When it’s (a) your own birthday or (b) the birthday of someone special, celebrations are absolutely in order. This is why planning the perfect birthday date is absolutely essential so that you and your partner don’t end up falling asleep on the couch and completely forgetting about the day. But if you’re strapped for birthday inspiration or need something new to explore, we’ve got you covered.
First of all, you need to ask yourself a few questions if you are planning your partner’s birthday: how much money do you want to spend on the celebrations? Would they prefer an intimate evening at home or a dressy occasion? Would they like to do something new or stick with something more traditional?
And most importantly, how old are they? Because planning a birthday for an 18 year old is completely different from planning an evening with someone who is 30 years old.
Now, based on your answers to these questions, you can take a look at our birthday date ideas below and choose one or more. Just know that you can’t really go wrong if you put effort and love into the planning.
To end the night well, be sure to buy the best birthday gifts for them and wear the best birthday outfits. Enjoy!
1. Go to your special restaurant
Every couple has one: the restaurant where they first met, the restaurant with special meaning, etc. If you’re looking to keep a low profile, this is an easy and obvious choice. Nothing better than enjoying another year eating a meal you know good about while being in a familiar place, perfect for birthday girls who just want a quiet night’s sleep.
2. Take a tour of the different museums
What could be more relaxing than spending the rest of your afternoon surrounded by stunning works of art you’ve never seen before? Enjoy the peace of a museum as you walk hand in hand between each room. Then repeat for the next one. This is specifically for the history buff in your life.
3. Go camping
On the opposite side of the spectrum, take your partner camping if it’s something they enjoy doing. You don’t have to leave several nights, a one night stay will do. But make sure you pick a safe place and wrap the marshmallows for the s’mores because duh.
4. Go glamping
If they hate sleeping on the floor and fending for themselves, glamping is the best thing to do. There are several Airbnbs that offer this incredible and luxurious experience. All you’ll need to do is pack your clothes, toiletries, food, and some entertainment, and you’re good to go.
5. Organize a picnic and wine tasting in the park
Whether you’re packing the basket yourself or buying it at a restaurant, make sure you have things you know they like, like their favorite cheese, wine, and desserts.
6. Go on a day trip in a luxury car
Nothing says happy birthday more than renting a super fancy car that you know you can’t actually afford. Visit the nearest town and town on your bucket list, walk around town, eat at the best mom-and-pop shops, and don’t forget to bring back a souvenir.
7. Discover the food truck scene in your city
Instead of going to a stuffy restaurant, spice it up by heading to a food truck yard and trying a little of everything. It will likely be cheaper, and you’ll try things you wouldn’t otherwise.
8. Spend the day in a cellar
It’s the perfect excuse to go for a drink, take the day off and enjoy the open skies with a little buzz.
9. Do something wild like a helicopter ride, bungee jumping or skydiving.
If your partner is Mr. or Mrs. Spontaneous, offer them something that will get their adrenaline pumping. And if you’re in a city that doesn’t offer these experiences, you can opt for a helicopter ride or a small plane ride to a nearby island.
10. Buy tickets for their favorite team’s game
Beer, baseball and hot dogs, is there a better way to spend a relaxing birthday? But if your partner prefers something a lot more lively, treat them to a game of basketball or hockey instead.
11. Go to your local amusement park
Nothing will bring out their inner child like eating cotton candy and riding a roller coaster all afternoon.
12. Go hiking
For another idea of the outdoors, plan a fun hike. You can either pick one of their favorite trails or get out of state to try a new one. Make sure to pack your bags accordingly and have a picnic once you’ve reached your destination.
13. Taste your favorite movies and order takeaway
Let’s be honest, sometimes birthdays aren’t a person’s favorite thing. If you still want to make it special without the hassle, treat them to their favorite movie at home while ordering at your favorite restaurant. Who wouldn’t like to enjoy Chinese food and Harry potter at 28?
14. Create a time capsule
If your person is the sentimental and DIY type, spend their birthday building a time capsule, especially if you are a more seasoned couple on the road to the altar. Write yourself letters, print photos of your most memorable moments and hide them in the back of your closet or bury them in your garden.
15. Take part in a race together, then go out for a sweet treat
If you’re one of the group of people who like to spend Thanksgiving running, this one’s for you. Spend a Saturday or Sunday running 5km or 10km together, then indulge in some well-deserved treats and sweets.
16. Go to an escape room
I’ve only been to an escape room once, but let me tell you, it brought out a whole level of competitiveness that I didn’t know I had. If you and your partner enjoy working together to solve puzzles, this could be the perfect birthday date.
17. Go to the concert of your favorite group
Or if they like all the music, head to a local jazz bar or check if your city has live music.
18. Make a to-do list and plan your next outing
Start planning your next adventure together by brainstorming your couple’s bucket list. Want to take an international trip together? Or how about adopting a senior dog from your local shelter? Spend time together planning your next steps.
19. Take a pizza tour in the city
Get a slice from each of the famous pizza places in your town and rank them on a scale of 1 to 10. You basically play the role of sexy food critics, and something tells me this could be a lot of fun for later in the bedroom. .
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