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…..it’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.
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 cups-Wilton.com, silver gumballs & candy buttons-Party City, jelly beans-Target, Candy sticks-Cracker Barrel.
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