Throwing Your Roommate The Best College Birthday Ever

For many people, college is the first experience of adult life away from home, and because of this, can take a little adjusting too. It’s a lot of fun living away from home for the first time. However, home sickness is common, especially around the times when you would usually be with your friends and family from back home. That’s why, if your roommate is celebrating their birthday at college and won’t be going home for it, it’s essential to ensure that it’s a special day and one that they enjoy.

Of course, although you want to make the day special for them, you are (most probably) working on a small budget. Which means that it’s important to be mindful of what you are spending when planning your roommate’s birthday so that it doesn’t leave you skint for the rest of the term. Perhaps, to make it more affordable, you could ask a few of yours’ and your roommate’s friends to chip in? That way, you could spread the cost of the celebrations and make them more affordable.

To help make the process of throwing your roommate a celebration more enjoyable, below are some tips and ideas to take note of and consider implementing.

Surprise her with a delicious breakfast

Birthdays are all about the breakfast, aren’t they? It’s not a successful birthday if your birthday breakfast isn’t delicious, so you need to ensure that you surprise her with a breakfast that she’ll love. There are three options for doing this; these are cooking for her, ordering breakfast in, or going out for breakfast. The question is, which would be best?

Are you a skilled cook who can whip up a mean batch of pancakes or a delicious eggs benedict? If you’re a skilled cook, then why not surprise your roommate with a delicious, homemade breakfast? Know what her favorite breakfast dish is – if you do, perhaps you could recreate it for her. To make her breakfast extra special, don’t forget to serve it with a glass of Buck’s Fizz.

If you’re not the world’s best cook, then you may not want to cook breakfast from scratch incase it goes horribly wrong. So why not go out to eat instead? Does your friend have a favorite breakfast place? If so, why not book a table there and treat her to her favorite breakfast – she’ll love you for it. Whether she’s a fan of waffles, McDonald’s or smashed avocados on toast, she’ll definitely appreciate breakfast at her favorite place.

Can’t cook that well but don’t fancy going out? How about ordering in instead? Find local breakfast places that deliver and order a selection of breakfast items, so that when she wakes up, she can select what she wants to eat.

Get her a cake

You can’t celebrate a birthday without a birthday cake, now can you? Do you have the skills to bake a birthday cake? Just think how much more your friend would appreciate her cake if she knew that you made it. Even if you aren’t able to make it from scratch and buy a box of cake mix to make the process easier, she’ll still love you for it. Whether you make her a beautifully decorated cake, a tray of brownies, or even a no-bake chocolate refrigerator cake, she’s sure to appreciate it.

If you don’t have the skills or resources to bake a birthday cake, then you will need to buy one instead. While you could choose to head to your local supermarket and pick one up off the shelves, for a more personalized option, consider having a customized design made by a cake shop. Just think, that way you could pick a cake that you know she’ll absolutely love. Plus, if she has any allergies, you can ensure that the cake is safer for her to enjoy.

Decorate the dorm

What’s more exciting than waking up on your birthday and finding that you are surrounded by birthday decorations? It’s not a birthday with a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner and a ton of balloons dotted around, is it? So if you want to ensure that your roommate’s birthday is as fun and memorable as possible, it’s important to do so decorating. It’s amazing how a banner and a few balloons, among other decorations, can really brighten any space up.

For your banner, one option is to make it yourself. If you’re an artsy person with a passion for design, then perhaps creating your own DIY birthday banner could be a task that you’re happy to complete. However, if you aren’t all that creative, then you may not be keen to make your roommate’s birthday banner yourself. If this is the case, head to your local party store and see what they have on offer.

As for the balloons, the bigger and more unique the designs are, the better. Look out for balloons that come in bright, bold designs, so that you can really wow your friend when she wakes up. You could also opt to dot a couple of helium balloons around too, as these always add a nice extra touch.

Does your friend have a movie, TV character, or color that she’s mad about? If so, perhaps you could use this to inspire your birthday decorating? There are plenty of themed banners and balloons that you can purchase, to help ensure that your roommate’s day is extra special. Whether she’s Beauty and The Beast mad, loves Minions or is crazy about pink, you can easily theme her celebrations and decorations to match this.

The fantastic thing about decorating is that you can easily keep things within your price range, it’s just a case of adding up costs as you go.

Spend the day having fun

If your roommate isn’t seeing her family on her birthday, perhaps you could plan a day of fun? That is, if neither of you has classes, of course. Whether you plan a day of shopping, head to a local attraction such as the zoo or aquarium, or head to an art gallery or museum, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you plan a day that you know your roommate will love and enjoy.

Plan a party/night out

Another great way to ensure that your roommate’s birthday is special is to plan a party for her. There’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than with a party, now is there? The question is, of course, how can you plan a party that she’ll love? The best way to ensure that you are able to plan a celebration that the birthday girl will love is to think like her.

Would she love a huge party? If your housemate is a party girl that loves nothing more than dancing and spending time with her friends, then perhaps a party could be a good option for celebrating her special day. Whether you choose to plan a house party or hire out a venue and plan a more sophisticated event there, it doesn’t matter – all that matters is that you ensure that your roommate has an amazing day and is able to celebrate her birthday in style.

Could a night out be a better option? Does your roommate love to party but isn’t keen on having a whole night dedicated to her? Then perhaps planning a night out could be a better way to celebrate? That way she still gets to spend a night celebrating but without having to entertain various guests. Instead, she can focus on having fun and celebrating how she wants to.

Would she prefer a smaller and more intimate celebration? Perhaps your roommate isn’t a party girl – maybe she would prefer a celebration that’s smaller, such as a meal and drinks with all of her nearest and dearest? Think about how she prefers to spend her time and the kind of celebration that she would enjoy having, and you can ensure that you plan the perfect event for her. If you’re not sure how she would like to celebrate but want to surprise her, perhaps you could ask her sister, brother or parents for ideas?

Would she prefer a really quiet night? Perhaps you roommate isn’t keen to celebrate by doing anything too much? If that’s the case, maybe you could plan a relaxed night in. Think pizzas (or her favorite meal), lots of prosecco, some of her favorite DVDs, and some pampering products. Having a girly night-in and a good old pamper could be the ideal way to help your roommate celebrate her birthday if she’s not the going out type. Celebrating your big day isn’t just about going out and partying, it’s about doing what you love and making the most of the time that you have.

It’s important to ensure that your roommate has the best birthday possible and is able to celebrate her special day in a fun and memorable way. Hopefully, the ideas and suggestions above will help you to ensure that her big day goes off with a bang and is memorable for all the right reasons.