Thinking about throwing your parents a surprise party for their wedding anniversary? Whether your mum and dad are celebrating 10, 25, or 50 years together, throwing an anniversary party is a great way to show how much you love and admire them — and the surprise element makes it extra special! Read on for tips on how to organise and throw an unforgettable surprise anniversary party your parents will love!
Choose your guest list
When it comes to compiling your guest list, do so with your parents in mind. Only invite people you know they’d truly want to be there. Would they prefer it to be a smaller gathering of just their close friends and family? Or would they love a huge party with all their friends and extended family in attendance? Whoever you decide to invite, creating a solid guest list is important, and make sure you touch base with each invitee so you can get an accurate head count. Also make a point to include the need for secrecy on your invites — you don’t want anyone accidentally letting slip to your parents before the party!
Choose your venue
Throwing your party at your own home can make the whole thing easier to organise, as well as help you save a lot of money. You could also have it at your parents or siblings home; whichever has the most space or nicest garden. If it’s summer, you could even hold the party in outdoors at a nice park or beach. If you do want to book a venue, however, make sure you get it sorted several months in advance. Leave it too late and you may find the place you want has already booked up. Restaurants, hotels, or a local hall can make suitable and affordable party venues.
Choose your decorations
The great thing about a surprise party is you can keep the decor as simple and inexpensive as you want. If you’re at home, the most important thing is to make sure everything’s neat, clean, and tidy. Decorate with bouquets of fresh flowers and balloons. Covering your tables with high-quality table linen adds a colourful and special touch. If you’d rather not buy your table linen and just need it for the day of the party, considering renting some instead. Linen Hire | Table cloth Hire | Chair Cover Hire – TheLinenHire.co.uk. Above all, make sure your decor matches your chosen colour theme, and your home or venue is bound to look great.
Plan the food
A buffet is the perfect choice for a surprise party. They’re easy enough to plan and set up on the day — you could enlist some friends or family members to help. If your party’s in the summer, a BBQ with side salads is a delicious, filling meal everyone can enjoy. Otherwise, just buy enough finger foods to satisfying your guests: pizza slices, mini sandwiches, crisps, fruit, and salad. Ask your guests to bring a dish or a bottle of drink with them. Don’t forget to get a cake, either! Contact a bakery to make one in your parent’s favourite flavours. Or if you’re a competent baker, you could make it yourself if you have enough time. You could also box up slices of cake to give to your guests once they leave as a nice thank you token.
Organise with your guests
Get in contact with your guests the day before the party to discuss when exactly they should arrive. Highlight the importance of them arriving early, so there’s enough time for you all to organise the surprise reveal before your parents get there. Remember to hand out confetti and noisemakers in time beforehand. If your guests turn up a couple of minutes late, tell them to wait about fifteen minutes extra before entering — you don’t want late stragglers spoiling the surprise for your parents. If the party’s going to be held at someone’s home, let your guests know where to park far enough away from the house.
And, there you have it: a step-by-step guide to planning a surprise party for your parent’s wedding anniversary. The key is to give yourself ample time to plan the event in advance, as well as to get everything organised and set up early enough in the day. The most important thing, however, is to ensure you, your parents, and your guests all have a good time together full of conversation, laughter, and delicious food — do this and your party is bound to go off without a hitch!