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events 02 | surprise birthday party

events 02 | surprise birthday party

My husband recently turned the big 3-0! I know I know, it's not that old but it still deserved a party! Here are a couple thoughts when planning a surprise party: 

1. Venue + Guest list. Think about what the guest of honor would desire. A huge blow out vs an intimate gathering. What space will allow for that number of people without feeling empty or too crowded. { I went with an intimate gathering of Aaron's closest friends and chose a small space so it would feel warm. It was a semi-secret space above one of Aaron's favorite bars! }

2. Food & drink! In my opinion it's not a party without them. What is easy enough for you as the hostess to manage, cooking vs. catering. { I chose easy! Pizza from fantastic local restaurant and cocktails. }

3. Brand your party! This helps guests get a good feel of what to expect before coming. It helps to set the proper mood and make the party feel cohesive and well planned by the time the surprise happens.  (guest gifts: homemade brandied cherries  |  gold paper found here)

4. Figure out your story and stick to it! In our house surprises don't happen, we just get too excited and spoil them. I had 4 friends helps with logistics which included fake group texts about a fake hang out, fake meetings and fake reasons why our debit card was being used for weird things like palm leaf plates.  

5. Hand off responsibilities to dear friends who want to help so you can enjoy watching your loved one feel special. Friends helped bake, take pictures and even get him to the location so I could soak it all in. Memories are the most important part to take away.  
 -ashley

 

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Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
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SURPRISE!

Hart and Honey Collective : How to throw a classy surprise birthday party
hart and honey collective : how to throw a classy surprise birthday party
hart and honey collective : how to throw a classy surprise birthday party

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