A 50th anniversary is known as the golden anniversary. Traditionally, gold is given in the form of jewelry or accessories. Today, the idea of giving gold as a gift has been expanded to include anything gold in color. Whatever you decide to give as a present, wrap it in gold ribbon to honor the occasion.
Liquor and Other Vintages of Their Wedding Year
Purchase a bottle of liquor from the year a couple was married. It's a high-end alternative to gold and they'll be able to enjoy it right away. Whiskey is a popular choice. You can also find magazines, books, music and movies that came out that year. If he has a favorite book, find the edition that was in publication his wedding year. Even if it's a Shakespeare play, you'll be able to find an edition that is copyrighted the year of the wedding. If she loves a particular movie from that time period, find it on DVD and buy her a DVD player if she doesn't already have one. She can rediscover movies that remind her of being a newlywed.
Throw an anniversary party. Invite people who knew the couple at different times in their lives; this could include grandchildren, book club members, neighbors, work associates and childhood friends. These guests will all have a different perspective on the couple. Put a blank card at every place setting and tell guests to write down a favorite memory of the couple. Collect the cards in a wooden box tied with gold ribbon and read them aloud over dinner. Give the box of memories to the couple at the end of the night.
Over the course of 50 years together, most of a couple's wedding china will end up broken or chipped. Look for the pieces they're missing at flea markets, antique stores and garage sales. If you can't find the exact match to their set, buy the replacement china in a complementary pattern from the same year. You can also take chipped plates and have them refurbished. Another idea is to replace lost pieces with handmade items. You can go to a pottery store or workshop and inscribe plates with their wedding year and have family members write their signatures in paint around the plate's edges.
A Second Honeymoon
A couple celebrating their 50th anniversary might not have had a vacation since their honeymoon. Get everyone in the family to contribute money and send them on a second honeymoon. It could be to the Caribbean or to their favorite restaurant. Take any health concerns into consideration and see if they have friends who would want to accompany them. You could even book a family vacation. On a smaller scale, you can plan a night out. For example, if they've always wanted to try Thai food but have never gotten around to it, buy them dinner at the best Thai restaurant in town.
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