I pulled off a surprise 60th birthday party for my husband in spite of vacationing all summer. He was 60 in August. I planned on a surprise party for him on September 8. We would be home at the end of August. So how did I do this?
I bought paper goods and decorations before we left for our vacation. I hid them in a closet I knew he never looks in. I wasn’t sure at that point how many people I would have so I made sure to have more rather than less.
I thought it would be fun to have a theme party. Since we are both Yoga practitioners I hired my Yoga instructor to come for an hour on a Saturday morning.
I made up evites on www.evite.com. That site is wonderful and it works! The evite was a save the date notification with a hard copy to come during the summer. I requested that people bring a towel or mat for our surprise guest.
I visited my daughter in April who loves to make cards on her computer. We went to Staples and bought postcards. I used the evite as a base for the invitations. My daughter printed out twenty which was the number with which I was working. I went across the street and bought stamps. I addressed them and put stamps on them so all my daughter had to do was put them in the mail box.
In June while we were away I sent out the evites. I got some responses back right away. The evite and hard copy invitations gave an r.s.v.p. deadline so I had plenty of time. I also knew I didn’t have too much to do when I got home – or so I thought!
I didn’t make my husband’s birthday a big deal. Although he was disappointed I knew that the surprise party would be all that better for him and it was although there were so many times I was going to tell him.
In August I e-mailed my daughter and she mailed the hard copy invitations. By the time I got home, August 24, I knew who was coming. I decided at some point that I didn’t want to cook or bake. I went to Whole Foods and ordered party platters and a cake.
The biggest challenge was naturally how to get him out of the house. Under the rouse that our friend needed help moving some computers and setting them up at our community center we got him out for an hour. Our good friends and daughter and son-in-law were here which could have clued him in but our friends visit occasionally and our kids had a good excuse – they were going to a former work related get together. Having these four was crucial. Although I wasn’t cooking I still had to set up; get beverages ready, get ice cubes ready, put up decorations and make sure there were chairs out side for those people who didn’t want to or weren’t able to sit on the ground. If it had rained I would have moved my furniture around to accommodate twenty people.
Our friend called us when they were “done” with the computers. Someone kept an eye out for his car. We all yelled surprise and it truly was one.
If I could pull this off you can too. In fact my husband commented that he didn’t think I had it in me to plan this party!