Welcome to the Community. Surprising your employees with bonus checks at the holiday party is such a wonderful plan.
The option to turn off the paystub notification isn't available in Intuit and QuickBooks Online Payroll (QBOP). In the meantime, I'd suggest you write a manual check so you can still surprise them. Then, record the payment as a manual check, not a direct deposit check in QuickBooks after the party.
Here's how to turn off direct deposit for an employee:
QuickBooks Online Payroll
Go to the Workers tab, then selectEmployees.
Click Run Payroll.
Select thedirect deposit icon next to the employee's name.
Choose Paper check.
Preview and submit the rest of your payroll as you normally would.
Intuit Online Payroll Enhanced
Go to the Payday tab.
Choose the appropriate pay schedule if needed.
Select theCheck Detailsicon next to the employee name.
Uncheck the box forUse direct deposit.
Enter the employee's paycheck information.
Click Create, then create and approve the rest of your payroll as you normally would.
I followed the instructions for Quickbooks Online Payroll (selected Bonus Only, then paper check next to each employee's name) and it still sent my employees notification of a new paystub. It's a shame the surprise was ruined.