How to Make Your BFF’s Birthday a Special One

by Alli

The old saying goes that you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. And while the vast majority of us love our family dearly, it’s true that you can also have a really special bond with friends too. Some friends can be just as precious to us as our family members.

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So, when your BFF has a birthday coming up, what can you do to make it a really special day for them? Here are just a few ideas.

BFF Birthday Party

Find her the perfect gift

These days it can be hard to think of a gift for people who are close to us. Often we’ve already used our great ideas with gifts in previous years, but there’s also the fact that so many of us already have anything we need. When choosing a birthday gift for a friend, you want to give them something memorable and something that they won’t already have. One neat idea is to buy them a piece of jewelry that features their birthstone. It’s a way of personalizing a gift without necessarily having their name inscribed on it.

There’s a different birthstone for every month and the August birthstone is peridot, which was traditionally known as ‘Olivine’. It’s a beautiful green color and can be bright and lime-like or range to a deeper olive green. Peridot is associated with giving its wearer confidence, patience and assertiveness – great traits to bestow on any friend.

August birthstone

Take her out for the day

If you can both book the day off from work, it’s lovely to spend the whole day together, doing something that you wouldn’t usually do. There are so many different ‘experiences’ that you can book today. It really depends on what your friend is into.

Would your BFF enjoy learning a new skill, such as doing a ceramics workshop where she gets to grips with the potter’s wheel or doing a life drawing class? Perhaps your friend would rather spend the day being pampered in a spa – having a facial or body scrub, or getting a massage and a manicure. What you choose to book isn’t really the important thing – it’s being able to spend some quality time together doing something fun.

Mocktails and Dinner out With the Girls


Birthday Ideas for your BFF

If you have a wider circle of friends you enjoy hanging out with, you can have the best of both worlds by including them in the celebrations, too. If your friend is married or has a family, then you may have to choose another day apart from her actual birthday – you don’t want to tread on any toes here!

How to Make Birthday Special

Get everyone to meet at your house for mocktails and nibbles. Serve up jugs of Shirley Temples – grenadine, lime juice and chilled ginger ale – or alcohol-free Mojitos – mixing together sugar syrup, fresh mint, lime juice and lime sherbet and club soda. Have a few crisps, nuts and light bites on hand so that you can all enjoy a drink and a chat together before heading out to your favorite restaurant. 

Of course, these are just a few ideas and there are so many ways you can make your best friend’s birthday a special one. Marking the day is the most important thing, no matter how you do it. As the novelist, Elie Wiesel once said, “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”


Amber @ Tales of Domestica August 24, 2016 - 10:42 am

That sounds like so much fun! I would love a special day with my dearest friends, and would love it even more if I could spend my Bday celebration with an old friend!

dana vento August 24, 2016 - 11:40 am

How incredible this Make a Birthday Special Article is. Here is what I loved: Mocktails, though I have to say.. I love my COCKTAILS and of course nibbles.. I Believe it is all about getting together, celebrating life and being friends.

Sarah August 24, 2016 - 11:44 am

This is really wonderful, what a great way to make their birthday special for sure! Glad you shared this, I may have to do it for my BFF!

Pier August 24, 2016 - 12:28 pm

A great blog post! I’m bookmarking this for when my bestie’s birthday comes up – thanks for the great ideas!

Pam August 24, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Mocktails and treats are a great way to celebrate a birthday. I like the idea of going out for the day as well.

Jacqui - @TradesofJacqui August 24, 2016 - 3:31 pm

This is great! A friend of mine turned 50 last year. Friends of hers took turns every day of her birth month to leave presents at her door step. They were anything from a six pack of beer to a balloon bouquet. It was fun to watch the pictures she posted 🙂

lisa August 24, 2016 - 4:32 pm

These are all great ideas. I love making my friends’ birthdays special in their own ways.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy August 24, 2016 - 7:00 pm

These are great ideas on making a friend’s birthday special. I love the idea of having mocktails together and doing a girl’s night in!

Vera August 24, 2016 - 7:14 pm

I know my bff is part of the family and her kids too!! Love these ideas for making their birthdays special.

Liz Mays August 24, 2016 - 8:36 pm

I’d love to throw a party for my bff. These are some really fun ideas! We’d definitely have to have some fun mocktails.

Bites for Foodies August 25, 2016 - 3:27 am

We always go out dancing or dinner and drinks…we have way so much fun together no matter what we are doing! We’ve yet to do the ceramics workshop….there’s actually a place near us that offers that!

Rebecca Swenor August 25, 2016 - 3:47 am

These are some really great ideas for making your BFF’s birthday special. Going out with the girls and maybe doing a ceramic workshop would indeed make my BFF’s birthday amazing. Thanks for sharing the awesome ideas.

Terri Beavers August 25, 2016 - 7:05 am

I think it would be fun to make my BFF’s birthday special. Esp since she moved to another state. Getting together for Moctails would make her day.

Annemarie LeBlanc August 25, 2016 - 8:23 am

These ideas would make any BFF happy! I wish I could do the same for my best friend but she lives so far away from me. I’m going to call her and send her flowers on her birthday. Which reminds me – her birthday is next month!

Amanda Love August 25, 2016 - 1:38 pm

That August birthstone’s perfect, even for a non-August celebrant who likes Emeralds and anything fancy green. I like your suggestions! Anything for a forever friend.

CourtneyLynne August 25, 2016 - 4:12 pm

What great suggestions!!! I need friends who would do any of these things for me lol… Every year I’m the one planning my own birthday lol…

Dana August 26, 2016 - 8:31 am

My son, husband and father were all born in August so I know the birthstone very well 🙂 It is such a cool color green! Thanks for the fun ideas for a birthday party – I love the mocktails!

Alli August 26, 2016 - 6:48 pm

My daughter, two of my brothers and I was born in August too. August sure is a popular month for babies being born. Happy August birthday!

Heather Lawrence August 26, 2016 - 9:03 am

It’s interesting to see how Birthday’s change the older we get!
When I turned 18 it was a night of bar hopping with my friends yet when I turned 40 it was a quiet weekend away just the hubby and myself to Disneyland!

Alli August 26, 2016 - 6:36 pm

I remember those days of partying all night. These days are much quieter. Of course, I’m much older. 🙂

Bican Valeriu August 27, 2016 - 1:44 pm

Spending some quality time with friends is always good for us. Thanks for inspiring me.

Chubskulit Rose August 28, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Mocktails sounds so good right now. Your post makes me muiss my griends from back home. I don’t really have close friends here.


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