"I have done surprise parties twice," wrote Marie Scott.
"The first was for my husband when he turned 60. I did as much as I could ahead of time and on the day I 'went to work as usual.' What I actually did was go to my daughter's house and bake the cake and get everything set up and then went home at the normal time.
"My daughter had invited us to 'dinner' at her house, so at the appropriate time we went over and voila, a surprise party.
"The second was when my daughter was turning 30 and my dad was turning 80 within 10 days of each other. I invited them to each other's party along with some of their own friends. They both came expecting it to be for the other until they saw who was showing up. It was quite fun and my dad especially still talks about it eight months later."
Sandpoint's Ann Gehring shared this.
"My husband and my friend's husband both have birthdays in December (same age within three days). Their 65th was approaching but my friend (and husband) were going to be in southern latitudes by December. So we threw a surprise party in October."
It worked. They were surprised.
Finally, here's something from Larry Hodge of Moscow.
"I've never felt that a surprise party on one's birthday was a good idea," he wrote. "It seems like no surprise is big enough to overcome the days of disappointment leading up to a birthday thinking that no one has remembered. But several years ago I attended a surprise party for a friend's 50th birthday and it seemed like everyone had such a good time.
"I asked the wife who put on the party when was the actual date of her husband's birthday. She said, 'Oh, it's not until next month.'
"What a great way to surprise without any disappointment."