Surprise parties are a blast and will really give everyone involved some great memories, but planning them can be tricky. Get advice and ideas as well as tools to check off everything on your planning to-do list.
Before you start in on planning all the details of the party you want to throw for your best friend, mom, child, husband or significant other, it's a good idea to figure out whether you should do a surprise party or not. Surprise parties are a blast, but they are not for everyone, and if you want to make your partner happy or friend happy, you should plan a party you know they will enjoy. Also keep in mind that some people are harder to keep secrets from to pull off an effective surprise. Do your research first from community forums or inspiration boards to find out more about what others have done to plan a surprise party and how they decided whether a surprise party was the best choice. You will also get more ideas about how best to surprise the person you want to surprise and excuses to get someone to a surprise party without giving away the secret.
Once you've decided for sure on a surprise party and have gotten some good ideas, you'll need to look into places to have a surprise party that are near you. It's best to choose a location that accommodates the amount of guests you are expecting and that's easy to hide cars or have people park farther away. If you want to choose a public location, it's good to keep in mind that there's the element of surprise, so you don't want to pick a place like a fancy restaurant where you might disturb others during the big entrance. Especially if you're on a budget, it might be best to plan a party at the place where you live or where the birthday person lives or to coordinate with mutual friends to have it at one of their places. Whatever you decide, collaborating with others is going to be essential for pulling off a surprise party.
The most important part of surprise party planning is doing it secretly and efficiently so you don't forget anything important. In order to get ready for the big day, make sure to have a checklist or to do list to make sure you take care of everything from themes and decorations to RSVPs from friends and guests. Also don't forget to have some good food and drink as well as activities planned! If you're planning the surprise party for a child, you can make your kids happy by planning ahead for fun party games that everyone can play and make the day feel extra special.
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