Surprise 25th Birthday Party Ideas

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My husband's 25th birthday is next month and I would like to do something special for him. He has never had a birthday party, even when he was a kid so I would like to give him a surprise birthday party.

My problem is that I have no idea what to do at the party. I would like to have some kind of activities to do. I do not want it to be childish or too old either.

Someone mentioned to me to have it at a restaurant but I would not know how to invite people and expect them to pay their own way (I could not pay for everyone). If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.

Rachel from TN


January 12, 20140 found this helpful

You could hold a small gathering at your home? Look into having some 'in' and fun music on in the background. Set up a small bar with a selection of drinks and cocktails pre made in jugs. The party might seem boring but once he starts chatting to everyone and the drink gets flowing it will have a lovely atmosphere!


You could look into getting little canapé selection (I don't know where you live but marks and Spencer's do really good ones!)

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February 24, 2011

My husband's 25th birthday is next month and I would like to do something special for him. He has never had a birthday party, even when he was a kid so I would like to give him a surprise birthday party.

My problem is that I have no idea what to do at the party. I would like to have some kind of activities to do. I do not want it to be childish or too old either.

Someone mentioned to me to have it at a restaurant, but I would not know how to invite people and expect them to pay their own way (I could not pay for everyone). If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated.


Rachel from TN


Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

Try a casino night! Go to the dollar store and buy: dealer hats, fake poker chips, and a few decks of cards. You can make certain people dealers and what not. Get on the internet and find the rules to some of the more popular games (Texas hold'em, black jack, etc.). You could serve just finger foods so people can eat and play at the same time. Have prizes for the end of the night, like whoever has the most fake chips gets, like a batch of brownies, or a fast food gift certificate. I hope he has a most wonderful birthday regardless of what you choose!

Morgan (03/14/2005)

By Morgan Kneib

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

If your husband is a hunter, decorate in colors of camouflage. Have your guests buy him different hunter's apparel (ex. gloves, hunter's orange cap, hunter's orange vest, hunting magazines, etc.). Or if your hubby is into the TN Titans ball team, you could use orange, on decorations, and on possible gifts.


You might see what a banquet hall at your local utility company rents out for, or at a local restaurant. Sometimes the utility company will require a "clean up deposit" and after the party, if you leave the banquet hall as clean as your found it, they'll return your deposit, otherwise they'll keep it if you leave it in a mess afterwards. Also, another place you might check into using their banquet hall is your local Moose or Elks Club Hall. We recently went to a banquet held at an Elks Club Hall. I'm not sure if they charge a fee for letting the people in charge of the party use the hall, but they did require that we let them prepare the meal and charge us all individually. Hope this helps you out on your ideas. I wish you the best on your husband's 1st birthday party ever!



By badwater

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

If I were to have a surprise bday party for my DH, he wouldn't be happy.
I'd like to suggest that you inform yours beforehand, because he may be of a mind to do some work and finding the time to spend for the party may interfere with his schedule (am married to a workaholic). (03/16/2005)

By Holly

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

I have a couple of Ideas for you. It just so happens we are planning a surprise birthday party for my mother-in-law for this next Saturday. So far she has no clue. My house is not big, but we are going to do it here anyway. I am doing the opposite of you and I am decorating to the hilt. When she walks thru the door she's going to be blown away. We are doing inexpensive foods as I can't afford a lot. (Decorations won't cost a lot with all the Dollar stores around). I am making a slow cooker full of sloppy joes, Swedish meatballs to snack on chips, and a cake from Sam's club. It won't cost that much.


One thing I am having everyone do is when they walk in the door before she gets here is write down on a piece of paper I will have provided 1 reason why she is special to them or a special memory they have of her. I will have a Dollar store scrap book set up and during the afternoon everyone can paste their comments in her Birthday Memory Book. My mother-in-law is an awesome woman. I just want to give her a day to show her how special she is.

As far as inviting people to restaurants and asking them to pay their own way. This is common practice in our families. Here are some ways we do it is on the invitation 1) "We are going to _____ to celebrate______ on _____ at _____. It's Dutch Treat so grab your wallet and let's have some fun."
2) "Dutch Treat Dutch Treat Dutch Treat, Let's go Eat. We want to get together to celebrate _________ at________ on ______. RSVP and let us know if you can come.

