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How to Throw a 40th Surprise Birthday Party
To Prepare For the Event
Make poster boards.Purchase 40 large sheets of poster board (one for each year of your honoree's life). Decorate each poster board with copies of photos, schoolwork, news clippings, high school sports letters, or whatever memorabilia you can find or collect from each year of the honoree's life. Alternatively, you could just have 4 sheets of poster board (one for each decade) or 8 sheets (one for each 5 years). If you had 40 guests coming, you could assign each guest a poster board and a year rather than doing all of the boards yourself.
Ask guests to make and bring signs.Ask each guest (or couple) to bring two 8.5 by 11 inch signs on heavy paper (matte photo paper is recommended). The signs could be hand printed or made on a computer using, for example, PowerPoint. The first sign would be a serious, sincere happy birthday sign signed by the guest. The second sign would be a humorous one.
Make a blindfold (optional).If your honoree is adventuresome, make a nice blindfold that is attractively decorated with the honoree's name and happy birthday on the front or get a nice happy birthday bandana.
Create invitations.Make a sign with all the invitation details (date, place, time, RSVP, etc.) Blindfold your honoree with a plain blindfold. After your honoree is blindfolded securely (so that the honoree will not see the special blindfold, the sign or anything else for that matter), position the special blindfold over the plain one for photos. Have the honoree hold the sign with all the invitation details. Take photos of your honoree with the happy birthday blindfold holding the invitation sign. Hide the sign and special blindfold and photos prior to removing the plain blindfold. The photos can be printed or emailed as your invitation.
Determine the honoree's favorite foods.Check with honoree's friends and relatives to determine honoree's favorite foods through the years.
Serve a four-course meal, which could be potluck, including:
- Hors d'oeuvre.Honoree's Favorite food(s) and beverage(s) from ages 0 to 9.
- Appetizer.Honoree's Favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from ages 10 to 19.
- Main course.Honoree's favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from ages 20 to 29.
- Desert.Honoree's favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from ages 30 to 39.
Escort the blindfolded (optional) honoree to celebration.After the guests arrive bring your honoree to the party room blindfolded (optional) with the special blindfold.
Photograph the honoree with humorous signs.Take several fun photos of your blindfolded (optional) honoree and each of the guests holding their special humorous sign. Don't tell the honoree what the signs say. Put the signs in an envelope before you remove your honoree's blindfold. Later, print the photos and place them into an album side by side with the signs, or if you have the equipment project them at your party (or have a second party to view the photos a few weeks later).
Photograph the honoree with serious signs.Now take a series of photos with each of your guests and your honoree and the serious signs. Later, print these photos and place them in an album along with the original signs.
Present the poster boards.Spend about a minute a year discussing each poster board. Be sure to tell a humorous story and/or a major accomplishment for each year, and maybe tell the most significant event going on in your hometown that year. Play or sing the honoree's favorite song of the year.
Conduct candle lighting ceremony.Each guest lights a candle and says something nice (and maybe something humorous) about the honoree. This provides a great opportunity for the emotional, close photos. You could do this right before cutting a nice birthday cake.
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