The Random Writings of Rachel: 50th Anniversary Surprise Party

50th Anniversary Surprise Party

 

You never know quite what to expect when it comes to my family. One day, you might get a phone call saying that it's suddenly been decided that everyone is throwing your grandparents a surprise 50th anniversary formal dinner party, and that any help would be appreciated.

Angel and I only arrived a couple hours before the party began, so we played a very little role in all of the elaborate preparations that had taken place while my grandparents had been away from home on a trip. The key to this surprise is that their anniversary actually isn't till later this year, but when you make it to 50 years, you can afford to be a little lax about specific dates.

While my grandparents were gone for several days, my uncle installed a television and a custom designed fireplace mantle that he had built himself in their house as their gifts. My mom, aunt, siblings, and cousins decorated and planned and cooked up a grand feast.

Angel and I almost didn't attend, a combination of icy roads and our tiny car didn't give us much confidence that a several hour road trip was the best idea...but we decided to prioritize family memories over caution, and went for it.

Twenty family members were there to celebrate, but we were missing eleven more who live in other states and weren't able to make it. The menu was an extravagant 4-course meal served on my grandma's wedding china: french onion soup, followed by a salad, with a main course of roast beef, shrimp, garlic green beans, and mashed potatoes, and everything was topped off with individual fried apple pies and ice cream for dessert!

The program for the evening included the Webkinz music video entitled "Nine Lives" (chosen by my little cousins because the story reminded them of our grandparents), a dance to the song "Let It Go" from Frozen, performed by little sisters, and a round of the "50 Years Wed" game...also known as an effective method of interrogating our grandparents. Never-before-heard stories were shared, from stories of their first fight to the stories of their first kiss.

Our grandparents were thoroughly surprised, and a good time was had by all.





 "50 Years Wed" Game

 Sarah drew cards depicting Grandma and Grandma wearing clothes from the "Little House on the Prairie" era, supposedly when they first got married.


Golden candy for a golden anniversary!


Which couples in your life have passed their 50th anniversary? It sure takes a lot of living to do something like that. And, doubtless, plenty of adventure along the way.

43 comments:

  1. Beautiful Dress Rachel. Great photos too. My Grandparents (on both sides) had both passed the 50-anniversary mark before passing away.

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  2. Gorgeous outfit, Rachel! So glad you were able to brave the weather to go to the party! I love anniversaries like that... it gives me hope for my own marriage! =D

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  3. You look gorgeous Rachel. That dress is awesome!!!! Thx for sharing those beautiful photos.

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  4. How fun! Your outfit is beautiful! My paternal grandparents made it to their 50th before they both passed away. It was a small celebration at their house with just the family. I think they were surprised that their kids remembered and got together.

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  5. You look gorgeous in the Saree Rachel!! So very pretty and Happy 50 to the lovely couple!! Such a milestone and saga of love!

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  6. 50 years of marriage is such a wonderful celebration to have! The party sounded like a wonderful time and my goodness, those apple pies look so good!

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  7. u look gorgeous!!! What a fun night of celebration, that is awesome; 50 years strong!

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  8. this is so sweet!! what a fun night and a great way to celebrate!

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  9. 50! Wow! That's so awesome and what a fun party! You look beautiful.

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  10. What a special anniversary and so great and lucky to have made it to 50!! I loved your look!

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  11. Wow what a momentous occasion!!! The card she drew with the era appropriate clothing so sweet! :-)

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  12. Wow 50 years is definitely something to celebrate! And how special that you could eat dinner from their wedding china!

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  13. This is great! Both of my sets of grandparents have been married 50 years. Their examples are such blessings. We threw both of them parties, but they weren't surprises. This is so cool!

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  14. What a fabulous celebration!

    My grandparents are on their 58th anniversary!

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  15. Sounds like an absolutely fabulous time!!! I'm so glad you and Angel got to go and enjoy it with the family!

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  16. I love this! 50 years should definitely be celebrated. I remember my grandparents' 50th anniversary. We celebrated with a vacation to the lake. They've passed 60 years by now! Glad you got to be there for the celebration.

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  17. What a huge milestone! Looks like it was a fun party too! That dessert looks incredible!

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  18. This is so awesome!! Every year on the weekend of my grandparents wedding anniversary we all go up to the lake together, the tradition started a few years ago on their 50th anniversary.

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  19. Nice post, I see you had a lot of fun!

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  20. How very cool. I know you probably don't remember me, but your grandparents were like extended family to me growing up (and your great-grandparents practically adopted me as one of their own grandchildren, plus I share a birthday with you Mom and her sister), so this is really cool to see. They certainly are an awesome example.

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  21. Aww.. your family sure knows how to do it up right! What a beautiful occasion. The place settings on the tables.. to the games and the great gifts! I would have braved the weather and bad roads to go too!

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  22. Oh how fun, what a great way for your whole family to celebrate!

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  23. How awesome! Their relationship is really a testament to true, endless love! :) Some day you and Angel will be celebrating 50 years! :)

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  24. Such a sweet idea! What a lucky couple they are. :)

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  25. Thinking that they got married in the Little House era is too cute! How funny! My grandparents are at 57 and it blows my mind. I can't even imagine!

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  26. "One day, you might get a phone call saying that it's suddenly been decided that everyone is throwing your grandparents a surprise 50th anniversary formal dinner party, and that any help would be appreciated."

    This sounds exaaaaactly my family, my friend! I thought it was just us!

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  27. That's so magical. May you have as much happiness as they did.

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  28. 50 years is impressive!! Both sets of Malcolms grandparents have passed the 60-year mark and I just can't imagine what it's like to be married so long! Let's hope I get to find out :)

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  29. The celebration sounds so much fun! Your sari is so beautiful! I hope I get to wear one at some point in my life!

    -Hannah

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  30. What a beautiful story to share - and you look so amazing! Wow...

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  31. What a sweet and beautiful party! I’m sure they really appreciated you guys celebrating their anniversary in such a fun way. 50 years definitely needs to be celebrated!

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  32. This is so sweet! What a lovely example of marriage for the whole family :)

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  33. Love this!! 50 years is amazing! My grandparents were married 62 years when my Pop past away!!

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  34. How fun! We had fun celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary several years ago, and it is one of our special memories. Happy SITS Sharefest!

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  35. You look gorgeous! What fun!

    We celebrated my parents 50th 2 years ago on a cruise. Less work : )

    That food looks extra yummy!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  36. 50 what a BIG deal! WOW! Thank you for sharing this awesome post with the #LOBS weekend! ~A~

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  37. I used to joke that I just wanted to hit my 50 year anniversary with my husband and then he'd be free to divorce me. LOL! I thought it was funny until I realized that he didn't like the idea that I cut it off at 50 years. That is so wonderful that they made it that far. You look beautiful Rachel. Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style.

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  38. Is this outfit somewhat how they dressed in Malaysia? I think you look adorable. Happy 50th to them! Such a wonderful celebration! Thanks for sharing this one with us, too!

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  39. 50 years is such an achievement. amazing. looks like such a fun party!

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