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Celebrating in later life

Welcome to the Celebrating section of LaterLife.

Personalised Champagne MagnumThere are plenty of opportunities for celebrating in later life and often a bit more time to plan the celebration and make it something special. Whether it be an anniversary, a birthday or a landmark event such as retirement, we've tried to bring together a number of things: flowers, gifts, things to do to celebrate and one or two other fun things. We hope they will give you ideas of your own too, for marking the occasion.



We also have two specially written Guides that focus on different celebration elements:

Guide to organising that Special Party

Guide to choosing presents



This introduction to celebrating in later life covers:


Let's party in later life article series...

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First Impressions: The

Invitation arrow

Say it with Flowers!arrow

Hot Stuff! arrow

Surprise Parties arrow

Renting Jewellery arrow

Hot Toddies arrow

Chocolate Fountain arrow

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Adding that personal
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Let's party - outside arrow

Room scents, candles arrow

Don't under estimate the napkin arrow


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All at sea!

Come on over for a drink - non alcoholic drinks

Light up your celebration

Top caviar for a top treat

Learn something new in a special weekend away

Night on the ocean waves

Hiring in a private chef for a meal to remember

Flying high over London


Two Dozen Red White & Pink RosesAnniversaries

Whether you are celebrating a regular wedding anniversary or a landmark anniversary such as a 25th wedding anniversary or a 50th wedding anniversary, take a look first at what type of gift is appropriate for each occasion - for a 25th it's silver, but do you know what it is for the others?

If you want to be less conventional then take a look at some of the other gift ideas below such as Experience Days.

Or if you are organising an event then be sure to take a look at our Party Guide and for some fun ideas take a look at a Wedding Anniversary invitation and Wedding Anniversary Ode.

Looking for an Anniversary Gift that's a bit different?

Personalised Champagne with Glass FlutesPersonalised Champagne & Wines - They provide a really different gift for any later life occasion. Not limited to Champagne and wines there is also personalised Cognac, Port and Whisky too, as well as gift combinations with glasses and decanters.

Personalised Glass Photo - Give them their own personalised glass photo. This stunning product allows you to have a photograph, either portrait or landscape, of the anniversary couple laser etched inside the glass. A unique gift that will last for ever!

OR how about a silver engraved photo frame or a personalised chronicle of the couple’s wedding day. Click on the links above or here to visit the gift experience to see these and many more unique wedding anniversary gifts. 

How about a Short Break or trip to mark the occasion too? Take a look at 'Things to Do and Venues' which provides links to a range of organisations that can help you make your celebration one to remember. They include balloon ride companies, ticket booking organisations, restaurant and hotel guides, caterers and entertainers. So have a look and get some ideas.



You can't let retirement go by without marking the occasion. There are lots of ideas below but if you want to give something that's a bit different and a bit of fun then why not sign them up to a retirement course?

We provide a 1 year licence for our Online Planning Retirement workshop, which is used by a number of organisations for their staff as an alternative to our face-to-face workshops. Cost £75 + vat.


Birthdays, Retirement and Other Later Life Events

Make sure you look at our Guide to organising that Special Party for lots of useful ideas and if you want an idea for a party invitation to go with it then take a look at a  Joint 50th Birthday Invitation which might give you some inspiration for yours.

When it comes to gifts there is so much to choose from so have a look at our Guide to choosing presents. As well as the personalised Champagne above which is also applicable for any occasion how about:

30 Experience Choices for Her

The ultimate experience gift for her birthday or to start her retirement  - offering 30 exciting options so she can choose her very own favourite.

On receipt of this experience selection box, she can choose from experiences as varied as an Interior Design Course, a London Eye tour with lunch for two, or a Chocolate rub, wrap and massage.

30 Experience Choices for Him  

He's sure to find his ideal birthday or retirement experience gift in this package of 30 diverse experiences. He can just choose his own favourite ranging from Vineyard wine tasting or Falconry to a Microlight flight or Clay Pigeon Shooting.


Champagne Tea for Two

A treat of afternoon tea with pink Champagne at the Park Lane Hotel in London.

Friendly staff cater to their every need, even presenting a desirable gift to their partner. This is a fabulous experience they and their partner will never forget.


Design a Dream Garden

If your friend or colleague who is retiring has an interest in gardening then this could be the perfect retirement gift now that they have more time to devote to the garden.

This green-fingered gift offers down-to-earth tips from a top notch garden designer.

They will spend a day in spectacular surroundings with leading experts in gardening. They'll help improve knowledge of planting and design, so they can create the perfect outdoor space. As well as a chance to discuss existing plans, they'll wander through a stately garden for inspiration on new outdoor features.

Refreshments and light lunch are included in this gift.


Personalised number platesPersonalised number plates

If you feel like splashing out how about a personalised car number plate?

There are lots of companies that offer services to find personalised number plates but it's worth a look first at the DVLA web site. It has a great facility to search on partial registrations and display the different number plates available. There's even a facility to see your personalised number plate displayed on the car of your choice.


truprintFor photo prints and personalised mugs, calendars, canvases, photo books and clothing. Also when you first sign up you get some free prints!

Flowers and Balloons

For many events you will want to mark the occasion with some flowers.

The premier online florist for lovely fresh, flowers, delivery throughout the UK.For something slightly different why not send balloons as well as flowers or perhaps an anniversary selection of chocolates, wine and flowers

There's nothing better than receiving a surprise flower delivery of the freshest finest blooms, so treat someone special with a beautiful bouquet sent by first class post. also offer extra gifts to send with flowers - chocolates, champagne, crystal, specialities from the bakery and even virtual cards.

Balloons can help make an occasion - sometimes you can personalise the message on the balloon, send it with chocolates or champagne and even provide balloon release packs and party packs.

Try Elite Balloons as one example. But also check our feature dedicated to Balloons!



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