Boys do not want a big deal made about their birthdays after a certain (usually teenage) age. They fear a surprise party with extended family pinching cheeks and dread singing waiters at restaurants. No worries -- there are still ways to make the day special for your boyfriend without sending him running for the hills. You just have to determine what type of guy he is, because he does want to have fun.
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Organise a campfire. Trek to the local forest preserve or dig a fire pit in your backyard if the neighbourhood allows burning. A small gathering of friends around a fire can be stress-free fun. Turn this into a barbecue during the day. Have each friend bring something to grill and something to drink. Prep the meat and veggies for your boyfriend and let him cook.
Gather your boyfriend and a few of his best pals to engage in something competitive, indoors or out: bowling, ping-pong, laser tag, disc golf, mini-golf, badminton, volleyball or paintball. Some activities may require a bit of preparation and organisation -- such as baseball; some require almost none -- like meeting friends at a bar for darts.
Concert tickets for a party of three or four might be in order. Or maybe there is a local club that features jazz or blues. Does your boyfriend play an instrument? Invite some other musicians and have them bring their keyboards or guitars. Buy some cheap tambourines, shakers and wood blocks and have a jam session. Maybe it's an occasion for a karaoke party or singalong. Or just buy him that new album and play it over drinks.
Is the relationship relatively new? Order something from his favourite restaurant and rent a zombie movie. Grab a six-pack you know he hasn't tried. Pull out that old Connect Four game from the closet or even dust off the Wii for a tennis match. Be sure to doll yourself up -- you might be his favourite gift of all.
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