My fiance turns 30 this year, and that means my surprise party planning is officially in full swing. It’s safe to say that I’ve got surprise parties on the brain so I wanted to share with you some tips to help you plan your own parties!


Do not talk about the surprise party, and make sure none of the guests talk about the surprise party to or around the guest of honor!

Designate an accomplice

Having a partner in crime who does not live in the same house as the guest of honor makes it easier to store party supplies, track RSVPs, decorate the party venue and ensure that the guest of honor shows up at the right time and place.

Keep RSVPs secret

A surprise invitation should make it crystal clear that this is a huge secret and that you are counting on guests not to spill the beans.

Plan the diversion

Never assume that your guest of honor will arrive at the designated party venue at the right time without a babysitter. Be prepared to call people into a room at an unforeseen time in the event the person shows up earlier (or later) than initially planned.

Park smart

If the party is at a home, ask guests to arrive at least an hour before your victim’s expected arrival and instruct them to park around the block or carpool to make the number of vehicles on your quiet side street less suspicious.

Fake it

One fun way to keep the real party under wraps is to either plan or even throw a smaller “fake” party on a different date so they never see the real one coming.

Happy planning!