Post # 1
The party is going to be really simple…we’ll go to dinner like it’s just the two of us…and then SURPRISE! A bunch of his friends and family will also be there to celebrate. After dinner I plan on having everyone back to the house for games and cake. This is the first surprise party I’ve tried…what are some good tips?
Post # 3
I did the same thing for FI a few years ago (sans the after party at our house). I told him we were meeting his parents and brother/SIL at a restaurant to celebrate his dads birthday (their bdays are 3 days apart) but in reality all of our nearest and dearest were there to surprise him. It worked out flawlessly and he had no idea.
As for tips, the only thing I can really suggest is to designate an area for your guests to park in so that the surprise isn’t blown. The restaurant where I held his party had a full parking lot behind it but also a few spots on the side. On the invite I asked for everyone to park in the back as I was going to try to park on the side so he didn’t see their cars. Everyone obliged and it worked out perfectly. This may not be a big deal for some but FI has a photographic memory and can tell you what EVERYONES license plate is. If he would have saw their cars, the whole surprise would have been blown.
Oh also, you’ll want to be in contact with someone at the restaurant so that they know when you’ll be there. When we were stopped at a red light about 5 minutes away I sent my friend a quick text so she could rally the troops. When we got there everyone was ready for the “SURPRISE!”. It was great!
Post # 4
@UpstateCait: Thanks for the tip about the parking! I never would have thought of that!
Post # 5
@kate169: I’m trying to do something similar for DH next month. My plan is to start at our apartment and then go out after spontaneously. I’m thinking I will do simple decorations, snacks and cake and maybe a special cocktail in a punch bowl as well as beer and wine. Now I just need to figure out how to get the supplies into the apt without him noticing.
Post # 6
As a tip, if you can book a pricvate room at the restaurant it makes the party more fun (no need to be calm and quiet as you are not bothering other guests) and you can just tell him it’s some one else’s event (birthday, anniversary, etc.). That makes for the best surprise face when the birthday person thinks they are celebrating someone else. My aunt did this with my uncle and even went as far as “hiding” his present of a 42 in TV under his nose by saying her sister asked her to hide it from her husband whose birthday was in the same month. He laughed when he saw the wrapped box reappear for him.