Party, party, party! You can always find an excuse for a good party, but you do have to hang up the garlands yourself. But maybe not always, someone might throw a surprise party for you! Or throw a surprise party yourself for someone! We’ll share a few tips right away. And as a bonus, a great gift idea! Do we have your attention?

Organising a surprise party

How do you make it a surprising and unforgettable party? Here are a few inspiring tips… And eh, keep quiet, it is a surprise party after all.


  1. The goal;

What is the goal of the party? Is it related to a birthday or is there a different occasion. Keep in mind that a surprise party leave a big impression on the surprisee, as you can probably imagine. Think about what the goal is, so you can communicate this in the invitation.


  1. Location;

An important question to ask yourself is what the location of the party will be, in what area do most friends and family live? Can the party be thrown at the receivers house or should it be thrown at an external location? Is the location easy to reach and decorate or could this be a challenge? Make sure to go through this list when organising a surprise party before handing out invitations to guests.


  1. Date & time;

Finding a date where everyone or most guests are free to attend requires quite a bit of puzzling! The larger the group, the harder it gets. In any case something you should do is keeping in mind the schedule of the receiver. Would be nice to have him/her attend the party, right!? Take as many schedules into account as you can, but eventually you will have to make a decision. Also think about an appropriate time, depending on the time you can decide what kind of snacks and drinks you need, and when people need to go home.


  1. Friends & family;

Tough one, who will you invite? Well, most of all the people who he/she spends a lot of time with. Take a look at his/her social media accounts and if you happen to share some contacts, ask them directly. This way you can figure out how to reach multiple contacts together.


  1. Theme;

Feel like organising a theme party? Figure this out beforehand, so you can mention the theme in the invitation and carry it over while decorating. The possibilities are endless, from black and white to Texas, a princess party, the 60’s or Marvel.


  1. Back-up plan;

Make sure to have a plan B in case the surprisee makes a proposal for the same date. If the receiver happens to come over during the preparations, be sure to be able to create a distraction.


  1. Invitation;

Write a fun and compelling text to inform the guests about your surprise party. Highlight the importance of the secrecy and share the back-up plan so the guests are up to date. Keep track of the amount of people who will show up and if you might need to account for anything further. Check, check, double check!


  1. Reminder;

Send a reminder with the location, date and time, and the confidentiality (possibly the back-up plan) just to be sure. Emphasize the importance of being on time to ensure the surprise element. Everyone needs to be present at X time, so you can give everyone instructions.


  1. Shopping list & decoration;

Do you have a guestlist and the time? Then you can create your shopping list around the amount of guests and the time of the party. Choose your snacks and don’t forget the cake or muffins. Depending on the theme you can decorate the living room or your other location. Make sure nothing shows from the outside, else the surprise element will be ruined.


  1. Collective gift;

Last but not least… The gift! It’s fun to give a present on behalf of all guests that you all created together. How about a magazine full of pictures and stories from the old days? With Jilster you can easily design a magazine and order it to print in different versions.


Another option is to create a magazine after the party. You can do this together or by yourself. With the pictures from the party and input from all the guests, your magazine will be a beautiful tangible memory to look back on.


See also: The guestlist reimagined [het gastenboek in een ander jasje]

Nowadays, children no longer like reading. A nice film or series, on the other hand, often still has a good taste. A nice idea is to watch a film with the class and to have the pupils make a poster in groups afterwards. You can also let the students choose a film that they can watch at home as a homework assignment. The poster can then be individually created and presented for the class. For more inspiring lesson ideas, read the entire article.


Making a poster, students learn how to convey a message in a short, concise and visual way and what is needed for it. It is also a creative assignment and with the online program from Jilster they have a lot of options.The students only make the cover (front page) with text and photos.

For more information, go to: how to make your own poster

The pupils will not only be concerned with the text, but also with the design of the poster. Consider: the layout of images, use of color, the alternation between fonts and font sizes, and so on. The poster must be able to tell at a glance what the film is about. That is still quite a challenge.


