Birthdays, weddings, christenings and Bar Mitzvahs are great reasons for family and friends to get together. So too are wedding anniversaries but, let’s face it, after the rosy hue of romance has dulled a little does anyone celebrate anything other than the milestone years any more?
To reach the 50th or 60th anniversary of your wedding is obviously an amazing achievement – it must be, after all Her Majesty The Queen doesn’t send cards for trivial reasons!
But what to do for a 30th anniversary?
The fact is more people than ever are marking their Pearl anniversary and if you and your beloved reach this milestone it is worth celebrating in style. The traditional gift for your loved one is jewellery involving pearls but the good news is the modern equivalent is diamonds. The flower for this anniversary is the lily but that’s not to everyone’s taste and the rule with bouquets is anything goes as long as it is big!
The choices involved in planning a party can be great fun – will you go for a traditional sit down meal or opt for a themed party and risk spooking Great Aunt Maud? Just imagine an Hawaiian luau party with games like bobbing for “giant pearls” (polystyrene balls, just check the youngsters don’t choke!) With so many party shops both on-line and in the High Street it is easier than you think to source those essential inflatable parrots, lei flower garlands, and plastic palm trees which are guaranteed to make your Pearl anniversary an event to remember.
If you want to take the theme further why not create a beach with sand in a corner of the party venue, set up a deck chair and offer your grass skirt clad guests the chance to have a zany picture taken? Imagine the stir those images will produce on your Facebook profile – there’s nothing stuffy about you after 30 years of marriage!
Whatever type of party you opt for planning is the key. Start with the venue and here again the internet will save you hours. If you are looking for halls for hire in Croydon simply go to Croydon On Line or type hall hire Croydon into Google and you will be spoilt for choice.
The first things to talk about once you have selected where the party will be held is the catering and any restrictions on music or entertainment. Think too about a cake, this may be something a friend or relative will be happy to make for you.
Remembering not everyone has plenty to spend in these difficult economic times, it would be a nice gesture to make it clear to your guests on the invitation that it is their presence you want rather than their presents so they don’t feel obliged to buy a gift. Alternatively, you can give them the option of making a donation to your favourite charity (gift aided of course).
However you celebrate remember to involve your partner in the planning – remember it is his/her party too.
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