Birthdays are special for everyone. That is why you should never miss the chance to make your loved one feel special on his or her big day. One of the best ways to create a memorable birthday is to surprise him or her with a birthday party where everyone he or she holds dear is present. Surprise parties are thrilling and exciting, and they go a long way to tell your loved one just how much he or she means to you. It is also a good way to strengthen your bond like never before.
However, planning a surprise birthday party can be tricky, especially because you don’t want the guest of honor to have any clue about it. You need to carefully plan it if you are to experience the priceless expression on his or her face on that big day.
Here is how you can achieve to throw a surprise birthday party successfully in just 4 easy steps.
- Planning for the event
Every successful thing starts with proper planning. That is why you want to kick start the process with careful and proper planning. The first thing to do is to pick a perfect date for it. Though it is a birthday, holding the party on the actual date might seem obvious as your loved one is already expecting something. On the other hand, he or she could be in a bad mood thinking that you forgot about his or her day if you pick a day after the actual date. You are safe in choosing a date before. However, you need to ensure that it is a day and time where the guest of honor and the guests will be available.
The next thing in this step is to pick a place. Again, you need to play it safe to avoid suspicions. You want to stick with a location that appears normal to the celebrant, for instance, a favorite restaurant, your home, or a friend’s place. If you choose a restaurant, ensure that you book it early in advance.
Thirdly, prepare a list of all the guests that your loved one would be excited to see on the big day. For better coordination, you might want to consider a small intimate gathering with only the key people present.
Lastly, decide on the theme of the party.
- Prepare for the day
After careful planning, the next thing is to start preparing for the day. You can start by informing the guests of the party. Being a surprise party, you want them to be discreet about it. Instead of writing invitation notes, it is best that you tell each one in person and emphasize the need to keep it a secret.
You can then start gathering all the supplies that you need. This includes the food and drinks that you will need and the decorations depending on the theme. This is also the time that you order the birthday cake.
Music is the life of a party. You need to prepare a playlist composed of the guest of honor’s favorite songs. You can also take it a notch higher by preparing a special song for your loved one. You can easily make your own music with a computer via a digital audio workstation (DAW), with the help of the VST plugins to add audio effects and virtual instruments to your song for it to sound better. However, you need to ensure that you are using the best applications. You can never go wrong with applications from a reputable company such as Native Instruments. This company is known for producing reliable computer-based audio production software.
- Set up the venue
The day is finally here and it is time to set up the venue. One of the things that can go wrong is having the celebrant drop by considering that you picked a place that is normal for him or her. To avoid this, you need to keep him or her busy when the venue is being prepared. You can have a reliable friend accompany the guest of honor for shopping, to another restaurant, or keep him or her at home until it is time or any other cover plan that you have. You can then stay on-site to ensure that the decorations are done right, the food and drinks are ready and the birthday cake is set.
- The big reveal
It is important that the guests arrive early for the party. This way, you can have everyone there before the guest of honor arrives. Brief everyone on how you are going to do the reveal, for instance, you might think of turning off the lights or hide behind the seats. Once everyone is ready, you can notify the reliable friend to deliver the guest of honor to the venue.
There you have it! Hopefully, the surprise party went without a hitch. If it did, don’t beat yourself up. Throwing a surprise party is a lot of work and problems can occur. What matters the most is that you made your loved one feel loved, and he or she definitely appreciates the effort.