Within the last several years I have helped strategy many a 50th wedding party, as well as given two. One party was in honor of my parent's 5 decades together, the other to honor the same for my in-laws. I frequently receive calls and emails out of my clients saying simply how much the anniversary party supposed to the anniversary couple and just how often their guests yet talk about it. This article will sum up some of the party planning factors that make the biggest impact on the celebrants and their guests Sent by mail invitations are a must: Though today it is absolutely suitable to send email invitations for numerous types of events, your 50th anniversary party can be not one of those. However , it really is acceptable to send 'save the date' notes by contact and I highly recommend doing this. There are many free online services that offer this (type the words "free on-line save the date" within a search bar to find some). For those guests that usually are proficient in email - a good 'save the date' telephone call to them would be right. Amerisleep offers extensive reviews Similar to wedding invitations, the formal 50th anniversary party stationery ideally should be sent out 8 weeks before the party so that people who need to make travel arrangements can easily do so. Make sure you include a RSVP reply date, as well as your info (I recommend providing a number and email address). To aid with your planning, set the 'reply by' date about 3 weeks before the actual celebration. Not everyone will reply by then, but it will certainly support cut down the number of follow-up phone calls you need to make. Assist those that are coming from out of town with the hotel accommodations and vehicles needs: In all likelihood you will have family coming to the party that live in other cities and states. Help make it easier on them by doing a bit of investigation ahead of time and including a distinct page with the compiled data inside the invitation envelope for those guests who will require accommodations. Things to research and include: Supply name, phone number, and web page for one or two conveniently located hotels. Call these properties ahead of time and ask for the best level for the weekend on the party as well as room access. Provide the rate information on the invitation insert page. Contain directions to the party via each hotel as well as the estimated time it takes to travel through the hotel to the party. Offer the name, phone number and internet site for one or two car rental solutions. Again, call ahead and enquire for best rates and offer this information. For those guests who also don't need to rent a vehicle but do need transportation to and from the airport - have the name, number, and web page of companies that provide the following service (airport limousine companies, private transportation services, and taxis) along with their rates. With large cities some resort hotels provide this service charge - inquire when you call up about availability and rates. (You may also choose to get family members or friends to handle out-of-town guests. ) Food and Beverages: Everyone anticipates the food and drink in parties, not so much because it is 100 % free, but because they decided not to have to prepare it and because they may be hoping for something interesting and delicious. Don't disappoint! In the event you aren't into cooking as well as entertaining and don't have concepts as to what to serve, obtain the help from a friend or maybe more that does do a great deal of both. If you have it focused ask the company for sample menus from past parties that they catered. It will give you great ideas as well as with general pricing information. Whether it is an afternoon or evening event that doesn't include an actual meal, you'll want to offer a good number of appetizer-like items. Items that could be eaten out of hand (no utensils) are terrific. And make sure you have enough - better to include too much than too little. There are numerous terrific cookbooks that focus on just this type of food. The internet is also a wealth of information in relation to recommendations and recipes intended for appetizer parties (type "planning an appetizer party" inside the search bar). If you are serving a meal just think of 'balance'. You'll want one or two entrée selections, at least one starch (although I always recommend as well serving rolls & spread too), and at least just one vegetable. If it isn't a have a seat meal I always provide in least a choice of two products for each component of the mealtime (entrée, starch, vegetable) nonetheless it isn't necessary if the fact that seems like too much. I would as well recommend serving a vigorous salad (meaning make sure its content has several ingredients such as the vegetable tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, red onion, and perhaps some grated as well as crumbled cheese) for those family and friends who prefer to eat lighter. Offer them a choice of at the very least , two salad dressings. As for products - the usual water, diet and regular soft drinks, and possibly lemonade should be offered. If you serve alcohol cater to the flavour of the couple and most in the guests. Are they beer, toxic combination, and/or wine drinkers? I do recommend that you splurge on having a champagne toast coming from all the guests to the content couple. Most party supply shops, and even many grocery stores, sell small plastic stemmed cups that are perfect for toasting. As for the champagne, you should not spend much - nevertheless, you need to make sure it tastes fantastic. Visit a local wine merchant, tell them your price range and let them recommend a few remover bottles to you. For my parent's party we were able to attain very good Californian 'Champagne' for $18 per bottle. Because you don't need to pour full glasses, just enough for a toast and a bit more, you need not buy numerous it. This celebration absolutely calls for a decorated dessert. A cake that appears like a wedding cake is always a great choice, but it does cost more. I'm sure that the 'bride' remembers well how her marriage cake was decorated - ask her about it as well as perhaps you can have the bakery decorat a sheet cake to resemble the wedding cake to some extent (for example - maybe she had yellow and pink roses on her wedding cake). It is always nice to personalize the cake with the guest of honor's companies such as "Happy 50th Everlasting nature Robert and Joan". Decorations and Ambiance: Creating a joyful mood for a party is, in part, accomplished by the interior decor and music. Since every one knows that a 50th wedding anniversary is their golden birthday - decorating with gold-colored touches is perfect and easy to do. I always recommend balloon bouquets. If you use only the acrylic balloons they are quite affordable. Mylar balloons are a nice touch - but they can get high priced. I like using two colors for the bouquets - one of which is gold. Also you can typically find "Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary" banners for party supply stores or even just at stores like Aim for. You can also choose gold-theme paper plates, napkins and mugs. I also like to set out different vases of fresh bouquets - it lends a great touch to the decor. You might find out what flowers the woman had in her bouquet and purchase similar flowers at least flowers in the same colors family. You can also set the mood with music. Inquire your celebrants what their exclusive type of music is of course, if they have a favorite singer. And get them what songs and artists were popular when they got married. If they have an 'our song' or a music that they danced their initial dance as a married couple to make sure you play that during the party. "And anything from our guests of honor": This part of the party elicits anything from satisfying laughter to heart-felt holes from the 'audience' - dependant upon what celebrants share. In advance of the party ask the couple being honored "what is the secret behind the success of your marriage? " Ask them if they are willing to show those reflections with other folks during the party. If they are unpleasant speaking in front of a group -- ask if it would be fine for the host or hostess to share them. At my parent's party my father told those that had come to share with you that special day that "being married to my best friend is a secret. " He then elaborated on how she had seen him through his best times and worst and exactly how she looked with admiration upon his strengths and loved him dearly irrespective of his flaws. There wasn't a dry eye inside audience by the time he concluded. But at a good friend's parent's party the better half told her guests that their very own secret was "earplugs. The space practically shakes when he snores". Tears resulted, but they were definitely tears of laughter! Also - find out your head of time if the couple being honored would like a couple of minutes to address their guests in addition to sharing their secrets to success. Most couples wish, at the very least, to have an opportunity to declare 'thank you' to their friends for coming, although many also take the opportunity to express more. Finally, thank your invitees for coming: Gracious features always make sure that they personally say thanks to their guests for approaching. Guests then leave the party feeling that all their attendance was truly valued. I always like to send guest visitors home with a little 'thank you' bag to remember the presentation with. You need not fill the idea with expensive items -- one or two small favors will be perfect. I love to include cookies decorated especially for the occasion as well anything which incorporates a photography of the couple.