Things to remember

While planning your party, staying organized is essential. Keeping track of all components of the party will pay off at party time. At this point in time, the list has the potential to be your best friend. Keeping everything written down, in a safe place, can assure that you stay on track with what you need to accomplish. Not sure how to make a to-do list ? Let these pros assist you in your writing strategy.

Putting the list into play

Now that you have made your list, you can keep track of what you need to accomplish. It's important to have your steps falls into place in a specific order. You don't want one party event to occur before another that is more important. You wouldn't want the food to show up late, the guests to arrive after the guest of honor, the food ready before you decorate, etc. Figure out your specific party events, record them on your list and follow through. Again, if needed, revert back to the link above for tips on forming your to-do list.

Gathering materials

When staying organized, it is important to make sure that you have all of your materials for the party. When it's time to celebrate you won't want to stress yourself out when you realize that you forgot to get plates for the cake. It's a good idea to start stocking up on what you will need as soon as you decide on your party image. Gathering materials ahead of time saves you a lot of hassle when it comes down to the actual surprise. Depending on the person, you may be a little stressed out or on edge when the big moment approaches. You've put in a lot of work and effort to make sure that the surprise goes off without a hitch. It's only natural to feel some sort of tension along with your excitement. It's important to make sure to keep a level and balanced head when you're gathering everything together and putting the surprise into motion.

True life: I was mean to the guest of honor

jennifer I've thrown a few surprise parties for some of my closest friends. My very first one was for my best friend of 14 years. Jennifer was turning 20 and I wanted to throw her a surprise party that she would never forget. At the time I was only 20 years old, and very inexperienced in the surprise party department. As I gathered everything I would be needed for the party I was getting more and more excited. I had invited my guests and the big night was set to go off with a bang. At this point, I wanted nothing more than to jump around with my best friend over the excitement of the party. I was torturing myself by not being able to share something so exciting with my best friend. It seemed as though every time I saw Jennfier, I wanted to talk about the party with her, but I couldn't because it was a surprise. At this point, my inner demon came out. I started being mean to Jennifer to mask my excitement for the party. This was all unintentional of course, but the mean-ness just kept coming out of my mouth. That was my way of not spoiling the surprise, but it wasn't the best way to go about it. I was so excited and nervous about the acutal surprise party that my emotions got the best of me. I got very carried away in the mix of the planning that I was not the nicest person to my best friend and guest of honor. Learn from my mistakes, keep a level head when the organizing gets a little intense. You don't want to end up with a guest of honor who doesn't show up because you were being a big birthday meanie.