How to Throw a Successful Surprise Party

Throwing a surprise party for your child or anyone else, can be quite a challenge; however, it can be a rewarding and memorable experience for everybody involved. Surprise parties are the most successful, if the recipient is truly going to appreciate it. You should also have a good idea the kind of party they would want to have. Surprise parties work best if the person you are planning the party for, is not shy or embarrassed by attention.

Once you have decided to throw the party, take at least four weeks to get everything together.The next step is to set a date, time and location. Preferable the party would be held on the person’s actual birthday, but that does not always pan out, and sometimes it is better to plan it on a day when they don’t expect it.  When choosing a time, ensure that the guests are told to arrive much earlier than the guest of honor. As far as location goes, having it at your home is usually easiest, but the party can also be held at the guest of honors school, work or a public place. It should be a place that the person would go normally, or it might ruin the surprise.Only invite people who can definitely keep a secret.

Set grounds rules and tell the guests that it is a surprise party; a guest could unwittingly spoil the secret in passing. It also does not hurt to have a back-up plan in place in case the surprise does get spoiled.Next, choose a theme. Is your party going to be a casual or formal affair? Try to choose a theme that suits their taste. Perhaps he or she is a huge Harry Potter fan or really likes dinosaurs or the color purple – there is a theme for everybody! Your theme will determine the types of birthday decorations you choose, and the earlier you start planning the more decorations you can buy, from balloons and streamers to banners and hats.Finally, plan the arrival of your guests.

Everybody should arrive at least 15 minutes before the guest of honor is supposed to, and they should have an escort who is up to date on all the details. Timing is everything at this stage! You might want to go through a practice round first.The rest is simple: yell surprise, eat cake and ice cream, open presents, play games and be sure to tell the birthday girl or boy, “You should have seen the look on your face!” Or better yet, video tape or take a picture, so they can actually see for themselves, how surprised they were!


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