10 February 2008
The Ultimate Surprise Birthday Party
One of the problems with surprise birthday parties is that they are, at some level, not really surprises. After all, the target of the surprise is usually unsurprised to learn that it is his or her birthday.
There is no reason to just celebrate on birthdays. Neil Young, whose career was made by the LP, threw a huge bash on his 33 1/3 birthday. So, here's a suggestion for a surprise birthday party that will really surprise.
Rather than make it fall on their birthday, consider throwing a 10k or 20k party - blindsiding them with a celebration after they've been alive for 10,000 or 20,000 days. For instance, a person born 25 September 1980 is 10,000 days old on 11 February 2008 - a date that, on the surface, shows so little correlation to one's "birthday" so as to nearly guarantee a surprise. If you were born on 9 May 1953, you'll be 20,000, again a day far off from February. If you know someone who is 27+ or 54+ or 68+, you ought to do a quick excel spreadsheet calculation to determine whether you've got a great excuse for a surprise birthday party.