Besides giving well-thought presents that they may find useful and worth keeping, throwing a surprise birthday party for your friends and family is the other way of appreciating them and showing that you value the relationship you have with them.
Throwing a surprise party is not easy though. For starters, executing the surprise bit seamlessly requires a lot of work behind the scenes. Then like any other party, there are a variety of things to put in place and do for the success of the party.
Whether you are seeking to organise a surprise birthday party for a child on the cheap or you want to surprise an adult (friend, partner, parent or sibling) with a party, check out these tips for a party they’ll remember for a very long time.
Date and venue
If their birthday is on a busy weekday, it would be in everyone’s best interest to schedule your party to the weekend before it or the one falling after. If it is nothing too elaborate, then you can squeeze it on a weekday evening but the best time would still be on the weekend. The date and the venue are factors to consider seriously especially if you want to organise the best party for your teenage child.
The venue is determined by the size of the party and how much you are willing to spend. It is possible to hold a small party in a house, whether that’s yours or the birthday person’s house. You should, however, assess the possibility of them finding out about the party beforehand and spoiling the ‘surprise’. If you want something more elaborate, you can have a restaurant or a club as your venue. The advantage of this arrangement is that there is no after-party mess left behind for you to clean up and those attending don’t feel obligated to stay behind and help.
Choose the food and drinks menu
Regardless of whether you are hosting your surprise birthday party in a restaurant or a house, you need to have control and choose the food and drinks menu. This ensures that everyone attending the party has something suitable to their palates and there is enough of it. You don’t want the restaurant staff telling you there is nothing left of a certain item on the menu when you make an order.
Plan and make definitive catering arrangements with the restaurant in good time to avoid last-minute rush and inconveniences. The drinks menu should also have a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
It is the company and the activities at a party that makes for a memorable time. Invite people known and close to the person whose birthday you are celebrating. Inviting strangers or people not in good terms with them are a sure way to have awkward moments at the party for everyone in attendance. The surprise should be fun, remember!
Organise for fun activities between the eating and the drinking. If you need help with this, you can check funattic.com for a number of interesting activities that are sure to light up your party.
More importantly, you’ll need to have a birthday cake!