Friday, May 10, 2013

50th Anniversary Party

Half a century of marriage calls for a real celebration. Whether it’s a big bash or a family get-together, here are some tips for planning a 50th anniversary party. 

Personalize the Perfect Golden Anniversary

If you need to reserve a place, do it as soon as possible. Here are some places to check out... 
  • Someone’s house.
  • Favorite restaurant. If it’s more than a small group, a reserved private room is best.
  • Church hall.
  • Reserved shelter at a park. Look for one with adjacent parking and a restroom nearby.
  • Hotel ballroom. If you have several guests coming in from out of town, ask about discounted room rates.
  • Country club banquet room.
  • VFW hall.

If your Party isn’t at a restaurant, you can either find a caterer or enjoy home cooking. Pick a theme and assign dishes so everything goes great together. Themed menu ideas include a casual barbecue, laid-back brunch, south-of-the border fiesta or a swanky cocktail hour.  Assign other family members a dish or get them to help cook.

The celebration isn't complete without a specially decorated cake. If you order one from a bakery, arrange to pick it up early in the day. That way, if something isn’t right with your order, there’s time to get it corrected.
Along with Fresh flowers, other decorations you might want to consider include: balloons, streamers, banners, tablecloths, paper plates/cups/napkins, candles and various framed photos of the couple from over the years.

   Favors are a must for your guests.  Something like Custom Candles or Personalized Candy bars are a perfect way for your guests to remember the party.  Try personalized Hershey Kisses on the middle of the tables around the centerpieces with a bit of confetti as well.

Don’t forget to decorate outdoors, too. Luminaria can line a walkway, clear white lights can twinkle in trees, or a big sign in the yard can let everyone know it’s a big day.

Once the party’s started, don’t sweat every little thing. Just enjoy the opportunity to be together with the people you love.