Having a best friend is something to be very grateful for. You have someone who gets you and is there for you in the good and the bad. Depending on how long you have known each other, you may have years of shared experiences, many Kodak moments, and a ton of inside jokes. When your best buddy’s birthday comes around, you need to make sure you celebrate them in style and let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life. One great way to say “Happy birthday, best friend” in an unforgettable way is to throw them a surprise party.
In this article, we are going to talk about how to plan a surprise birthday party for your best friend:
- Deciding to throw a surprise party
- Decide on a theme
- Plan the venue, activities, guest list, and catering
- Distract the guest of honor
- Enjoy the party
Deciding to Throw a Surprise Party
You don’t just wake up and decide to throw a surprise birthday party the next day. While many such parties are held on in the spur of the moment, our point is that there is a lot of planning to do. Before you start making plans, make sure you have thought about what your best friend might enjoy. Many people don’t enjoy surprise parties. They like to know what’s coming and are not particularly fond of being surprised or put on the spot. Before you decide to throw a big surprise for your friend, make sure you know that this is something they are going to appreciate. Another factor to consider here is the guest list. With some people who don’t enjoy the spotlight, you might be able to get away with a small party of their closest friends and connections.
Decide on a Theme
Once you have made the decision to throw the surprise party, you have a lot of work to do. The more buy-in and assistance you can get from mutual friends, the better it is going to be. Themed parties are very popular. You could decide to center the party around a certain theme that your best friend enjoys.
Some ideas of party themes include a certain period in history, a movie they love, a TV series, their hobbies, and their style. A theme isn’t at all necessary, but it could add an extra spark. You could then have your décor, outfits, and activities revolving around this theme.
Plan the Venue, Activities, Guest List, and Catering
The next step in the planning process is the actual details of the party. You need to think about the budget for the venue, activities, and food. How many people do you want to invite? This is going to help you decide on the appropriate venue and the quantity of food and drinks required for an enjoyable party.
Planning the perfect surprise party doesn’t have to throw you off-budget. You can go for a big event and rent a hotel party room, or you can make it smaller and more intimate by having the party at your place. For the food, you can hire catering along with the venue, or you can either cook or order pizza and drinks. The only thing you have to make sure of is that there is enough food and drinks for the number of people you are expecting.
Distract the Guest of Honor
When you have finalized all the details of the party, you have to make sure the party goes according to plan by distracting the guest of honor. Make sure you book their time ahead of the big day. There are various ways to do this without their suspecting that you are plotting something behind the scenes. You can offer to take them out to lunch or a movie on the day of the party. This could be their actual birthday or another appropriate day close to their birthday.
If you are planning to have a fancy dinner or evening party for your best friend, invite them out to dinner instead. You want to make sure that they are dressed accordingly for the kind of party you are hosting and the theme you have decided on. The last thing you want is for them to feel insecure and extremely underdressed on what is supposed to be their big day. If you are hosting a themed party, you could always arrange a special guest of honor outfit for them to change into once at the party.
Enjoy the Party
You have done all the hard work of planning a surprise party. You were successful in the oftentimes impossible task of keeping the party idea away from your best friend. It’s finally the big day. What’s left is to relax and enjoy the party. If it’s going to be a large party, you need to have as much help as you can because you can’t do it all.
When your best friend finally arrives for their surprise party, make sure you have done everything you can to ensure they feel special and loved. Gifts and speeches are always great to have. If your best friend is a lady, a great way to honor them is by giving them a party tiara so that they stand out throughout the party.
You can also give them a beautiful bouquet of flowers just to say, “Happy birthday, best friend!” It’s easy to order flowers online at FloraQueen. We offer a wide range of flowers for every occasion. Some of our bouquets are brightly colored and very elaborate, while others are simpler and more elegant. You can include a card and have these delivered to your door. If you’re falling behind on the party planning, you can make use of our special same-day and next-day delivery options, as long as you make the regional cut-off times.
Throwing your best friend a surprise birthday party is an exciting opportunity. While there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to pull it off, there is so much reward. Your friend is sure to enjoy the celebration and be grateful for the work you did and the love you showed.