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Something Completely Different

You may want to organise a party that is completely different. If you don’t want a "conventional" party at home or at a different venue, there are a number of alternatives.

One idea is to write to your friends individually and ask them to take you somewhere they like to go – a favourite walk, a restaurant, a lovely view or whatever. You pay for each trip so instead of paying for a large party you fund a series of individual outings. You can keep celebrating for months by doing this!

Alternatively, if your friends would like to share the party with you, there is always the more common, but still somewhat different, Safari Party. You wander round to different people’s houses, having a different course, and maybe some entertainment, at each one.

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Taking a trip somewhere is always a popular option. If you, or the person for whom you are organising the celebration, is a keen sports fan, take a trip to see his/her favourite team in action, followed by a celebratory (or the opposite!!) meal. If he/she is a theatre or opera buff, take them to a show and a meal. There are any number of options, depending on likes and passions.

The London Eye is a great place to go at the start (or maybe the end) of a celebration. You can reserve a capsule, have champagne in it and use the Eye as an integral part of the celebration.

For something even more different, how about one of these?

  • Ballooning
  • Helicopter flying lesson
  • Trip in a Gypsy Moth
  • A day at a spa
  • Driving a Ferrari
  • Introduction to body flying – in a wind tunnel
  • Going backstage in a West End theatre

These events and many others can be organized through companies such as Red Letter Days or Experience Days.

Finally, how about the increasingly popular Riverboat Shuffle? You take a boat trip down the river, enjoy the views, eat, drink and dance the evening away. Take a look at to see what it’s all about.

If none of these ideas fires you up, get your grey matter onto the case and come up with your own ideas for organising a party that will be an exciting and memorable celebration. You want your party to be a success, so it's worth putting some thought into it!

This Guide to Organising That Special Party is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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