Hello, I don't know how many people you want to invite or what type of thing your family is into, but an idea is you could have a party where each guest has to perform an act for your parents, ie. can be anything, like a dance, or sing or magic tricks. As long as it is some kind of entertainment. You just ask the guests to bring their own music or instruments.
A decorating idea which could work is getting some of their photos scanned and made into A0 size posters. I am not sure where you live, but Fedex Kinkos does black and white A0 size prints really cheaply, I live in Australia and they cost $6 each here. All you would need is about 10 or so and it would look awesome and your parents would get a thrill walking into the room. (04/03/2008)
When my sister and brother-in-law celebrated their 25th, their kids and I threw them a large party. But we didn't spend a lot of money. Here's what we did:
We rented a very nice American Legion hall. Cost: free for members.
We hired a caterer who did "drop-off catering". cost: about $5 per person. (That may sound like a lot, but if you add up all the stuff you'd buy, then cook, it was better for us) Instead of that, you could go to a warehouse club and buy large boxes of hors d'oevres that they sell frozen. If you buy enough, and serve beverages, it will be enough. Especially if you have an afternoon party.
We made chocolate wedding bells and covered them in aluminum foil as favors. Molds cost around $1.49 each, and you can get melting chocolate at craft stores and grocery stores.
We come from a boisterous, semi-theatrical family, so we had entertainment. We researched history over their 25 years together, wrote a speech that was chronological with highlights of personal, world and entertainment history, and for each decade involved, we chose a song that was popular at that time that meant something to them. During that song, some or all of us did a "lip-sync". For example, one song was by Sonny & Cher. I played Cher, and my nephew played Sonny by getting on his knees with shoes propped under his knees. We didn't go for accuracy in the lip syncs, more for laughs. That was a big hit. Cost: essentially free. I did buy some costumes; sequined gown for Cher, red and black jacket for a Michael Jackson song, but I went to thrift stores and got them for next to nothing.
For the cake, my mother splurged and had a bakery re-create the wedding cake. But now Wal-Mart sells cakes (really cheap), and so do a lot of grocery stores. Or maybe you know someone who does cakes.
Oh, and for centerpieces, I bought glass bowls, floated 3 white carnations tipped with silver, sprinkled silver confetti around the bowls, and used white votives in plain votive holders. I have also used the bowl idea in different ways. I've taken fabric, put it on the table flat, or also "poofed" around the bowls, and floated candles instead of flowers. Make sure you use unscented ones if you'll be serving food. I've also done the bowl thing with colored water and flowers and candles.
Basically, think about your parents, not your siblings.
Whatever you do for them, they will love. Do you have close aunts or uncles? Maybe they would like to help, or have some ideas.
They would be a great source for pictures, too.
Feel free to send me a message, we've had tons of parties and weddings, all on limited budgets.
Have fun, and remember your parents love you, and will love whatever you do for them. When you do something out of love, it always turns out perfectly! (04/04/2008)
Thank you for your help. I am the oldest and my brother and I do a lot of these things all the time. But, I was fresh out of ideas. I got a senior center where my grandparents live. It holds 100 people. My husband and I are making it a dinner/game/dance night. I am using a Paris theme. That is there goal to go to Paris one day. I am using a silver picture frame. With fake crystal beads and confetti on the table. In the frame on one side is the menu and the other side is their wedding picture. These are the centerpieces. My parents love salad so I am making a table with a fix your own salad bar. I am making a dessert table with fix your own sundays. I am making miniature leaning tower of pizas for the entrace to the senior place. I make chocolate all the time. I found a chocolate shop that has the replica of the leaning tower in a mold. I am making chocolates for favors. (04/04/2008)
How about a this is your life theme? Most of your parents friends and family will be there anyway so why not take them down a memory lane. Certainly you sibs will help with that and your parents will love it. (04/04/2008)
My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary several years ago. One the things we did for them was to get a large piece of matboard (as in picture framing mats) the size of a large poster frame & had everyone present sign it. Since I do framing, the mat was free but you can get mattboard at any frame shop or online, just search "picture framing supplies". One word of advice, if you use a poster frame do NOT use one that the sides slide off. Get one that loads from the back, they make some very attractive ones now & this was my parents` favorite keepsake of the whole party
My children rigged up a tree and each one attached money unto the branches. In 5 10 and 20.00 bills. The grandchildren gave us posters with 25 0f an item on it. One was chicklets, one was marshmallows, one had pennies. Be creative. You can come up with lots of different items. (04/05/2008)
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