Every year again we try to organise the very best birthday surprises for our dear ones. Every year again we feel overwhelmed by the effort to organise something and just get a cake. But hold on – it isn’t that hard to pull off. Here are 5 basic birthday surprise ideas that always work.
1. 30+40=70s Party
The formula may seem odd, but can be applied to many numbers. If you can’t decide what to do for your birthday, than throw it together with someone else. Add your years together, see what comes out and you have your birthday theme. Be it 50s, 70s or 90s – take it from there. What was Singapore like in 1975 or 1995? Look it up, dress up and style yourself as well as the food and the drinks accordingly. How about Naomi and The Boys for your local musical backdrop?
2. BBQ + Beer
An easy combination that hardly ever goes wrong is the fusion of cold beers and a sizzling BBQ. This isn’t just true for men, but holds as well for women – perhaps you should replace the beer with some cocktail, but everybody loves BBQ parties. To make it a special occasion you simply up the game. Get some premium cuts and gather a selection of uncommon craft beers from around the world. That’s all it is.
3. Your Life in a Menu
This may seem complex at first sight, but isn’t at all. Whoever you are throwing a birthday party for, will also be your source material. Gather some culinary information, such as favourite snack and meal, a dish from childhood and so on. If you don’t want to or can’t cook all by yourself, then ask a private chef to give you a helping hand or let him/ her cook it for you. That way you will get a personalised menu that makes the perfect culinary surprise.
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4. Music, Books & Film
Everybody has a favourite of one of these. Choose the favourite music, book or film of the birthday kid and try to recreate it. For example, if someone likes James Bond, then you should get some Vesper Royal cocktails ready and perhaps create a fine dining atmosphere. The same can be done with Harry Potter or any other character. Gangster rap and hip-hop might go well together with champagne.
“You want a drink? Well, it comes with this canapé!”
5. Paired Evening
The best things in life usually come in pairs. The same holds for birthday surprises as well as food and drinks. Go beyond the simple wine and cheese pairing and host a birthday surprise party for your loved one where everything comes in pairs. You want a drink? Well, it comes with this canapé! Start with small things like cocktails and canapés and work yourself up to the dessert and matching ice-wine. The combination possibilities are endless. Get some help, if you need.