50th Anniversary Parties
Special Considerations for Casual Party Planning

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Whenever there is anniversary party planning to be done, figure out two things first, the date and the budget. For 50th anniversary parties, focus on the people, after all, fifty years of living is bound to result in many old and new friends. 50th wedding anniversary parties are different from other wedding anniversaries because the celebration if for half a century of living through life with ups and downs and heaven knows what else can happen.

How does this change anniversary party planning? There are a few important considerations to be made for 50th anniversary parties. Do not ignore the age of the couple or their guests. Music should be tasteful but not too loud and the party destination should have access for wheel chairs and should also have many bathrooms available.

This is a practical consideration that shows true recognition of the couple and their years together. Going the extra mile might even include special transportation arrangements for certain guests such as a limousine or van service for out of town guests. Anniversary party ideas should also acknowledge that a party that begins earlier than the eight or eight thirty times often selected for parties, or perhaps even a luncheon party is probably better for the couple.

Choosing a venue for a 50th wedding anniversary party should usually be outside of anyone's home because of the considerations above. The stress of assisting older individuals to bathrooms upstairs, or even, heaven forbid, having them wait, or become embarrassed that they're struggling with your front steps are just a few of the reasons that the venue should be outside the home. Renting a lodge type of building is often an inexpensive alternative to renting out a catering hall or a restaurant. Even casual 50th anniversary celebrations should allow for a venue that is not someone's home.

After selection of date, and determining a budget and prioritizing expenses for the items that are age specific above, anniversary party planning for a 50 wedding anniversary party should consider the food. Don't worry too much here about accommodating special diets or considerations because that can eat into a budget, pardon the pun, and often doesn't really make a huge difference to guests. Liquor can also be limited to a quality champagne for a champagne toast and that's all which is a great budget savings on alcohol while retaining the significance of the moment.

So will all the younger folks be bored out of their gourds? Not if you include anniversary party ideas that appeal to many age groups such as group dances like the hokey pokey which still gets everyone on their feet. For younger guests, a buffet line or a make your own sundae dessert station is a lot of fun and usually can be less expensive than purchasing the same food for the younger people as the older adults.

Anniversary party ideas can also include inviting several carefully chosen individuals to talk about the couple as a new couple, a middle aged couple and as a mature couple, as well as recollected stories from children and grandchildren. These stories can be in the theme of "what I want you to know about this couple...." Highlighting their happiness, generosity or any other positive trait that the couple has exhibited. Casual or not, such tributes are a key part of any party celebrating 50 years. Making a slide show that can be shown from your computer as a power point including old photographs is also a fun way for everyone to be involved in the party.

Anniversary party etiquette usually includes a toast to the couple, a chance for husband and wife to speak and perhaps a dance with the couple taking the floor and dancing to the music they first danced to when they were married. No matter how casual the party, these traditions should be kept in some way for the couples 50th anniversary party. Casual parties can also include more playful aspects of people's personalities, whether it's asking guests to purchase only gag gifts or purchasing an inexpensive {comparably} sheet cake with the couple's photo on top. Party favors can range from the silly, such as a T-shirt with the couple's photo on it, to the more useful, mugs with the couple's names.  

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