Guys love to get together with their friends and have a great time, but usually they’re not the best party planners.
As a girlfriend, this is where you come in!
You know your boyfriend better than anyone, so now’s the time to shine.
Get your friends together and throw a party with all of his favorite music, foods, and activities.
Since there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be the one planning his birthday party, why not go ahead and make it a surprise. It might seem like a lot of work, but it actually doesn’t have to be.
Find a few friends that you can trust to keep a secret and let the party planning begin.
In this article we’re covering everything from logistics, themes, and decorations, to invitations and the perfect surprise!
Here is a step-by-step guide to make planning your boyfriend’s surprise party super easy!
1. Pick a day 📅
Try to start planning at least two weeks ahead of time if you can. This gives you enough time to iron out the details and make sure most of your guests are available.
While it would be amazing to throw his party on his actual birthday, weekdays don’t always make for fun evenings or a great turnout.
If his birthday falls on a weekday, try to schedule it on a Friday or Saturday night the week before.
There’s nothing wrong with planning for the weekend after, but you do run the risk of someone spilling the beans. Your boyfriend might even try to plan his own party if he doesn’t get the feeling that there’s any sort of fun going on.
Plan ahead and pick a day that’s convenient for most of your guests to maximize your turnout.
2. Choose the location 🏘️
The easiest option is to have the party at your place; you’ll just need to work out how you’ll keep him away long enough to set up and have everyone arrive.
You can also ask a friend if they can host. You can help with the set up at their place the night before and then drive there with your boyfriend on the day of the party.
Another option could be a fun Airbnb getaway with some friends for the weekend. It’s a little more expensive but you could split the cost with his friends and have them show up first to take care of the setup.
You can tell him that you’ve planned a special weekend away for the two of you, he’ll be totally shocked when you arrive and all of his friends are there excited to celebrate with him.
3. Come up with your vision 💭
Now you need to decide what the party’s vibe should be. Keep in mind that this is your boyfriend’s party so it should be something that he’ll love.
Do you want to have a simple backyard BBQ, or are you going all out with a theme and planned activities?
The party is all about him, so don’t be shy to brainstorm with his best friend to come up with the perfect plan for your party.
Birthday party theme ideas for boyfriend
If you know your boyfriend would appreciate something fun and even a little over the top you should definitely pick a theme for his surprise birthday party. Here are some ideas:
– Sports themed party: basketball, football, formula 1 etc
– Murder mystery themed
– Vegas/Casino themed birthday party
– Pool party themed party
– Toga party
– 007 themed birthday party
– Neon party
– Wild West themed
4. Choose the right helpers ✋
You don’t need to plan this party alone. Pick some friends that you can delegate tasks to and that you can trust to keep the party a secret.
You might need their help on the day of the party to keep him distracted while you set up or to throw him off the scent of the party altogether.
5. Invite the guests 📋
You can’t have a great party without guests!
Figure out how many people your party location can handle and start sending out secret invites so your boyfriend doesn’t catch on.
Make sure to triple-check your list so you don’t forget anybody. Nothing will bum him out more than finding out someone he’d love to celebrate with didn’t end up being invited.
Also, make sure to tell everyone that it’s a secret and to keep things off social media, so they don’t accidentally spoil the surprise!
6. Decide on food 🍕
You might want to cook everything yourself but keep in mind that you’re probably going to be busy during the days leading up to the party.
Not to mention it might be difficult to come up with a clever reason as to why you’re preparing enough food for a small army.
This is where you can rely on your friends to help. They could prepare the food or organize hiring a caterer to make the party extra special. Make sure you coordinate when the food will arrive on the big day.
7. Pick up your decorations 🎈
If you’re decorating for the party, it’s best to get all of your decor ahead of time, so you don’t need to worry about it at the very last minute.
Don’t hesitate to ask your planning team for help hiding everything until the day of the party.
Birthday party decorations for your boyfriend
Decorating might not usually be on the top of your boyfriend’s mind but setting up some decorations will really give that extra wow factor when he walks into his surprise party!
Blue birthday party decorations
Funny balloon banner
Inflatable beer coolers
21st birthday party decorations
8. Plan the surprise 🎉
Now that you’ve figured out all the important details, it’s time to coordinate how you’re going to pull off the surprise.
If you’re going to be the one preparing the house for the party, get one of his friends to take him out for the day. This will keep him busy and hopefully keep him from finding out what you’re up to.
Make sure your guests arrive at the location at least 30 minutes ahead of time, so no one is showing up at the same time as your boyfriend. If possible, have them park on a different street, so he doesn’t recognize anyone’s cars.
Ensure that whoever is keeping your boyfriend busy can be easily contacted if they need to stall for time.
9. Celebrate! 🍾
Whether you’re walking in with him or part of the surprise, once your guest of honor arrives, it’s time to enjoy all the effort you put into the party.
Throwing your boyfriend a surprise party is an incredibly thoughtful and sweet way of showing him just how much you care.
He will be so grateful for the time and effort you put into throwing him the best surprise party ever.
Guys are easy to please. No matter what you plan, he’s just going to be happy that you’re there celebrating with him along with all of his favorite people.
Now go have fun and plan that party!