In the last several years I have helped strategy many a 50th everlasting nature party, as well as given two. One party was in honor of my parent's half a century together, the other to honor the same for my in-laws. I frequently receive calls and emails coming from my clients saying just how much the anniversary party meant to the anniversary couple and also the often their guests however talk about it. This article will review some of the party planning aspects that make the biggest impact on the celebrants and their guests Sent invitations are a must: Although today it is absolutely suitable to send email invitations for many types of events, your 50th anniversary party is definitely not one of those. However , it is actually acceptable to send 'save the date' notes by contact and I highly recommend doing this. There are various free online services that offer this kind of (type the words "free online save the date" within a search bar to find some). For those guests that aren't proficient in email - a good 'save the date' call to them would be right. Amerisleep offers extensive reviews Similar to wedding invitations, the formal 50th anniversary party wedding invitations ideally should be sent out 2 months before the party so that individuals who need to make travel arrangements can do so. Make sure you include a RSVP reply date, as well as your info (I recommend providing a mobile phone number and email address). To help you with your planning, set the 'reply by' date regarding 3 weeks before the actual celebration. Not everyone will respond by then, but it will certainly support cut down the number of follow-up telephone calls you need to make. Assist the ones that are coming from out of town with their hotel accommodations and vehicles needs: In all likelihood you will have friends and relations coming to the party that reside in other cities and states. Help make it less complicated on them by doing a bit of study ahead of time and including a independent page with the compiled details inside the invitation envelope for all those guests who will require motels. Things to research and include: Supply the name, phone number, and web page for one or two conveniently located hotels. Call these buildings ahead of time and ask for the best level for the weekend from the party as well as room access. Provide the rate information on the invitation insert page. Contain directions to the party by each hotel as well as the hot time it takes to travel from hotel to the party. Also provide the name, phone number and web page for one or two car rental services. Again, call ahead and get for best rates and gives this information. For those guests who don't need to rent a vehicle nevertheless do need transportation to and from the airport - have the name, number, and web-site of companies that provide this service (airport limousine providers, private transportation services, and taxis) along with their rates. In large cities some resort hotels provide this service cost free - inquire when you phone about availability and rates. (You may also choose to get family members or friends to hold out-of-town guests. ) Nutrition and Beverages: Everyone looks forward to the food and drink for parties, not so much because it is free of charge, but because they failed to have to prepare it and because they are hoping for something interesting and delicious. Don't disappoint! Should you aren't into cooking or maybe entertaining and don't have ideas as to what to serve, solicit the help from a friend or two that does do a wide range of both. If you have it were made ask the company for sample menus from past get-togethers that they catered. It will offer you great ideas as well as with general pricing information. If it is an afternoon or evening occurrence that doesn't include an actual mealtime, you'll want to offer a good various appetizer-like items. Items that may be eaten out of hand (no utensils) are terrific. And make sure you have enough - better to have got too much than too little. There are many terrific cookbooks that specialize in just this type of food. The net is also a wealth of information in terms of recommendations and recipes just for appetizer parties (type "planning an appetizer party" from the search bar). If you are portion a meal just think of 'balance'. You'll want one or two entrée selections, at least one starch (although I always recommend also serving rolls & butter too), and at least one vegetable. If it isn't a take a moment meal I always provide within least a choice of two things for each component of the food (entrée, starch, vegetable) but it really isn't necessary if that seems like too much. I would as well recommend serving a delicious salad (meaning make sure it includes several ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, red onion, and perhaps some grated or crumbled cheese) for those guests who prefer to eat lighter. Offer them a choice of at the very least , two salad dressings. As for liquids - the usual water, weight loss plan and regular soft drinks, and maybe lemonade should be offered. If you serve alcohol cater to the flavour of the couple and most of the guests. Are they beer, toxic combination, and/or wine drinkers? I really do recommend that you splurge on having a champagne toast via all the guests to the cheerful couple. Most party source shops, and even many supermarkets, sell small plastic stemmed cups that are perfect for toasting. As for the champagne, you don't need to spend much - however, you need to make sure it tastes very good. Visit a local wine vendor, tell them your price range and let them recommend a few baby bottles to you. For my parent's party we were able to obtain very good Californian 'Champagne' around $18 per bottle. Since you don't need to pour full cups, just enough for a toast and a bit more, you need not buy loads of it. This celebration absolutely calls for a decorated pastry. A cake that resembles a wedding cake is always a pleasant choice, but it does can be more expensive. I'm sure that the 'bride' recalls well how her wedding cake was decorated - ask her about it and maybe you can have the bakery embellish a sheet cake to resemble the wedding cake rather (for example - possibly she had yellow and pink roses on her wedding cake). It is always nice to personalize the cake with all the guest of honor's titles such as "Happy 50th Anniversary Robert and Joan". Design and Ambiance: Creating a joyous mood for a party is definitely, in part, accomplished by the style and music. Since all knows that a 50th wedding anniversary is their golden birthday - decorating with gold-colored touches is perfect and easy to accomplish. 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 extravagant. I like using two colorings for the bouquets -- one of which is gold. You can also typically find "Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary" banners for party supply stores or even just at stores like Target. You can also choose gold-theme paper plates, napkins and servings. I also like to set out a couple of vases of fresh blossoms - it lends a nice touch to the decor. You might like to find out what flowers the new bride had in her bridal bouquet and purchase similar flowers at least flowers in the same color family. You can also set the mood with music. Ask your celebrants what a well liked type of music is and if they have a favorite singer. And get them what songs and artists were popular if they got married. If they have a great 'our song' or a track that they danced their 1st dance as a married few to make sure you play it during the party. "And a word from our guests of honor": This part of the party elicits anything from hearty laughter to heart-felt cry from the 'audience' - according to what celebrants share. Before the party ask the couple being honored "what is the secret behind the success of your marriage? inches Ask them if they are willing to share those reflections with people during the party. If they are not comfortable speaking in front of a group - ask if it would be ok for the host or maybe hostess to share them. Within my parent's party my father told those that had come to express that special day that "being married to my best friend certainly is the secret. " He then developed on how she had noticed him through his most effective times and worst and she looked with value upon his strengths and loved him dearly irrespective of his flaws. There had not been a dry eye inside the audience by the time he finished. But at a friend's parent's party the better half told her guests that their particular secret was "earplugs. The room practically shakes when he snores". Tears resulted, but they had been tears of laughter! As well - find out some head of time if the few being honored would like a short while to address their guests other than sharing their secrets to success. Most couples wish, at the very least, to have an opportunity to claim 'thank you' to their attendees for coming, although quite a few also take the opportunity to say more. Finally, thank your guests for coming: Gracious houses always make sure that they personally say thanks to their guests for coming. 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 expensive vacation event with. You need not fill the idea with expensive items -- one or two small favors are actually perfect. I love to include treats decorated especially for the celebration as well anything which incorporates a photography of the couple.