GIVEAWAY: DIY Birthday Surprise on Your Doorstep!
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Birthday Surprise Giveaway!


UPDATE! We have our winners! Congratulations to Terrie, Jessica B, Bethany, Laur Par and Sarah! Check your inboxes for an email from me, then wait for a special little something to show up at your doorstep on your birthday!

Happy Monday folks! I have a really fun giveaway for you to kick off the week! Eeee! You see, I’ve noticed a trend.. you all seem to go crazy over surprises in boxes. First, there was congrats in a box, then I put balloons in a box. But I’m not ready to stop there and I’m ready to spread the birthday joy… to all of YOU! So I’ve decided to muster up my craftiest surprises for YOU guys on your birthdays!Β Five readers will win a special birthday surprise, created by yours truly, and delivered straight to your doorstep just in time for your special day! Each of the five prizes will be completely different. Could it be a box of confetti goodness? A schnazy party hat? Your very own personal piΓ±ata? You never know, and that’s the fun of it! Read below for how to enter to win your very own birthday surprise in a box!

Birthday Surprise Giveaway

Photo by Studio DIY


To Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me when your birthday is, and what your favorite past birthday surprise was (A surprise party? Gift? Special birthday guest?) by Sunday, April 14th at 5pm PST. Five winners will be chosen at random and announced here on Monday, April 15th!

BONUS! For an extra entry, follow Studio DIY on Pinterest and leave an additional comment below!

The Details:

Limited to US readers only. Five winners will be contacted via email and have one week to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Surprises will start going out for May 2013 birthdays and continue throughΒ April 2014, depending on when winners’ birthdays are. Surprises will be sent with the intention of arriving within one week of your birthday.

I am SO beyond excited to craft up some special birthday surprises for you guys!! YAY!

(psst.. If you changed that exclamation point box above to a question mark, wouldn’t it make the best gender reveal!? That is all.)


  • emily e.

    What a cute giveaway! My birthday is April 13th though… maybe too soon!!

  • Lizzie

    My birthday is September 7th! My favorite birthday surprise was when my parents came to visit me at college for my 21st and came out to bars with my friends and me!

  • icing designs

    ummm maybe the best giveaway ever!! My birthday is May 16…yay!! One of my best birthday surprises was for my 21st birthday when my parents and friends surprised me with a gorgeous sit down dinner at my parents house with all the bells and whistles, it was great!!
    I already follow you on pinterest {of course!} β™₯

  • Julie S

    December 7th is my big day. My best birthday surprise to date was when my boyfriend whisked me away for a lovely weekend on the California central coast. He proposed to me!

  • Allison W

    The lovely November 4 is the day my birthday falls on. Though I’ve had many wonderful birthday surprises, I’d favorite was, and always will be, a trip to my favorite French restaurant. On one particular birthday, my mom and I went to spend a lunch with just the two-of-us, and we spent the rest of the day shopping. It was great!

  • Lindy

    My birthday is September 8 – my best present was when I went to Hawaii and took a cruise around the islands for 10 days on my 21st birthday.
    I follow you on pinterest. {Rauby}

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Tiffany G.

    My birthday is May 1st! Last year for my 30th bday my husband sent two of my friends and I to NY for 3 days. With 10 kids between the three of us, getting away to shop, pamper ourselves, sleep in beds we didn’t have to make, and eat food we didn’t have to cook was just what we needed to celebrate a new season in life!

  • LK

    What fun! My birthday is March 7. My husband has given me lots of birthday surprises over the years, since I didn’t get any celebrations as a child, but my favorite is probably when he made a full day of things I love – a picnic lunch, roller skating, and so on.

  • Courtney

    My birthday is August 4th. My favorite birthday surprise was when my dad and little sister flew to San Diego for a surprise visit. I had no idea they were coming and it was such a surprise to see them at the restaurant for my birthday dinner! Followed by a fun week of visiting, the zoo and a baseball game. It was the best birthday week!

  • Courtney

    I’ve been following your Pinterest for several months now. I love all of your projects and your inspiration pins πŸ™‚

  • Bridgette Rutz

    My birthday is April 23rd. My favorite past surprise was from a long time ago…my Dad mailed me a ring for my 6th bday when he was away at a military school.

