Saturday, October 7, 2017

Golden Anniversary Celebration

We got to be a part of something really awesome recently. Our Sunday School was going to take a break for the summer and not meet, but then the church came and asked us to plan a party. Our answer, "Heck yes!"

We started planning in June for the September event. The party was for the couples in our church that had celebrated 50 years of marriage! There were over 50 couples in our church that have celebrated 50 years or more. Each week we discussed a different topic for the event. The event felt so far away, but I'm so glad we planned ahead, so there was no last minute panicking.



I really just want to share photos. It turned out better than we planned. We had about 26 couples attend our event. We started the evening with a Mocktail Hour.



We served two different punches in cocktail glasses.
 



During the cocktail hour, we played a Newlywed Game.



We thought it'd be fun to have a couple from our Sunday School class participate.




During our preparation for the event, we interviewed the couples. They came by our class and we asked some questions. The answers were to help us make this event tailored to them. We got to learn so much about these cute couples. The interviews were the best part. We printed the interviews on pretty paper and hung them on twine along with their wedding photos.





For dinner, we had it catered by a local small restaurant. It was delicious food. The dinner was served on the hosts' and volunteers' China! This was such a neat detail. Our class, with a couple other volunteers, served as waiters for the tables.



Each table also had a colored fabric that anchored the table decor. These colors were the colors mentioned of our guests' weddings.




We even had a red table with Christmas China on it, as we had several couples that married near Christmas, so they used the church's Christmas decor for their wedding decor.




We kept the flower arrangements simple white to not distract from all the other stuff that was going on.



The flowers were in gold vases. Those "vases" were wine, beer, condiment, and liquor bottles that we collected. I spread the word to all I knew to save their bottles. Each weekend we were painting those bottles gold. The 50th wedding anniversary is the Gold Anniversary!



The bottles had to be soaked to get the labels off. I used a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and it worked great.



Then it was on to painting them. I researched the best gold spray paint, and it truly was great.





A lady from our church volunteered to make a wedding cake for the celebration. It was a gold cake that was soooo good! We had to decorate the table to match up with its elegance.





On either side of the wedding cake, we had tables that had easels on them. Those easels were to display the wedding China of our guests. We asked them to bring in a dinner plate from their set. We displayed them and wrote their last name on a placecard. It was so fun to see the different patterns, but to also hear the guests comment about the plates. Many remembered seeing the other patterns as they shopped for theirs.





Another item we asked the guests to bring was their wedding gown. Some still had theirs, but others did not. Some ladies borrowed their dresses! We had several gowns that we hung up for display. Those REALLY made the decor special!







Our last little bit of decor that we had for the room was a "photobooth." We used trimmings from our yards to created the arch and we found furniture around the church along with a couple items from my home. I found a cute banner on Etsy and had to have it!




We had found an inspiration picture, but really didn't know if we could pull off the same quality.



It can't be compared apples to apples, but I LOVE how ours turned out. After dinner, we had several stand in line to get their pictures done. They had cute props they could play with and a chalkboard sign they could use to write down how many years of marriage they were celebrating.







Then a couple of us young folks got to participate. We wrote how many years away from celebrating 50 we were.







During the night we played hits from the time they were dating/married (50's 60's). We even had one of our classmates bring his Barbershop quartet to serenade the crowd.



After dinner, we also encouraged the couples to dance. Many did, and it was a VERY special moment.



Planning this event was fun, but it was way more fun to experience it. These couples are amazing! They gave such great advice on marriage. Many agreed that marriage is not easy, but keeping Christ at the center is a saving grace for keeping a marriage going. They couldn't emphasize enough how your mindset when entering into a marriage needs to be focusing on the commitment. Don't do it with a plan to back out if it doesn't work.




Photo credit to Brad for being our photographer for the photobooth and capturing all the details.



It is a night we will remember forever.


1 comment:

  1. I love it! It turned out great. I can tell you guys put a lot of time, effort, and passion into planning it. Love all the details!

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