If your best friend is getting married soon and you are planning to throw a hen party for her, a surprise party would probably be the best idea. It’s unique and it will surely offer the bride-to-be and your circle of friends memories that will not be easily forgotten. With time flying by so fast and schedules getting tighter, however, how do you pull off the perfect surprise party? Here are some tips:
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Timing is of the Essence
The timing of the party is crucial in order for the element of surprise to be in full effect. Most hen parties are held a week or a few days before the wedding, so it won’t really be that big of a surprise for your friend if you go with tradition. What you would want to do instead is hold the party well in advance of the wedding – at least a couple of months before the big day. It will be more of a surprise for your best friend because she won’t be expecting it at all.
Don’t Leave People Clueless
A lot of attempted hen surprise parties fail because some of the bride-to-be’s friends or relatives are not aware of the plan and end up ruining everything by blurting out something. To prevent the beans from spilling, make sure you let everyone know that the party is going to be a surprise. Whether you’re going to spread the news through phone call, text message, e-mail, or social media, see to it everybody is reminded.
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Remove Any Obstacle
Again, timing is everything, and when planning a surprise hen party, see to it that you find out first what your friend’s work schedule looks like. In most cases, the bride-to-be would have some input on the party plan. But, since it’s a surprise party, you as the organizer are the one you will make sure the date of the event won’t overlap with important work schedules. For instance, it would be a bad idea to have the party a night before a big presentation at work. Perhaps you can talk to her colleagues or even to her supervisor or manager to make sure there won’t be any heavy tasks for the bride on the day and the day after the party.
Set Up a Decoy
Arranging a fake outing is one of the most effective ways to divert the bride’s attention and make sure that she won’t have a bit of a clue that there’s a surprise brewing up. You can enlist the help of some of your friends or even of her fiancé. This is also an excellent way to make sure she’ll reserve the date and surely be there for the surprise party.
Put Yourself in Her Shoes
Finally, to make sure the bride-to-be end up enjoying the surprise party thrown for her, put yourself in her shoes during the planning phase. This means carefully considering the guest list, the menu, and the activities for the event. As her best friend, you should know well enough who she wants and do not want to be in the guest list. You should also know well enough what type of party food she would want to be in the menu and what kind of activities she would want to enjoy with her friends.
If you can keep these things in mind when planning for the event, you can definitely be sure to have the perfect surprise hen party for your bride-to-be best friend!