If your parents will celebrate 60 years of marriage this year, plan a party that's worthy of such a rare and special milestone. There are various things you'll need to do to organise the party and make it a success, so give yourself plenty of time to make reservations, purchase decorations or any other task on your "To Do" list. Last-minute rushing and changes will not only detract from your own enjoyment of the party, they may cause glitches that affect everyone's experience and memories of it. It takes a lot of work and careful planning to pull off a flawless, fabulous party, but few events are more worthy than this of the extra effort.
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Choose an anniversary party theme based on your parents' tastes and personalities. For instance, if your mother and father love vacationing in tropical locations, plan a Hawaiian-themed anniversary celebration, complete with hula dancers, tropical fruits like pineapple and mangoes, plus decorations that feature grass skirts and coconuts. Plan a formal dinner party if your parents are more conservative or traditional. Feature decorations such as diamond-white tablecloths, which is the traditional colour of the 60th anniversary.
Choose a date for the anniversary party. Ask family members to talk to your parents indirectly about their plans for their anniversary if the party will be a surprise, so that you can plan a celebration for a day when your mother and father are available.
Create a calendar for yourself after selecting the date, so that you can complete party planning tasks in a reasonable amount of time. Refer to the calendar every day before the anniversary to stay on task and delegate certain "assignments" to family members.
Choose a venue for the anniversary party if you won't be staging it at your parents' home. Arrange a time to visit the site and determine if it's right for the celebration, such as checking to see if there's adequate seating and suitable areas for your decorations. Pay the necessary deposit to reserve the venue.
Make a guest list for the anniversary party, including your parents' old friends and colleagues. Ask family members for help with the list so you don't leave anyone out.
Purchase invitations or create them yourself. Include all the key information, such as the date and full address of the celebration. Include an RSVP prompt so that you can keep track of the number of attendees. Send the invitations as far in advance as possible so that guests will have adequate time to plan their attendance.
Purchase and/or create all the decorations for the party. Choose items that have sentimental value for your parents, such as an enlarged wedding photo of them to place at the main table or baby pictures of you and your siblings. Decorate the party venue the day before or a few hours before the party, depending on your schedule.
Hire a caterer and pay a deposit to reserve her services for the event. Inquire about any equipment she'll need and arrange a time to meet with her at the party venue the day before the party or hours before the event, to ensure that everything is set up correctly.
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