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  • ngbhughenden
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    • 16th Jan 07, 6:34 PM
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    • 16th Jan 07, 6:34 PM
    I am in exactly the same situation!! Somebody suggested a hamper of 'golden' products eg apples, syrup etc. Apparently it goes down really well and much appreciated
  • glenstan
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    • 16th Jan 07, 6:57 PM
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    • 16th Jan 07, 6:57 PM
    the rose called golden wedding, is a hybrid tea rose bush. We bought this for my husbands parents. They loved it at the time saying it was something they could watch for years to come .
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  • thriftykatie
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    • 16th Jan 07, 7:13 PM
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    • 16th Jan 07, 7:13 PM
    My sister and I booked a weekend away at Scarsdale Manor in the Lake District for our parents' ruby anniversary. Although they have travelled the world they still love that area and that hotel is wonderful (with an award winning restaurant) without being pretentious. We ordered a cake to be made at the hotel and brought out with a note at dinner, champagne etc. The hotel were extremely helpful with our specific requests and everything was done by phone (although I confirmed by letter) including agreement about what costs would be covered by our credit card. It was the extra touches that made the weekend and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

    Not a cheap option but not overly expensive and worth every penny.
    • Fizog
    • By Fizog 16th Jan 07, 7:22 PM
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    • 16th Jan 07, 7:22 PM
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    • 16th Jan 07, 7:22 PM
    Yes I was going to say Rose Bush. I researched a family history for my parents in law this summer for their Golden Wedding. I bought a leather bound book (half price Camden MArket) and managed to get back to 1680 with one side. They were thrilled. It did take time and I began to feel I was doing a school project as I was sticking in pictures, photos and maps. But the whole family were fascinated and it is something which can now be added to and handed down. I found out so many intriguing things about my OH's background. Landowners to Fagins den!!!
  • VCE_in_Fornax
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    • 17th Jan 07, 4:13 PM
    brilliant ideas!!!
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    • 17th Jan 07, 4:13 PM
    Hi Folks,

    thank you all very much for your brilliant ideas. I love the rose bush idea (they're both keen gardeners) and the golden hamper (i've seen a golden teapot ant cups in a mag). Since there's quite a few of us, we could combine all your ideas, have the hamper delivered at the hotel, but I couldn't find Scarsdale manor, Thriftykatie, could you please tell me whereabouts in the Lake District? I like the family book idea too, but the anniversary is in a month and we're all in different places, so it's a bit tight...But perhaps we could manage some funny photographs for a party game or something...

    You've got me going now, thanks again!
    • mountainofdebt
    • By mountainofdebt 19th Jan 07, 10:59 PM
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    • 19th Jan 07, 10:59 PM
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    • 19th Jan 07, 10:59 PM
    The parents of a friend of mine had their Golden Wedding Anniversary last year and what she and her sisters did was to make up an album of photos in chronological order of the last 50 years it included photos of her parents courting/marrying, the daughters as they grew up/marrying/having the grandchildren and then at the end a photo of all the daughters together with their families.
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  • abbecer
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    • 19th Jan 07, 11:08 PM
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    • 19th Jan 07, 11:08 PM
    Instead of a family book why not do a memory card? For my 21st my cousin made my birthday card (it was massive), she added pics when i was little, on 18-30 hol etc with funny quotes coming from them. Also got family members to add personal messages etc. It is my fave card or prezzie ever.

    Rebecca x
    • Ishtar
    • By Ishtar 20th Jan 07, 7:42 AM
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    • 20th Jan 07, 7:42 AM
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    • 20th Jan 07, 7:42 AM
    We 'bought' a star for my inlaws who have just celebrated their 50th anniversary. It wasn't hugely expensive, about 25, and we found the website by googling 'I want to buy a star'!

    They were absolutely delighted with it.

    • mum2kathryn
    • By mum2kathryn 20th Jan 07, 7:59 PM
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    No idea what your timescale is, but for my Grandparents Golden Wedding, my aunt did a cross stitch 'family tree' with little pictures of my grandparents, each of their children and their families on it. The whole thing was illustrated with little pictures of everyone's favourite hobbies and interests (eg motor caravan for my granparents, telescope for my Dad who's into astronomy, OU logo for my Mum who'd just done a degree etc) and even had pets on. It had the date of their wedding and the date of their anniversary at the bottom. The whole thing was a real labour of love and will become a family heirloom.
    You might be able to do something similar on a PC with photos and clip art and print it out A3 (or larger) and put it in a nice frame.

  • thriftykatie
    Sorry - just read your post. Think I was having a blonde moment the other night. Think Scarsdale was a diet years ago (bit preoccupied with trying to lose weight at the moment!) Anyway, it is Underscar not Scarsdale - in Keswick. Don't have the website but google it and I'm sure there won't be a problem - but you need the hotel not the timeshare appartments. Don't let the latter put you off: the estate is huge, the appartments few and very exclusive so don't spoil the environment at all.

    • gartcott
    • By gartcott 21st Jan 07, 10:58 PM
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    For my brother and sister-in-law's Golden Wedding, I made a 'Memory Jar'. Typed out pages of questions asking them about memories of parents, grandparents - perhaps great-grandparents; memories of childhood - special events and how they were celebrated [Christmas, birthdays]; what sort of house were they brought up in; parent's characteristics - height,weight, hair colour, character traits and have they inherited any of them; what was school like; favourite games, hobbies,entertainment;what happened after school - university, vocational training; first date; first kiss; courtship; marriage - describe wedding, wedding dress; birth of children and describe each one's personality, talents; best and worst life experiences;favourite books and music; greatest joys and sorrows; family reunions, celebrations, anniversaries; accidents and illnesses; what would they like to be remembered for; life's philosophy; etc., etc. The list can be endless.......

    I also gave them a big, scrapbooky, journal thing and asked them to write down the questions, then answer them in their own words without bothering too much about style; did a bit of family photo scanning as well, to start them off with adding a photographic record to the journal. I cut up all the questions, rolled them up quite tightly and put them in a jar and labelled it as a 'recipe for your life history, to be taken in small amounts and enjoyed'.

    Whether they will ever get around to doing it is anyone's guess, but they had a huge amount of enjoyment in reading the questions and in the memories they prompted. It was also a VERY inexpensive gift - the journal was the only expenditure.
  • VCE_in_Fornax
    Thank you so much
    I'm very grateful for all these brilliant and clever suggestions. The kids could do their bit with the memory jar, the parents with the fantastic weekend away, the immediate family and friends with the hamper, rose and the photograph book/sampler, it's gonna be great!!!
    Aside from the moneysaving, that's why I really like this forum, people who actually care enough to help!!!
    • Jenniearmstrong
    • By Jenniearmstrong 29th May 19, 4:07 PM
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    Do you still have a copy of the questions you used please?
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 30th May 19, 6:38 AM
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    I really doubt you'll get a reply.
    The person (I think) you're directing your question to (gartcott?) posted over 12 years ago and hasn't logged on to MSE for 2 years.

    For anyone about to post with advice to the OP - their Grandparents Golden wedding anniversary was way back in 2007.
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