  • Bridgette R

    I am a Pinterest follower too!!

  • Michelle

    Greatest.Giveaway.Ever. My birthday is Dec 30. The birthday I remember the most was a surprise party with all my friends and family there, I had know idea. And of course already following you on pinterest.

  • Kari P

    Eeeeeeeek! So fun! My birthday is April 25th. My favorite bday moment was for my 21st my friends and family threw a surprise party. One of my friends arrived at the same time we did and kinda gave it away before we walked in the door but it was some of the most fun I’ve had!

  • Kari P

    Oh! And I followed you on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  • Jeannie

    I think my favorite surprise was when my husband swept me away to Dallas and had my college room mates me us there.

    My birthday is May 31

    I would love to recieve a surprise from you, I love your site!

  • Hannah

    January 13th. January is a crazy month in my family, half of the people I know (including my husband) all have birthdays in a two week period.

    Best Birthday…..that would have to be when I was a child and I had a joint party with two other friends (see everyone is a Jan bday) and it was a fancy dress party. Dressing up in crazy costumes with a ton of kids was a lot of fun.

  • EmmaG

    My (21st) birthday is May 11th!
    The best birthday I ever had was when my friends threw me an awesome surprise party… and I was actually surprised!

  • Sasha W.

    My birthday is December 27th. My best birthday was when my mom and sisters threw me a surprise 33rd birthday party at my mom’s place in Miami. After work…going to mom’s…opened the door and everybody yelled “SURPRISE”. I was quite surprise! The backyard was decorate in lavender (one of my favorite colors)…candals in the pools…grand buffet….it was so pretty and ooohh so glam! I loved it and will never forget….they even made my cousin come for the event from Canada!

  • Sasha W.

    I followed you on PINTEREST!!!!

  • Kendalldp

    My birthday is Feb 12th. My best birthday suprise was really from mother nature and when I turned 18 and we got snow. I think it was like a foot of snow and b/c we don’t get alot of snow down south that was really great for me!

  • cheryl

    My birthday is Dec 17th…I think the best birthday I had was my 22nd…my company had it’s holiday party on the 16th, and I meet up with my friends later that evening, so we partied into my birthday! It was an awesome way to celebrate!

  • cheryl

    I follow you on Pinterest – loving your pins!

  • Elizabeth M.

    My birthday is on April 13th πŸ™‚
    My favorite birthday surprise was when I turned 21. I had a class to go to that evening and a quiz to take, so I had no plans for any festivities that night. Low and behold, my wonderful long-distance boyfriend decided to surprise me just before class started with a bouquet of tulips (my favorite) and my favorite film (I was a film student after all πŸ˜‰ ). When my professor saw me walk in with a bouquet and a big smile on my face, I told her it was my birthday. She laughed and said “Well, what are you doing here?” She insisted that I go celebrate and said I could retake the quiz anytime. It was a night full of wonderful surprises!

  • Elizabeth M.

    And I follow you on Pinterest!

  • Brittany T.

    Love this idea!

    My best birthday surprise was for my 23rd. My roommate and my best friend conspired to surprise me. I was cozily tucked into my bed one Saturday morning (on, ahem, my birthday–November 19) when I was pounced upon by my BFF, who had flown in that morning. Γ…wesome b-day weekend!

  • Sallie McMullan

    My 30th birthday will be November 8th,
    My favorite birthday so far was 28 when my boyfriend and I rented a cabin in North Georgia in the Blue Ridge mountains, getting away and the scenery was unreal and so serene.

  • Shelly Hardage-Wilkerson

    Oh how fun! My birthday is August 28th. The best birthday for me was in 2003 when I was pregnant with my son and I waited till my birthday to find out if he was a boy or a girl. It was sort of a surprise to myself, but also to everyone else close to me. It was a good gift and I was completely surprised. He was born a month and a week later too! Double surprise! πŸ™‚

  • Shelly Hardage-Wilkerson

    I followed you on Pinterest too!

  • Tricia

    May birthday is March 25th…..and my favorite birthday was my 16th! Have a friend that has the same birthday and we had a combo party and I got two 16 day old ducks! Such good memories!!! (And I already follow you on Pinterest.)

