Assorted Greeting Cards and A Big Surprise

by Henry L. on April 23, 2012

Looking back, I remember a time when I had been the host to a fantastic surprise birthday party. It was a 16th birthday party that took place at my home on a Saturday night in March. There was a lot of thought; preparation and planning that went into organizing the event. I sent out invitations about a month and a half in advance so that everyone could have enough time to plan ahead for the big night. I figured sending out invitations in the form of assorted greeting cards would be the best way for everyone to remember the date and mark it on their calendars.

As the day of the party drew closer, I double checked my list to count how many people were coming so I knew how much food to make and how many beverages were needed. There were 50 people coming. For those 50 people I had ordered 50 boxed greeting cards. On each card I wrote, “Thanks for sharing in my Sweet Sixteenth birthday” and included a picture of my daughter on it.

On the Saturday afternoon of my daughter’s birthday I began to decorate my home. I placed the pink and silver Happy Sweet Sixteenth Birthday banner up in the foyer and scattered the matching pink and silver balloons throughout the foyer, the kitchen and the dining room. I had ordered plenty of coordinating pink and sliver plastic plates, napkins, utensils and cups. Throughout the day I cooked and prepared appetizers, the main course and baked and created a two-tiered chocolate cake! As I finished icing the cake, I placed it on a silver platter on the kitchen table and surrounded the cake with pink and silver photo confetti. On the confetti were pictures of my daughter – just the perfect touch of detail to mark her special day.

At 8pm the guests started arriving and by 8:30pm everyone had arrived and the lights were out. We were ready for my daughter’s arrival. My daughter would be arriving at 8:45 from her dance class and we were all quiet and still ready for her entrance. I was the closest person to the front door and I heard the jingling of her keys as she was preparing to unlock the door. As she opened the door and reached to turn on the light, we shouted out “Surprise!”

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Arnold April 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Wow, That is a lot of work for a party, It seems the older I get , the more willing I am to pay someone to do all the work. It actually allows you to enjoy the party more, and you don’t have to clean up!

Prophet May 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I never helped plan a surprise party. I never gave a surprise party. I think I can safely say that I will never plan or give a surprise party. On the other hand I have been a guest at quite a few surprise parties. Regardless of the planning and folderol the menu is the main thing. To me, it’s the food that makes the party. Good food always makes a great party. I don’t care if the place is decorated in gold, sub par cuisine will always spell disaster for any party.

Daniela May 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I’ve never planned a surprise party but its sounds like fun to plan. I agree with the Prophet the food makes or breaks the party.

Clara June 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Wow, I am happy for you. I think the hardest thing to do is plan a surprise party and actually pull off the surprise. From your description, it sounds like your house looked great. Unlike the previous commenters, I happen to love decorating for parties and pulling together a theme or ambiance to fit the mood of the celebration. Makes me want to plan a party of my own :)

Sara June 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I’m planning a surprise party now and its super stressful! So many details and keep it a secret is super hard!

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