How to Throw a Surprise Party
SURPRISE! Surprise parties are a great way to make someone’s
day. With a little planning and this easy how-to guide, you can throw your friend
a surprisingly awesome celebration that she will never forget!
1. Pick a Date
Choose sooner over later. If the surprise is for her birthday,
it's probably best to do it before the big day instead of after. She won’t be expecting
it and if you wait until after her birthday, she might think you've forgotten about
her on her actual birthday. Prevent her from spending her birthday sad or disappointed.
2. Invite All of Her Friends (Very Secretly!)
It’s always fun to celebrate your birthday with the people
you care about most! Your friend will appreciate having all her friends surrounding
her to celebrate her special day. Since it will be a surprise, be sure to notify
guests to keep it a secret. You may simply refer to it as, “The Surprise.” Also,
make sure your friend doesn't think you're making plans without her. After all,
the celebration is to show how much you appreciate her. Plan with her friends over
the phone or email and avoid social networks, too. Eliminate any chance for her
to find out before the big party. That includes talking about it when she might
3. Set Up Your Menu
Consider what your friend really likes to eat and those that
will be invited. They will all want to have some good eats or good treats. Why not
have a potluck? Everyone can chip in! Or organize a menu around a theme and ask
everyone to bring a different ingredient. You can do this for a make-your-own-pizza
night or an ice-cream sundae bar. There are many options that can work.
4. Plan Her Entrance
Make sure everyone is planning on arriving early before the
guest of honor. You don’t want her to see people arrive at the party at the same
time she does.
That would definitely ruin the surprise! When planning, decide what
will happen when your friend arrives and makes her entrance. What will be the signal
to shout “SURPRISE?!” Will you throw confetti?
5. Don’t Forget the “Party” in Surprise Party
Too many surprise parties focus only on the surprise itself.
But what happens after the surprise? Plan an activity like decorating cupcakes,
watching her favorite movie or making jewelry so that you have something to do after
the surprise and everyone can hang out together at the party.
6. Help the Birthday Girl Look Her Best
Your friend will definitely appreciate if you help her look
good for her party. Don't let her get caught in her sweats with her hair in a mess!
You will need to figure out a plan to get her at the party at the right time. Tell
her you're going somewhere that requires her to dress up a little — a special dinner,
another party, a movie at the mall. That way she'll be flattered by the surprise
and enjoy taking pictures with a crowd of friends gathered just for her!
Get fun surprise party ideas with helpful tips and advice from teen girls at BeingGirl.com.