Well, perhaps one of those ideas will help. Good luck and no matter what have fun. (03/19/2005)

By Emily

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

I am trying to throw my husband a 25th birthday party this weekend and found your note while looking up ideas for myself. My plan was to have his friend take him out fishing in the morning and then have his wife come over and help me put everything together. I am going to the dollar store to get all of the supplies they have a sports themed collection that I am going to do for him because he likes sports. I am going to do the balloons and crepe paper and all of that stuff with a banner that says happy 25th birthday. I only know 2 or 3 people that he used to hang out with in school and play football with so I am asking them to help me invite some more of his old friends over to our house along with our friends that we both know and both of our parents are going to be here. I am hoping that is works out good and he is happy. I don't know what we are going to eat yet, but it will definitely be a BBQ and that sort of thing. (10/01/2005)

By Nicole

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

For that December 25 baby, here's a great idea for a birthday. On June 25 celebrate by giving the birthday boy half of his gift (ie. half a 6-pack of beer, half a pack of gum, half a glove, sandal, or whatever). When the "big day" arrives, he will receive the other half of his gift.
Have fun with this idea! (12/05/2005)

By c

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

You should plan it at your home or a friend's home, depending on if you want it low-key or a little upscale you can order pizza and wings or whatever his favorite food is, even get a large quantity of say pasta and salad from a restaurant if you want. For activities I suggest getting a few decks of cards and poker chips, also try a game like "Cranium" to entertain an adult crowd and it is really funny so laughs and smiles will be a part of the party. If the weather is nice you can bar-b-que and have friends bring side dishes. (03/01/2006)

By Jesse

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

My boyfriend's birthday is this Saturday. I'm getting a limo, inviting 12 of his friends, and taking him to a strip club, then wherever he wants to go. Good luck. Just thought I'd share my simple idea with you. (10/30/2006)

By Lauren

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

My husband turns 25 next August and I'm already working to plan a "Quarter of a Century" party for him. We're just doing it in our own home and I'm using a quarter theme. The invitations will be round/quarter themed and easy table decorations will be a roll or quarters instead of confetti, etc. I'm just going for the backyard barbeque with games such as cornhole, bocci ball, badminton, and a bonfire. (12/01/2006)

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

I am having a surprise 25th for my husband at a bowling alley. I am giving goody bags with scratch offs and mini bottles of Jack Daniels. Should be fun, his friends like to party so I won't have to amuse them too much what with the bowling and beer! Good luck to you (01/17/2007)

By Eileen

25th Birthday Ideas

When you turn 25 you are a quarter of a century old. Find a quarter dated 1982 (for a birthday this year) in good condition and frame it. 25 is a silver anniversary, so do everything in silver. Use paper products found at the the party store for anniversaries. Once, for a co-worker's 25th, I took a picture of a quarter (printed off web) to the bakery at the grocery store and they made a cake with that as the decoration. You might even be able to get them to put the birthday recipients face on the quarter. For my 25th (many years ago), my parents gave me $2500. I am also looking for some fresh 25th birthday ideas for my niece, so if anyone knows of any other ideas, let me know. (08/30/2007)

By Karen


Since my husband is going to be a quarter of a century old, I am throwing him a big party with plenty of quarter barrels of his favorite beer! (11/13/2007)

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

I just had a surprise 25th birthday party for a friend. We did a murder mystery dinner. You can buy the game at a toy store or book store or try eBay even! Everything you need for the party is in the box, menu, scripts, costume ideas, clues, etc.

Everyone dressed up and got into character, it was hilarious. The game went really well. i would do it again for sure and no one ever suspects a surprise murder mystery dinner! (01/16/2008)

By Fresca

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

What's wrong with having guests pay their own way? If the guests are friends of the birthday boy, then I don't think they would mind spending $20 on dinner. It is the least they can do. I have been to numerous birthday parties at restaurants and every guest is expected to pay for their own meal. I thought that was the normal thing to do. Only at children's birthday parties do they have everything paid for. (04/03/2008)

By tokkii

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

Find what interests that person most and figure out what kind of way you can intertwine that into a birthday celebration. Good luck! (08/05/2008)

By elaina

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

I am turning 25 in November and planning a wild west night yee haa! I am hiring a rodeo bull and getting lots of decor from the internet to make it very western. I am having it in my local bar. A themed night is lots of fun especially when everyone dresses the same. Hope that helps. (09/16/2008)

By Nat

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

You could plan a group skydiving adventure. I'm planning one for my 25th birthday, and you can also get a discount by getting a large group to go. It's symbolic in a way, I'm having a quarter mid-life crisis, so it's time to do something crazy. Skydiving won't break the bank like a mid-life crisis car purchase will, haha. I'm also trying to plan a surprise 25th bday party for my bf. Does anyone know of any places that have video games there? Kinda like an arcade, but with lots of Xbox stuff, etc? I'm guessing it doesn't exist since everyone just plays at home. (12/09/2008)

By Mel

Surprise 25th Birthday Ideas

My boyfriend's 25th birthday is at the end of March. I want to have him a little surprise night out with some of his friends. I'm thinking inviting 10~16 people mainly couples. Having them arrive at my house at around 6:30 where I would have a ton of finger foods, cake, decorations, and any kind of drink you could want. I would tell him were going out to dinner. So have him come around 7:15.

By Tara

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