Birth­day

Birthday script

Toast­mas­ter, pre­sen­ter, enter­tain­er — these pro­fes­sions are good because many peo­ple can try them on them­selves. If there is a desire, a mood for good prepa­ra­tion and self-con­fi­dence, every­thing should work out. And even the script for a fam­i­ly cel­e­bra­tion, the birth­day of a loved one, you can write on your own — tak­ing into account tips and rec­om­men­da­tions, of course.

Writing Features

To have a fun birth­day with­out a toast­mas­ter, you need a strong script. Hop­ing for impromp­tu is a step close to fail­ure. The cel­e­bra­tion sce­nario can be schemat­ic, or it can be very detailed, with not only com­pe­ti­tions, but also actions, props, a music block, etc.

Here are 10 tips for cre­at­ing a script for your (or a loved one’s) birth­day.

  1. Write a script with tim­ing. This dis­ci­plines the leader very much and min­i­mizes the risks that every­thing will not go accord­ing to plan.
  2. It is good to under­stand which of the invi­tees will be the most active. It is nec­es­sary to pre­dict in what com­pe­ti­tions and tasks they will be, where to “roam around”, but also to pre­vent the qui­eter and calmer guests from being bored. Not all tasks have to be “with a twin­kle”.
  3. Decide on a style. Ide­al­ly, if there is some theme, idea or mood that dom­i­nates the hol­i­day, for exam­ple: a retro theme or an evening of mem­o­ries, an evening of dreams. In fact, it is absolute­ly nor­mal when, even on her birth­day, a birth­day girl orga­nizes a Wish Map for every­one.
  4. Make sure that the select­ed com­pe­ti­tions can real­ly be held, that the nec­es­sary props will be obtained, that there is enough space.
  5. Pre­pare musi­cal arrange­ment in advance, make a sin­gle playlist, etc.
  6. Think about who will take pho­tos and shoot videos.
  7. Go through the script, make sure that there are no offen­sive jokes or awk­ward­ness that may be unpleas­ant for one of the guests.
  8. If the script requires assis­tants, it will be vis­i­ble imme­di­ate­ly. The host may need an assis­tant.
  9. It’s def­i­nite­ly worth keep­ing a cou­ple of con­tests in reserve. Sud­den­ly, the guests will get so excit­ed that they want to con­tin­ue the fun, and the pro­gram is over.
  10. Try to avoid stamps. Do not repeat the ideas of some­one else’s suc­cess­ful cel­e­bra­tions, which the guests have already been to.

Of course, if a woman / man orga­nizes every­thing with his own hands, com­ing up with con­tests and tasks on his own or on his own is anoth­er test. Where bet­ter to peep ideas on the Inter­net and make an inter­est­ing mix.

Holiday theme

It’s just that “hodge­podges” are no longer rel­e­vant today. Yes, and it is dif­fi­cult to make a hol­i­day inter­est­ing, mem­o­rable, where every­thing is mixed, there is no gen­er­al mood.

For men

The themes of the pio­neer par­ties remained some­where in the zero, among the brighter pro­pos­als I would like to high­light the lamp birth­days. So today they call atmos­pher­ic par­ties, warm, pleas­ant, tak­ing place in a relaxed atmos­phere. Often they are asso­ci­at­ed with some kind of nos­tal­gic moments: a gui­tar, vinyl records, the use of dish­es from the Sovi­et era, etc. For 25, 30, 35 years, this top­ic fits ll.

Par­ties can be held by can­dle­light or not very bright light sources. Gar­lands can be hung.

There are oth­er inter­est­ing top­ics as ll.

