What to Read Next

Neil Patrick Harris’s fiancé planned an epic scavenger hunt birthday present

carly_maga
The Juice
May 10, 2013

Remember when Neil Patrick Harris showed up at Disney World briefly last month? It turns out that wasn’t just a super fast family trip — it was actually one part of a weeklong, cross-country scavenger hunt that Harris’s fiancé, David Burtka, set up for the actor's 40th birthday. And this adorable couple has just officially proved that age is just a number when you’re young at heart.

Harris, who doesn’t actually turn 40 until June 15, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday and revealed more details on what sounds like the most epic birthday adventure Hollywood has ever seen.

See also: Neil Patrick Harris dresses up as Sherlock Holmes

Ten years ago, Harris celebrated his 30th birthday with a scavenger hunt around his city. “I was saying ‘David, you gotta do something. I mean, this is 40. So I’m expecting jets around the country.’ As, like, a joke,” Harris told DeGeneres.

But Burtka, 37-year-old actor, chef, and TV personality on “E! News,” took his betrothed seriously. Harris explained that Burtka planned their week of travel, surprises, and gifts for eight months, and carried it out two months before the "How I Met Your Mother" star's actual birthday to ensure a proper surprise.

It began with an anniversary party where Harris received puzzle pieces, which, when assembled, directed him to the garden where he dug up a mini iPad. But that was just the beginning — what awaited Harris and Burtka was a trip to Vegas, clothes from Tommy Hilfiger, training with Cirque du Soleil, massages, amazing food, a train to Harris’s family in Albuquerque, a trip to Disney World, rope courses, and ending with another surprise party at the late-night theatre hit “Sleep No More” that involved a serenade by Burtka of “Open Arms.” Even real-life cops and flight attendants were in on the plan! Harris let his Twitter followers join in on the trip by sending updates along the way, and it’s safe to say that the world now wants David Burtka as a boyfriend.

“It was just like the coolest, most unbelievably terrifying and awesome birthday adventure. Thank you, David Burtka, you’re rad,” said Harris. “And now my actual birthday is going to suck.”

See also: Neil Patrick Harris to host the Tony Awards for the fourth time

Though the couple began dating in 2004, Harris didn’t make their relationship public knowledge until 2007 when he officially came out in People magazine. A few months later, in 2008, his first televised discussion of their relationship was on DeGeneres’s show. Since then, Harris and Burtka have had twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, through a surrogate mother in 2010, and announced their engagement in 2011.

If they weren’t already one of Hollywood’s best (and most envied) couples, there’s no question now. Judging by Harris’s enthusiasm in his interview with DeGeneres, he appreciates what an amazing fiancé he has!

Have your W-2? File taxes free this weekend

The IRS is accepting returns. File your simple Federal & State taxes for $0 at TurboTax w/Zero hidden costs. Fed Free Edition.

Trouble Understanding Your Teen?

Raising teenagers can be a challenge. Learn why teens do what they do in our teen email series.

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

For kids like Rosemary, proper nutrition makes a big difference. See how you can help kids everywhere just by buying your vitamins at Walgreens.

Got the Need for Speed?

Get on the fast track to a great career. Click here to learn more about training at MMI

Transfer Your Balance To A Better Credit Card

CreditCards.com makes it easy to compare the top ranked credit cards out there. Learn more about balance transfer credit cards here.

What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

He designs a smarter home security system—without contracts, installation fees or sneaky salesmen. Discover a smarter way to protect your home today.

Check Out My Photography Site!

If you like nature you will love my photography!

How to Choose the Best Student Loans

The fun of summer vacation is often dampened by thoughts of student loan debts. See which loan is the best for you.

Did You Know Every New Car Has a Secret Price?

In the market for a new car? Don't pay MSRP. Save yourself both time and money. Find a great low price for your new car before you buy.

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $548.

Earn A More Flexible Online Degree At Capella

With no set deadlines or required seat time, FlexPath helps you earn a degree at the speed that's right for you. Start now.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Strawberry French Toast Roll Ups

These strawberry french toast move ups are so fun and simple to make.