, just as long as your friend will love it.
Start the day with a fancy breakfast as your friend’s favourite eatery, and then head off to do whatever you’ve got planned. Whether you’re treating her to a day of pampering at a local spa, are going to try an extreme sport, make sure to surprise her throughout the day. Little treats here and there will really make her day.
Hold a party for her
Is it a big birthday? If so, it might be a nice idea to plan a party for her - this could be a surprise party or just a birthday bash. When it’s a big birthday, marking it with a celebration of all your nearest and dearest is something that is a must. Think dancing, cocktails, and lots of delicious food.
If your friend isn’t a party girl, then perhaps a party might not be right for her. Instead, how about planning a get together for a few of her closest friends and family? This could simply be a meal and a few drinks, or it could be something a bit different like a beach BBQ or attending an outdoor theatre production. When it comes to how you help her celebrate, the sky’s the limit - there are so many amazing options that she’s sure to love.
If it’s your main gal’s birthday, the chances are that you want to make it as special as possible for her. To do that, take note of the tips and ideas above and plan the most amazing celebrations for her.
This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.