  • Sarah

    My birthday is January 20th πŸ™‚ I have to pick my 10th birthday as my best. I got a Samantha American Girl doll and thought she was so fancy. Sadly, a year or so later, I read some scary book about an evil doll (thanks, Goosebumps!) and made my mom lock her in a closet. Sorry, Mom!
    I already follow you on Pinterest, too πŸ™‚

  • Alli

    My birthday is June 25. My best birthday surprise was last year. I spent a week at my boyfriend’s house (his birthday is 6 days before mine) and on my birthday his parents had a little cake and birthday dinner for me. It was small and sweet and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.

  • Casey

    Mine is August 25. My best surprise was last year – I was living at home and training for a half marathon at the time, and the morning of my birthday I had to run 12 miles. My parents live on a main road, so I drove to a nearby planned community to have a better place to run. While I was out running (~2 hours), my mom went to Georgetown Cupcake to have cupcakes waiting for me when I got back… but the best part was that when I got back to my car post-run, there was a birthday princess balloon attached to my windshield. My dad had driven over, found my car in the huge parking lot, and left me a balloon to come back to after my long, sweaty, run. It was just the best.

  • Casey

    I already follow on Pinterest!

  • Kim @ design + life + kids

    SEPT 3
    My favorite birthday surprise was a Fallingwater Lego Architecture set. My husband knows my love for small itty bitty things and architecture. He gave it to me during our stay at the Kugel/Gips House (FLW inspired) in Cape Cod last Sept to help remember our stay, so each time I look at I remember the wonderful vacation we had as a family!

  • Emily

    February 10! My favorite surprise was when my best friend drove overnight to surprise me for my 21st birthday. We were out bowling and I had just finished my frame when I turned around and saw her. It was the first time I had ever spontaneously cried in happiness. And I don’t remember anything that happened after that. πŸ˜‰

  • Max

    My birthday is September 1st which means it’s labor day or labor day weekend (which can be challenging)
    For my seventh birthday my parents told me I could do whatever I wanted with one friend. I wanted to go rollerskating. They organized a rollerskating party in secret and invited pretty much everyone in the whole town and when I got there they all jumped out and I was totally surprised. My mom also made a gigantic “M” cake covered in sprinkles. It was a pretty great day.

  • Jess

    My birthday is November 2nd!

    My favorite surprise was when my sister came home for the weekend a few years ago as a surprise. She flew home and I never even knew it until she walked downstairs the night of my birthday! πŸ™‚

  • Jess

    I also follow you on Pinterest! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    My favorite birthday surprise was when I turned three, I got a BROTHER! He was born on my birthday, and I’ve loved sharing that special day ever since.

    • Kelly

      Sarah! That is too funny! My mom’s brother was born on her third birthday too!!!


  • Elaine Ellis

    My birthday is October 13! The best birthday present I got was from my fiance. He made a calendar of all of our big milestones, and told me to circle a weekend in future months, and he’d take me on a trip. He ended up taking me to Charleston where I’ve always wanted to go!

  • Gina Guthrie

    Hi! my birthday is on April 16th. I just had a wonderful birthday surprise party at the lake thrown by all of my friends and family on this past saturday. It was so much fun.

  • hailey farris

    this is SUCH a wonderful idea. my birthday is december the 26th. my favorite birthday was my fifteenth. nothing special happened but all of my birthday wishes were so sincere and sweet. it made my birthday so sweet. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Gina Guthrie

    I follow you on pinterest.

  • hailey farris

    i also follow you on pinterest. πŸ™‚

  • Niki

    This is so much fun! My birthday is September 5th and my favorite birthday surprise was a rescue kitten when I was 13 (I’m a sucker for the rescues)!!!

  • Kayla

    My birthday is July 31. My favorite birthday surprise was receiving a birthday card from the students I teach.

  • Kayla

    I follow on pinterest!

  • lynn @ the actor's diet

    I’ve never been surprised on my bday – it’s December 24th and usually we’re doing the same thing…preparing for X-mas!

