A Re-Proposal by Surprise Me Events is featured in Real Weddings!

I'm excited to report that Surprise Me Events was featured in Real Weddings! We planned a surprise picnic re-proposal at Buntzen Lake, and the event (and pictures) turned out beautifully!

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5 essentials for the perfect summer picnic

If I had an iconic song about my favourite things like Julie Andrews does in The Sound of Music, picnics would be at the top of the list (though I also like whiskers on kittens). Although I often take the opportunity to enjoy an impromptu/surprise picnic at any time of year (I've been know to set up picnics in February in the back of my Mazda 3), a beautiful summer day is certainly the best setting. 

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How to surprise an expectant surprisee (aka: Surprising the Surpriser)

How do you surprise someone who is expecting to be surprised? This was the question that my partner, Dan, recently had to face. I am fairly hard to surprise, as you could probably have guessed... I'm naturally suspicious I suppose (maybe it's the legal training!). But added to that it was my birthday on Tuesday, and Dan had let it slip a few weeks ago that he was planning a party. So... not my fault!

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A last-minute Surprise Me Events date night!

This is pretty cool... just weeks after our blog post about how to plan a date in 2 hours Surprise Me Events was hired by an awesome guy to do just that! Ok ok... It wasn't exactly 2 hours. It was for the next day. But when you're hired to plan a blow-me-out-of-the-water date, one day might as well be 2 hours!

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Making Romance Cool with Steel & Oak

Welcome to the 3rd instalment of our new video series, Making Romance Cool! This time I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and interviewing Jorden Foss, one of the owner's of the new micro brewery Steel & Oak. 

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Get more surprises! (Download your FREE hints inside)

If you're anything like me, you love surprises (a lot) but don't get them very often. Yet you set yourself up to fail over and over again. This is my experience: Every time my boyfriend is inexplicably late from work, or being annoying for no apparent reason (in my opinion) this little voice in my head starts to say... "maybe he's planning a surprise for you..."...

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How to plan a date in 2 hours (and make it look like 2 weeks!)

All of us have been here: you have either completely forgotten that your "special date night" is tonight or you've known for awhile and have had no time whatsoever to plan anything. Now it's 3PM and your partner is expecting something amazing... and you have nothing. And it's a terrible feeling! Welcome to Last Minute Date Planning 101!...

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Why are surprise events so extraordinary?

For some time I've been trying to clarify what I love so much about surprises.  Yes it's the build up, anticipation, details, lists (who doesn't love a good list?), brainstorming, wow-factor... the shopping... But none of those things entirely explain why I love surprise and not wedding planning...

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Making Romance Cool with Surprise Me Events & The Dirty Apron

Welcome back to my video series Making Romance Cool! You are in for a treat today (no pun intended) with our interviewee, David Robertson, head chef and co-owner of The Dirty Apron Cooking School and Delicatessen. David was absolutely perfect for this series because, as it turns out, he's a pretty romantic dude!...

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How to craft the perfect deception... to be used for good surprises only!

As some of you know, recently Surprise Me Events planned its first proposal. It was an amazing experience for me to be involved in such an intimate moment in someone else's relationship, and seeing Jamie and Kyle so happy was really touching...but of course it all started with a lie (as surprises tend to do)...

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Making Romance Cool with Surprise Me Events & Jordan Cash of Cartems Donuterie

For the past few weeks I have been working on a new project. I've been trying to figure out how to convince people that romance is something worth doing for it's own sake. How do I get people to dust off those romance muscles willingly and with anticipation, rather than just to get out of trouble? Being romantic should be a source of pride and excitement, not dread or obligation...

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Custom Valentine's Day drinks... and what they say about you

Welcome to a very special edition of our Valentine's Day Series! This week I have brought on a special guest for a slightly naughty article (Valentine's Day is tomorrow after all). Huge thanks go out to The Sip Advisor, an awesome Vancouver-based blogger, for putting together these delicious specialty drinks and giving us all some insight into what each of them might mean for the evening ahead!...

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Congratulations to the newly engaged couple Kyle & Jamie!

Last week was very special for Surprise Me Events! We helped to create a magical night for 2 fantastic people, Jamie and Kyle. At the end of December Kyle hired me to help him pull off his dream proposal for his dream woman (that would be Jamie). Not only did he help to finish Surprise Me's first calendar year in business with a bang, he also gave me the opportunity to plan Surprise Me's first engagement! And it was an experience I will never forget...

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5 ideas for an unforgettable marriage proposal

Welcome and thanks for returning for the second instalment of our Proposal Series, written in honour of Valentine's Day 2015. First let me apologize for not posting this last week. I was completely focused on planning an actual proposal for an awesome couple (more on that soon!). That being said, let's get on with it! 2 weeks ago I told you my 5 tips for creating the perfect marriage proposal. This week I'll focus on 5 ideas for proposal itself, in no particular order...

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5 tips for a perfect marriage proposal...but no guarantees

With Valentine's day less than a month away I thought some proposal tips and ideas would be in order. So welcome to the first week in my new Proposal Series! I haven't decided how long it will go for... but this is decidedly week 1 so we'll just go with that for now!...

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A simple and unique surprise your partner will love!

So last week I shamelessly teased all of my readers by referring to this blog post but not actually writing it! (I really did intend to, but then I got distracted). I spoke briefly about a super-fun surprise I did for my boyfriend before Christmas, then told you all I would write about it this week. Well here it is!...

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An unexpected winter date with Jamie & Kyle

This past weekend was an amazing one for Surprise Me Events! A few weeks ago I was hired by a lovely lady (named Jamie) to surprise her boyfriend Kyle for their anniversary. So Jamie and I spent weeks plotting the perfect unexpected celebration.

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A romantic holiday-themed date night in idea

For the last several years, this is how our Christmas tree got decorated: I put the tree up, my boyfriend (Dan) adds the lights, and then I decorate. After his chore of putting on the lights Dan usually takes up his spot on the couch and begins his night of video gaming. This odd arrangement worked well for us...

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DIY holiday party favours you'll be excited to make (they make great gifts too!)

It will probably come as no surprise to people that I LOVE Christmas. It is easily my favourite time of year. The people are nice, the decorations are beautiful, the lights are enchanting, the activities are fun, and...presents (or as I like to think of them - mini surprises). Did I forget to mention parties?...

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