40 Happy Years Together {My Parents' 40th Anniversary Party}

My parents' celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on August 25th.  My sister-in-law suggested back in the spring that we do something for them to celebrate.  My parents have a LOT of friends... I mean a LOT.  So, we decided to gather some of their nearest and dearest including several from their wedding party and have a party for them in Lake George, New York last weekend.  This is the same weekend as the Adirondack Balloon Festival making it a fun trip for anyone not local.

Here are a few pictures of my parent's wedding in 1973...

And leaving for their honeymoon...

And 40 years later enjoying their party at a local restaurant -

Although my parents knew a party was in the works, they didn't know any details other than the date.  The biggest surprise was that four couples came from loooong distances (2 from South Carolina and 2 from Michigan) just for my parents' anniversary.  Here is part of the Michigan contingent (all friends from Siesta Key).

Of course, I had to put together a few decorations for the occasion.  

The banner was from this shop.  The albums were from my parents wedding and honeymoon.  I made the poster on the left using black foam core board and gold duct tape.  Here's a closer look.

I also made a guest book using a Shutterfly photobook.  I just made custom pages with lots of blank area.  My parents loved reading the comments the next morning.  

My sister-in-law found this cute way to make a great keepsake for them... their 3 grandchildren holding up signs.  This can be done long distance which makes it great for families who are spread out across the miles (like ours!). 

We made a last minute decision to add some mums to the tables.  It felt pretty bleak in the private room when my sister-in-law and I went to set up earlier in the afternoon.  I thought of some mums and my sister-in-law's mom came up with the burlap, ribbon, and "40" picks made with her Cricut machine.  Her awesome family assembled these just hours before the party!  They came out so well and everyone loved them!

It was a really fun party and a great weekend.  And of course, we got to see a few balloons go up (although not nearly as many as we would have liked!!).

 Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary, 
Mom and Dad!