A surprise party is a great way to show someone how much you care. Whether it’s a friend’s birthday, an anniversary, or just because, a surprise party can be a lot of fun to plan, if you do it right. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your surprise party is a success.
Pick the Right Venue
One of the most important aspects of any party is the venue. Not only does it need to be able to accommodate all of your guests, but it also needs to be appropriate for the type of party you’re planning. For example, if you’re throwing a kid’s birthday party, hiring out a nightclub probably isn’t going to be the best option. Likewise, if you’re throwing an adults-only party, having it at Chuck E. Cheese’s might not send the right message. Put some thought into choosing the right venue for your party and you’ll be off to a good start.
Create a Guest List
The next step is to create a guest list. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually one of the most important steps in planning a successful surprise party. Why? Because the guest list will determine everything from the venue (as mentioned above) to the food and drink options. It’s important to get this step right so that your party can be properly tailored to your guests.
Send Out Invitations
Once you have your guest list finalized, it’s time to send out invitations. You can go traditional and mail out paper invitations, or you can take advantage of technology and send out e-invitations. Whichever route you choose, just make sure that all of the important details: date, time, location, etc, are included on the invitation so that your guests know what to expect.
Prepare for the Big Reveal
One of the most important parts of any surprise party is the big reveal—when the guest of honor finally finds out that they’re being surprised. There are a few different ways to go about this, but one of the most popular is to have everyone hide when they hear the doorbell ring. Then, when the guest of honor comes in and sees everyone hiding, they’ll know something special is going on. Just make sure that everyone knows what they’re supposed to do so that there’s no confusion when the moment arrives.
To Surprise or not to surprise
While a surprise party can be a lot of fun, it’s not always the right choice. If you’re not sure if your guest of honor would appreciate being surprised, it’s best to err on the side of caution and just tell them about the party ahead of time. After all, it’s better to have a party that they know about than to try to surprise them and end up ruining the event entirely. There are always people who don’t like surprises like this so it is best to check with loved ones of the person you are thinking of throwing the party for.
Planning a surprise party can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these simple tips, you can throw a successful surprise party that your guests will be talking about for years to come. Just remember to choose the right venue, create a guest list, send out invitations, and prepare for the big reveal and you’ll be sure to throw an awesome party that everyone will love.