Age isn’t the only thing that’s creeping up on your friend. Keep the plans for your surreptitious celebration between you and your co-revelers with surprise birthday party invitations that make the process foolproof and lets everyone know to keep their lips sealed before the big reveal. Signal that your invitation is for their eyes only with tongue-in-cheek redaction stripes or speak with a stage whisper and send a design with a giant “SHH” printed in boldly graphic type. If you’re planning a more traditionally festive unveiling, you’ll find designs featuring candles, confetti, and champagne. Make sure your friends know who they’re celebrating with a photo invitation—since the birthday honoree isn’t choosing the portrait, you can even get away with a shot that would ordinarily get untagged for decency’s sake.
Once you’ve chosen the invitation for your surprise party, use the online design tool to finalize the last aesthetic details. Pick out your preferred fonts as well as a new digital backdrop and envelope liner for your message—the unveiling of your completed design won’t be the only surprise that night. After you’ve finished customizing your design, use our online tools to set the rest of your plan in motion. Start by assembling a guest list comprised of your best co-conspirators. You’ll find past party attendees in the online address book or you can import names from your personal email contacts. Send your invitation sub rosa and use your event page or individual guest messages to assign party duties. Online RSVP tracking not only lets you know who’s showing up, but also who hasn’t yet opened their invitation—you can give them party instructions offline. Encourage your guests to have their phones at the ready—you’ll want to upload a few reaction photos to your event’s online gallery, for posterity. They won’t forget the party you threw, but a gallery full of festive party shots will give them something to remember it by, anyway.