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« on: June 27, 2006 06:37:48 PM »

My boyfriend's parents are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in the beginning of September. I told his sister that I would help her plan and exicute the party since her two brothers (my boyfriend included) don't seem to be much help! We were thinking a simple opehouse at their family church with appitizers and a miniture wedding cake (my cousin is a pastery chef!) but I'm looking for other ideas or suggestions on what other people have done.  His parents are very simple people, they live on a HUGE farm in a tiny farming town in Michigan. His dad is a full time farmer (just crops) and his mom is a PT Assistant. I want something simple and classy without being too fussy, because they wouldn't be comfortable with it. It would also be nice if it was fairly low budget, since 2 of the 3 kids are still in college. Thank you for your help!

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2006 06:39:06 AM »

I think what your BF's parents would like best is to be reminded of the great 25 years they've had together.  They'd probably want to see friends - new and "long lost."  Something simple at the church would be great.  I would use a lot of photos.  Blow up their wedding photo and other photos from the years.  If you can do a timeline with a photo from each year and important milestone events like the birth of their kids.  Fo my wedding my quest books was a photo almub and I asked everyone to write advise or a wish on a notecard and put it in the album.  Something like this and/or a scrapbook would be nice.

If it's going to be at the church maybe you culd surprise them with having their vows renewed!  My friends did this for their parents (for their 50th).  It was done during church service, then they had a "reception" at a hotel, but you could easily move the party downstairs.  Your BF's sister could be the "maid of honor" and hte brothers the "best men." The boys could even walk your mom down the aisle!  You could get bouteneirs and bouquets (which wouldn't be that expensive) and maybe you could find the veil from the bride's wedding and surprise her with that.

As far as food and decorations, if they're "simple" (I understand - my in-laws are too - they don't like "fancy" stuff) maybe a casual lunch would be fine.  I'm a fan of "themes" just to tie everything together.  Even something simple like a color pallette makes a big difference.  Get some simple flowers for the tables in the colors, use linens (tables clothes, napkins) and real plates to make it more fancy, but serve casual food that they would really like.  Our church has plates, etc. that we can use without an extra cost.  Don't go overboard on decorations (I personally hate those stupid tissue bells and only sometimes are balloons OK).  A bolt of tulle is really inexpensive and can go a long way in dressing a room up.  Plus it can be cut without needing hemmed and you can tie it up with ribbons in matching or complementary colors.  You could burn a CD of songs played at their wedding (or from that year if you can't find "their song").  You could probably get away withuot hiring a DJ and just bring a decent radio if they're not big dancers.  Even if it's just background music it would be a nice touch.

For invitations you can make them on the computer using a kit or something you make yourself.  Whatever you do, do it with love and it will turn out great. They'll be touched that you thought of them. 
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