  • Michelle B

    Great idea! My birthday is May 19th and my favorite birthday surprise a beautiful surprise brunch organized by my mom and girlfriends πŸ™‚

  • Michelle B

    I follow you on pinterest! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Honora Jane

    All time favorite birthday gift? New roller skates on my 13th bday, then John Lennon died the next day. Knocked the excitement right outta my bday.

  • Honora Jane

    I am a follower on Pintrest

  • Tara Theoharis

    My birthday’s October 29! For my 16th birthday, my parents threw me a huge surprise party, complete with a band. All of my friends were there! It was incredible, and they had so many of my friends in on it helping plan the thing. No one’s been able to surprise me since. πŸ˜‰

  • Tara Theoharis

    Also, I followed you on Pinterest!

  • Emily K.

    My birthday is July 1! My favorite birthday surprise was horseback riding lessons from my parents, or the time my boyfriend tracked down my favorite, discontinued perfume and surprised me with the gift set!

  • Eden

    My birthday is May 13 and the best times I have had are when it falls on Mother’s Day. My mom always starts the day by telling me I was the best present she ever got for Mother’s Day. Now that I have children, it is so fun to see their faces when they realize not only is it Mother’s Day, it is mom’s birthday too!

  • Eden

    I follow you on pinterest.

  • stephanie

    hey kelly!

    so my birthday is may 22… and i so happen to be turning 22 on 22! which is lamely cool. anyway, my favorite birthday party would probably be 2 years ago, and my friends surprised me with 3 surprises that happened all in one day. you’d think after the first surprise, i would expect the other 2… but i was surprised each time. and oh so blessed!

  • stephanie

    i’m following you on pinterest!

  • Brenna Kathleen

    My Birthday is on October 21!

    My fav surprise was back when I turned 20 and my two friends set up clues all over my old college campus and I had to figure them all out. They took me to the library, the mail boxes, I sent a text message to someone to get an answer, I went to Starbucks, Disneyland, and it all ended back at our place where my friends were waiting to surprise me!
    Quite the adventure.

  • Brenna Kathleen

    AND… I followed you on Pinterest!

  • Tania

    How wonderful to do this! My birthday is on June 4th, and my favorite past surprise was a romantic weekend away planned by my husband (at the time we had been married less than a year–coming up on 9 this November!). We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast and on the actual birthday he surprised me with a hot air balloon ride! It was spectacular…he’s good people πŸ˜‰

  • Tania

    I also followed you on pinterest!

  • Jo

    The best birthday surprise I’ve ever had was actually a surprise I pulled on a friend. She’s my very best friend from high school and I decided to fly out and surprise her for her 50th birthday (that just goes to show how long we have been friends!) I walked into a restaurant where she and some of her friends were having dinner. The restaurant staff were really excited about being in on it too. She had just finished taking a picture to send me when I walked up. I will never forget the look on her face. It was classic!

  • Priscilla P

    My birthday is on October 7. I turn 24 this year!
    I have to thank my parents for helping me pay for part of my travels – as an avid traveler, that’s the #1 thing I ask for as a birthday gift, haha! πŸ™‚

  • Priscilla P

    Following on Pinterest under the username Hurrafordeg!

  • Roni n

    May 25th- best surprise ever was my daughter- wasn’t planning on being pregnant at the time- but now we have an almost three year old who is so amazing and surprises me everyday

  • Tiffany V.

    This is a wonderful idea! If I may, I will borrow from it to surprise my friends on their birthdays! Mine is March 18th, and my favorite birthday surprise was my mom coming to visit me for my 21st all the way from Venezuela to help me through a rough situation and celebrate my day with me! Such a great memory.

  • Emily

    My birthday is August 7th, and my favorite past birthday surprise getting a smartphone-an iPhone…I love it. πŸ™‚

  • Andrea Howe

    My birthday is in 2 days on Wednesday! Can you make this happen by then?! πŸ˜‰ haha! My best surprise was a necklace from my husband on my 30th. I will cherish it as long as I live and pass it down to my daughter!

