Feb 18 2020

Seventy-fifth Anniversary Gifts

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The seventy-fifth anniversary has one symbol for the traditional, modern and gemstone categories–the diamond. Thus, this momentous event is another diamond anniversary. While a diamond gift is probably not something that a 90-something might be interested, the event is still worth celebrating. These celebrations should focus on gathering their friends and family. Often, all a 90-something person wants is time with the people who matter.

Starting the planning for the seventy-fifth anniversary a year in advance is a good idea. You’ll need to reserve a space big enough to accommodate the visitors and make sure enough people can make it to the event. This guide provides a summary on holding a 75th Anniversary celebration for older friends and loved ones:

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Plan the Celebration

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Planning in advance is critical in determining the date and venue for the seventy-fifth anniversary event. If the anniversary date is midweek, you may want to consider a weekend celebration to allow family and friends from out of town to attend. Start working with the “must attend” guests to find the date that works best for them. Once you select a preferred date, you can begin work on finding and reserving an appropriate venue.

Make a list of requirements when selecting a place for your party. Consider the size of the group you want to accommodate. Choose a location that is easily accessible of people with disabilities. After all, there will be a lot of older folks attending the event. Convenient parking is a must.

You will likely want internet connectivity for those who want to attend via video conferencing, and you may want facilities for caterers or kitchen facilities if you are bringing in food yourself. If you are planning on a formal program or including music, you must make sure that the venue has appropriate provisions for microphones and other audiovisual equipment.

Save the Date

Once you’ve reserved a venue, send out clear invitations to all the important guests well in advance to ensure that they can make it. You can either send save-the-date notices via e-mail or popular services like Evite. You may also send physical invitations through post. You can have these notices printed through online services like Vistaprint.

Selecting the Menu

Your first decision is what type of event you want to have. A sit down dinner might be nice if the guest list is smaller, whereas a dessert reception is an option for a larger group. You could also do a reception format with appetizers or finger foods. If you are going to use a caterer, be sure to schedule their services several months in advance. The larger the group, the more time the caterer will need to prepare the meals.

If you are going to prepare the food yourself, give yourself enough time to get everything done. This way, you’ll have the day itself to enjoy with your friends and family. A pot luck is another option. Ask others to bring their favorite recipes to share with the guests.

A special cake is a must-have for any anniversary celebration. You may have a favorite local bakery you want to order a special cake from or you may want to check out We Take the Cake, one of Oprah’s favorite things.

Making an Entertaining Program

You could include a formal program with a master of ceremonies and you could include music; either a favorite group or a DJ or solo artist.

If you are going to include a DJ or musical group or artist contact them several months in advance of the celebration and reserve the date.

You want to make sure you plan the celebration in a way that is comfortable and not too tiring for the honorees. Consider a reception-like format where the guests of honor can remain seated and greet individually the guests who want to honor the couple. Make sure you have a designated photographer whose job it is to get a picture of each guest with the happy couple. If you are worried about stamina of the honorees you could stagger the invitations so some of the guests are invited to come at 1:00 o’clock and another group at 2:00 so all the invitees have time with the honorees and there is a more leisurely pace for meeting and greeting the guests as they arrive.

Ask each guest to bring a photo or memento of a time or event they shared with the honorees. Create a poster, bulletin board or cork board and let everyone add their photo to the display with thumb tacks or tape. If you are planning a formal program you may want to invite guests to prepare a short speech or presentation about their special memories of times with the couple.

For those guests from out of town that can’t make it to the celebration in person be sure to schedule video visits between them and the honorees. Make sure the venue you chose has wifi or internet connections.  Skype is an easy way to connect with out of town family and friends through their video conferencing service. Check out Skype’s video services on Skype. Schedule the video visits so you can show the video on a big screen rather than on a smaller computer monitor so all the guests as well as the honorees can share in the visits.

After the Event Mementos

Consider setting up a web page or making a DVD or photo sharing site so all the guests and the honorees can enjoy the event over and over. EHow has instructions on how to set up a personal web page at WebsiteSetup.org. You can also use Facebook or Instagram. to share your videos and photos from the anniversary celebration.


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