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    70th Anniversary gift

    Okay Guys & Gals. I am needing help with a gift for my folks 70th Anniversary. A quilt is out as I made them one for their 60th that had like 97 pictures of there life together. I was thinking a personalized quilted photo album cover, but am stumped on what to do for sure. We are planing to have there picture taken & would like to have a place on front to slide the photo into. The inside of the album will have pages for people to sign, that comes to their party, a place for pictures at the party & a place for cards they get. Any great ideas out there? I have till the first of May to get it done. It is also my Dads 90th birthday that will be celebrated at the same time. So maybe thought of doing the back special for him. I would be so great full if anyone can give me pointers.

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    I think the quilted cover of the album would be wonderful.

    Something that I have seen done that fits with your plans is to give family members (friends too, if you wish) a page for the photo album to write some memories to give to them. An adult child may write a letter. Another an array of photos. The younger GGGrands may draw a picture. Someone might write a poem. Etc, Etc. It's amazing the creativity that comes out, as each gets going on it ... and for your parents it's really a grand gift, as it gives them something to enjoy for many hours and days after the event, when not so many people are around them.

    Depending on how large your event is going to be, you could distribute the pages to your other guests to do before they come. Or ask them to jot down some of their memories and bring photos, then you can add to the book after the event.

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    How about a pocket at the back to hold the cards as a reminder of those people who remembered them but couldn't come. A picture of their wedding day. Individual and group photo and do the same to compare differences.
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    did you know that the president of the united states will send your mother and father some kind of certificate for being married for so long? i am not sure how to go about it, but if you are determined enough, you ought to be able to find the information and have it ready by may.
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    rush88888, this is a great idea. Now to figure out how to go about making that happen. I know this would tickle them. Anyone know where I should go to make this happen???? I was thinking of making the book cover a scrappy patch work with different decorative stitches around each piece. What do you all think? I'm sure there will be a large turn out as their 60th was. We will have it advertized in two local papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo View Post
    rush88888, this is a great idea. Now to figure out how to go about making that happen. I know this would tickle them. Anyone know where I should go to make this happen???? I was thinking of making the book cover a scrappy patch work with different decorative stitches around each piece. What do you all think? I'm sure there will be a large turn out as their 60th was. We will have it advertized in two local papers.
    Not being American, I have no idea ........... however, here in Canada the local MPs MPPs, Premier, Prime Minister and Queen all offer congratulatory citations for milestone birthdays and anniversaries. The further you are along the way, the more who will provide. What we do is contact our local Member of Parliament and they look after the contacts to all the other people for you.

    So for you, I'd think you'd probably start with your local Congressman.
    At least start there and they should be able to tell you who, if not them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I think the quilted cover of the album would be wonderful.

    Something that I have seen done that fits with your plans is to give family members (friends too, if you wish) a page for the photo album to write some memories to give to them. An adult child may write a letter. Another an array of photos. The younger GGGrands may draw a picture. Someone might write a poem. Etc, Etc. It's amazing the creativity that comes out, as each gets going on it ... and for your parents it's really a grand gift, as it gives them something to enjoy for many hours and days after the event, when not so many people are around them.

    Depending on how large your event is going to be, you could distribute the pages to your other guests to do before they come. Or ask them to jot down some of their memories and bring photos, then you can add to the book after the event.

    Happy Anniversary to your folks!
    I think your ideas are great. And something along the lines of this post: We were invited to a 50th anniversary party. With the invitation came a card -- picture of the couple on the front and directions and space to write on the back. We were asked to write a favorite memory about each of them or a favorite memory of them as a couple. We brought those to the party and the cards were given to them in an album.
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    article on how to request special occasion greeting from the white house. hope this helps.

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    Here's a suggestion- The first page is of them when they married and one of them now. Then each of the kids have a page with pictures with them thru the years, a page with pictures of spouse and then each grandchild have a page. (Scan it so everybody has a copy of the pictures.) For my parents, we took pictures at the event of the people that came and tried to get them in family groups. For example, the next door neighbors with their 2 grown children and families. The page had neighbors, the neighbors with their children and grandkids and then each of the children with their family. Having it like that helped mom and dad remember what kid went with who.

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    What if you found old clothes/ items that held special meaning over the 70 years together and used those as your album cover? Just adds another layer of love!

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    I like the quilted photo album cover idea. That's probably better than mine. I did a 3 block double wedding ring quilt with their wedding photo and their 50th anniversary photo, and their names and dates in the middle block. I'm thinking about how you'll like to look at it after they're gone.

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    Is your father or mother a veteran? If so contact their senator or congressman's office about obtaining a flag that has been flown over the capital in their honor. This would be a special gift that could be given to them at the party and pictures could be added to the album.
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    I think that no matter what you do, it will be a special day. Maybe you can send their picture in to the TODAY show and have them featured both ways as 90 year old dad and 70 year marriage! I think it is great. They must be really special people. Congratulations to them both!
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    70 years is a big dang deal. Congratulations to them! You are a very lucky person to have parents who have loved each other for so long.

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    Happy anniversary to your parents. Good luck with your project. That is really something to have parents married that long

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    Thank you, pdcakm, so much for the site to go to. You all are awesome for all the ideas. They are all great & I will be using many of them. The 60th quilt I made them had a double wedding ring in gold with their wedding photo in one side & an up dated in the other. Where the rings hooked together had their wedding announcement from the paper. That was really fun trying to get all that without them knowing anything. Kids can be so sneaky. LOL We feel so lucky to still have them both & together. Dad is still busy as ever (I think that keeps him going) from day light to dark & is still driving with no trouble. He does all the cooking, cleaning & shopping as Mom has lost most of her sight due to two strokes. When he is not doing that, he is building something. He is now busy building a horse drawn Dr's carriage. All he had in materials was the springs. He is building all the rest from scrap wood & can make any part he needs. It is awesome looking so far. Keeping himself busy is what keeps him going. Thanks again everyone for your help. If anyone else has ideas, please keep them coming.
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    I will second the suggestion that people who are close to your parents and will be coming to the party are told in advance that you will be making a "memory book" of sorts for them. This will encourage people to find old pictures or jot down memories of activities with your folks from the past. You might even send letter sized fancy stationery to them to write on or attach pictures and then bring to the celebration for you to include in the album you are making.

    Best wishes to your parents for a wonderful anniversary--and a "Happy 90th" to your Dad!
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    How about pillows with any scraps from the previous quilts or one that would go with the quilts.

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