  • Tiffanie

    My birthday is January 27th, and my best birthday surprise was when I was seven or eight and my mother stowed all my friends in her car, then had me come into the garage to help her unload groceries, but it was really just ALL MY PALS there to have a party! πŸ™‚

  • Laur Par

    !!!! This sounds amazing !!!! My birthday is October 3rd, and my favorite surprise birthday gift was a party thrown by my boyfriend! When I was turning 21 and living on the east coast, I couldn’t afford to make the traditional trip to Vegas, so he brought Vegas to my apartment! Green table cloths to make like card tables, fake coin chips and cards games everywhere, and swanky gold & silver balloons and garland. Oh, and plenty of booze of course! πŸ˜‰

  • abby

    my birthday is march 4th. my favorite surprise was a video all of my friends put together!

  • amber harr

    May 3rd!!! The best birthday surprise was when I was 16. My papaw gave me a paper bag and inside there was a small bracelet. He died the next year but it was a pandora bracelet and to this day I am still adding on to it. The first charm that was ever on Iit was a bicycle because he taught me how to ride mine. πŸ™‚

  • gina

    My birthday is Oct 12. My best birthday was when I was 12 and had my 1st sleepover – so much fun!!!

  • gina

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  • Heather

    My birthday is this Friday, and the best surprise was a long-distance gift from my then-boyfriend (now-husband). He shipped a giant box that was filled with all the pre-measured ingredients and a recipe to bake the NYT chocolate chip cookies he’d been raving about!

    • Kelly

      That is awesome, Heather! It’s a good thing you married him, he sounds like a keeper!! πŸ˜‰


  • Heather

    Following on Pinterest as well.

  • Laura

    I love this giveaway! My birthday is April 18th – and my favorite birthday surprise was when my husband (then boyfriend) spruced up my apartment while I was traveling over my birthday. I came home to fixed windows, new artwork, and a beautiful bouquet of daisies (my favorite flowers!)

  • Laura

    Following on Pinterest as well!

  • Renee

    My birthday is August 24! A couple years ago my family threw me a surprise birthday party with all my closest friends and family… I had no idea πŸ™‚

  • Renee

    Following on Pinterest as well! πŸ™‚

  • karolina

    My birthday is actually tomorrow…to be exact in 2 hours and 45 minutes πŸ™‚ Every birthday is surprise for me πŸ™‚ but biggest one was my bf who made me a surprise and flew 2,000 km to see me on my bday πŸ™‚

  • karolina

    And of course I follow you on Pinterest…actually for a while already

  • LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    LOVE THIS!!!! My b-day is August 26th. I’m turning the big 3-0 this year and I’m already freaking out about it.
    This would help ease the pain LOL

  • LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    Following on Pinterest too! πŸ™‚

  • Carrie // cue the confetti

    My birthday is Feb. 1st and my favorite surprise was my dad and sis purchased a ticked for me to go back home (California) for my 30th birthday AND then my mom was there from Wisconsin AND us girls went to Palm Springs for 4 days. Pretty epic.

  • Carrie // cue the confetti

    I follow Studio DIY on Pinterest!

  • rachel

    My birthday is at the end of next month! My favorite bday surprise was a surprise party in college. Friends threw me one before we left for the school year. πŸ™‚

  • Caitlyn

    following you on pinterest!

  • Caitlyn

    My birthday is November 13th. The best birthday surprise was the year I turned 9 and my little brother was born the day before me, just in time for my birthday! At the time I begged my mom to have him on my actual birthday (as if she had any choice), but the day before still felt like a wonderful gift. Every year we get to celebrate together, which makes it so much more fun!

  • Bethany

    So fun! My birthday is August 25th. The best birthday surprise ever was when my brother flew to NY state from California and hid in our parents’ kitchen when I got home from work a couple days before my 21st birthday. It had been at least 7 years since he had been home for my birthday, and it was such a special surprise!

  • Melissa

    I follow both on Pinterest!

  • Katrina B

    Weee! Surprise boxes!? AMAZING. My birthday is Sept 15 and it’s my favorite day of the year! For my 16th birthday, my best girlfriends showed up at my house at midnight with cake and candles to celebrate πŸ™‚ My husband always goes out of his way to make the day extra special too!

  • Katrina B

    following you on Pinterest!

  • Kiara

    My favorite birthday present was probably ummmmm…… I can’t choose my friends and family always give me great presents and party’s! If I had to choose it would probably be when I got my haircut and my nails done with my mom! It was so fun!

