Last weekend my mom and dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My sister and I wanted to throw a moderately-sized party for them, but they are not big on parties or formalities. They even threatened to leave town if we planned anything even remotely fancy, so in the end, the occasion was marked with a casual picnic in the field next to their house.
Cake my sister had made for them. The vines and berries are cranberries.
Friends and family came and went throughout the afternoon. A lot of people were unable to attend, but those who did seemed relaxed and happy to be there. Even though we were on the Washington coast, the weather was pleasant and it didn’t rain.
Dad and Mom cutting the cake.
My clever sister came up with ideas for decorating that transcended the usual balloons and crepe-paper streamers. She used gold ornaments and ribbons to decorate a tree near the driveway and she created cranberry vines and berries along the windbreak by the fire pit.
Golden Anniversary Tree near the driveway
Random shot. The R.V.s behind the fence belong to my mom’s cousins.
Group photo with a lot of people missing.
Five generations, featuring Grandpa Porgy, Dad, my brother, David, his oldest daughter, Heather, and her three girls.
Some of the original wedding guests
Pictures from my mom and dad’s photo album were out for people to view. One of my favorite was this one of my grandmothers. I miss them both a lot.
Grandma Eva, 46 and Grandma Helen, 37
My DH took the girls to the beach for several hours, but they didn’t get to play there long. While getting ready to go A1 went to put on one of her boots and found a little froggy hiding in the toe. Luckily for him, he didn’t seem to be smashed.
He was happy to be relocated to a nearby plant, and I’m sure he has a whopper of a story to share back at the lily pad.
Mom and Dad set up a net for volleyball or badminton. The girls played viciously for awhile. Who would have thought that badminton was a blood sport!
Girls playing badminton with Sadie Mae (Mom and Dad’s doggy) ready to catch stray shuttlecocks
Flowers near Mom and Dad’s front door
casual visiting among friends and family
Grand Nieces enjoying cake
My DH and my little brother
Cousin Kathleen with her Vespa
My sister and Mom
Mom decided that her Great Grandson needed glasses.
We had to leave early the next morning to head home and our time there went way too fast. Happy anniversary Mom and Dad! Thank you for all of the hard work Jackie!