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From: Bama
Date: 10-01-2006, 01:09 PM (1 of 5)
We're throwing a surprise party for my in-laws 60th anniversary next weekend. This was kind of a last minute idea so we'll have to keep it simple. I talked 2 of hubby's brothers and their wives that live out of state into coming, so my in-laws are really going to be surprised. :up: Their grandson that they haven't seen in several years will also be here with his fiance that we haven't met yet. :bluesmile
I need some ideas! It will be family and close friends only. I think I have the food taken care of. I'm going to decorate the cake myself, but haven't really thought about how it should look. Simple sheet cake, or tiered?
I thought about playing music from the era when they were married. What was popular in 1946? Any ideas on decorations? HELP! I have so much to do now. :dave: And it was my idea.
This will be fun...this will be fun... this will be fun.....
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: Mom of Six
Date: 10-01-2006, 02:01 PM (2 of 5)
For music; Bing Crosby, Andrew Sisters, Big Band music (Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller.etc.)I'm sure there are lots more I just can't think of them right now.
If you are keeping it simple I would do a sheet cake. They are much easier to decorate & serve. I would keep decorations simple also like old family photos. Make up posters of photos covering each decade (some you might need 2) celebrating their life together. For serving use some of their wedding gifts if you can get them. Most people that got married back then have some nice crystal or silver serving dishes. When my parents had their 50th we decorated in the colors from their wedding. We used lillies of the Valley because that is what my mother wanted at her wedding but didn't get because they were out of season. We found some real & silk to decorate with.

I hope this gives you a few ideas.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: Magot
Date: 10-01-2006, 03:07 PM (3 of 5)
Are you in someones home? If you had time you could scan and make a cd of photos from their wedding and significant times and so on and play it on the TV. I saw this done at a friends 50th and it was such a conversation starter!

I would stick with a single layer cake and decorate it with ribbon similar in colour to her dress. My Mum and dad were married in '49 and she wore a navy polka dot suit - very sharp!

Have an autograph book on the table by the cake for people to write their memories of the couple in.

Have fun.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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From: Bama
Date: 10-04-2006, 05:04 PM (4 of 5)
Thanks for the ideas! I found some pictures of them just before they married. They don't have a wedding picture. I'm going to put some on display from then until now. I wish I had time to make a disc to play, but this will have to do.
DS is making me some music discs.
I liked the autograph book idea, but it gave me another idea. I don't have time to make a quilt top right now, so I'm going to cut some squares and have everyone write something on one and put a quilt together for them for Christmas.
I bought some potted mums to decorate with. I decided to make a simple rolled fondant cake. I've been wanting to try Donna Dewberry's method of painting with paste food colorings on rolled fondant. Here's my chance. :up: I practiced on some fondant the other night and it was fun to do.
Our small gathering has turned into nearly 40 people now. :yawn:
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: Patty22
Date: 10-04-2006, 05:37 PM (5 of 5)
Don't be shy....if someone asks you if they can do anything.....tell them to bring food, appetizers, or drinks.
Think of a menu in your mind and this way you can give specific suggestions. With 40 guests is always appreciated.

I think guests would enjoy being involved.....

I like the idea of the signed blocks to give to them in a quilt for Christmas.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
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