  • Movie par­ty. Com­pe­ti­tions based on world hits, an attempt to shoot a short film about the cel­e­bra­tion itself, props like a movie quote — all this can be orga­nized for fans of the cin­e­ma world.
  • Almost retreat. A retreat is a prac­tice of silence, when peo­ple have to spend some time with­out gad­gets, with­out com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Prefer­ably in nature. For a birth­day, this prac­tice looks a lit­tle strange, but it has real­ly become pop­u­lar. The com­pa­ny comes to nature in the morn­ing, peo­ple com­mu­ni­cate min­i­mal­ly with each oth­er all day long, while set­ting up camp togeth­er, prepar­ing for the evening cel­e­bra­tion. And only when the par­ty is declared open, around the fire, they begin to chat, sing, play games, etc.
  • Chess par­ty. Against the back­drop of the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the Queen’s Move, such a sce­nario can be very appro­pri­ate, if, of course, the com­pa­ny plays chess in prin­ci­ple. You can arrange a mini-tour­na­ment in rapid chess, and then move to the fes­tive table. And there is still to play: quizzes, cre­ative tasks, etc. (with obvi­ous chess over­tones).

With a high prob­a­bil­i­ty, such top­ics are still new, and there­fore will not cause a feel­ing of deja vu among guests. And the birth­day boy will be pleased with him­self.

For women

Until recent­ly, Indi­an, Hawai­ian-style par­ties re on the list of the most pop­u­lar. But today, few peo­ple are sur­prised by them.

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Let’s describe what looks more orig­i­nal.

  • Par­ty based on your favorite series. If not “Sex and the City” (and this top­ic has already been beat­en by many), then you can take any rel­e­vant series that the com­pa­ny knows and loves. It does­n’t have to be exclu­sive­ly female.
  • Birth­day in boho style. First­ly, it is beau­ti­ful and cozy, unusu­al. Sec­ond­ly, after the hol­i­day there will be cool pho­tos. Final­ly, this is a relax­ing atmos­phere, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to play board games, make a Wish Map, arrange com­ic for­tune-telling, etc.
  • Cre­ative MK. It has also become very fash­ion­able: guests will take away from the hol­i­day not only good mood and emo­tions, but also some­thing made with their own hands. Per­haps it will be a paint­ed clay mug, or a water­col­or sketch, or a beau­ti­ful pen­dant. And the sce­nario of such a par­ty is the hold­ing of a mas­ter class, only with treats and good back­ground music.

  • “Meet after class.” If some­one miss­es school, then at 30, and at 40, and at 45, you can make a birth­day on a school theme. And here the soil for a cool sce­nario is the most fer­tile: a quiz on knowl­edge of the rules and laws of physics (few peo­ple remem­ber them, and this is fun), a com­pe­ti­tion for the most cre­ative cheat sheet, musi­cal tasks, view­ing old pho­tos and videos, etc. Well, as prizes for par­tic­i­pa­tion can be chew­ing gum and choco­lates, which re a great hap­pi­ness to receive in child­hood.

If the guests are about the same age, it’s eas­i­er to find a com­mon theme. But the old­er gen­er­a­tion should not be dis­count­ed: they are very inter­est­ed in the tastes and themes of young peo­ple, and they can prove them­selves almost the bright­est.

For kids

There is no need to rein­vent the wheel here: chil­dren are hap­py to play what they like to watch or read.

What top­ics do mod­ern chil­dren like:

  • “How to Train Your Drag­on?” — a chic car­toon that adults love;
  • “Trans­form­ers” — the top­ic is not new, but the degree of pop­u­lar­i­ty does not fall;
  • “Fan­ta­sy Patrol” — many small series, fun­ny char­ac­ters, chil­dren from 5 years old usu­al­ly know this car­toon ll;
  • “Fix­ies” is already a clas­sic that not only enter­tains, but also teach­es a huge num­ber of use­ful things;
  • “Brawl Stars” is a game for mobile devices, more like boys;
  • rain­bow par­ty — a lot of col­or, a lot of bright accents, and also the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a col­or exper­i­ment (or just draw);
  • clown par­ty — clowns will nev­er go out of style;
  • “Masha and the Bear” — suit­able for preschool chil­dren;
  • “Boss Baby” — also liked by younger guys, 2–5 years old;
  • “Lady Bug” — suit­able for girls 5–8 years old;
  • “Alice in Won­der­land” is a theme with great oppor­tu­ni­ties for visu­al­iza­tion and sce­nario moves, cov­er­ing almost all age cat­e­gories: from preschool­ers to high school stu­dents;
  • Tik­Tok — this social net­work has become almost a sym­bol of the 10+ gen­er­a­tion, and there­fore the kids of high school will def­i­nite­ly like this top­ic.

