Surprising your daughter, son or friend is a great way to make their special day that little bit more memorable and enjoyable. However, surprises do require a lot of planning and preparation and you must ensure the birthday boy or girl does not suspect a thing about their big day surprise. Some of the better ideas include a kidnapping party, a weekend festival surprise or even try some outside-the-box thinking by bringing the surprise to them.
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A Kidnapping Surprise
A kidnapping party can take the element of surprise to a whole new level. You need to first find out a day when the celebrant will be at home and arrange for all the party goers to meet at the designated party area on time. Then turn up at the celebrant's doorstep when he least expects it (during dinner, for example) -- blindfold the birthday boy and lead him out to the car. From here you can take him to the designated party area where everybody should be waiting for the surprise. Thinking a little outside the box, you could also arrange a pajama party and kidnap the celebrant just as he is getting up or going to bed -- as he arrives in his pyjamas, everyone else will be wearing their bed clothes too.
Festivals and Weekend Breaks
If you have a little extra money to spend, a surprise weekend-away party could be just the ticket -- great ideas for places to go include music festivals or cities on weekend breaks. Planning time away though can be quite complicated so the first thing you need to do is confirm what dates will work. Casually slip in the dates during a conversation with them or check with their parents to see if they are busy. Plan the party for a school holiday or term break if they are still at school; otherwise, ensure their employer is happy to give them some holiday time off. If you are planning a surprise party abroad, make sure that you have the celebrant's passport details and any insurance for booking.
A Surprise at Home
Instead of taking the celebrant to the surprise, you could bring the surprise to the celebrant. Throwing a party for the birthday girl at her own home is a great idea, especially if you can get all the guests to arrive on her doorstep at the same time. The most efficient way of organising this kind of party is to arrange a date with the teenager's parents first -- ensure the parents will keep her at home until the time for surprise arrives. Have all the guests arrive at a predesignated place, for example at the park or a local mall, and then walk down together to the celebrant's house. You can either all turn up at the same time or ring the doorbell one by one to make things funnier.
There are plenty of things that can tip off the birthday boy or girl to their surprise, so make sure you avoid some of the more common mistakes. The most obvious error is having one of your friends mention the party without knowing it was a surprise -- avoid this by writing a strict "SURPRISE: DO NOT TELL" warning on each invitation. You should also avoid spending too much time planning away from the birthday boy or girl because if it is obvious you are spending less time with them, they may get suspicious as to what you are up to or may even be offended at being left out. Avoid this by ensuring your friendship or family routines are not altered too much and make things as normal as possible.
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