Movie posters of large blockbusters all have a number of things in common. The title in large capital letters, the names of the actors and the so-called ‘billing block letters’, at the bottom of the poster. Also often the date of when the film is premiered is mentioned. And do not forget, a catchy image that covers the background. The face of the hero in close-up, the female lead character who’s looking badass over her shoulder, or a face that consists of different objects or photographs.


It turns out that film posters often look very similar. Consider the arrangement of the main characters, the use of color or the objects that were used to achieve a certain effect with the general public. These are also called ‘movie poster clichés’. It may be interesting to discuss this with the class.

Look for examples also on: All film poster clichés


Do you want the most beautiful film posters on paper, so that you can hang them up in class? Order the desired number and size and have the posters printed with us. You can choose between A0, A1, A2 or A3 format. Would you rather have the poster printed elsewhere? It is also possible to order a 300 dpi pdf from your page. Then you can arrange the printing of the poster yourself.

And last but not least, a couple of inspiring tips:

  • Let students modernize an old poster or poster, for example J. Howards “We Can Do It” poster from 1943.
  • View a cult movie with the whole class and let them make a poster about it. This can be done in groups or individually. The students can present their own poster in front of the class. Also they can decide together which one is the best.
  • Have the students redesign an existing movie poster of a well-known commercial film, for example a poster of the Harry Potter film series.
  • Have the students copy an existing movie poster. The students crawl into the skin of the main characters that are depicted on the poster. They are photographed in the same way as can be seen on the photo, wear the same type of clothing, and so on. (This assignment can, for example, be performed during dramalessons).
  • Before and after: First let the students see the trailer of an (unknown) film, let them make a poster based on that and then watch the entire film together.

‘I love you’ are the perfect words to express your feelings to your partner. However, using them too often will cause the words to lose their meaning. In which other way can you show your partner how special he or she is to you?

Show it with a magazine

Valentine’s day is around the corner: We have an idea for an extraordinary gift. Go the extra mile to show your partner how much your relationship means to you! How? Create a personalized magazine with pictures, good memories you share together and funny stories.

What to put in your magazine

Why is he or she your Valentine? Make a list of all the reasons why you love your partner, write about the day you two met and the places you always go together, gather pictures both of you look good in and think of things you’d love to do together in the future. You could also write a romantic love letter and include it in the magazine. Alternatively, the internet can help you find existing poems or love songs.

A unique and personal gift

With Jilster your design opportunities are endless. Our online page editor enables you to create a magazine from scratch – or use our free templates and personalize them. Add your own images and texts and choose from a wide range of available clip-arts and backgrounds. Create a unique magazine that your partner will love!


From all of us here at Jilster we’d like to say thank you for a wonderful year. Thanks to all the beautiful magazines you’ve made we can keep co-creating magazines for every occasion and continue to improve Jilster in 2019!

Goodbye 2018

Looking back at the year 2018. It has been a year of innovation and collaboration. In November we launched our new online page editor in the Netherlands. Many of our customers have already switched to the newest version of Jilster. We are looking forward to launching our new page editor in Englisch soon. Did you already tried it? What did you think of it?

Come join the Jilster pack!

Again we have seen a lot of amazing magazines this year. New users joined the Jilster pack, bringing their own interesting and inspiring stories. Also we delivered more than 60,000 magazines around the world. We are very proud of that!

A magazine in the name of love

Most of the magazines were made at school, for example for a school assignment or as a farewell present for children leaving primary school. There were also a lot of people who made a magazine in the name of love; a magazine as a birthday present or wedding gift. We noticed that each and every magazine was made with the best intentions and love.

What’s planned for 2019?

What do we have in store for 2019? That remains a surprise! Please keep following us on social media. Are you already a member of our newsletter?

We’re looking forward to a great 2019, together with you. A year full of new developments and exciting news!

Cheers to 2019!