Mortgage Burning Party
Send out invitations that look like a
mortgage statement. You can print these on regular, white printing
paper. Create a letterhead that says something like “House of Smith”
with address. List the date of the party under “due date” and under
“amount due” list the number of guests, along with their names (Amount
due: 4 (Mr. & Mrs. Jones and their 2 kids). In the body of the
“statement” explain that it is a mortgage burning party.
Decorate your home with balloons and
streamers. Cover the tables with colored tablecloths. Sprinkle with
confetti that has been made out of old mortgage bills.
Mortgage Burning Ceremony
Create faux mortgage documents for the actual burning. Store your
original mortgage documents in a safe place in case an event ever arises
where you need to refer to them.
Plan a time for the ceremony. Do it
soon after guests arrive, but allow enough time for latecomers to
arrive. Designate an outdoor site for the ceremony. A fire pit, fire
bowl or metal should be used for safety. Have guests gather in a circle
around the site where you will burn your mortgage. Pass out champagne
and make a speech asking everyone to join you in a toast to the end of
your mortgage payments. Then light the paperwork on fire as everyone
raises their glasses. Keep watch to make sure all flames are
extinguished after the documents have burned.
Incorporate the burning theme without
actually burning the food by cooking fare with blackened recipes.
Blackened chicken and shrimp are examples of foods that are commonly
blackened. Traditional barbecue foods such as ribs, burgers and hot dogs
are also good options for this type of party.
Play any music you would normally play
for a gathering, but you may like to add a few selections with the
“burning” theme. Some song ideas include “Disco Inferno”. “I’m Burning
for You” or “Light my Fire.”
To end your party with a final nod to
the burning theme, send each of your party guests home with a scented