My barn of nine years (and my whole riding life) is shutting down. BO is getting out of the business. Although we've had our ups and downs, this woman has taught me how to ride, how to work, how to love, how to deal, and given me my love for horses that will last my whole life. She has also helped me buy my horse of my dreams. AND, everyone who was there/boarded there are all really tight-knit. It's sad to see everyone go.
So, we are having a big party for her Other than just hanging out, having fun, are there any other ideas? I am planning on writing her a note/letter just to thank her for nine amazing years, but are there any kind of party idea's that will make this last-goodbye a good one? Would love to hear them!
Have everyone bring photos and make a giant framed collage sp? for her - candid shots- put together and framed and wrapped. Everyone signs a huge card ~ all this ahead of time !!!!START taking pictures - use small instamatic disposable cameras easily tucked out of sight if she comes around.---and of course have one last group shot - for Christmas card for her. Give her and everyone else should get one too - a printed list of names and phones numbers in order to stay in touch - maybe in the form of a barn ~~~ magnet to put on the refrigerators in every home.or in form of a calendar... Have a GOOD TIME and GET BUSY !!!! Lots of Luck!!!
How about a photo album/memory book where each person gets a page or two for pictures of them riding through the years with a note thanking the trainer or sharing their favorite memory from the barn? (Just make sure everyone knows what size page they should make since books come in different sizes.) During the party, the book could be shown around so everyone could reminisce. Have fun!
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Last year for Christmas our barn put together a quilt for our BO. We got pictures of each horse (and its person) and someone printed them onto fabric that was sewn into a quilt. I have absolutely no idea how to do this, of course. Just that it was about the only time I've seen our BO speechless.
... I'm not sure how the party should be, though. Do we have drinks? A big dinner? Barbeque?
How has this group partied in the past?
If food and drinks have been part of past parties, then yes.
If this is more of a cake and cookies group, then probably stick with that.
If this group has not really partied together before ... and you want to control the costs ... then a finger food and wine party.
If time of day is an issue (people can only come after work / can't stay long), then the finger food / wine set-up works well. A dessert party also works if the party needs to be later in the evening to accommodate schedules.
I would not do this as a surprise party - people need some time to prepare emotionally for this type of thing. With no surprise, you can also query the group and see what the preferences are.
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