Happy birthday bestie! Or that’s what you’ll be telling your BFF on their special day, anyway. As the best friends of the world, we have the responsibility of turning our bestie’s special day into an uber-super-quadrupel special occasion. Do we not? If you disagree, you may not be the bestie you once thought you were. Perhaps you should reconsider your bestie duties. By which we mean — step up your bestie game.
Birthdays are kind of a big deal around here at Postable and we stand behind the belief that everyone should feel extra on their big day. If your bestie is getting ready to celebrate his/her birthday, make it the best one yet! If you’re the one who’s constantly outdoing yourself in the being-the-bestest-friend-ever department, you’re likely thinking last year will be hard to beat.
Three steps to making your BFF’s Birthday ridiculously special.
Perhaps last year you got them a stellar gift that they never knew they wanted or took them out to a big bash. That sounds amazing, but if you want to make your best friend’s big day extra special this year — you’ll need to take it up a notch (or ten). It doesn’t have to be hard to make your bff’s birthday epic, but it will take a bit of effort. Not to worry, we’ve broken it down step by step!
On that note, we’ve got just what the friendly doctors ordered.
Step One: Send a card.
Skip the text.
If you’re really on that BFF status, you’d know that your birthday wishes need to surpass the slue of common-folk texts. The question herein lies, what kind of best friend are you and how will you say ‘Happy Birthday bestie’?
Don’t wait until the day before your best friend’s birthday to send the card — that’s not how snail mail works. Give your birthday card about a week to arrive and don’t forget to say something bestie-like on the inside.
This step is only the beginning of an exceptional birthday, but it’s the foundation that gets the ball rolling. Without a foundation, there’s not much to build on so start strong.
The following birthday cards are perfect for best friends and you don’t even have to leave your computer to send one. [Pro tip: Postable will print, address and mail your bestie’s birthday card for you. So there really is no excuse not to send one.]
The grateful friend card.
The wild birthday card.
Is your bestie a nature buff? Do they prefer spending all of their time out doors? This adorable birthday card would be perfect. They’ll appreciate your attention to picking out a card that totally vibes with them. Plus the pun — everyone loves a good pun. Send this birthday card here.
The most adorable birthday card of all time.
Can’t get enough? It’s cool. We’ve got hundreds of bewitching birthday cards here.
Step Two: Gift them food.
We all know food is the fastest way to a person’s heart. Whatever gift you were planning on giving your bestie is great, but consider gifting them a food item too.
Think we’re nuts? Think again. We’ve got some stellar ideas on how you can make your bestie’s birthday belly epically happy.
You can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned birthday cake, but if you’re feeling adventurous why not go for something a little unconventional. Your BFF like pizza? Why not pair a pizza birthday card with a giant pizza from a local favorite. Not into the whole bread, cheese, and pepperoni concoction? Think about the one food that your BFF is constantly raving about and make it happen. How about a dish of doughy rice buns or whatever your BFF fancies… Just don’t forget those candles!
There’s any number of ways in which you could present your best friend with said food item.
- Surprise them at the office with a pint from their favorite ice cream shop.
- Make plans to meet them for their lunch break.
- Organize a picnic with their favorites at the ready.
Still having not sure what food to bring to the table…
Does your bestie love pancakes? Of course they do. Everyone loves pancakes. So why not surprise them with a giant stack covered in rainbow sprinkles. If you make them from scratch, that’ll definitely be a plus (yummy recipe here). Perfect for weekend birthdays.
So maybe your bestie would rather eat pizza than anything else at any given moment. Like, ever. Skip the birthday cake and go for the pizza cake instead. Also, whoa. Whoever invented this culinary masterpiece should get a giant trophy. Or something. Check out how here.
It’s hard to go wrong with gooey-doughy-goodness. Donuts are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Only better. Send your bestie a box of their favorites the morning of their birthday with a fun little pun on the inside. They may even call you over to share it (total win win situation).
Step 3: Skip the gift card & go for memories.
We’re talking about surpassing your typical birthday shenanigans so if you’re thinking gift cards — get your head in the game! Gift cards are nice for your niece’s twelve year birthday (although you could probably come up with something so much better) — not for your closest living friend.
