Everyone has a dancing queen or king within them, and what better time to crank the tunes and bust a move than on your birthday? Get your dancing shoes on and let your hair down as we give you our ultimate birthday party playlist with the top ten songs to get you and your guests boogying on your special night.
Twist and Shout by The Beatles
An oldie but a goodie, it’s hard not to swing your hips to this classic. Best played at the beginning of the night to encourage people to get moving.
Let’s Dance by David Bowie
“Put on your red shoes and dance the blues”. Another timeless tune, no party is complete without a track from the forever legendary and iconic Bowie.
Possibly one of the most recognised bass riffs of our time, there won’t be a single person sitting this funky smash out. Extra points go to the person who plays the best air guitar!
I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You by The Black Kid
This upbeat indie rock song will ensure everyone is bouncing when the catchy chorus kicks in.
A global hit that is impossible not to sway and smile to, this cheery song gets people of all ages off their seat.
You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees
The first hit that launched the Bee Gees into their disco era and a friendly reminder to your guests. Brownie points for reaching those high notes.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
The late disco diva with several dance classics, this one will have everyone dancing, but let’s leave the singing to the master with the incredible pipes.
Recognised by everybody, this booty shaking jam will have you wearing out your dancing shoes (and your twerking moves) in no time.
Dance Wiv Me by Dizzee Rascal
Adding some hip-hop in for a healthy mix, this upbeat track accommodates those who are more prone to a foot-tap than a full blown, sweaty, choreographed routine.
Dancing Queen by ABBA
This dance anthem goes without saying, really. Just look at those jazz hands!
If you have a birthday looming and want to get your guests grooving, our ultimate birthday party playlist is sure to fill the dance floor.
15 Proposal Ideas From the Pros
You’ve bought the ring and now you have to orchestrate a thoughtful and memorable proposal to up your chances of hearing a “yes”. Whether you’re special someone is an adventurous adrenaline junkie or a wildlife warrior, we have the perfect location and activity to “wow”, with all the trimmings to make the moment extra special.
1. Great Barrier Reef Adventures
Take a romantic day trip to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef . Carlo Fishing Charters provide fully catered fishing adventures to the Northern areas of the Barrier Reef, including Swains Reef, Groote Eylandt, Blue Mud Bay. Explore the most beautiful place on earth with a 7 or 10 day charter.
- DIY Romantic Dinner
Make a romantic dinner at home with flash fair. Start your special evening with a dozen fresh oysters from The Fishery – nature’s aphrodisiac, so you might walk away with more than just a “yes”. Then create your favourite stir-fry with love, using in season produce from one of the city’s top produce suppliers, like Milton Fruit Bowl. Top it all off with a super indulgent dessert or homemade ice cream, and craft bubbles from Craft Wine Store in Paddington. Pop the question after you pop the cork – it’s bound to impress.
- Take a Walk on the Wild Side
If your sweetheart has a soft spot for the cute and cuddly, visit the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Cuddle a koala, feed some affectionate kangaroos and be entertained by the owl and eagle shows. With such a unique and thoughtful location for your animal lover, the koalas won’t be the only ones getting a cuddle.
- Escape to Nature
Hiding away in the D’Aguilar National Park, Walkabout Creek offers a serene, intimate environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beauty of nature acts as the backdrop for your special moment, with a quiet forest walk giving you the perfect “just dropping down on one knee to tie your shoelaces” opportunity to pop the question.
- A Sweet Picnic
They say it’s the thought that counts, so if your better half is a sentimental sweetie, take her to a place that is special to you two, such as where you first met or where you had your first date. Pack a picnic and share the memories of the past before popping the question and celebrating the memories to come!
- Dare to be Different
For all of the thrill seekers out there, why not propose during an exhilarating experience? Skydive Brisbane offers jumps with beautiful views of the Northern beaches of Brisbane. This makes for a unique proposal she will never forget. Just as she thinks she can catch her breath upon landing, take it away again as you flash that bling of a ring.
- Floating on Air
For a little less screaming than skydiving, hot air ballooning is another great option to do something a little different for a special proposal. Hot Air Brisbane offers balloon rides with picturesque views and a champagne breakfast. This romantic and intimate treat will give you legit bragging rights.
- Go Sky High
Give your lovebird a bird’s eye view of the city with a scenic helicopter flight. V2 Helicopters offer rides over the CBD, looking over the Brisbane River, Story Bridge and Gabba Stadium. A memorable experience topped off by a proposal for finale!
- A Night to Remember
Treat yourselves to a night away somewhere luxurious, such as the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Make a night of it on the town enjoying Brisbane like you’ve done so many times before the big “yes”, surrounded by endless top quality restaurants and bars to spoil yourselves silly.
- Pretty Petals
Wherever you decide to pop the question, you can’t forget the little things that make the moment even more magical. Add some petal power to your proposal with some fresh flowers from Flour & Bloom. These floral artists can customise beautiful bouquets and posies to suit your sweetheart’s taste, or you can pick them up at venues and cafes around Brisbane.
- Make it Sweet
So long as you’re going the whole hog with all of the trimmings, it’s safe to say that a customised cupcake couldn’t hurt. Vanilla Pod in Ascot specialise in personalised cupcakes for all occasions. Who could say no to a cupcake that literally has their name – or a shiny diamond ring – on it?
- Tell the World
Skywriting. Over-the-top? Perhaps. Affective? Always. Truly a fairy-tale proposal style, Skywriting Australia can write your message in the sky, so you can share the love far and wide. Your loved one will feel like the luckiest girl in the world, although, girls who share her name may be given false hope.
- Road Trip It
Fill up the tank and take a road trip to somewhere romantic. Maleny is a beautifully scenic drive, where you can sample fine cheese and handcrafted chocolates to make for a truly special day. Mount Tambourine offers equally as gorgeous lush greenery, where you can enjoy the vineyards close to home for a truly unique day out, enjoying each other’s company. Don’t forget to pack your best romantic mix CD for the drive!
- At the Drive-In
If you’re dating someone understated who appreciates the simple things in life, grab a gourmet takeaway pizza from Il Posto (Italian food is the height of romance) and high tail it to the drive-in cinemas at Yatala for a night under the stars. Pack a blanket to snuggle into, and just as the credits are rolling, give your sweetheart an encore to remember as you ask for her hand.
- Capture the Moment
You’ve put in the hard yards to plan the perfect proposal, so you definitely won’t want to forget it. Surprise your special someone with photos of the moment your lives changed forever by hiring a professional photographer to sneakily snap the whole thing! Or, just ask your best mate to hide in the bushes with your camera if he isn’t busy that day. Whatever works.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and enter the next chapter with the one you love, our fool-proof proposal ideas are sure to impress, making you look more romantic than Romeo. Hit us up when you’re ready to plan the engagement and wedding (we’re experts at that, too)!