parties, parties, everwhere

my parents are so blessed to be celebrating 40 years of marital bliss this month. so, we, as their children, decided to throw them a big ol party to show them just how much people love them. i’m so blessed to have them as parents and to have been raised with Godly parents. their marriage represents Christ and the church in so many different ways. and i for one have loved watching their love for each other grow more and more as they age. what a blessing to love your spouse more after 40 years of marriage than you did on the day you married. gives me chills.

when we were choosing a theme, i googled 40th anniversary and realized it is the ruby anniversary. so, we decided on a ruby and burlap color scheme. my mom has a wonderful friend that is so good with flowers. we asked if she would be willing to help us with the centerpieces. she outdid herself. most of the flowers were grown in her garden and she took off with the ruby theme. we just wanted some snacky things for the food, so we opted for cupcakes (made by your’s truly), cucumber sandwiches, watermelon, junior mints in monogrammed cones, bagel chips with hummus, and fruit tea and water to drink. simple, but classy. (that’s a great way to describe my parents, too)

here are some pics from the party. enjoy!

“guest book”
what a great day!
photo booth with props. i love my boys!!!
my mom, sister, and me. if i have a fourth of the wisdom that these ladies do, i’ll be doing well in life.
40 facts from 40 years done by my amazing sister in law
wedding party…40 years later!
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 my moms wedding dress displayed
flower arrangements done by anna clifford
table scape
my wonderful family
ruby cones filled with junior mints
oreo cupcakes and blueberry cupcakes
the whole crew
 through the years with sam and dottie
my parents wedding/engagement photos, along with their parents’ wedding pictures and a picture from last year of my parents.
through the years with mom and dad…adding 3 children, 3 children-in-law, and 11 grandchildren. whew!!!
HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY, MOM AND DAD!!!!
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6 thoughts on “parties, parties, everwhere

  1. Lisa says:

    I am planning my parents 50th anniversary party and love your ideas. Can you give me some examples of the things your sister in law wrot on the 40 cards? I want to do that, but I can’t figure out if I need to use the number as a part of the fact or what. Thanks!

    • benandjanie says:

      Hi, Lisa! So sorry his has take me a month to get back to :/ we took the 40 years and made a rhyme. Some had to do with the specific number (like 3 children they had), but others just ended up being part of the rhyme. It was really 40 facts about my parents. Good luck!!

  2. Leighanne says:

    I saw this on Pinterest and LOVE the 40 facts. I can’t really read them when I make the screen bigger. I am trying to plan my parents’ 50th anniversary party and and some more ideas about the facts! Can you help???

    • benandjanie says:

      Hi! Yes, the 40 facts were fun to think of. We started with things from their childhood…even awards they received in high school and college, then moved on throughout their life including facts about kids and grand kids. Ours rhymed, but I’ve seen it too where they are strictly facts and I like that just as much. My sis in law is an English major and she wrote the facts 😛 good luck to you!!

  3. Michelle says:

    Hello – I was hoping to get some ideas also on the items you included. I am going to do this for my parents 50th. Please help with any suggestions. Thanks!

    • benandjanie says:

      Hi! Yes, the 40 facts were fun to think of. We started with things from their childhood…even awards they received in high school and college, then moved on throughout their life including facts about kids and grand kids. Ours rhymed, but I’ve seen it too where they are strictly facts and I like that just as much. My sis in law is an English major and she wrote the facts 😛 good luck to you!!

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