Surprise Birthday Party Ideas

The biggest surprise of a surprise party is how to pull the whole thing off. Read on for surprise party tips that will make it a party they'll never forget!
Decorations
The most important decoration at a surprise party? Window coverings, so the surprisee can't look through the window before entering and see all the guests waiting inside.

Since the element of surprise is the most important part of a surprise party, you'll want to fill the party room with decorations that will truly shock the guest of honor: Cover the ceiling with helium balloons, put colored lightbulbs in all of your lamps, or keep a strobe light flashing. Make sure switches are easily accessible so that the party lights won't be a giveaway.

If the surprisee has any favorite hobbies, sports teams, animals or musical groups, you can incorporate those into the decor as well.

Costume Ideas
When deciding on a dress code, keep in mind what the guest of honor will likely be wearing, and let parents know so their kids can dress accordingly. This way, you won't make your guest of honor feel like the odd person out.

Party Activities
No surprise party how-to would be complete without suggestions for what to do at the party—you want to make sure you have something planned for after all the hiding and yelling of "Surprise!" Be sure to pick activities the guest of honor might like, such as board games or karaoke.

Food Ideas
Surprise parties are a great time to get creative and fun with your food. Throw rules and food pairings out the window, and focus on serving food that the guest of honor loves. Whether that means mac and cheese and ice cream sundaes, or fast-food hamburgers and red-velvet cupcakes, surprise the guest of honor with a buffet of his or her favorite indulgences and comfort foods.
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