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I love to create excitement for my guests when it comes to parties.  I believe that little unexpected surprises adds that little extra touch that makes someone feel special and that they’ve made the right decision to come to your party.  After all, we’re all super busy and it’s never any fun when you’ve decided to go somewhere only to have it be a total drag.  I believe that when you host an event, you should make your guests feel as welcome as possible.  And, yes, I am one of those ‘weirdos’ who leave travel size soaps, candles, fresh flowers and sometimes even candies in our guest room when someone is staying – I just believe that it’s important to make someone feel important, comfortable and special.

So, for part 3 of my (40th) birthday party planning series, I am sharing with you what I found to leave as little surprises for my guests.  For those of you who haven’t read the other posts, we are renting a retro kitchy B&B for the weekend called Palm Springs Rendezvous which has a great 50’s vibe.  I created and sent out 50’s themed surprises via the mail, and now I want to make sure that when my guests arrive, there are some fun little surprises in their rooms too.  Knowing that we are going to drink (a lot), I decided to put a little munchy and a thirst quencher in the rooms for each guest, but wanted to keep it in that retro theme.  Take a looksy at the perfect pairing I found – so excited!


Stirrings Cocktail Sodas that come in a variety of flavors including Pink Grapefruit, Ginger Ale, Tart Cranberry & more.

Retro Popcorn minis from Just Pop In in an amazing array of flavors.  Even the odd-sounding flavors are delicious – cinnamon popcorn?  check; Orange flavored?  check.  Fresh and delicious, retro and different – check!  I can’t wait to taste all the different flavors we ordered.

Here’s how the invitation/schedule of events box turned out – I wrapped the box in teal wrapping paper, filled it with silver streamers, burned some 40’s/50’s music onto a retro looking record cd and added some retro gum for everyone to enjoy on the drive to Palm Springs.

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