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Planning an Anniversary Celebration

Your anniversary invitation sets the tone for the event.

Celebration of your parents anniversary provides you with a way to honor their years of commitment with the greatest gift: time with the people they love. While most parents would agree to a party, many anniversary parties are thrown as a surprise to remove any party-planning worries from the guests of honor. Surprise parties are also simpler to plan with fewer chefs in the kitchen.

Avoid planning stress by meeting once with siblings as a group, up front, and decide the event basics: date, time, location, guest list, food, beverages, and budget. Skype or GoToMeeting, email and telephone conferences make this much simpler to accomplish.

Get sneaky. Borrow your parents address book for a day to gather addresses. Or, recruit a friend of their to help assemble the guest list.

Delegate. Divide tasks immediately and let each contributor make all decisions about their task. Group decisions on details will cause delay, stress and wasted effort. Be specific and crystal clear about what each person has agreed to do and send email updates to keep people moving.

On your list you may want to include these tasks:

  1. Venue. Choose and arrange for party location
  2. Invitations. Order and mail 3-6 weeks prior. Include sharing cards for inclusion in a scrapbook with invitations and RSVP information.
  3. Decorations. Collect memorabilia for display, guest book or scrapbook, family photos for cake table, anniversary sign for the door.
  4. Food and dinner ware
  5. Beverages and cups
  6. Entertainment (music? games for children?)
  7. Toast to the couple or Anniversary Speech
  8. Memories slide show
  9. Setup and cleanup

Keep in mind that simple is good! None of this has to be complicated. The goal is simply to be together and make the celebrants feel special. All your efforts will be worth it when you look back on this milestone as a cherished family celebration.


Five Quick Additions to your Anniversary Party

You are short on time and the days are spinning by. The party date and location are set. How the heck are you going to get the rest of the party details done in time? For the special touches, you just need an hour for some advance planning.

First, ask for help. Many family anniversary parties are headed up by a lone “volunteer.”  That would be you. That does note mean that you need to do all the party prep. Help is easy to find when you assign specific, bite-sized tasks.

    1. Ask your siblings and other close relatives to help by making a short, 30 or 60 second toast to the anniversary couple. See our anniversary toast ideas.
    2. Assign each sibling and grandchild to bring one thing to add to a memory table at the party. A photo, a momento, or a symbol of the marriage and the family they have built.

  1. anniversary memory cardHave memory cards printed and available at the party. Either in lieu of a guest book, or at each place setting, each guest can bring a personal fond memory of the couple.
  2. Ask a responsible grandchild to take the things from the memory table and the memory cards and assemble them into an empty scrapbook or momento box for the anniversary couple.
    keepsake box
    from Amazon.com

    You can pick up a nice photo box at photo specialty stores, or get a personalized on many websites.

  3. Have a favorite old song ready for a special dance. After the anniversary couple has had the spotlight for a short while, gradually add other family couples until the dance floor is “open.”

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