Got any BIG birthdays or anniversaries coming up in your family? How about adding a trivia game with questions about the honoree/s to the festivities? I'll show you what I've learned.
This past weekend was my sister and brother-in-law's 60th wedding anniversary! What a GREAT event, right? My niece and nephew and their spouses had really pulled off a grand event for their 50th. Their 60th was very special too, but the guest list was more family-oriented this time. I had seen a trivia questionnaire online for a 50th wedding anniversary--I thought that might work for the celebration for my sister's 60th. I considered since it was a more casual affair (with lots of great-grandkids to consider this time), that a trivia game just might work. I checked with my niece and she agreed--she told me to please bring it.
The procedure is pretty straightforward. My sister married in 1958, so I just googled major news events from that year. I also googled such things as the #1 hit of that year, the #1 movie, TV show, etc. I also thought it would be interesting if I asked such questions as "What was Papa's salary in 1958?" Things like that. I let people work in partners and I even let them google if they wanted.
Then add some personal questions about the couple such as....what are your pet names for each other? How did you meet? I gave a copy of the questions to the honored couple for them to fill out as well. Then we could go right to the source to find out the answer to some of those questions that only those two could answer. I let the kids and grandkids work in pairs if they wanted to. It prompted lots of discussion. And they learned some interesting facts about their parents/grandparents that night.
You get the idea. Just come up with questions about news events of the day, pop culture, salary, what car they drove back in the day, questions related specifically to their courtship and wedding. Make it FUN!
And you can see this would work for a milestone birthday (75, 80, 90, 100) or a retirement dinner. And besides being fun, family would really learn a lot about their loved one/s. That's very important too, in the life and traditions of a family.
When I found this online, one family had used it as a Family Feud-type game wherein the attendees tried to match the honorees. Or you can just have the party-goers fill it out, and award prizes to the one/s who got the most answers right. The important thing is just to have fun with it. And learn something about your family elders.
Please share anything you've done to celebrate important family milestones. I love to hear and add it to my repertoire.
Until next week, happy September!
Retired school teacher and now full time grandmother sharing ideas and looking for new ones about grandparenting!