nothing more exciting than a surprise birthday bash. The lights are dimmed,
there’s two people giggling behind a settee and your friend ‘Mad’ Mike has
already drank too much and is threatening to blow the whole thing. Surprise
parties take lots of planning, organisational skills and the ability to
second-guess your guest of honour. Here is a brief guide to throwing the
perfect surprise birthday party.
friend/loved one is a fan of surprises
something you cannot gauge by simply asking the question, you will know from
previous experience. If it is hard to judge you could hold a ‘soft surprise
party’ which means doing all the organisation and then letting the subject know
on the day of the event or the day before. That way they have some time to
Top Tip: Most
people who hate surprises constantly remind people that they hate surprises –
it’s usually not a bluff.
To ensure your
party is a success you’ll need a decent venue and plenty of people, these both
demand forward planning. Pick a date well in advance and make sure lots of
friends and family, as well as the guest of honour of course, has it in their
Top Tip: Tell
your friend you have arranged a special dinner or theatre trip – if you can’t
hide your excitement you can pretend it’s because you’re looking forward to the
suspicion plan for the party to take place in one of your friend’s regular
haunts. This could be a local bar or the home of a friend, this way it could
figure in your false plans.
Top Tip: Book
the venue far in advance to avoid disappointment.
a normal birthday’
buy a card and present as you would on a normal birthday. Order birthday
flowers next day delivery from a florist such as Flowers Same Day early in the day so they quickly think that is your treat
done and dusted.
Top Tip: Have
limited contact with your subject leading up to the party, that way there is
less chance of blowing it.
Partners in Crime
You will need
support, round up some friends to decorate the venue and share the burden of the organisation.
Choose your party committee wisely, you want people who are organised but are
not too excitable and liable to give the game away.
The last thing
you want is more and more people dropping out as it gets nearer to the
occasion. Keep invitees in the loop with times, themes and the cover up story.
Ensure everyone is ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ by filling your guests in
with details of the cover story. Perhaps set up a Private Facebook group.
The Big Night
It’s up to you
whether you want the jumping-out-from-behind-furniture type
of surprise or simply a loud cheer when the subject enters the room. The
important thing is to keep your composure up until the surprise has been
Top Tip: Leave
plenty of time between the arrival of guests and the birthday girl/boy.