Have an elegant dinner party at the church in the fellowship hall, invite high school classmates, co-workers, friends, family and church members and have a dinner. I would have a dinner with fine china. Entrainment could be his children, friends and family speaking about how he has been an inspiration to their life.
First of all, let me thank you for putting the fact that you are a Christian at the beginning. That doesn't happen very often. I believe it will also help you in getting ideas. If people respect that, you will not get ideas using alcohol or things like that. I agree with Paula on her ideas. They sound great - or you could modify it a bit. Maybe as a game you could get the couples to write down their memories of your husband, put them in a box, and let him draw them out and read them. Hope this helps.
my dad has chums from college & the Army & post office he has had get together with him for over 10 years for his Feb 28 birthday.They all agree NO GIFTS & they all "Dutch Treat" at Ryans mega bar.
well i would get the couples together and find out what they think. you could get out old photos or have a this is your life game. maybe play games he played when he was 10 or 12 yrs old. maybe dress up to look like they did what in the late 50s.
I would buy (4) $1 salads from Wendy's AS each salad can serve two persons adding your own onions, 4 hard boiled eggs quartered (put one half quartered egg in each salad), add 3 quartered seedless green grapes per salad and a sprinkling of mixed nuts with raisins in each bowl.
From there I would buy a package if cheese/or meat ravioli already made up in the freezer section of your grocery store. Follow boiling directions putting 5 to 6 ravioli's per soup bowl covering that with a ladle of store brand spaghetti sauce per bowl topping with shredded mozzarella cheese (which you can melt in the bowl with the microwave before serving).
I would have yeast rolls that can be purchased at Golden Corral from $4 a dozen to go along with the ravioli and salads.
For desert I would have birthday cupcakes that can be served with fresh coffee. I would make it cupcakes to remind the birthday person that they are still a kid at heart, besides cupcakes will not dry out like a cake will after it is cut into. So if there is a bakery near you the cost for 8 cupcakes would be no more then $8 IF they were a $1 a piece.
$4 for salads at Wendy's
$4 for a package of frozen Ravioli's (cheese or meat)
$4 for 2 large jars of the store brand spaghetti sauce
$2 for a handful of green grapes
$2 for a pkg of mixed nuts & raisins
(ASK GUESTS to bring their own dressing in their invitations as we all like different brands & kinds of dressings)
$8 for 8 cupcakes
Around $24 to feed 8 persons I think is great! Keep us informed on what you end up doing and tell the birthday person that they are no more then HALF A CENTURY OLD WITH EXPERIENCE AND DARING SOMEONE TO MESS WITH THEM or 5 PERFECT TEN'S, ha!
(That is what I told my family as friends many moons ago)
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