Birthday Surprise for Husband

Alok liked the fortune cookie idea on Valentine’s earlier this year.  Something told me men like mystery.
He likes giving me (unnecessary and unasked for) solutions to problems I don’t even have.  Something told me men like solving issues.
Put those together – you get treasure hunt (scavenger hunt).  And men love it.  And that’s what I planned for his birthday.

While I was explaining to him in our room that I would give him his birthday gifts in the form of treasure hunt, suddenly the timer on oven started beeping.  I asked him to quickly go check on the cookies I had put to bake, hoping they did not burn.

He opened the oven and there were no cookies.  Because his first gift and clue to the next was inside the oven and I had intentionally set the timer.

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And here, the treasure hunt begins.

Clue # 1: 
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Treasure Hunt Clue # 1 Cracked  |  Location: Sari suitcase in closet  |  Birthday gift: tennis racket cover


Clue # 2:
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Treasure Hunt Clue # 2 Cracked |  Location: Rice bags in kitchen pantry  |  Birthday gift: shirt with hoodie


Clue # 3:

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Treasure Hunt Clue # 3 Cracked |  Location: Drawer in bathroom  |  Birthday gift: cap


Clue # 4:

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Treasure Hunt Clue # 4 Cracked |  Location: Shoe closet  |  Birthday gift: belt


Clue # 5:
 
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Treasure Hunt Clue # 5 Cracked |  Location: Car trunk  |  Birthday gift: pillow


Clue # 6:
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Treasure Hunt Clue # 6 Cracked |  Location: Drawer of my brown desk  |  Birthday gift: footwear


Clue # 7:
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Treasure Hunt Clue # 7 Cracked |  Location: Washer-Dryer  |  Birthday gift: tennis balls


Clue # 8:
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Treasure Hunt Clue # 8 Cracked |  Location: Microwave  |  Birthday gift: shades


Last Clue # 9:
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Alok LOVED the surprises, one after the other, completely overwhelmed with happiness that I made it so special.  He said no one's ever celebrated his birthday this way, and that these 20 minutes of treasure hunt, the cake, and this birthday was the BEST in his life.  Apparently, he keeps forgetting how lucky he is to have me as his wife  ;-)


UPDATE 1: Want to know how I made this cake? Here: baking and decorating a three tier cake at home.
UPDATE 2Want to know how I planned this treasure hunt? Here: how to plan a scavenger hunt for birthday, anniversary, or valentine's.

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38 comments:

  1. Loved your idea and the cake......it was really worth waiting .wish I could grab a piece from there....Many many happy returns of the day to ur best half !!!!

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  2. Hope you guys had lots of fun.

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  3. thats so nice and romantic Nisha...am might have to copy this for my man's b'day. All the best girl. have fun.

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    1. Thank you! Share with us when you do :)

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  4. Looks like he had a fun birthday. Your cake looks delicious and beautiful.

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  5. Well very belated wishes Alok. And that is an amazing gift! You are definitely quite the poet! Love the last poem and hope he gets you a kitchen aid mixer soon! The cake looks lovely too. Three tiered! Niiiiiiiiice....very very impressed. That sure is one of the best birthday gifts I have seen!

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    1. Oh my, showered with compliments!!
      Thank you, thank you, thank you! :) :) :)

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  6. aaah; utterly romantic; let him better surprise you with kitchenaid. Wishing you both a life long of togetherness !Hugs

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  7. that was awesome nisha... i loved the way have written everything.. rhyming words.. very sweet.. also liked teh "subtle" hint of kitchen aid...
    and the cake.. that was ggggrrrrttttt...
    i also do small trasure hunts with my hubby... keep leading him here and there .. but have not had this long one... very creative...!!!

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    1. Many thanks, Renu :)
      It's fun to have small activities once in a while too, keeps the spark alive :D

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  8. Belated wishes to ur better half, hey am loving this idea, very sweet..He wont ever forget this birthday anymore.

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  9. Happy Birthday Alok. Very nice job on the cake I must say. OMG, you gave him like 10 clues.. you are SO NICE, he better be happy and lucky you are his wife, I'd be. :-)

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  10. Hi Nisha, Just reading this post gives such a happy feeling. I liked this idea a lot and I should say you really have an unique gift of giving other's gift ;). I am sure you hubby must have been totally amazed and had one of the memorable bday's.. last but not least... the cake...Superb . Kudos to you !!!

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    1. thanks, thanks, thanks sayali! so glad you liked! :)

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  11. Nishaa!! I ENJOYED IT THOROUGHLY!! I was guessing all the way too! :) Loved your surprises! If I were a guy, I would want to marry you! :P And my oh my! That cake almighty looks superb! Shows how much love you put in baking and decorating it! :)

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    1. haha, thanks for your lovely comment, kavi! i wish after reading this comment my husband realizes how lucky he is :P :D

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    1. yep, yep, i did ... despite all my limited skills & resources, i somehow did! :)

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  13. That was so cute.

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  14. sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!! <3333

    -rashee

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  15. hey u really help me a lot. its an amazing idea i was thinking to do something special for my husband as its his first b'day after marriage. though i m not much good in baking but i'll also make a cake for him as i loved your cake. your husband is really lucky to have u hopefully my husband will feel same for me. thank u again

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    1. My pleasure :) Sorry for such a late reply, but hope it went well?
      Thanks for your comment, Deepti!

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  16. I am sooo stealing this idea (please) because I had been thinking about doing but I fail when it comes to creativity. What a special birthday for your husband :) creative, cute, romantic!!

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  17. im gonna copy this idea......:)

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  18. Thanks! Very helpful...was desperately seeking out ideas...hubby celebrating in 10days time ;-) ...wish me luck!

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    1. Glad :) Good luck and tell me how it went!

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  19. Three tiered cake., that's talent Nisha...

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  20. Wow he got to be super excited by seeing ur plans .This was so late to wish him hppy bday for that year .But advance wishes to ur hubby .

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  21. Hi nisha ....very nyc cake n how u gave him all d surpises...!!!! But u hv nt shared d recipe here....can u describe it in detail plz...

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    1. Thanks Garima! The recipe I used to make this chocolate cake can be found here: http://spusht.blogspot.com/2011/09/yummy-almond-walnut-chocolate-cake.html

      Enjoy!

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  22. I have 2 wishes - 2 be a man and to have you as my woman.. :P Loved the ideas, you truly are a rockstar..

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  23. Wowww! that is sooo sweeet!! Fantastic idea, I am going to use this! :) And the cake looks amazing! Kudos!

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