How to host a surprise birthday party

HOST A SURPRISE PARTY

How To Host a Surprise Party?

Planning a surprise party can be very fun for all of the involved people. And, if you and your co-conspirators can keep up the charade until the party happens, you can have one very surprised and happy guest of honour.

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Even though the secret of your surprise party lies with all of the people who will be in attendance, there are some simple things that you can do, as the party planner and host, to help ensure the best outcome possible. Here are seven tips to get you started on planning a surprise party that your friends and relatives will be talking about for years to come:

how to host a surprise birthday party

Tip #1

Find out from your guest of honour, or even better from their significant other, what their schedule is like within the timeframe you are considering for the surprise party. Use this valuable information to set a date for your surprise party.

Tip #2

Enlist the help of someone who can devise a fictitious activity for the guest of honour to partake in on the day of the party. The closer to your home this activity is, the easier it is for your helper to 'have to stop in at your home for a moment on the day of the party.

how to host a surprise birthday party

Tip #3

Extend your invitations to all of your guests. When you make your invitations, make sure that your guests understand that the party is a surprise and should be kept that way. Ask them not to share the information with your guest of honour or anyone else who might mention it to them.

Tip #4

Come up with a planned event that everyone who may run into your guest of honour can use as a diversion if they need to. However, if your guests don't think they can 'lie' to the guest of honour with a straight face, suggest that they avoid them for the time leading up to the party, whenever possible and practical.

how to host a surprise birthday party

Tip #5

Ask all of your guests to arrive at least thirty minutes before you expect your guest of honour to arrive. If your guest of honour generally arrives early to events, then you might want to ask your guests to come a bit earlier, just in case. 

Tip #6

Ask your guests to park down the street and out of sight. The only caveat to this is if the guest of honour believes they are attending another event at your home on that day. If this is the case, it won't matter where people choose to park.

Tip #7

Once you have done all of the other things suggested, the only thing you can do is pray and hold your breath that no one will slip up and tell your guest of honour about your planned surprise party.

A surprise party can be a lot of fun. If you take the time to build diversions into your plan, you can help guests ask questions of honour, and this will ensure they are not caught off-guard without a good, solid, quick answer. Good luck!

 

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FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a surprise party?

A surprise party is a party that is not announced ahead of time to the person whose birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion it is being held for. Instead, the guests arrive unannounced and "surprise" the honoured person. The element of surprise is often essential to making the event memorable and enjoyable for both the guest of honour and the guests themselves.

How do I host a home party?

Hosting a home party is a great way to connect with friends and family and celebrate special occasions. Here are some tips for hosting a successful home party:

1. Plan the party around a theme, and this will help you plan the decorations, food, and activities.

2. Send invitations well in advance so that your guests can RSVP and save the date.

3. Make sure you have enough seating for everyone.

4. Choose food and drinks that everyone will enjoy. Try to avoid anything too messy or difficult to eat.

5. Plan fun activities for guests of all ages. Include games, crafts, or music sessions.

6. Decorate your home.

To read more, go to Party Planning Tips.

How to plan a kid's birthday party?

Assuming you're looking for tips on how to plan a fun and memorable birthday party for your child, here are a few things to keep in mind:

- First, decide on a theme. This will help you choose appropriate decorations, activities, and even food. Browse all Kids Party Ideas for more inspiration.

- Second, make a guest list and send out invitations. Be sure to give yourself enough time to do this so that everyone can RSVP.

- Third, start planning the details! This includes everything from deciding on a menu to booking entertainment.

- Fourth, put together party favours and goodie bags for the guests. Again, try to tie these in with the chosen theme.

- And finally, don't forget to HAVE FUN! 

What is the best birthday theme for kids?

There are so many great birthday themes for kids! If your child is into action-packed adventures, consider a pirate-themed party. If they're dreaming of being a princess or prince, then a royal ball theme would be perfect. A safari- or zoo-themed party would be a hit for animal lovers. Maybe try hosting a Pirate party, Circus party, or even Harry Potter-themed event? And of course, no matter what their interests are, there's always the classic birthday party with games, cake and ice cream! Whatever theme you choose, include plenty of fun activities and tasty treats to make it a day to remember. Browse all Kids Party Ideas.

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