How to organise a surprise party
A surprise party can be held at home or out at a venue.
Types of surprises include:
A surprise party at home!
If you’re having it at home, you’ll need to work out a sure-fire way to get your loved one well clear of the house early enough to give you all time to get things ready and allow guest to arrive and hide themselves away. You may find you need to delegate a lot of the preparations to relatives or friends who can sort things out while you spirit your loved one out of the way, or do the prep yourself and get one of them to find a reason for your loved one to get out of the house for the time you need to get things sorted. You'll need to think about how you're going to get all the food in, the place decorated, friends and family into the house without it being obvious they are there (familiar cars in the road and driveway etc), and obviously you're going to let your loved one off the clearing up.
My mother’s party was at a restaurant and here are some tips from what I’ve learnt for surprise parties.
9 tips for organising a suprise party
Finally, if you’re the person the party is for and you discover the surprise, my advice would be to keep it to yourself.
My husband arranged with my folks that they come and join us for my 45th birthday as a surprise for me. I found out but never let on – I knew all the planning and thinking it meant a lot to them and didn’t want to disappoint them. Even if you’re not the surprise sort, please just thank those who’ve gone to so much effort to arrange something for you and be grateful you’ve got people who care and love you and want to do something for you.