Yesterday I threw a party for my parents’ 50th birthdays and I’m happy to say that it was a huge success! Everything went just about as smoothly as possible and after the party concluded, several people mentioned to me that they thought I should go into party-planning. What a compliment, right?! That would be a fun career, but there’s one problem — I really can’t stand working with people. Maybe I could be a pet party planner??? Is that a thing? Does anyone know? Hmmm. I think I’ll just stick to pet-sitting…
Anyway… I think the things that made the party so great were the little extra details. They’re the things that always leave the biggest impression in my mind, so I like to include as many as I can into events that I host to make a positive and lasting impression with my guests. I made centerpieces that incorporated photos from my parents’ childhoods and early life together, I asked guests to bring along a favorite photo of my parents to build a photo collage in the shape of the big ’5-0′, we played a trivia game featuring questions about my parents and I made a memory frame for guests to share some of their funniest, silliest and most memorable moments of my parents’ first 50 years.
The memory frame was a big hit and I think it was my favorite part of the party. It was super easy to make and would be great to use for a wedding or for a milestone birthday or anniversary.
If you’d like to make your own, here’s what you’ll:
- a large frame (no back or glass — just the outer frame)
- twine, string or ribbon
- mini clothespins (I found mine at Target, but I’ve seen them in craft supply stores, as well)
- Paint your frame, if you’d like. I trash-picked mine (I’m dead serious!) and it looked a little beat up, so I opted to give it a few coats in a color that matched the party’s theme.
- Wrap one end of the twine, string or ribbon around the top edge of frame and tie in a knot on the back. Weave twine between alternating edges of the frame to make a zig-zag line to hang memories.
- Cut paper into desired shape and size and ask guests to write their memories or wishes on paper and attach them to the string with mini clothespins.
Try out this memory/wish frame at your next event — I think your guests will think it’s super fun and creative and by the end of the party, you’ll have some really neat mementos for the guest(s) of honor. They can keep the memories on the frame and display it that way, if they’d like, or they can do what my parents plan to do and made a scrapbook from the memories, along with some photos from the party.
Do you like planning parties? What’s the coolest little detail you’ve ever seen at a party or gathering?
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