Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A Golden Wedding Celebration Weekend!

My sisters, brother and I have been secretly organising a surprise party for our parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary.  The actual event was on Saturday evening but the whole weekend has been a party of sorts!!  On Friday evening we took our parents out for a drink and surprised them with the appearance of our brother, his 2 children and grandchild (their great-grandchild) who none of us had yet seen.  Everyone got quite emotional. It was quite a feat keeping them hidden and deciding who they were going to stay with so that the secret was kept.

Our parents on their wedding day
 The parents had been told a few days before that we were going out for a family meal.  We were on pins worrying that someone would let the secret out before the party (a few people did say the wrong thing but the comments were explained away somehow). 

The anniversary cake made by a clever local lady.  The flowers are all made of icing!
We were pleased when everyone started arriving at the venue and that they all came in time to be there before our parents arrived.  When they came in, everyone stood up clapping and cheering, then by the look on their faces, we knew the secret had been safe.    
It was also our mother's 70th birthday the same weekend. 
The evening was a great success with everyone saying what a wonderful party it was as they left.  After my brother and his family had left for home on Sunday, 17 of us, including our parents, went out for lunch. We were lucky to get a booking with that number of people seeing as it was a last minute decision and we only rang 2 hours in advance.

We had the balloons for the tables delivered and spent a couple of hours getting the venue ready
It was a wonderful weekend all round and now we all have lovely memories of a great occasion. 

 A little relaxation was in order after such a hectic time.  On Sunday evening I finished off these 2 pin cushions with button centres and put together this brooch/corsage.

As I mentioned I was going to do in a previous post aaaaaaaages ago, it's a modified version of my first attempt but I'm still not happy with it. It's made from reclaimed cotton and silk with new wool felt at the back.  I think it might look better without the felt.  Version 3 coming up!!

Bye for now
Teresa x


wayside wanderer said...

What a cute couple and 50 years is worthy of a BIG celebration. Those cakes are BEAUTIFUL!!!! The flowers look so real. I am so glad you pulled off such a wonderful blessing for your parents. Glad you got some sewing time in, too.

Linnhe Mara said...

What a coincidence. We celebrated my in-laws Golden wedding at the weekend too. It was on a much smaller scale and it wasn't a surprise, although we did manage to throw a few small ones in for good measure. It was quite tricky keeping them a secret so I'm very impressed you managed to keep the whole thing under wraps. Well done.

Lis said...

What a fantastic celebration and well done to everybody for keep the surprise safe. Love your pin cushions, they tone with the balloons, I thought you were going to say you'd made one for everybody!!
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Little Green Doll said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents!!! It seems that you really had a wonderful time!! :)

John'aLee said...

Oh how wonderful! Looks like you did an amazing job!