Well, my parents anniversary is coming up (as I write this---as you read it, it is past). I decided a long time ago that I wanted to do something special for them. How many people do you know that make it 40 years? How many make it 40 years and still like each other, much less love each other?
Yes, to celebrate is a no brainier. The thing is how to do it, how to make it special, how to make it not cost a fortune?
That is where I sit this day. I am trying to find someplace that is not too expensive, better yet free. I am trying to plan things that are "easyish" to make/do (this is a time problem).
My first step was to decide what I wanted. A meal at a restaurant or reception? Reception was my answer. A meal or reception food? reception food....Wait!!! Reception food. I want to have a wedding type thing. I want them to proclaim their love for everyone. Being from poorish sort of families they never had a "proper" wedding. I want to give them that. If not a preacher ceremony, a re-dedication ceremony. With a proper reception.
The first stop was colors (for me, because I want to make the stuff). I found a pad of paper at Hobby Lobby that very much fit my mothers style. Very country styled patterns, with blues, maroons, yellows, greens and browns. I think it was a delight.
The next part was to make the stuff. I got lucky and had a cricut cartridge that made boxes. I used 2 cricut mats and about 70 sheets of cardstock, but I got all the favor boxes, all the centerpieces and 2 journal type books done.
I started work in January. Yes, it takes quite some time to do all this. I worked on it every Saturday until June 18, when it all was put together into the reception.
Now the reception was a bit of perfectness. We had people attend that they had no idea about. My dad did make me crazy the last week or so panicking about who was invited and who was not, but this is a time when he needs to learn TRUST. It was lovely. If you were invited and did not come, why then you missed out.
I think it turned out to be a great time. Their song redeclaring their love for one another was just about the sweetest thing ever.