Life is always better with parties!
To top that, if it is a surprise one, you are sure to feel all the more happy and like you are on top of the world!
However, planning a surprise party involves a lot of arrangements to be done beforehand and keeping it a secret from the person you are surprising is the most essential part of all. After all, surprise parties could be one of the most memorable events for any occasion if pulled off properly.
If you are looking to spice up your next surprise party, follow this guide and you won’t be disappointed.
1. Pick a Theme
Before doing anything else, you have to decide upon a theme. Based on the type of person you are planning to surprise, make it personalised. You can do this by choosing their favourite movie and/or TV shows and make the theme revolve around it.
Having said that, you can have simpler themes too. This could be based on their favourite colour pallets or the vibe they prefer. Perhaps you could go for a warm vibe and add a few soothing Yankee candles to lit up the venue, leading to dinner with limited friends and family.
2. Book a Surprise Venue
The venue plays an important role to tone down the ‘surprise’ in the ‘surprise party’. So try to avoid places which are typically meant for high-end parties and choose an unusual spot, like a store, a restaurant, a 4×4 pay and play activity centre or even an open garden.
One good thing that can be assured by selecting an unusual spot is that, the suspicion of a possible surprise party will be gone.
3. Send Out Sneaky Invites
This is the space where you can be creative.
So why not create code words and lingo, and make your friends and family understand them in a disguised manner? Choose e-invites for better efficiency and quick responses, and always remember to keep it low profile.
4. Create a Strong Alibi
Creating a strong alibi is an absolute must, especially when you are planning a surprise birthday party. This means, you will have to create an exciting fake project to disguise the one you are actually working on!
When you surprise them with the real one, they will really feel special and will thank you for giving them such a memorable time.
5. Add Sweetness to the Party
No party is complete without anything sweet!
Be it small or big, sweets are a symbol of celebration. If you are feeling extra fancy, you can set an entire sweet counter with customised cookies, colourful candies, macaroons, cake sickles and anything else that goes with your chosen theme.
You can set up a doughnut wall too instead of bringing in a cake, which will surely leave an unforgettable impression on the guests. People will not stop taking ‘aesthetically-pleasing’ pictures in front of that wall for the ‘gram.
6. Order Caterers
Food and drinks are something that the guests are most excited about, so be up to date with it.
Another thing that you can do is to order food from the person’s (whom you’re surprising) favourite restaurant; this will add a gush of excitement in them.
You can also have separate stations for live cooking, like tacos and burritos and give the guests an option to create their own food on these stations. They will always remember the experience and talk about this party in the neighbourhood.
7. Turn Up the Music
Music is the greatest means of setting up the party vibe. Another great thing about music is that it comes in variations. You can adjust the genre according to the mood. At the same time, you can change people’s mood just by putting on some kind of music, meaning it’s a win-win!
While the party is running, catch the moment where you can also play soft music for people to slow-dance. The more the variations, the merrier!
Hiding is THE most important part of planning a surprise party. Just hiding physically doesn’t suffice, you have to make sure you don’t let the person you’re surprising enter the party area.
If you don’t hide those decorations, the surprise will get ruined. You have to act casual around them and hide your excitement in the process.
Make sure that you hide the supplies too, like cake, food and decorations for a smooth-looking surprise party!
To Sum Up
If you use this guide to plan your surprise party, it will surely make you the hero of the night.
While the customisations can be adjusted according to your preferences, with the help of this guide, you will be able to organise the basic structure of your party.
Oh also, while you’re at it, do not forget to enjoy and, once in a while, go wild!
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