In gen­er­al, super­heroes are always in fash­ion, lit­tle girls like fairies and dolls, and for the very first hol­i­days in a baby’s life, it’s bet­ter to take top­ics that are not relat­ed to car­toons. You can focus on the sea­son, flors, etc., this will be clear­er to the guys.

Games and contests

Even if the com­pa­ny is small, you can have a lot of fun: pro­vide com­pe­ti­tions that are per­fect­ly played by three or four of us.

For home

This selec­tion con­tains 7 con­tests that can form the back­bone of a sce­nario for a par­ty that is not very large in terms of the num­ber of guests.

  1. “What changed?”. This com­pe­ti­tion is not very suit­able for warm­ing up, but in the mid­dle of the evening it is ll received. It is as sim­ple as pos­si­ble: one of the guests leaves the room and stays out­side the door for a minute. He has to go back and guess what has changed. You can rearrange dish­es, change things, even quick­ly change your hair­style. Par­tic­u­lar­ly inven­tive man­age to unscrew the light bulb!
  2. “Fan­ta under a plate.” Guests who sit down at the table are warned: there are for­feits under their plates, you can’t get them ahead of time. Dur­ing the evening, at the direc­tion of the host, each guest will take out a for­feit and do what is writ­ten there. For exam­ple, call a mutu­al friend and say hel­lo from every­one. Or say the final toast. Or maybe sur­prise every­one with super­pors.
  3. “Nowhere to be exact.” Guests are giv­en a small piece of paper and a pen. The facil­i­ta­tor says that on a sig­nal they should keep score to them­selves. And as soon as a minute pass­es on their inter­nal account, they put a tick on a piece of paper. The host him­self stands with a stop­watch. The win­ner is the one who was clos­est to real time.
  4. “Wish Card” Guests receive what­man paper, mag­a­zine clip­pings, mark­ers and oth­er items that can help in 10 min­utes to com­pose such a huge con­grat­u­la­to­ry card for the birth­day girl (or birth­day boy).
  5. “I bet you did­n’t know.” It is nec­es­sary to try and col­lect in advance more inter­est­ing, per­haps even exclu­sive infor­ma­tion about the guests. And then give out these hot facts for all those gath­ered. The task of the audi­ence is to deter­mine who is at stake.
  6. “Best friends”. Even before the hol­i­day, you need to inter­view the birth­day girl or birth­day boy. Ask him (her) 10 ques­tions about him (her), record the ansrs. Then the same ques­tions, but already at the par­ty, ask the best friend of the hero of the evening. And after the ansr of a friend, it is nec­es­sary to show the ansr of the birth­day man him­self in any con­ve­nient way (bet­ter, of course, on the screen). I won­der how many match­es there will be.
  7. “Box of Mem­o­ries” The birth­day boy pre­pares a small beau­ti­ful box (suit­case, gift box), where he puts sev­er­al items. Each object reminds of some fact from the biog­ra­phy, and these facts are con­nect­ed, among oth­er things, with those present. For exam­ple, among the sub­jects is a book on math­e­mat­ics. One of the guests recalls how she and the birth­day girl re prepar­ing for an exam in math­e­mat­ics, etc.
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Nat­u­ral­ly, you need to build a pro­gram in such a way as to involve guests in it, in order to remem­ber events relat­ed to those present, etc.

For cafe

The cafe has some restric­tions on the scale and fea­tures of com­pe­ti­tions, but you don’t want to be left with­out a pro­gram.