You, better than anyone, will know what they want most. But at the end of the day gifting your bestie an experience they’ll likely to remember forever is a great way to make their special day epic.
No need to pull a Jawbreaker and kidnap your blind folded BFF, but a little surprise never hurt.
The flash mob.
If you have the chops to pull off a flash mob, is there really anyone else more deserving than your BFF? How surprised will they be when they realize their friends have spent a bunch of time organizing a flash mob. I mean whoa — talk about special!
Don’t freak out if you don’t have the moves or time to choreograph a giant number. There are a bunch of other things you can do to make their birthday into an experience they won’t forget.
The surprise birthday bash!
Being the traditionalist that you are, throwing a birthday party seems like the most common sensed thing to do. And we’re totally on board! However, this shouldn’t be your run of the mill birthday party. It needs to have that extra umph that comes with the best friend territory.
Make it a surprise! Your best friend will feel all sorts of special AND you’ll also get to have a great time. Not sure how to make the whole gang come together and make it happen? Check out our guide to throwing a surprise party like a pro.
The small, but mighty gathering.
Ok so maybe parties aren’t really your bestie’s style. We get it. Perhaps they prefer a night in to a night out? You could pick their favorite people and invite them over for a chill birthday celebration.
Some ideas to get you thinking:
- DIY spa day with all the cucumbers and facials the birthday star could want.
- Board game night with a few selections and delicious finger foods.
- Movie night with a few classic selections, popcorn and some frozen cocktails!
- Go outside for a lovely outdoor picnic with a few close friends!
Just remember the key items to making any small gathering a true delight: snacks, people and atmosphere.
Ok, so maybe those are the ingredients to any good gathering.
Make sure to have a good selection of finger foods to go around the entire time — whether you get creative and make them by hand or simply go do a bit of snack shopping. Be picky on the folks you invite and really think about the birthday boy/girl when you’re making the guest list.
Whatever theme you go with — really dive in. Spa day? Make sure you have everything you’ll need. If you’re diving into a board game evening, make sure to have some options and consider a few decorations to go with the theme.
And finally the booze. A cocktail or two never hurt a gathering, no matter how small. In fact, smaller gatherings are a great time to create some fun frozen cocktails!
The birthday activity.
How about planning a fun-filled city-wide scavenger hunt? Has your bestie been dying to go laser tagging or roller blading? Why not gather the gang for some action-filled fun? That’s bound to beat last year’s birthday dinner.
This will depend on the options in your city, but do a little research to see what’s available. Once you have your options, put yourself in your bestie’s shoes. What would they want to do? Are they active or more brainy? Perhaps an escape room would be more to their liking than a paint-ball war.
Remember that many places require reservations. Make plans ahead of time!
Bonus Step: Go the extra mile.
What’s that!? A knock on the door, you say?! This is where planning will be key. Even if you don’t plan a surprise birthday party, planning a little extra surprise for your bestie’s birthday will make them feel like rock stars.
Here are some of our favorite ideas to try.
The Balloon(s) surprise.
Imagine your BFF stepping out to the front door to see an unexpected box. Who wouldn’t love to get a surprise box filled with colorful birthday balloons? Seriously, even the gloomiest of birthday mornings can be made bright with this little gift. Decorate the box yourself, but don’t feel like you have to get super crafty (unless you want to). Even a simple ‘!’ on the front will be enough.
The Happy Thoughts Wall.
Getting older can suck sometimes… But not really if someone makes you a personal wall of happy thoughts! How neat is this?! Fill each envelope with a delightful birthday card and you’ve pretty much made their day. Shape the whole thing into their birthday year to make turning one year older more awesome.
Yes, a piñata. What could be more fun than hitting a giant fun shaped box filled with goodies on your birthday? Nothing. Nothing is more fun. Add a piñata to your BFF’s Surprise Birthday party and you’ve got yourself a win-win.
Whatever you choose to gift or organize for your best friend, stick to things that are experiences rather than things they’ll forget they have next month.
You can thank us later. Good luck!