Surprise parties on the horizon? Look no further, I’ve put together a small little step by step guide to help out with organising a surprise party.
I’ve been away but now I’m back, I can assure you, it won’t happen again. I’ve just been super busy trying to follow in Cilla Black’s footsteps (God rest her soul), and let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy.
It all started around three months ago, when I was thinking of doing something really nice for my sister, Carla and Jake’s sister, Rachael as it was their big milestone birthdays, Carla’s being the big 4-0 and Rachael becoming 30. Both of them hate to be made a fuss of, thats when the epiphany came, lets throw them a surprise party! They’ll hate it and love it all at the same time!
Arrange to go out with the “surprise-ee” before you plan anything else, this is most important as you could end up throwing a surprise party, whilst the birthday person is sunning it up in Africa. Don’t be a fool, make that fake reservation for Sheesh!
Find your location, do you want to pay for a venue or have it at home? This all really depends if you have a lot of people attending and if you want to be cleaning for days… Venue it is! We chose the Cauliflower Pub in my hometown, Ilford. It’s been renovated with a classic and vintage look with some modern features in there to jazz things up – everyone knows how much I love my interior, its everything!
Invite, invite, invite. Give your guests notice so they can organise themselves for the big event. Be a bugga boo, be shamefully in their faces – just make sure they are there. I used the lovely power of social media to get everyone together, just make sure the settings on the event are private so the “surprise-ees” don’t get a hint of what is going on.
DJ – Unless your venue has access to music, make sure you get a DJ. Gathering around your Sony Ericsson listening to music whilst its on 5% battery is so last century.
Its drawing closer to the event and butterflies are giving you crazy anxiety, lets make ourselves feel better and buy party decorations and props. This is vital to any party, I’m so glad I got the props as they were a big hit. I purchased the clip board and photo booth props from Tiger, that shop is amazingly cheap!
The wigs I had already had from previous fancy dress parties, unfortunately my Mia Wallace wig got left behind. My friend, Nicola really helped me out and bought me more hats and wacky glasses to go with the other props, all hail Nicola!
Help.. Get as much help as you can, it all can get really emotional and stressful. My keyword for the day was “ZEN”, Aimee knows and she did a brilliant job helping me with the decorations – love you boo! Find your zen with the help of your friends, you won’t be able to enjoy yourself otherwise!
Food, every party needs it – you don’t want your guests to starve especially if they are drinking. Plan your food, and give yourself enough time, especially if you’re making things from scratch.
At every party, my mumma always makes her famous fried chicken, its tradition so we had that along with my cous cous and a mash up of mine and my mums potato salad, as well as other party finger food… It was lush, or so I’ve been told, ay Carla?
Now that everything is sorted and set up, get the birthday people down to the event. Think of the excuse why you’re pulling over randomly. Mine was to urinate which is pretty legit, no one will question that. Make sure your guests are aware that you’re arriving so they can scream “SURPRISE”.
What do you call it..? GARAGE!