Have you ever surprised your friends with a water balloon fight? I got this idea from my brother. To do this, just fill up enough water balloons for both “teams” (the more you fill, the longer the fight.) Separate the filled balloons into two boxes. Save one for yourself, and deposit the other on your friend’s front porch with a fun sign that explains what’s happening. Then, ring the doorbell and hide. Wait for your friend to answer the doorbell and read your sign before launching the first balloon!
Valentine’s Day gets a bum wrap, all the pressure and expectations! I love Valentine’s Day because it is an excuse to do little surprises for people and make them feel loved. I’m going for less red roses and more thoughtful gestures. Here is a little surprise to get someone’s Valentine’s Day started out right. Fill a closet or cupboard with heart balloons and wait for them to get showered in balloons. It is super easy and simple to pull this off.
Materials Needed: 1 Bag of Heart Balloons, Lungs of Steel
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays ever. I love the idea of doing grand gestures for friends or family. This heart installation idea is really easy but a fun way to surprise someone on Valentine’s Day. You can set this up outside someone’s window while they are at lunch so they can see it all day. You could even take it a step further and write something you love about that person on each heart. Yea for Love!!
Material Needed: Construction Paper, Yarn, Tape, scissors
Step 1: Cut out hearts of various shapes and sizes out of construction paper (tip – fold the paper in quarters to cut multiple hearts at once)
Step 2: Cut yarn of various lengths
Step 3: Tape the hearts to the yarn
Step 4: Hang in a low tree
When I discovered this spray chalk that comes in lots of colors I got excited about all the possibilities. You spray it on like spray paint but it comes off with water because its made of chalk. There are so many cool things you could do with this. Like make a big installation on a wall or a street or even a sidewalk. It’s super easy and a fun way to surprise someone.
For this stencil we printed out this free template and took it to Kinko’s to blow it up on their big black and white machine. We cut out the black letters and made sure to leave the center pieces connected by small pieces of paper. Once you make the template you can use it over and over.
I love doing surprises for my friends for their birthday (see here and here.) I’ve always wanted to fill a phone booth with balloons and then send someone on a treasure hunt to the booth and have the phone ring so the person has to open it to answer the phone and the balloons come out. We found this amazing phonebooth near the Golden Gate Bridge so we did a little shoot to share the idea in pictures. It makes such a great visual impact. It would be so fun to do this for someone. The trick is finding the old-style phonebooths. They are harder and harder to find! (I actually tried to do this once for Paul but the weather was terrible so I scrapped the idea.) What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given or received?
Credits + Contributors:
All photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling