I came across a bunch of fabulous family based articles fabulous in the site Rewardme and it inspired me to write my own on the subject of family.
My grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. Being a weekday, the party consisted of a small affair. The major party comes this Sunday.
I’ve spend all my childhood with my grandparents. I am more close to them than my own parents so every little occasion in their lives is a cause of celebration for me. Rather than having a big party on the weekend with every relative coming in and taking precious time all to themselves, we planned on organising two parties, one just for the closest and the other for a broader group.
Here’s a behind the scenes basic guide to planning a fabulous family party.
Venue, food and guests:
If time and space permits, I guess the best way to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary is to replicate a glamorous wedding. If that is inconvenient in terms of time and space involved, it’s better to go for a theme based party with a least of inconveniences. We chose a great restaurant and designed the spread and paid the advance. This would eventually be a great get together and also would be easy on us on the day of the actual party where we can spend time connecting rather than making last minute re-arrangements.
For the day of the anniversary I chose one of the best reviewed restaurants in one of the best hotels in the city. Planned the order before hand, got the reservation done and went and gave a wonderful experience for everyone, especially for my grandparents to have all their children and grandchildren around.
Pre-plan and invite before:
The specific invites were sent out well over two months ago so that all my grandparents’ favourite people could fly over for their 505 wedding anniversary.
I chose something that they would like and could use rather than those gifts sitting in a closet or on the shelves. For my grandmother, it was a perfume, roses, a pair of diamond earrings and a pair of massive gold studs that she could wear specifically for the main party and look as close the bride she was 50 years ago. For my grandfather, an embossed clock, and lots of goodies that he likes to munch on pretty much fit the bill.
An integral part of the planning. Nothing looks as good as fresh flowers for a party. Flowers were sent from all over country and made a great day for them.
How would you plan a great event for some one you love, especially one that is as important as your grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary.