In a world where marriages last 72 days, when a couple makes it to 50 years it really is something to celebrate! My grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary last week, and this weekend we had a party in their honor. My family rented a historic house in Cairo, Ga for the party and it was so charming!
I was very surprised how easy everything came together and how simple it was for us to organize. It helps a lot when you hire a caterer and bartender to handle the food and drinks. The facility also set up all the furniture to our request. So really all we needed to do was decorate a little! And it's such a lovely place, it didn't really need much in the way of decor.
Somehow I ended up with the decorating...which is actually not all the surprising at all because I love doing it. I had a few friends collect wine bottles for me for a few months, and I spray painted them in various shades of gold. We ordered pink and white carnations (a very affordable flower! Peonies were my first choice, but ended up being $3 a stem!!) Other than the flowers, I bought a "We Still Do" banner on etsy for the fireplace behind the cake.
The party was a success! There was a great turn out, so it's obvious a lot of people love my grandparents as much as I do! It was also really crazy to see people I haven't seen since I was a kid. It's always funny when people ask how old you are, and realize you are probably now too old for it not to be rude to ask that question!
There were a lot of tears when my uncle gave a sweet speech, and then even more when my cousin-in-law sang "Remember When". I'm not usually in favor of talent show stuff at parties, but he is seriously SO good. Everyone needed tissues after that. Blake and I ended up sitting at the bar, where it was a bit quieter and we got to catch up with some friends, and he got to meet some I.T. people he really hit it off with.
There was a lot of lead up to this party, so it's going to be strange to not have anything big on the calendar for awhile. And I have to figure out what to do with 45 gold wine bottles!