How to Plan an Epic Surprise Party

Posted November 30, 2020 by in Lifestyle

Life is better with the occasional surprise from time to time. Although not all surprises are positive, it’s hard to find a person who hasn’t dreamt of the perfect surprise party at some time in their lives. If you want to show someone in your life how much they mean to you, pulling out all the stops with amazing surprise event could be the perfect way to do just that. 

The only problem is that planning an amazing party can be easier said than done. Today, we’re going to guide you through some of the details you’ll need to consider to ensure that your surprise celebration goes off with a bang!

  1. Choose The Right Themes

Themes definitely make planning a party much easier. If you have the right one in mind, it can help you to choose the best music, decorations, gifts, and so much more. The key to choosing a successful theme is making sure that it’s personal to the person the party is for. For instance, you could make the theme something to do with their favorite book, band, or television show. 

Themes can also be as complicated or as simple as you choose. If you want to keep things easy, you could make the theme the person’s favorite color, and make sure that everyone dresses in nothing but that shade. You can even make the invitations, food, and activities color-themed too. 

  1. Choose a Planning Committee

Although it’s much easier to keep a party a secret when fewer people know about it, you’re probably going to need some help to make sure that this goes off without a hitch. With that in mind, think of people that you can trust to help you out with things like sending invitations, and getting the event ready for the big day. 

Having a few extra hands onboard will make it much easier for you to figure out everything from music to catering in time for the actual day of the party. Just make sure that anyone you choose to help you can keep a secret well enough. The last thing you want is for someone to let the surprise slip and ruin the whole thing. 

  1. Keep Invitees Informed

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’ll be easier to keep the party a secret if you don’t give anyone the date or venue until the last minute. Ultimately, you’re going to need to ensure that everyone who you want to come to your party has enough time to plan their schedule, accordingly, choose the right gift, and so on. You can find some great gift ideas at GiftCannon if you’re struggling.

Keeping invitees informed also means that you can make decisions as a group about who’s going to go together to pay for big presents as a team, and who should be responsible for getting the person you’re celebrating to the venue. You could even use a group conversation to come up with a shared alibi that you can all use if your person in question gets suspicious. 

  1. Arrange Catering

Although you can save a little cash by handling the foods and drinks for your surprise party on your own, it’s going to be much harder to keep all of those items hidden and get them to the venue secretly without anyone noticing. Things become particularly difficult if you’re living with the person that you’re going to be throwing the party for. 

Since the food is one of the most important elements of a great party for most people, it makes sense to ensure that at least this part of the celebration can’t go wrong. Having this part of the party lined up with a professional caterer will save you a lot of time and effort and help to take some extra pressure off your plate too. 

  1. Get Attendees There Early

Finally, make sure that the time your attendees arrive at the surprise party is much earlier than the time that the person you’re celebrating is going to get there. The earlier that the other attendees arrive, the more time you’ll have to work as a team on things like decorations and getting the music and entertainment lined up in advance. 

Getting to the venue early also means that you can all scope out the right hiding spot, and practice getting your “surprise” shout on cue when the person you’re celebrating walks through the door. This can be a lot more difficult than you think, so the practice will definitely come in handy. 


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