Last Spring was our parents’ 30th anniversary and we wanted to throw a huge party to celebrate. Of course, we knew mom and dad would say they didn’t want a party so… a SURPRISE anniversary party it was! We sent invitations to everyone that was in their wedding party, the family and close friends. We were so excited with the turn out, it was such a great time!
The decor was all in the same colors as their wedding, peach & gray. It made the party a mini version of their reception. The happy couple showed up right on time, and as planned. We left a bunch of clues at their house that led them on a treasure hunt. When they were a couple of blocks away, their last clue told them to look under their seat. They pulled over to the side of the road and found the invitation to the surprise party. They both cried.
We reserved a special parking place just for them. They walked down the path toward the house lined with fresh flowers, people that love them were waiting, cheering and clapping!
On the porch, we had their wedding photo and a basket of peach candy favors for guests to take home.
Inside the house, a movie was playing of their wedding photos and highlights from the past 30 years together.
Dinner was served including a dessert bar. We put little details about them throughout the house- photos of the couple and family, little quotes, a map with a heart around the location where they met, wrapped monogramed napkins. Tables and tents were set up in the backyard.
All four daughters, our husbands and extended family worked at getting the party and the yard ready, it was definitely worth it. Everyone had so much fun and stayed long after the party ended. Our parents were very touched, surprised and so grateful to be surrounded by the people they love. They said they would cherish that surprise party forever.
So if you have something fabulous to celebrate, do it! The memories you’ll make will be worth all the work. That’s what it’s all about, making memories and enjoying special moments together.