The Anniversary Party

The Anniversary Party

It’s hard to believe that James and I have been married for 25 years.

Since we first got married I wanted to do something special for our 25th, so we had a small dinner party.  I’ve been planning it for weeks….every detail like the freak I am.  James is one lucky guy to have spent 25 years with my OCD.

We had the party outside on the patio where our family loves to hang out.  It’s in the front of our house, where it’s shady in the late evening and there’s always a breeze.

In an effort to save money, I chose the color scheme from tablecloths and dishes that I already owned.

The only pop of color came from the flower arrangements on each table.  I made the centerpieces small so they wouldn’t distract from the conversations.  Our main goal for the evening was to encourage each other in our marriages.

Of course I used my beloved Cricut to put names on the cups.

I wanted the tables to be elegant, but simple and relaxed.

We made little mint bags to keep the napkins from blowing away.

I LOVE the napkins.  I ordered them from my friend Sharon at Eloquence.

I recovered the outdoor pillows that I already owned so they would match the table settings.

The flowers were just the perfect mix of hot pink with a touch of orange.  The silver buckets were a nod to our silver anniversary.

We used a corner of the patio to set out the drinks.

The white cart usually sits on my front porch holding plants.  It was perfect for the water dispenser, ice bucket and to hide the speaker for music…..80’s wedding music of course.

The cooler was originally bright red, so I spray painted it and of course….used my Cricut to add the word “DRINKS.”  I fell in love with the old bottle top opener. (I’m not sure why the cooler’s color looks different in each picture, but it is most like the picture above….light teal)

I had insect repellent on hand just in case.

Nestled between the ice bucket and water dispenser was our wedding picture and the topper that was on our wedding cake and also my parent’s wedding cake in 1963.

We set the food out on the front porch…..barbeque of course.  This is Texas…’s what we do.

Great, now I’m hungry.

We also had beans, rolls and green salad.

My favorite spot was the dessert bar.  Remember the table my mom and I tried to build?  Well here it is, just a table made from wood scraps that I covered with sheets.

I borrowed the apothecary jars from my friend Sara and filled them with candies.

We had seven different desserts cut into bite sized pieces and served in “treat cups.”  We served lemon bars, brownies, berries, cheesecake, chocolate mousse cups and chocolate covered Oreos.

The girls and I made the beautiful chocolate covered Oreos.  I saw Amanda’s tutorial for them on Gina’s blog party and I knew instantly that I had to make them for our party.  They were a hit.

It was fun searching for just the right candy to fill the jars.

We turned the trays upside down and put ziploc bags of ice underneath….it kept the desserts cool on a warm evening.

The little white napkins are from our original wedding 25 years ago.

After everyone had their first dessert, we covered the trays with netted covers that we made just for the party.

They were a pain to make, but it worked perfectly to keep the flies away.

This is one of my favorite pictures…..

I bought the old section of fence at the flea market last year.  We copied pictures of James and I through the years and tacked them to the fence.  I used twine to tie our original wedding rings to the pickets.

We’ve come a long way baby……

Our guests all seemed to enjoy the party and they blessed us by sharing the evening with us.  I wish we could have invited everyone we knew…..our friends are such amazing people.

And now on to the next 25 years.

You can read how the party went here.


Here’s a rundown of some of my purchases:  strings of lights-Home Depot, cups & ice bucket-Bed, Bath and Beyond (yes, that’s what I was doing when my skirt fell off), cooler & trays-Home Goods, treat, silver gumballs & candy buttons-Party City, jelly beans-Target, Candy sticks-Cracker Barrel.


Linking to: Keeping it Simple, Craftomaniac, Tater Tots and Jello, Centsational Girl, Under the Table and Dreaming, Someday Crafts, Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays, Fireflies and Jelly Beans, Between Naps on the Front Porch, Somewhat Simple, Tidy Mom, Romantic Home, Shabby Nest, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Finding Fabulous, The Girl Creative, Tater Tots and Jello, Be Different Act Normal, Funky Junk Interiors, Today’s Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, C.R.A.F.T., Between Naps on the PorchMaking the World Cuter, The Shabby Chic Cottage, The Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Showoff, All Things Related, The Thrifty Home, Sentimental Sunday, Between Naps on the Porch, Workshop Wednesdays, No Minimalist Here

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  1. Oh Lisa!!
    Everything looks beautiful! I love all the colors, candies, cleverness and creativity! You are amazing! Congratulations to you and James both.

  2. What a beautiful party! Congrats on 25 years!

    I’m visiting from the Weekend Wrap-up :)

  3. What a lovely party! Such wonderful set ups and colors! Congrats to you!

  4. Looks AMAZING! The colors are so pretty.

    Happy Anniversary ~ here’s to 25+ more years!


  5. So many beautiful ideas here! I may incorporate these for a post-wedding cook out we’re having after our son gets married! Thanks for all of the great ideas and congratulations on 25 years!

  6. Cindy Bradley :

    Yes, I am finally on and loving reading all the news! How I wish Dean and I could have shared the evening! Should I wear my bridesmaid dress?? Can I still fit into it??
    You did a beautiful job, will keep all your fab ideas!
    Love You,

  7. happy anniversary lisa! (oh, and james too :o) )
    25 years! wow!
    today just happens to be my parents’ 36th anniversary…
    love stories like that make my heart happy <3

    looks like a lovely evening for celebrating your 25 years of happiness!

  8. What great ideas and all in my favorite colors. What a neat party!

  9. I love the pictures hung on the gate and the desserts look beautiful- decoartive and you can eat them! Come and share this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would be a nice addition to the party!

  10. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on your 25 years of marriage! You did a great job with the decorations and I specially love the dessert table. Not only because of the sweets but I adore the fence with pictures.

  11. Hi-
    I am new to your blog. My name is Lisa. I have a blog with my sister Lori whom you may know. (To Everything There Is A Season) We now have a blog together.
    I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you did decorating for your party. I also just celebrated my 25th anniversary.
    I am very interested in your Cricut? I don’t know exactly what it is though. What did you use to make your glasses?
    If you have a moment & can let me know our site is
    Thank you. I enjoy your blog. Lisa (Meme)

  12. I am also a contestant at OMTWI and I am so glad to find you. This party is so fabulous. I love the crafty touches like the glasses, drink bin and how you displayed those photos on wood scraps. So great and so lovely. Congrats on 25 years. I love the personal, sweet touches and the cake topper also used by your parents. I love, love all of this!!!

  13. Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday. Hope to see you this week!

  14. wow! what a party!

    love love love the color story. i can’t believe, well…yes, i can that you used your circuit for your drink cooler.

    the candy…
    the desserts…
    the tables…

    it all looks wonderful. congrats on the big 25! wow, great great great reason to throw a lovely party.

    enjoy your week.

  15. Wow! You are an amazing party decor gal. I am super impressed and inspired to have a party so you could come to Colorado and make it awesome-looking. But you’d probably want me to pay for your travel, lodging, and all the supplies. Maybe a meal or two. Trust me, if it was in the budget, I would SO do it. Oh well.

    Seriously, you did a fabulous job!! I just love the entire setting. If I ever need some fun decorating ideas, your blog will be at the top of my list. Unless I have $$ to bring you here personally.

  16. Lisa, I love this post. We just had our 25th and we didn’t have a party. I think maybe we should. :)


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