Back in 2010 me, Andrew and my sister in law organised a surprise 70th birthday party for my father in law. We invited 350 people (of which about 150 came) and it took place at a fairground museum in Devon. It all went amazingly well, he had no idea at all and afterwards we all said 'we're never planning anything like that again'.
So fast forward 4 years and surprise surprise, we did it all over again spending the last 6 months lying, planning and concocting stories for the mother in law's 70th birthday. We held the party at a local social club, invited 300 people (of which 120 came) and had a display of four vintage Scammell lorries (one of them Andrew's), one Ford Prefect car, one steam engine, one miniature steam engine and an 1896 fairground organ.
So just a small do then!
We were convinced she must have suspected something but apparently not, she just blindly believed every word we said.
We have said now though, they've both had a surprise party so there is absolutely no way, no way at all, they are never ever having one ever again!
Have you ever planned any surprise parties?
They're a great idea at the time but the final week is nail-bitingly awful!