Your parents have done so much for you, and their love has been a shining example for you all your life. If they have an anniversary coming up and you’re looking for ways to celebrate the happy couple, consider throwing an anniversary party that will commemorate the wonderful lifetime milestone and let them know how much they’re loved.
How to throw your parents an awesome Anniversary Party
The Surprise Factor
First you need to decide whether or not this anniversary shindig will be a surprise to the guests of honor or not. Consider your parents when making this decision; are they the type that enjoy shock value, or would they prefer to know in advance? If you do opt in favor of a surprise party, make sure you give yourself ample time. Keeping all the planning under wraps can be a difficult task, so it will require a lot more work and patience. Everything from outfits to themes, food to décor, and even the guest list will fall on your shoulders, so make sure you’re prepared for such a big endeavor.
If you’re throwing a surprise party, the most practical invite idea is through email, as you can keep guests constantly updated about any changes that occur. You’ll want to be explicitly clear that your parents don’t know about the upcoming festivities, and emphasize you want these details to stay under wraps. However, if your parents know about the upcoming party, it’s always a classier affair with paper invitations, sent through good old snail mail. Find some gorgeous invitations options from a place like Paper Source.
Keep it simple and elegant. The best decorations for an anniversary party include fresh cut flowers and a tidy home. If you want to do up the occasion a little bigger, gather photos of your parents from different years in their relationship. Print them out and hang them from clothespins on string suspended across entryway eaves. If you’ve got plenty of time before the party arrives, consider sending out emails to your parents’ friends and loved ones who might have sweet memories of the couple. Ask guests to email you some of their favorite memories or stories they have about your parents, print them out, and paste on pretty paper for inexpensive but heartfelt decorations.
While you may want to cut costs and cook the meals yourself, if you’re inviting any more than eight people, you can generally assume you won’t be able to handle all of your other party-hosting duties on top of whipping up a feast for a plethora of people. Look around at catering options; it can be a pricier route to choose, but the stress off your back and the happy smiles on the faces of your guests may be more than worth it. If you do decide to do the cooking yourself and you’re blessed with nice weather, you can also consider hosting a barbecue to serve all of your hungry guests as it’s easy to cook in bulk. Ask guests to bring along sides as a sort of potluck tribute to your parents, and to take some of the work off of your shoulders.
You’ll want to be sure you get a sweet gift to celebrate your parents on this momentous occasion. If they’re observing a milestone anniversary year, there are traditional gifts that accompany each. For the 15th is items made of crystal, for the 25th it’s those made of silver, and for the big 50th it’s presents containing gold. You can shirk tradition and go a more modern route if your parents don’t play by the usual rules. Consider designing a bottle of personalized wine at EtchingExpressions.com. You can get a photo of the happy couple, the year of their wedding date, or any special message of your choosing. They may choose to pop the bottle open immediately or save it for an upcoming anniversary, but either way, you know the bottle will become a cherished memento of their loving accomplishments.
What better reason is there to celebrate than love? If your parents are soon celebrating an anniversary, give them a party they’ll never forget for a lifetime of love shared.