  • Shelley T.

    My birthday is December 19th. My favorite birthday gift was a castle cake my mom made for me from scratch.

  • Sarah

    My birthday is March 5th. One of my favorite birthdays was my 23rd (I think), when my friends threw me my first surprise birthday party. I usually guess surprises but it completely got me and was so fun.

  • Sarah

    I followed you on Pinterest!

  • Katie

    My birthday is October 9… my biggest surprise was on my last birthday, when I turned 30. It was a bit of a stressful time – a few weeks earlier, I had just had my Jack and Jill bridal shower, and a few months down the road, I was preparing for my big move (from Toronto, Canada, to Clearwater Beach, FL, to be with my husband after all our immigration paperwork finally got approved!) – so I told my friends that I didn’t want to do anything for my birthday. My two best girls (also, my bridesmaid/maid of honour!) decided that they were going to “take me out”, and that I should meet them at bridesmaid’s house. When I got there, I discovered that they actually gathered a bunch of my friends, and threw me a surprise “One last birthday in Canada” party! It was awesome πŸ˜€

  • Terrie

    Wow! What a fun giveaway πŸ™‚ My birthday is December 9th. My favorite birthday surprise was when I was younger and my mom made up a scavenger hunt for my gift. I had to follow clues around the house to find it!

  • Terrie

    I just started following you on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  • Jessica B

    My birthday is July 16th. I have never had a birthday surprise. My family and husband aren’t great at surprises. They usually accidentally blurt it out or tell me outright. I would have to say my favorite gift though would be a new Brother computerized sewing machine that my husband bought me since my previous machine had broken down.

  • Jessica B

    I follow on Pinterest!

  • youngmi

    my birthday is june 21st which is often the first day of summer. growing up, i would have my annual traditional birthday party which kind of became the unofficial kick off for the summer. the party always included a water balloon fight (later changed to a pool party as we got older), my mom’s mandoo (korean dumplings), and a cake filled with fresh strawberries that to me is happiness enveloped in frosting.

  • Sheila R

    Aloha, my birth date is the 29th of April. Around the corner.
    The best birthday surprise I have had was a day of unknown adventures set up by my husband when we were first married. He surprised me by taking me out to lunch, across town to an aquarium, a day at the beach, and then out for dinner. Now, we have kids and an unexpected flower is beyond thrilling for me. haha.

  • Sheila R

    following on Pinterest as well! Hollerrrr!

  • Sarah

    My birthday is December 28th, and my absolute best birthday present was finding out I was pregnant with my first child. We had been trying for two years and it was just a total blessing!

  • Danielle

    My b-day is July 1. The bet gift was surprise tickets to see the Lion King & a spa day for myself with total pampering. Perfect day. Thx!

  • Amy

    November 24th is my birthday………I distinctly remember my 6th birthday when I asked for RED cake with BLUE frosting. My mom pulled through (with bottles of food coloring) and made the best cake ever!! I think I have loved designing birthday parties from then on!

  • Lauren

    My birthday is 7/11 . . . the best surprise I ever recieved for my birthday was a party for my 30th, my sister and mom gathered all my favorite people for a neon themed pool party (the only option when your birthday is in mid July). I should have gotten suspicuous when my cousin talked me into bringing my bathing suit along for a day of shopping, but I didn’t.

  • meagan

    such a great giveaway!
    my birthday is october 24th. the BEST surprise I’ve ever received was a VW Bug on my 16th birthday. i had no idea i was getting a car, let alone a bug!! it was silver with a big purple bow on top. i cried from laughing so hard. i still have that little bugger too πŸ™‚

  • meagan

    i also follow you on pinterest!

  • Rachel

    August 1-still have not had a good birthday surprise πŸ™

  • Lynn

    My birthday is September 1. Thank you for this fun giveaway! =)

  • Janice

    My birthday is 10/19 and my fave gift was diamond earrings from my later-to-be husband

  • Janice

    And I do follow you on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  • Terrie

    Thank you so much! I’m really excited! Since my birthday isn’t until December, I’ll probably have forgotten about this, so it’s going to be a huge, awesome surprise when it arrives πŸ™‚

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