Throwing a surprise party for your spouse is an excellent way to express your love for them. There are lots of details involved to make the most of such an important event. Throughout the entire planning process, everything must be done in a way that hides the situation. Payments may need to come from a separate account, another home may be used to store supplies, and a friend may need to bring your spouse to the party. To pull it all off, you would have to be well-planned and very secretive. However, with the strategy below, it can be done!
Start by picking a theme, budget, and date for the party. A simple event saying “happy birthday” is usually enough. However, if there’s a subject that your spouse is passionate about, use that information to make the party more special. For the cinema enthusiast, decorate to match the movie genre or celebrity that they love the most. Roll out the red carpet, pop popcorn, and hang up iconic images from horror, romance, or comedic films.
If your spouse has an interest in the roaring ’20s, a bootlegger’s ball can recapture the sneakiness of the prohibition era. Use whiskey and gin cocktails as mock moonshine. Serve drinks in mason jars or wrapped in paper bags for a speakeasy feel.
With an alcohol-themed party, some may feel free to indulge a bit more than they would normally. Provide DHM hangover supplements for guests along with water and designated drivers to get home. That way everyone can enjoy the festivities responsibly and wake up feeling well.
Now that you have picked a direction to go in, send the invitations, plan a menu, and acquire any help that you may need. For the invitations, the mail is not the only acceptable option. Emails and phone calls are also appropriate and will help to keep your event hidden.
The number of guests that you choose will determine the amount of food that should be prepared. Select recipes that can be made in advance and will only need warming on the day of the party. Solicit friends to help if you are not able to hire a professional to pass out appetizers, or tidy up after the party is over.
Review the amount of cookware and service dishes you have available. If you need more, purchase additional pieces from a discount store to stretch your budget further. Food-safe specialty paint can be used to match plates to each other or the theme of the party.
As you get closer to your event, begin preparing your house or the venue by cleaning and setting up the seating. A home cleaning checklist will ensure that you touch every nook and cranny. For a venue, contact whoever set up the reservation to understand what will be done for you and what you will have to do on your own.
Once your space is ready, place the seating in a way that will allow guests to easily pass through. Consider making separate stations for the food, utensils, drinks, and dessert. Along with this, designate an area for coats that has plenty of hooks or hangers available. Make sure this area is secure so that valuable items leave with the correct owner at the end of the night.
With so much to think about inside, don’t forget about the outside of your event. Ensure that there is adequate space for parking, and consider giving notification to the neighbors that there will be an increase of visitors to the area.
On the day of the party, the only thing left for you to do is to greet guests as they arrive. Explain how the surprise will be revealed, and allow a designated person to escort your spouse in. Now is the time to enjoy your hard work. Your guest of honor will appreciate it.