We list 7 com­pe­ti­tions for cafes.

  1. “Telegram”. At the very begin­ning of the hol­i­day, guests receive a telegram that got a lit­tle t in the rain (snow, dete­ri­o­rat­ed on the road), as a result of which some of the words dis­ap­peared. This will be a con­grat­u­la­to­ry text — it can also become the first toast — where the adjec­tives that char­ac­ter­ize the birth­day man are omit­ted. The text needs to be restored impromp­tu.
  2. Blitz. Quick ques­tions about the hero of the occa­sion (wife, hus­band, sis­ter, broth­er, father, moth­er, direc­tor, etc.), to which guests should take turns giv­ing quick ansrs. Ques­tions can be fun­ny, relat­ed to child­hood, etc. Nat­u­ral­ly, the ansrs of the birth­day man must be clar­i­fied in advance. For exam­ple, “How many times could Ivan Ivanovich pull him­self up at school on the hor­i­zon­tal bar?” Guests will flat­ter, say unthink­able ansrs, which will only cheer every­one up.
  3. “On one let­ter.” You need to choose a cou­ple of peo­ple who should make such a con­grat­u­la­tion to the hero of the evening so that all the words in it begin with one let­ter. You can have one sug­ges­tion, you can have more. Col­lec­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion is allod.
  4. “I want to hug you.” The host approach­es the guests, invites them to get one piece of paper from a beau­ti­ful box. On a piece of paper it is writ­ten, for exam­ple, “the third per­son in the left row.” So, it was him who got the piece of paper and should hug. At the same time, he puts the paper back, and the leader mix­es every­thing.
  5. “Cau­tious­ly, care­ful­ly.” At the begin­ning of the evening, it is bet­ter not to hold this com­pe­ti­tion — you need time to pass. The birth­day boy / birth­day girl gets up, turns her back to the guests, ansrs the host’s ques­tions. For exam­ple: “What col­or is the scarf on Sergey Petro­vich?” or “What beads does Aunt Tanya have today?”. This is a fun test of the main char­ac­ter of the evening for atten­tive­ness. Of course, con­fu­sion can­not be avoid­ed, but this is good — it will be more fun.
  6. “The Best Guests” The com­pe­ti­tion requires pre­lim­i­nary prepa­ra­tion: it is built on ques­tions about the guests and knowl­edge of the ansrs to them by the birth­day man. You can, for exam­ple, enlarge some­one’s sig­na­ture and ask the birth­day boy who it belongs to. Ask a ques­tion about hob­bies, car brand, edu­ca­tion, etc.
  7. “Kings of Ply­wood”. This com­pe­ti­tion must be filmed. The song is turned on, one row should loud­ly sing along to the lyrics of the song. You can give them words if nec­es­sary. The task of the row oppo­site is not to sing, but only to open their mouths. Usu­al­ly peo­ple do it so exag­ger­at­ed­ly, so dili­gent­ly, that it is impos­si­ble not to laugh. And it is this “ply­wood” row that needs to be filmed — it will be a great mem­o­ry.
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Of course, beten com­pe­ti­tions there should be a pause for refresh­ments and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

How to congratulate birthday people?

There are sev­er­al not very “blurred” options that may sur­prise the heroes of the occa­sion.

What are these options:

  • per­form a col­lec­tive rap con­grat­u­la­tion for the birth­day boy;
  • arrange a pho­to zone with pho­tographs of the birth­day boy, going as he grows up — you can take pic­tures on clothes­pins;
  • present a pho­to book;
  • gath­er with bal­loons under the bal­cony and sing a small con­grat­u­la­to­ry song in cho­rus (but not at night);
  • dur­ing the day, send a large con­grat­u­la­to­ry text bro­ken into sev­er­al parts from dif­fer­ent num­bers;
  • shoot a video with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of those who can­not come to the hol­i­day (more pre­cise­ly, mount the con­grat­u­la­tions record­ed on the video).

