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March 15, 1996 - Image 101

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-03-15

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• Bat Mitzvah • Shower Gifts • Wedding Parties
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* Be absolutely certain thatyour guest of honor will en-
joy a surprise party. There are horror stories of people
walking out of their own party.

* Plan the event around a theme that the guest of hon-
or will enjoy. Be sensitive to what that person will find
memorable and long-lasting.

* Make sure the guest of honor has nothing planned for
that day and time An often-used ploy: concoct an invi
tation to a non-existent event and make certain the guest
of honor plans to attend.

* Make sure the people you invite are the people with
whom your guest of honor will want to share this special
event Get help with your guest list No matter how close
you are to the guest of honor, you may not know every-
one at the office or all of the golfing buddies or tennis ladies
that should be invited. Go over the list with friends and
relatives and with people at the office. There's nothing

"Emily's Hotel & Casino" was
the sign posted in full view as 150
quests shouted "Surprise!" at the
"I caught my breath, started
crying and greeted family and
friends through tears and laugh-
ter. It was more wonderful than I
could have imagined."
Ms. Rogow loves to gamble and
her children provided an evening
of entertainment, complete with
blackjack and craps tables. The
guests played for chips, with big
winners receiving a weekend in
Atlanta City, free car washes,
and a complimentary dinner at
Big Daddy's (where else?).
"When it was Show Time we
were entertained by an Elvis Pres-
ley impersonator," said Emily, "but
the best was the skit put on by the
four girls in our office. They man-
aged to capture every little shtick
I have. I laughed so hard. It was
Gambling was also the theme
of the surprise party for Allen
Glasser's 50th birthday party. Only
for this party, wife Lynda made
arrangements for 50 guests to
meet them for a weekend in Las
Vegas. "The plan was that Allen
and I were going with another

worse than leaving out a friend or two that shoUld have
been invited.


*'Include all the instructions on the invitation, includ-
ing how.to respond and that the event is a surprise.

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* Have someone else take the responses if the guest of
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* Work out some scheme with the businesses that are
working your party (caterer, florist or band). Where are
you going to take their phone calls? Where should they
send their bills? Make sure they are reliable and can keep
a secret

* Make sure you're aware, of any special needs of your
guests, such as dietary restrictions.

* If the event will. take place at your home, let your neigh
hors and the city know and make sure you understand
the parking restrictions.

couple to Las Vegas," said Mrs.
Glasser. "I worked out all the
arrangements long distance with
the party planner at the Mirage
Hotel. I used the '50s as the theme
and even managed to find a 1957
Cadillac convertible to use as part
of the decorations.
"We just told Allen we were
dining at one of the hotel restau-

rants, and when he walked into
the room it took him a while to
realize what was taking place. It
was a great evening capped off by
a roast that was organized by a
friend. I heed lots of stories — es-
pecially about golf."
Following a Sunday brunch to-
gether, most guests were sched-
uled on the same return flight to
DetToit. As part of the reading ma-
terial, Mrs. Glasser published a 14-

page Glasser Gazette, in which all
the guests reported something
about Mr. Glasser.
A formal black-tie party with
hors d'oeuvres, dining and danc-
ing at the Ritz-Carlton for 170 peo-
ple was Teri Goodman's idea for
a surprise 50th birthday party for
husband Mark. She used the
1950s as the theme for the en-
tertainment, music and decora-
"I centered the party on Mark,
who is very social, loves parties,
loves to dance and enjoys dress-
ing in a tux; I never even used
the word 'optional' — just black-
tie," said Mrs. Goodman. "My
goal was to create an ambiance
that comfortably mixed formality
with fun so that the entire evening
was entertaining. I didn't know
until the last minute whether or
not it would happen the way I en-
visioned, but it did.
"Mark was touched, our guests
had a wonderful time, and I was
happy that we could share the
event with family and good
If you live in Huntington
Woods, you probably heard about
Bob Rubin's surprise for his wife's

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