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Topic: Momma's 50th Birthday...need ideas!  (Read 1186 times)
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« on: June 15, 2005 10:15:01 AM »

Ok, so my mom is turning the big 50 and she keeps hinting that she wants to do something or have a party. I have no idea what to do, i have very little money, so huge parties are out of the question. Dinner is good, but boring. HELP HELP HELP!
Some of her interests are:
stuff that costs way too much (haha, yea i know...great...)
Peter Max
Art
Wine
you get the idea, im sure.
We live in a beach town, there are lots of art galleries in near by cities...help!!!!! i dont know what to do!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2005 01:31:12 PM »

How many people were you thinking of inviting?  Dinner for a lot of people may be expnsive. 

If its less than 20, you could do an Italian supper-type party. Do you have Microsoft Publisher?  If not, maybe a friend does.  It has a menu and invitation program, so you could make your own.  Make it interesting by using Italian words.  I know that Mangia means Eat in Italian.  There are some websites that translates English words into Italian words.  You could make the main dish (and bread) and ask the guest to bring their fave dessert, salad, or their favorite wine.  That'll help keep cost down. 

For decorations, you could use red-n-white checked tablecloths.  Here are some sites to centerpieces you can make if you are feeling crafty.

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=f00037

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=f00202
 
Here is a wine glass candle holder. The shade is blue but you could change the color to fit your theme
http://www.save-on-crafts.com/wincanlamfro.html


Also, you could do something simple like putting candles in terra cotta pots. You could use the small ones and use votive candles. If you want to dress them up you could monogram them with a paint pen.

Another crafty ideayou could put some sand in a wine glass and bury a votive candle in it.  Great mood lighting.

Another idea..maybe you and her and some of her closest friends could go to the art gallery and then have the rest of your guest meet you at your house.  Have everyone bring a bottle of wine and serve only cheese and crackers and such.  Maybe you could have it be a "surprise" .

I hope this helps you.  You know your mom the best so do something that you think she would like.  Ask friends if you can borrow stuff for the party.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2005 01:40:53 PM »

Talk to a few of her friends - or her sisters.  Ask them for ideas.   Chances are, they'll have some ideas.  But they'll also offer to help by cooking, bringing some wine or beer, or offering their house as a venue. 

I think it's a little tacky to ask people to a party and tell them to bring something.  But if you get them in on the planning, most people will offer.  Especially since they know you don't have a ton of money.

Do you, your sibs, or some friends have musical talents?  My best birthday was when my son's group sang to me. 

LRS
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2005 01:49:09 PM »

well what my mom and her sisters did for my aunts 50th bday is gave her 50 quaters, 50 pennies, 50 dimes, 50 nickels, ect. and my aunt still has it!

oh and for my mom's 50th bday we took her mudbogging Grin
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LucyLu
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2005 02:15:17 PM »

 LRS your right, it may be tacky to have people bring stuff.  Unless its close family or something.  I was thinking it would be like a BYOB type of shin-dig.  Sorry I could be more of a help.  Anyhoo, let us know what you decide on.  I'm sure it'll be great
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