Golden anniversary is a big deal for couples since all 50 years together is something that should be celebrated. You two have gone through many trials in your relationship, fought together against the bad times and had fun during the good. This means that it’s a perfect occasion to create an event for the whole family and friends that will gather you all in celebration of this love you share.
However, organizing an event this big will take time and dedication which can sound like an all-consuming task. But, whether you do this for your parents or grandparents, or you want to do it yourselves, here are some tips on how to throw an outdoor party that will sweep every one of their feet.
1. Find a perfect venue
The best venue for a golden anniversary would a place that is special to the couple. Ideally, it will be somewhere not too far away from home or even in their backyard. Whatever the case, this is the first thing on your checklist you should cross since everything else depends on it.
On the other hand, if you have a lot of people coming from all over, then it would be best to choose one venue as a resort and organize the accommodations there as well. This will not only make it easier to organize but also give an opportunity for everyone to spend more time together other than at the party.
2. Build a memory corner
What is better to celebrate the 50th anniversary then showing off the memories from all those years?! Choose a corner and create a retrospective made of panels with pictures, letters, and gifts that the couple shared on the most important occasions. Use ribbons and lanterns to decorate the corner, with flowers placed here and there to make it all more romantic.
One of the crucial parts of anniversaries are toasts, and the golden one deserves a special one indeed. Ask relatives, couple’s friends and everyone else close to them to say a few words about their relationship, tell funny stories and pay tribute to their marriage. You can also make a video of all the highlights in their lives which will certainly bring happy tears to many eyes.
4. Gifts are a must
Golden anniversary deserves golden gifts. This means that traditionally, couple would receive gold jewelry no matter if it’s white or rose. However, you can use gold as a theme and not material, and so make everything easier for your guests and your parents. For example, gifts could bewrapped in gold paper, or put in gold gift bags. A nice touch would be to have only a gold ribbon with a classic bow on top and a nice golden card underneath it with good wishes.
5. Think about safety as well
When organizing an outdoor event, one of the most important things is safety, especially if you are having a party at the public place like a park or botanical garden. To keep everything in order, make sure that you have fire extinguishers in place, installed temporary fencing and professional technician on staff. Also, don’t spread the wires and electrical installations alone, but rather hire an expert to avoid any possible short circuit from happening.
Besides mowing the lawn and evening the ground, build a pathway as well for those in wheelchairs and with impaired walking ability. This way you will prevent accidents from happening and everyone will be able to have fun together.
6. Hire live band
Over the years, you must have remembered the songs your parents like and which made them hum with the tune, and even show some moves. Find a band that can play live those songs and creates a musical adventure through the years of your parents’ marriage. Remember, this is not a time to sneak in some of your favorite songs, so you better learn some real dance moves and lead the way.
Golden anniversary is a special occasion to gather family members and friends in celebration of the 50 years of marriage. This is a big number which carries a lot of memories and as such will be full of emotions and heart-warming moments. So make it count and organize a party that will be worthy of those 50 years, as well as all the memories that they include.
This post was graciously provided by Leila Dorari. Leila is a freelance writer and self-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. She is passionate about exploring the limits of our self-growth through various challenges and living fulfilled lives by developing the adequate mindset for it. In her spare time, she is either window shopping or hiking with her furry four-legged friend.