How to Throw a Surprise Birthday Party

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Is there someone in your life who deserves a surprise celebration? If you’re wondering how to throw a surprise birthday party for a close friend or family member, we’ve got you covered.

While some people cringe at the idea of walking into a room of people without notice, others are thrilled by the excitement. Make sure you’re throwing a surprise party for someone who will appreciate the time and effort it takes. 

How to Throw a Surprise Birthday Party

Find a date that works: It might take a bit of investigation work, but determine a date or weekend that works for the guest of honor. Make sure you have enough time to plan the party and give the guests enough time to coordinate schedules. 

Determine a decoy plan: The best way to make sure the guest of honor doesn’t make other plans on the day of the party is to create a decoy plan. Make sure it sounds reasonable and fun and encourages the guest of honor to get ready in the same way they would for the actual party. 

Create a guest list: If you have a close relationship with the guest of honor, you may already have a good idea of the guest list. Think of friends, family members, and coworkers to invite. 

Pick a venue: Once you have the date locked in, pick a venue that is available that date. You’ll also need to consider the amount of people you have on your guest list. 

Send out invitations: Once you’ve got your guest list and venue picked out, you’ll have to send out invitations. You can send out paper invitations, email invitations, or create a Facebook group. Choose the option that makes most sense for the group. 

Food and drinks: Now to the fun details. You’ll need to book vendors for food and drinks for the event. Consider the guest of honor when making these decisions. It can be laid back with snacks and finger foods, or you can plan a more formal dinner. 

Entertainment: What’s a party without entertainment? Think yard games, live music, interactive games, and more. At Historic Acres of Hershey we have a firepit you can rent out as well. 

Wait…hope they don’t find out!

Plan a Surprise Birthday Party at Historic Acres of Hershey

Wondering how to throw a surprise birthday party? Historic Acres of Hershey is the perfect venue for your event. We’ve got multiple spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes. Contact us for more information and available dates.