18 July 2011

anniversary garden party / celebrating 50 years



















pssst.. you can order your very own custom anniversary party invitations in my shop!

dan and his siblings hosted such a pretty party for their parents. way to go, party planning committee! it's fun to live underfoot and listen to shanna gush about the magical evening (dave, you pulled it off! what a night). shanna was a florist when dan was younger and is an amazing hostess; she's always pleased as punch (and appreciative) of such special occasions. amy did an amazing job with decorations. i enjoyed being the sounding board for her great ideas and helping pick out the right table topper fabric. am sad i didn't get any photos of everyone whipping this party into shape in those last minutes. as we were lighting the candles and tying ribbons, i couldn't help but chuckle at how this older generation likes to arrive on the dot. they all showed up right on time!

i snapped the last photo of my in-laws before they departed, well into the evening. i don't think they wanted it to end. (in fact they are watching the slideshow dvd right this moment. they were too busy mingling to watch it at the event! mary, i love the soundtrack.) happy golden fiftieth Elbert and Shanna..

the details.
the venue: gorgeous garden park ward
the invitations: custom, posted here
the outfit: urban outfitters skirt / tj maxx blouse
french themed sugar cookies: the cookie lady
fifty facts: compiled by their kids / inspired by megan's wedding
flowers: cut by dan from grandma bernice's garden
entertainment: a slideshow & sophie's antics
favors: crate & barrel gelato cups & spoons

p.s. can you spot the two red headed grandchildren? they inherited it from grandpa elbert himself!

18 comments:

kylee said...

all those 50 fact cards are amazing. such a wonderful idea. and what a wonderful location for the party! my friend's sister had her wedding reception there and we had some gamma photos taken here as well!

Melissa said...

We are going to celebrate 25 years next summer. I totally want to have a party. Do you think it's weird to throw a party for yourself? When I think of all we've been through to keep our relationship in tact this long, it makes me want to celebrate! :D

moxiemandie said...

LOVE it. We just went home to MI to help celebrate my parent's 30th(I posted photos on my blog last week) and it was a similar, picnic-ish party that was beautiful. And to melissa- my mom & sister did almost everything & my parents paid for about all of the party. I think it's ok to throw it yourself as long as you think it's worth celebrating!

love your photos and that bow tie is adorable!

Travelin'Oma said...

You married into the perfect party family!

Allison said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the "50 facts" cards. What a cute idea! I'm saving that for my parents' 50th (in, um, 22 years). And the Eiffel Tower cookies -- I just told my boyfriend I want to throw a Bastille Day party next year so I can make those. He said "You can make them anytime you want, you know."

True. So this weekend I'm on a mission to find an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter.

Janie said...

The fact cards are a wonderful idea! this inspires me to throw a fab wedding anniversary party for my parents too! Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary to your in laws :)

Emma said...

what a great idea of hanging up all the numbers! :) Looks like it was a lovely party :)

Susan said...

How lovely...such a great event!

Shannon @ A Mom's year said...

Gorgeous party! I especially love the "50 Facts" idea and will file that away for someday. Could I ask what was in the pretty favor bags?

Nessa said...

Oh my goodness those details are amazing. What a lovely family. Sometimes I wish the older set would be a little late - mine are always 15 minutes early! I desperately need those 15 minutes to get dressed usually.

allison said...

Those Eiffel Tower cookies look enormous! Those photos are amazing and it looks like everyone involved was endlessly thoughtful. Thank you for sharing!

Alicia Fish said...

That looks like so much fun! It makes me want to throw a party for someone!

Abby said...

I love how this turned out! The 50cards is such a cute idea!

In love In Paradise said...

i love the theme of this party! such beautiful picture! just love reading your blog :)

Dee said...

ohhh that was really so beautiful.
Starting with that first picture, the yard with the candle holders. i have loved all your posts, but that one was sooo special. What a GREAT party! - The 50 cards, the cookies, the french theme, the photos AND the invites earlier. Wow. Thanks for sharing. (and p.s. your hair is adorable)
Both sides of your married family are SO incredible!

Paula said...

can I ask where you got all the large jars for the lemonade? Especially the one on the silver pedestal?
thanks for the ideas,
paula
oneluckyday@verizon.net

ihilani said...

such a gorgeous party! I especially love the picture frames hanging on the tree and unique tidbit for every year they were married. I LOVE it when marriages last.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh wait, haha, commented on the wrong post -- that banner is AMAZING!

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