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When her husband Andrew was about to turn 40,   my friend Simi decided to throw him a big surprise party and she asked for my help.

We were both stay-at-home moms then with plenty of free time on our hands for surprise party planning.  In fact for weeks before the party we must have had dozens of daily phone calls back and forth.

We drew up the guest list, planned the menu, and assigned each of our friends a dish to make.    Since I wasn’t much of a cook, I was to make four dozen deviled eggs.   We told the others that whatever dishes could be prepared in advance we’d put in Simi’s freezer.  She was a good cook herself and always had a stocked freezer,  so we were sure Andrew wouldn’t notice anything awry.

And Simi asked everyone to give her their birthday gifts for Andrew,  and she’d hide them in a back closet they seldom used.

Then we sent out the invitations,  ordered balloons,  a big cake,  and tee-shirts printed for all the guests that read WE SURPRISED ANDREW AT THIS 40th!

When the big day arrived, Simi sent Andrew out on several time-consuming errands to give us time to set up.  He was to come back later,  supposedly to take her out for a romantic dinner for two.  Then when he walked in we’d all be lying in wait to yell,  SURPRISE!

But when he did walk in,  the surprise was on us.  Andrew was wearing a tee-shirt that read,  I SURPRISED MY WIFE AT MY 40th!

We all laughed,  but Simi didn’t think it was funny. She was mad – something or someone had spoiled the surprise she had so carefully planned.

“How did you know? “   she demanded of her husband,  “Did you see the food in the freezer or  the gifts in the closet,  or did someone tell you?”

“Actually I didn’t notice the food or the gifts,“  Andrew said, “what tipped me off was all those phone calls you were getting day and night from Dana.”

Well,  I may have spilled the beans,  but at least everyone liked my deviled eggs.

Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. Laurie Levy says:

    Your tale is a familiar one, Dana. I have a close friend whose husband is the same age as mine, with birthdays a couple of weeks apart. We have thrown two combined surprise parties. If they knew, they pretended not to, although at the first one our friend asked why my husband’s family was there. He didn’t get that they were sharing the event. The second time we did it, I don’t think they were too surprised. Probably won’t try it again.

  2. Marian says:

    Well, you never know how surprise parties will turn out, Dana. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves anyway!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    Best laid plans, right? Lovely story, Dana.

    We tried to surprise one of our best friends on her 30th. She was an opera singer. She was singing Carmen in Miami and three of us (all friends since our days at summer camp as teenagers) flew in the day before to surprise her. We were SO excited. We’d see her perform on her birthday and go to a great dinner after, all (except air fare) paid by her husband.

    We met for drinks and dinner the night before. She showed up, (on vocal rest) and we yelled surprise, but she had figured it out when she looked at the phone bill and wondered why her husband was calling her best friends so often. Well, we tried and we did have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Suzy says:

    Great story, Dana. And what a hilarious twist that not only did her husband figure it out, but he had a t-shirt saying so! That must have been quite a surprise for everyone! Ironic that it was all the phone calls that tipped him off. And I love your last sentence!

  5. Funny story, Dana! I think most people sense when something’s up, especially around their milestone birthdays. And I love how your last sentences ALWAYS bring us full circle!

  6. John Shutkin says:

    Loved the story, Dana, right down to your very clever last sentence. And, keeping with that food theme, it is deliciously ironic that the meticulous planning ended up being the very downfall of the surprise. I think there is some play on words there about the best laid plans getting laid too often.

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