50th Wedding Anniversary Party Planning

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Wedding anniversaries have become more and more special in an era when long-lasting relationships have become more and more rare. Impermanence and rapid change affect us all for good as well as for ill. 50th wedding anniversary party planning can focus on all that is good, strong and lasting in this couple's life together, and in life itself. At the same time, the passage of time, and the changes that have occurred can be used for humor, celebration and poignancy.

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Look to this particular couple's story, the stories of things held dear to them, and the stories of our world for 50th anniversary party ideas. How can the party celebrate this couple's own story? Collecting pictures, mementos and thoughts from people who have known them through the years can be very important. These can be presented in scrapbooks, collage posters or frames, or in multi-media formats. Inviting key people, including those they may not have seen for a very long time, is important. Those who cannot come in person might be invited to call, visit by video cam, or send cards or letters.

Symbols of important milestones are suitable as themes for 50th anniversary parties. For example the wedding itself, colleges, jobs, military service and places the couple have lived would be great touches. Tributes from children and grandchildren are important contributions too. The stories this couple has followed and held dear might be great fun to trace: Perhaps they are music, sports, or movie lovers, for instance, so the past fifty years might be depicted through these themes. There might be certain celebrities or events to review, or other elements of popular culture to incorporate into the 50 wedding anniversary party. Perhaps the history of snack foods for the past quarter century will influence the menu for the party!

Anniversary party planning can also take world history into account. How has the world changed in the past 50 years? And what are some fun, celebratory ways of incorporating those changes into the party? "Remember when" trivia games might be played (ideas for anniversary party games), coasters or napkins could be imprinted with key historical moments, or everyone might be asked to dress in vintage clothing. Again, an audio-visual presentation could be put together with great moments from these fifty years.

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Favor Ideas

What is there that comes in packages of fifty? Make a large basket or other presentation of wrapped packages of such items. Some of them are tea bags, band aids, paper clips, pencils, labels, aspirin, and stationery. Is there a picture of the anniversary couple that couple, maybe from their wedding day, be made up in magnets or key chains? Any number of items can be imprinted with their names, wedding date and congratulations - such as pens, coffee mugs, or Christmas ornaments. Does anyone know what the favors were at the wedding? These might be 50th anniversary favors again for the party.

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Special Considerations

When planning an anniversary party, consider where it is to be held. If location is important, consider a favor that represents it - for example, small bottles of maple syrup are great for Vermonters, while southerners might appreciate praline pecans. Planning an anniversary party should take who this particular couple is into account. It might be formal or informal, large or small.

Give some thought to anniversary party etiquette, including who is on the invitation list, keeping the entertainment clean, and assuring that the use of alcohol is responsibly handled. Given a 50th anniversary, remember that the couple and their peers may have health issues, and take them into account in the anniversary party entertainment plans.

Make sure gift-giving, if any, is appropriate both for the couple and for the guests. Be clear ahead of time about how this party is being paid for, and make sure that if guests are contributing there is a tactful way to help anyone who has limited income.

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