Hosting an anniversary party for a family member or friend is an exciting prospect. A special tribute to the couple, an anniversary party is more likely to be a success when it is well-planned. Stick to a budget, ask for help and keep a detailed checklist of the things that must be done.
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Guest List and Venue
Set up a budget and book a venue unless the party will be hosted at a family member's home. A rented hall, restaurant, church social area or park are a few venue choices for the gathering. Draw up a guest list that includes family members and close friends. A special anniversary such as the 25th or 50th celebration merits a larger budget and guest list that may include business and social acquaintances. Think of the type of venue area and the size of guest list that the couple will be comfortable with. Have invitations printed as soon as the venue, theme, date and time are settled. Personalised anniversary napkins can be ordered at the same time.
Food and Dessert
Choose a menu that reflects the type of party and the time of day that the guests will be gathered together. A dessert bar is appropriate for a midafternoon party, while a sit-down beef and chicken dinner will be appreciated for a more formal evening party. Casual partygoers will enjoy a potluck family picnic, barbecue or buffet meal from midafternoon to early evening. Estimate the number of servings of the various foods and add them to the checklist. Place an order with a caterer or purchase the ingredients needed to prepare the meal or desserts. Add a nostalgic touch by furnishing food from the anniversary couple's wedding reception menu. Order a replica of the wedding cake, or treat partygoers to a variety of cupcakes, pies and dessert squares with flavoured coffees.
Decorations and Supplies
Decorations are important to the atmosphere of the party. Plan for table covers, centrepieces, balloons, streamers and lighting for the party. Serving dishes, plates, napkins, cups, silverware and dessert plates should be added to the party checklist. Cleaning and decorating supplies such as paper towels, tape, scissors, garbage bags and tacks should be written down on the checklist of needed items. Photos or a scrapbook of the couple can be added for happy conversation pieces during the party. If a detailed list is on hand, the party planning will go smoothly.
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