50 years of marriage. FIFTY. If that's not worth celebrating, I don't know what is.
My dear in-laws celebrated their big 5-0 last year, and I was able to help put together their party.
I will share some of the ways we made their day memorable through the decorations, food and gifts that honored this amazing couple.
Decorations & Gifts:
These balloons were a big hit. My in-laws had never seen anything like them, and I was so glad I had gone to the trouble of packing them in the car for the drive! I found mine at a local party store, but you can also find them HERE. Most grocery stores will fill them with helium for a small fee.
Two of the decorations doubled as gifts for the couple.
One was a bunch of 4x6 pictures I had printed at Costco. I found pictures from when they were newlyweds all the way up until recent ones with their grandkids.
When I printed them, I chose to have a white border around so they had a more finished look.
Then I bought jute twine and some miniature clothespins and we displayed their picture memories all around the room. They absolutely LOVED this simple but meaningful display. In fact, they took them home still on the twine and hung them in their own home.
The other decor/gift was a memory poster I bought on Etsy. This party doubled as my father-in-law's 80th birthday, so I bought one board commemorating his birthyear, and one commemorating the year they were married. You will receive a digital download of the design, then you can get them printed wherever you choose. I used Costco's 16x20 poster board. It is super durable and reasonably priced.
I bought the "50 Years Ago" design from Digital Board.
I bought the "80 Years ago" birth year design from Little Mountain Top.
These, as well, were taken home with my in-laws and displayed in their home.
The refreshments were simple, but just right.
We asked in advance what each of their favorite cakes were (carrot, chocolate, and lemon pound were all listed), so we had some of each.
Additionally, I bought several "old fashioned" candies and displayed them in mason jars. Here are some of the candies, along with links to where you can find them:
- Dad's Root Beer Barrels (my favorites)
- Bit O Honey
- Sugar Daddys
- Necco Wafers
- Atomic Fire Balls
- Charleston Chews
- Tootsie Rolls
I used chalkboard labels on each of the mason jars. I love that chalkboard decorations are so prevalent, and they fit with an "old fashioned" theme!
Though the party was simple (by their request), it was filled with love and memories from their many happy years together.