Throwing a “going away” party for a special friend or relative who is moving will leave the guest of honor feeling very touched by your effort, and missing friends before even departing for a new destination. Here are a few ideas to create some warm memories:
Send invites out letting all of your guests know that you will be paying tribute to your guest of honor before he/she moves. Send out a card with the invitation that says “I will miss “John” when he moves because…”. Ask each guest to complete the card, and share why they have appreciated having “John” close by and why they will miss him after he has moved away. Ask them to think of funny and heartwarming stories to share at your party. Request that they bring the completed card on the special day. At a specified time, possibly before you eat, have each person read the message they have prepared. Videotape each guest as they deliver the message to your guest of honor, and then present him/her with the videotape as a memento of the party. He/she will be moved by the gesture, and you will have created a priceless treasure. As an alternative to videotaping the messages, you can collect the cards after they are read and compile them into a scrapbook. You could add a photo of each person/family to their message, and a photo album would serve as a lovely goodbye gift.
As an alternative, you can use a Heavenly Night Bookmark Invitation and create a personalized invitation. Add the wording of your choice to the beautiful design! They double as great favors!
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