Surprise party advice for 21st birthday party

A friend of mine is turning 21 in two weeks time and she hasn't had a birthday party before and she is very reserved I want to throw a surprise birthday party for her I'm just not too sure how to go about doing it.

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Jan 13, 2010
21st Suprise Party Planner
by: Krista Blaes

First, have no fear. This can be done! I?ve put together large corporate events in the same amount of time. The first thing to do is start creating the guest list. If you know the friend well enough, sit down and list out family and friends you know she would feel comfortable spending her birthday with. If you are afraid you?ll leave someone out, enlist the help of a family member or other close friend. Compile a list of e-mails and phone numbers.

Secondly, you need to ensure the birthday girl has the time of the party secretly blocked out. Invite her to a movie, have someone ask her to babysit?whatever excuse that will work.

Next, determine where the party will be held. At someone?s home, or perhaps a private room at a restaurant. Then get those details in the invite and send them out ASAP. Given the time frame, e-mail the invitations. There are plenty of places on the web that offer free electronic invitations with templates to personalize the message. Or, just write up the details and send without the frills. The most important thing is to get everyone informed. Have an RSVP date so you can have a pretty good handle on how many people to expect so you can have enough cake, ice cream, beverages and so on. If you anticipate allot of guests, ask a few to help with the planning and execution. Put one person in charge of the cake, another the beverages, decorations and so on.

To add a personal touch, a fun thing to do is ask friends and family to send you a little note about a special memory they have of the birthday girl. You can create a board with the stories and photos provided by family of her childhood, teenage and adulthood years.

No matter how in depth or simple the party details are, this is sure to be a special occasion given the warm and thoughtfulness behind the planning.

Best of luck!

Krista Blaes

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