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    • mai_taylor
    • By mai_taylor 8th Mar 17, 3:15 PM
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    60th birthday for MIL
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    • 8th Mar 17, 3:15 PM
    60th birthday for MIL 8th Mar 17 at 3:15 PM
    We're really at a loss of what to do / what to buy for my husband's mother in October. She's not really into spa's / pampering, doesn't wear jewelry, not into gardening and is fussy with what she eats. She would probably enjoy a party or family meal but most of the family live quite far so not sure we could get the numbers for a party and paying for everyone's food for a meal might work out too expensive for us. We want it to be special as she's had a hard few years. Any suggestions would be great.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 8th Mar 17, 5:17 PM
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    A weekend away? Either on her birthday or close to it. Special hotel or special place?- city, seaside, country?
    Or maybe you could stay somewhere near the rest of the family and they could dine at the same hotel (and pay for their own meals!)
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 8th Mar 17, 6:31 PM
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    Another, later thought. What about self catering? There are some lovely properties which accommodate a large number of people- so you might be able to invite some of the family (asking them to contribute to the cost) and ask them to bring a dish or two for a party....
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    • mai_taylor
    • By mai_taylor 9th Mar 17, 8:19 AM
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    Another, later thought. What about self catering? There are some lovely properties which accommodate a large number of people- so you might be able to invite some of the family (asking them to contribute to the cost) and ask them to bring a dish or two for a party....
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Love this idea, will look into thanks.
    • 7roland8
    • By 7roland8 11th Mar 17, 12:10 PM
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    Why not all descend on her for the weekend - each bring some food or prepare some so you have a lovely family get-together at not much cost. I'm sure having the family together will be worth more to her than material presents. Maybe a nice frame and take a pic of you all together. Also why not put together a slide show of pics form through her life to show on the day? Would not cost hardly anything apart form petrol and a little food.
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    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 11th Mar 17, 4:24 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 4:24 PM
    60th
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    • 11th Mar 17, 4:24 PM
    I agree with Katiehound look for a large house within a reasonable distance from all involved and chip in with the cost. My niece went on a hen party recently where the weekend included a chef or all help to do the cooking,
    When I have been to on (large) family holidays I have looked at Owners Direct rather than Sykes,
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    • RainbowLaura
    • By RainbowLaura 11th Mar 17, 4:35 PM
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    For my mum's 60th my sister and I bought her a hot air balloon ride, which she loved.

    The holiday ideas sound good
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 12th Mar 17, 10:17 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 10:17 AM
    Another much later thought!!
    If finances aren't too bad what about taking her on a short cruise for her birthday? then have a family celebration later in her 60th year-that could be an extra special Christmas 'do.'

    I know that Fred.Olsen gives guests with landmark birthdays on the cruise that day a complimentary package- don't know what it is but guess a cake, maybe a bottle, small present.- and the waiters singing happy birthday!!
    If you sail round the British Isles (with Fred) you don't need a passport.
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