Throw a surprise birthday party that everyone will enjoy and remember. Make a checklist of ideas and tasks that need to be done first. Here are several tips to make your party a success.
- Create a Theme
Build your surprise birthday party around a specific theme. Avoid making the common mistake of choosing the theme that interests you instead of the person who you’re throwing the party for. Choose a theme from his or her perspective, even if it’s not one of your personal favorites.
Even for a simple birthday party theme, you need plenty of time to prepare. An elaborate theme requires elaborate accommodations like costumes or decorations. None of this planning should be done at the last minute. Rent a venue or transportation well in advance or you may not get the service that you want.
- Hire Professionally Trained Bar Staff
In addition to having plenty of food, there should be drinks and preferably an alcohol stand for adult guests. When you are dealing with alcohol, be cautious when you choose the servers. You don’t want a bartender or wait staff that serves anyone, so work only with certified professionals. Look for a TABC seller server certification that proves an individual’s ability to serve alcohol responsibly.
- Hire Catering
Hire catering to add a special touch to your event. Choose this option if you don’t want to cook but don’t want takeout food either. Have the caterers show up at the house, set up the food stands and serve guests individually. It’s also the ideal option to serve food at a last minute.
Take a few minutes to research your many catering options. Choose whether you want a buffet or banquet style service. Then, choose the type of food because some caterers specialize in snacks and finger foods, while others specialize in preparing and serving full course meals.
If you are planning a surprise birthday party, stick to foods that your party recipient actually likes. It’s also important to include the general tastes of your guests. Include a wide range of catered options that appeal to everyone.
- Put Together a Slideshow
Adults reach certain milestones in their lives that deserve special recognition. Some people accomplish certain goals by the ages of 30, 40 or 50. A birthday party is the perfect time to discuss their life’s events in a tribute. Put together a slideshow full of photos, videos and personal items that bring back memories.
This tribute is another surprising element to add to a surprise birthday party. Consider inviting special guests to make surprise appearances. For a 50th birthday party, consider inviting old classmates or college friends to join. For seniors after the age of 50, it’s ideal to reflect on their lives using this creative method.
Planning a surprise birthday party is worth the secrecy and effort. It’s still a difficult task that requires a lot of planning. Plan well for every aspect of this event and avoid any unexpected surprises along the way.