Do you know someone who is moving soon? Whether it's across the country, or across the street, people are constantly looking to upgrade their home, or just live in a new area. While having friends or family move away can be a tearful experience, throwing them a successful moving or "going away" party will create a wonderful memory between you.
Moving parties are not very complicated, and there is no need for an element of surprise. Check to see when they are moving, and pick a date that does not interfere with the craziness that always surrounds a move. This can be a very stressful time, so try not to put the moving party too close to the move date itself. Once you have chosen a good date, get your invitations out as early as possible so that your guests can clear their calendars. If you like sending electronic invitations, Sendomatic's Moving Invitation is a great choice.
Now that you have your date and your guests invited, you need to pick some kind of theme for your party. This is really up to you and should be based on the people moving. Try to keep their interests in the front of your mind - remember, you're throwing this party for them, not for the people you've invited. Make sure to keep the weather in mind, too, and prepare to take the party inside if it gets too hot, too cold, or rains.
Plan what food you will provide on the theme you have chosen, and of course, what the people moving like best. If you do not want to handle cooking as well as clean-up, you can always ask your guests to bring a dish that they know the guest of honor would enjoy. For entertainment, a moving party is usually sentimental, so I would suggest a slideshow featuring photographs of your guest of honor during their time in your area. Be sure to bring the Kleenex, leave plenty of time after the party for your goodbyes, and let those moving know they are loved wherever they go!