Bet­ter yet, com­bine sev­er­al options for con­grat­u­la­tions and make this birth­day unfor­get­table.

Scenario Options

The fol­low­ing is a plan-scheme of the sce­nario of the hol­i­day, which is held at home. Com­pe­ti­tions can be replaced with sim­i­lar ones, the pro­gram can be sup­ple­ment­ed with oth­ers, but the main thing is to fol­low the prin­ci­ple and struc­ture of the com­pe­ti­tion.

  1. Sur­prise greet­ing. Guests come to the house and see that they are already wait­ing. For exam­ple, in the hall­way on the chan­de­lier (on a hang­er, on a mir­ror, any­where) small envelopes with the names of guests are hung. Every­one takes his own, opens it. And there is a per­son­al­ized mes­sage with a wish for a good mood and the hope for active par­tic­i­pa­tion in tonight. And some cute paper heart, flor, any nice tri­fle.
  2. Enter­ing the pro­gram. Let this be the lyri­cal part of the evening, indi­cat­ing the rea­son for the meet­ing: a mount­ed short film about the hero of the occa­sion, a slide show, or even con­grat­u­la­to­ry vers­es pre­pared by chil­dren.
  3. Start of com­pe­ti­tions. Com­pe­ti­tions will begin no ear­li­er than half an hour after the guests began to chat and eat. Not need­ed before. The first com­pe­ti­tion should def­i­nite­ly not be mobile, but table, sim­ple. For exam­ple, a blitz with ques­tions ded­i­cat­ed to the birth­day girl. He will show how ll the guests know her.
  4. The best toast. Even at the very begin­ning of the evening, you can announce the start of the com­pe­ti­tion for the best toast, the most cre­ative author at the end of the hol­i­day will receive a gift.
  5. mobile con­tests. They are held only if space per­mits. Usu­al­ly these are dance tasks with a small num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. If the com­pa­ny is small, more than 2–3 such con­tests per evening is already too much.
  6. Intel­lec­tu­al com­pe­ti­tions. Quizzes, puz­zles, mini-CHKG — all this can and should be arranged if it is clear that these guests love this. But do not make them too long so that the vaca­tion­ers do not get tired.
  7. lyri­cal moments. Must be in the pro­gram. You can give the floor to old­er fam­i­ly mem­bers, and then ded­i­cate a song to them. You can admire the pre­pared chil­dren’s num­bers. You can tell some touch­ing sto­ry about the birth­day per­son, etc.
  8. Unit­ing com­pe­ti­tions. These are, for exam­ple, drama­ti­za­tions. Only the stag­ing of fairy tales is fed up with every­thing, but you can stage ran­dom­ly dropped lines from books, news from the Inter­net and telegram chan­nels, etc.
  9. Joint cre­ativ­i­ty. As such a moment, can recall the com­pi­la­tion of the Wish Card — a poster cre­at­ed by all the guests will be a mem­o­rable moment for the hero of the evening. You can make some kind of appli­ca­tion togeth­er (with ready-made, pre-cut ele­ments), read the Ode to the Birth­day Man in a chain, etc.
  10. Beau­ti­ful end­ing. It is very impor­tant not to “smear” the finale of the hol­i­day. The facil­i­ta­tor must cor­rect­ly lead to him. You can stand in a cir­cle for every­one, hold hands, put the birth­day boy in the cen­ter of the cir­cle and tell him (each, in a chain) why love him. You can pass a small can­dle (in a safe way), and each sender shares his impres­sions of the evening.

A birth­day held even in mod­est home con­di­tions can be made sin­cere, touch­ing, mem­o­rable.

It’s great if the birth­day per­son him­self makes sure that each guest will then have pho­tos and videos from the hol­i­day: either already print­ed pic­tures in a beau­ti­ful enve­lope (send by mail, it will be unex­pect­ed and pleas­ant), or send a pack­age by e‑mail.