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My parents 25th anniversary is this May. I'm planning a surprise party for them and have 50-ish people (no kids) to invite, and that's just "close" family and their spouses. I have a large enough room to use w seating, like couches, arm chairs, then dinner tables and chairs, along with a large counter at bar height. Due to my parents being recovering alcoholic and addicts it will be a dry party at 2 pm on a Sunday..
I am at a loss. I want to make the room look stunning, I am making a small wedding type cake myself and am planning on putting their wedding topper on it, if I can get a hold of it.. But other than mentioned I have no clue what to do. I've only ever done kids birthday parties. I want to make this nice for them, but have very little to spend..
So...I'm turning to you ladies, give me some ideas and thoughts please. I feel so out of my element and my brother is useless with this kind of thing..
Nicole: Tom's Wife [5.7.05]; Mommy of Thomas [9.6.05], Collin [1.17.08], & Bailey [10.2.09]
I know you just got a nice photo of them, try to get one of them from their wedding day and put them in a frame side by side.
I know Things Remembered has nice frames meant just for this that you can engrave. I bought one for Jay's Grandma and Grandpa for their 50th, it was in gold but 25th would be silver.
Also, another cute idea is to make a money tree. Either use a real branch (Like I did for Abby's party) or buy a money tree to use but I honestly think the real branch looks nicer.
Put it in a bucket or bowl with Styrofoam and surround it with rocks to keep it steady. Then as people come to the party, they place $ on the tree, anything from a dollar, up. Then it's a nice present for your parents and doesn't break the bank for anyone.
I suggest sparkling cider since it'll be a dry party to toast with.
Did they have a wedding song? If so, play it and let them dance to it.
i threw a 25th anniversary party for my parents in 2001. We invited all of our family/friends so there was probably close to 100 people present. As for decorations I kept it pretty simple I put white table covering on the table and for the centerpiece I used silver candles. there might have been crepe paper too, but I can't recall. I did get them a cake and we used a silver 25 for the topper. Food I know there was chicken (because the place i ordered it from forgot to make it, and i had to wait!) and probably chips, veggie tray, cookies, pasta, meat tray stuff like that. My brother made up a musical slide show of my mom and dad, starting from when they were children to when they met and raised their family, to the present. It was really nice. We had the party at the church we were currently attending. We had the eating and fellowship down in the basement, but then came up to the sanctuary to watch my brother's slideshow. Oh and obviously mine was a dry party too LOL! Not only because it was at a church, but because my mom does not drink (my grandpa was an alcoholic and that turned her away from the stuff).
Chris mom to 4 girls: Ashleigh, Madisyn, Emely, & Cathryn