How to word an invitation for a 30th surprise birthday

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How to word an invitation for a 30th surprise birthday
Plan your invitation so your guests will keep the secret. (party invitation image by robert mobley from

A surprise birthday party for 30-year-old is a difficult thing to pull off, and many preparations must be made in order to keep the secret. How can you inform everyone about the party while making sure it all stays under wraps? Remembering that "surprise" is the keyword will help you construct the invitations carefully and ensure that nobody will spill the beans to the guest of honour about the big day.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Use a pen or pencil and a piece of paper to make a rough draft of your party invitation.

  2. 2

    Write the words, "Surprise," "Shhh" or "It's A Secret" in large letters in the first phrase of your invitation. "Surprise 30th" and "Shhh, it's a Surprise!" are captivating, attention-grabbing surprise party headlines.

  3. 3

    Invite your guests to the party and write the name of the guest of honour in the second line. "Come to a surprise birthday party for Jane," "Celebrate Jane's 30th birthday with us at her surprise party!" or another variation will express your invitation and reiterate the surprise.

  4. 4

    List the date and time for the birthday party. Ask the guests to arrive promptly so the surprise isn't ruined. A simple, "Don't be late!" will convey your wishes.

  5. 5

    List the location, address and, if necessary, directions. Ask the guests to park at a separate location if needed: "Please park on the North side of the building," or, "Please park across the street."

  6. 6

    List a name and phone number for your guests to RSVP. "Don't call Jane -- call Sally instead at (phone number)."

  7. 7

    Finish the invitation with another "Surprise" reminder, such as "Please keep our secret," "Shhhh!" or "It's a Surprise!"

  8. 8

    Write your message on store-bought invitations or create the invitation on your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Use "Secret," "Surprise" and "Shhh!" as much as possible and in large letters in your invitation to remind guests not to tell the guest of honour.
  • When setting the time for your party, remember to ask guests to arrive half an hour before the guest of honour so the guests will be in place for the surprise.
  • Many online websites allow you to create and print your own birthday invitations instead of writing them by hand.

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