Surprise Party Gone Wrong

Last night we were invited to go to one of my wife’s high school friends surprise birthday party. We were excited because as most of us with kids know, we don’t get out with our friends as much as we would like. In our pre-kids days, we spent a lot of time with this couple. We would have some late night adventures that we would pay for the next day. They were so much fun! Then kids came along, and we would go years in between our outings.

Part of the problem for them is their second child had some medical issues that took up a lot of their time. She needs a cochlear implant to help her hear. Before the party, they took her to a soccer game in which she wears a special device that allows the coach to communicate with her. They were to go to the game, then head over to her cousin’s house where the party was being held. We were afraid we were going to ruin the surprise because we were running a little late. The surprise was supposed to be at 6:30 and we were pulling up at 6:22.

We got there and chatted it up with some old friends. Time kept going by however and we hadn’t heard from them. At about 7:15, they got a text saying that her daughter lost the device that helped her hear. It is a $2,500 device they just got. They frantically looked all over the soccer field for it. Unfortunately they could not find it. As you could imagine, our birthday girl was not in a good mood. She still has no idea that there are 30 people waiting to surprise her. All I kept thinking was that this was not going to go well.

They finally get to the party. We all take our places, and as they walk in, we yell “surprise!!” As we see her when she walks in, the air let’s out of the balloon. She is in full tears. Her eyes are so puffy from crying. She has no makeup on, and she is in sweats. Needless to say, it was a surprise party gone wrong. She was so devastated about losing that device, that she had no interest in being surprised.

Luckily, she pulled herself together and we all ended up having a good time. I’ve never been a fan of surprise parties, and now with this, I’m even less of a fan. I don’t know if it was better for her that all her friends and family were over to help her get her mind off of it, or if it was worse. Luckily she was a trooper and at least put in a brave face.


  1. catherinegehman · March 9, 2019

    That’s a story you’ll always remember! I hope her future birthdays are much happier and more successful. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  2. Jess B. · March 9, 2019

    Oh no- I hope she was able to enjoy herself a little! I’m also not a huge fan of surprise parties, giving or receiving. I’m the type that likes to know what’s going on and plans… no surprises for me!

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  3. WOWilkinson · March 9, 2019

    Thanks for sharing. It sounds like she needed some friends. I hope her night got better.

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  4. Natalie Dunne · March 10, 2019

    Aw, that’s rough. Poor woman. Glad she ended up having a good time. I just watched an old episode of Grey’s that they talked about how surprise parties are a bad idea and the guest of honor ends up bawling. Seems like maybe they should just be skipped!


  5. sarahschulte321 · March 10, 2019

    I hope she is still able to find the device. That is just devastating. Surprise parties are so stressful all around! Throwing them and being the guest of honor. I’m sure it did help as the night went on to be surrounded by her closest friends. Hope her night got better!


  6. Ms Victor Reads · March 10, 2019

    Yikes, hard! I am also not a fan of surprise parties. The one my high school friends threw for me was so stressful I ran out before being able to rejoin. Good intentions for sure, but… I hope they find the device.

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  7. Daniel Rack · March 10, 2019

    It wasn’t the surprise party that went wrong – just the surprise 🙂 Took part in planning one surprise party and don’t ever want to do it again!


  8. Sara T. · March 10, 2019

    Wow that sucks for the guest of honor… I hope she was still able to find the silver lining of all her friends and family gathering in her honor.


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