- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
One of my best friends (and bridesmaids) is moving away at the end of June. It’s a good move for her and her family but I’m really sad to see her go. Her extended family are complete nut jobs which is part of the reason she’s moving. Anyways, I’d like to plan somewhat of a going away party for them. I contacted my friend’s sister to see if anything was already in the works and she confirmed that there wasn’t (no surprise there).
My original thought was to have a potluck kinda thing in her churches rec room (I’m normally one to avoid churches like the plague but it’s free). I would make a few dishes and enlist her close family members to do the same. We would invite about 50 people (their families, co-workers, close friends, etc…). I would more than likely have to cover the costs of all beverages (no alcohol since it’s in a church), paper products, cake/dessert, decorations, invitations (I would definitely go the Vistaprint route for these) and whatever food I decide to make/bring. I anticipate this costing a couple hundred dollars.
Then I was thinking about possibly just planning a nice dinner out for our group which consists of my friend that’s moving and her husband, Fiance and I and our other 2 best friends/their SO’s. If we went this route each couple would cover their own meals and Fiance and I would pay for our friends who are moving. Depending on the restaurant we choose, we would probably be looking at $200 for both couples meals. With our wedding right around the corner money is definitely tight but I estimate that both options would cost roughly the same amount (the party may be a little more).
I’m not sure which route to go. Now that her sister knows that I’m thinking of planning something she’s all excited about it and I’m sure she’s already told her family. If we decide to forgo the party and do a dinner instead I feel like her family may be pissy since they will definitely not be invited to that. I really don’t have a preference as to which to go with so I figured I’d poll the hive.
If you were my friend who’s picking up and moving 14 hours away would you prefer a quiet dinner out with your best friends or a going away party that will include all of your loved ones?