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Celebrating 80: organizing a surprise birthday party

Reading the birthday stories of those who have lived through eight decades, one particular pearl of wisdom stuck in my mind: ‘we want memories, not things’. If you’re thinking about throwing a surprise birthday party for an octogenarian, make sure that you provide plenty of opportunity for the celebrant and guests to reminisce and relive [… Read More]

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Planning a 70th Birthday Surprise

Arranging a 70th birthday celebration for your beloved spouse, parent, grandparent, friend or other soon-to-be septuagenarian can lead to plenty of head-scratching. After all, he or she has probably done, seen and obtained it all at some point before in their seven decades of life. For many 70-year-olds, the biggest pleasure they can have is [… Read More]

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Planning a Surprise 60th Birthday Bash

Generation Jones is turning sixty, and you can be sure that these boomers will not be slowing down as they approach retirement (in fact, 25% say they’re not even going to retire!). Therefore, don’t shy away from putting on a big 60th surprise party to show your loved one just how much you care. Over [… Read More]

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Fun at 50! Surprise Birthday Ideas

If you’re in charge of planning a 50th surprise birthday party for someone special in your life, you might be wondering where to start. Themes & Things First of all, turning 50 can be a sensitive topic, so while the odd age-related gag may be unavoidable, it would probably be best not to make too [… Read More]

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Fab Surprise 40th Birthday Ideas

Turning 40 is a big deal! I know, because that’s my next one (over three years away yet, though). The good news is there are plenty of surprise party ideas to help make the most of this milestone. Not surprisingly, many of the themes I’ve come across involve turning the clock back. A 70s-themed disco, [… Read More]

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SURPRISE! You’re 30 Today

I remember the day I turned thirty really clearly. I worked in an office then, and had decided to tell no-one about my birthday. As Jacqueline points out in her 30th Birthday Planning guide, leaving the twenties behind can be a little bit traumatic! On the day itself, I tried to sneak in as quietly [… Read More]

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Timeless Elegance with Damask

I mentioned damask as part of yesterday’s vintage wedding post, so today I’m going to focus on damask as a theme in its own right. The History of Damask The word comes from the Syrian city of Damascus, a huge weaving centre in the Middle Ages, and an important part of the Silk Road. Damask [… Read More]

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Celebrate the Past with a Vintage-Themed Wedding

  In recent posts, I’ve touched on the subject of themed weddings. Today, I’m going to take a more close-up look at one particular theme: the vintage wedding. If you like to spend a lot of time in antique and junk stores, picking out bargains from a bygone era, then bringing that style into your [… Read More]

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Thoughts About Tablescapes

My journey into the realm of weddings has so far thrown up plenty of unfamiliar terminology. For example, before this week I thought a nosegay was something people fed horses with! Although I’d never heard of a tablescape before, I made an educated guess that it was something of an amalgamation of the words ‘table’ [… Read More]

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Cascade or Nosegay? Choosing Your Bridal Bouquet

Not many of us can profess to be an expert on flowers, and a trip to the florist can be a daunting experience if you can’t tell your irises from your calla lilies or you haven’t a clue what a corsage or a boutonniere is. Fortunately, once you’ve mastered some basic terminology and made some [… Read More]

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