Arranging a Special Bash for Milestone Celebration
If you’re arranging a special bash for a loved one, here are a few helpful hints to keep in mind:
• Plan well in advance. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a party store at the last minute, looking at black balloons, “over-the-hill” streamers and lame party favors, such as fake false teeth and Viagra pill bottles!
• Cast a wide net for ideas. Brainstorm with others. Check the Internet (www.adultpartyideas.com has dozens of creative ideas) and books, such as Diane Warner’s Big Book of Parties (Career Press, 1999) and Patty Sachs’ Pick a Party (Meadowbrook Press, 1997).
• Create a lasting remembrance. A memory book is a surefire winner. Invite your guests to send something that’ll fit on an 8.5-x-11-inch page, such as letters to or anecdotes about the guest of honor (GOH), memories of “first impressions” of the GOH, or photos. Give them a deadline for sending these in, so that you can arrange them in an archival scrapbook. Display the book at the party and include blank pages for last-minute additions.
If you’re holding a surprise celebration, emblazon the word “SURPRISE” on the invitations to ensure that no one spills the beans.