Let me tell you about the original birthday present I planned for my boyfriend.
The only thing I told him in advance was to keep the Sunday afternoon after our birthday party open.
I would have asked him to put on some old clothes. Then I would have brought out the tandem bike (the one I gave him last year, might share that story another time) and blindfold him. I would have taken the front seat, while he would blindly bike behind me until we would reach our destination.
A few weeks before, I contacted about 100 of his friends, colleagues and acquaintances to invite them for a surprise Holi event. You know, the one where you throw coloured powder at each other. Of course not all 100 would have been able to make it, but the ones who could would gather at a park near a lake not too far from where he lives.
I would have taken his blindfold off, and he would open his eyes to find all his friends there dressed up in old clothes as well. Then, the colour throwing could begin.
Unfortunately the weather forecast was quite bad for that day (Dutch weather, *sigh*). So I cancelled the event, confessed my little plan and gave him all the powder I ordered instead.
Two days ago we finally made our personal mini Holi festival happen; this time with his knowledge. The weather was absolutely beautiful. We had a blast: running around, chasing each other, colour bombing and making sure no-one left the place clean. We had a few drinks while sitting in the grass and some of us even went for a swim in the lake.
It was the perfect activity to end the summer with.
Also, I still found some leftover purple in my ears today.
Oh and this is what happens if you try to take a group picture with a bunch of rainbow crazies.
September 30, 2013 at 18:35
Aww that sucks about the weather. The mini one still looks like so much fun!
October 2, 2013 at 20:48
It was so much fun! The weather was the best we had in a while :)
October 1, 2013 at 00:50
looks like a ton of fun!
October 2, 2013 at 20:48
it definitely was, I would highly recommend it ;)
October 1, 2013 at 11:17
It looks like so much fun :) !!! What a lucky boyfriend. How long did it take for you to get cleaned up. Hahaha
October 2, 2013 at 20:49
haha well I got a massive amount off by just swimming in the lake. Then took a long shower and scrubbed well. After about the second shower most of it was really gone ;)
October 1, 2013 at 18:25
That is the most awesome birthday present I could imagine, your boyfriend is lucky. I remember your blog btw from when the banner still had all the polka-dotted items on it, haven’t been here a while but I definitely need to come visit more often!
October 2, 2013 at 20:55
Yeah I remember you! You used to comment often some time back :) I changed my banner around april or so, I love the new one :) Hope to see you around!
October 5, 2013 at 22:50
I’ve always thought how much fun these things seem when I see them on culture programmes, you guys went for it!
Buckets & Spades
October 9, 2013 at 13:08
Yup! And anyone can, that’s the fun part. So if you are planning on a fun surprise/activity: highly recommended!
October 10, 2013 at 17:52
This is such a unique idea for a birthday party, I love it!
October 25, 2013 at 14:34
Good to hear! It’s definitely worth the work I would say ;)