Surprise, Surprise!

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.

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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!

Step 1:

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!

Step 2:

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!

Curtesy of the Cauliflower
Courtesy of the Cauliflower Pub
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Courtesy of the Cauliflower Pub
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Courtesy of the Cauliflower Pub

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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!  gllll gllllaa jules kazza propp propppe rpop


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!

Step 6:

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!

Step 7:

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?

Aimee for BFC = Babsie’s Fried Chicken

Step 8:

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”.

Step 9:

PARTAY! PARTAY! PARTAY!  It’s what all this planning has been about, get your backside on ze dance floor!DSC_0265 DSC_0266 DSC_0280 DSC_0278 DSC_0275 DSC_0274 DSC_0282 DSC_0284 DSC_0288 DSC_0301 DSC_0336 DSC_0320 DSC_0312 DSC_0303 DSC_0345 DSC_0351 DSC_0366 DSC_0370 DSC_0395 DSC_0378 DSC_0377 DSC_0375 DSC_0416 DSC_0434 DSC_0439 DSC_0452 DSC_0468 DSC_0466

What do you call it..? GARAGE!

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Come on

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