So you’re thinking about planning a stealth birthday party for someone you like or love or work with every day. What a good friend you are! Everyone loves a good surprise … right?
The truth is you’ll be an even better friend if you ask yourself these 7 crucial questions before you commit. The point is for everyone to have fun, including you, so think it over first.
- DOES THIS PERSON REALLY LOVE SURPRISES?
In reality, not everyone loves a big, loud, spontaneous event like the one you have in mind. If the person celebrating a birthday is an introvert, for example, s/he might need time to mentally prepare for a big social scene. Tossing him or her into one without warning could be more stressful than enjoyable. Even the most social person might not love the fact that she didn’t have the chance to dress for the occasion. So before you get too far down the road, picture the exact moment when the surprise happens – and think about how your friend will really feel when the crowd jumps out and yells, “Surprise!”
- DO YOU KNOW WHO TO INVITE?
Would your friend or loved one like coworkers at the party? Do you know how to get in touch with old college friends or neighbors? You don’t want to leave people off the guest list, which could result in hurt feelings. At the same time, you don’t want to invite anyone that will create awkwardness, like the in-laws or exes whose friend status you don’t know much about. If you’re not sure who would make the cut or how to get in touch with them, maybe a surprise party isn’t the best idea.
- CAN YOU ACTUALLY PULL IT OFF?
Surprise birthday parties take a TON of effort, organizing and coordinating stories. Do you have the time to devote to the task? Be honest with yourself when answering this one.
- ARE YOU WILLING TO SPEND THE CASH?
Beyond time and energy, a surprise party usually costs a bundle. If you have it at a nearby bar or restaurant, you might need to put down a deposit or promise a minimum amount for food and drinks. If you throw the party at someone’s place, that means food, drinks, decorations and maybe even rentals or a cleaning service before and after. People might offer to help you with the costs, but what if they don’t follow through? You need to be OK covering whatever expenses actually come up, regardless of what the others do.
- CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
How much do you trust yourself and the others who will be involved in the planning? What about the loose lips on the guest list? Will you be devastated if the guest of honor accidentally finds out ahead of time? It’s impossible to know what will happen – and if a spoiled surprise will feel devastating, you might want to rethink your plans.
- WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS A GREAT EVENT?
What about a cake? Should you whip up a poster or frame up some photos? Can you curate a custom playlist with songs you know s/he will love? Just giving the party is enough, but you should think about these extras when you’re planning things out.
- HOW WILL S/HE GET TO THE PARTY?
The heart of any surprise birthday party is, of course, the person you’re surprising. How confident are you in your ability to get the guest of honor to a specific location at a particular time? Will s/he be suspicious of your story? Does s/he have a habit of bailing on plans at the last minute? If there’s any chance it will be a struggle to get him/her to the party, even the best plans might end in disaster.
SURPRISE OR NOT, EVERY BIRTHDAY’S BETTER WITH JERRY’S KITCHEN
Whether you go for a full-on surprise or a totally planned birthday party, you’ll have a LOT more fun if you trust all the arrangements to Jerry’s Kitchen.
Our catering service pros are ready to help you organize a delicious birthday, holiday or corporate celebration. We will send our award-winning food trucks to your home or party site – or deliver a classic catered feast with all your favorites.
To book catering services for your personal or business celebration near Doylestown or Greater Philadelphia, give us a call right now.
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